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IAHM conducts its popular educational programs and activities with the support of community volunteers and in collaboration with leading cultural and educational institutions. Key program activities include:

Ethnic Dialogue and Devon Avenue Tours

Cross-Cultural Community Discussions

Taste of India

ETHNIC DIALOGUE and Devon avenue tours

Patel Brothers

An India-in-Chicago tour participant checks the selection of snacks available at Patel Brothers, the first Indian grocery on Chicago’s famous Devon Avenue.

The IAHM Ethnic Dialogue program offers visitors of all ages a memorable experience. It includes presentations about the immigrant community and its culture to school and university students and other interested visitors. Among its resources is a rich array of artifacts, photographs and publications that tell the Indian American immigrant story.

  • Exchange ideas with Indian immigrants and learn first hand about diversity in the ethnic community
  • Visit shops to explore items from the daily life and culture of the community
  • Enjoy Indian cuisine in restaurants on Devon Avenue

Programs are tailored to your interest and are held at the
Indo-American Center,
6328 N. California Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60659,
Monday and Wednesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Stores open at 11 a.m.

To schedule a visit, click here to complete and submit this form.  Be sure to tell us about your group’s interests and/or grade level, the number of persons, and three possible dates.

Tours are available Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.  Shops open at 11 a.m.

For more than 35 visitors, tours are available only on Friday.

Materials for Activities to enhance your visit to Devon Avenue:

  • Scavenger Hunt for elementary students
  • Scavenger Search for middle-school and High School students
  • Devon Stroll: A neighborhood guide for adults
  • Fact sheet about Indian immigrants

Cross-Cultural community discussions

As a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA), IAHM is an active partner in programs developed by the CCA.  The programs bring together voices from diverse perspectives, cultures and immigrant experiences in an exploration of contemporary issues.

Community discussions are facilitated by trained IAHM volunteers following the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Civic Engagement model of public analysis, interpretation, dialogue and debate.

The Talking About…Series brings together ethnic communities in Chicago to discuss contemporary issues such as immigration, ethnic identity, climate change and health care from the perspectives and experiences of community members.  The programs seek to promote inter-ethnic, inter-generational understanding and explore traditional eco-friendly practices.

Sacred Sites

Learn from devotees about the diverse religious heritage of Indian Americans whose houses of worship are a growing presence on America’s changing spiritual landscape. Visit sacred spaces behind elaborate facades, beneath domes flanked by minarets, and within simple modern buildings during organized group tours with IAHM docents.

Register with your name, email address, and phone number to receive detailed information about a fall 2018 group tour here.

Taste of India

This September, on Sunday the 9th, take a guided tour of Devon Avenue to explore Indian cuisine in a world beyond samosas. Learn the history of the area while you stop to taste delicious snacks!

Tour starts in front of Patel Brothers, at 2610 W.Devon Ave at 3:00 pm

To register, Click Here.