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About us Hyatt Magazine is a free social and cultural magazine which features events and entertainment, lifestyle, business data, leisure, and lore. “Hyatt” in the Arabic language means “life” and our magazine doesn’t shy away from the average life we live and the types of subjects that must be addressed on a day-to-day basis. The magazine’s events and news target the heavy populated Arab community in Chicago and suburbs. Hyatt Magazine is published monthly to promote communication on various topics in an informative and positive manner, and it’s distributed throughout the area by direct mailing and other channels (Retail Locations, Medical Offices, Salons, Restaurants, and more). You’ll find our magazine enlightening and interesting as the articles are written by people like you - who care about the community and contribute immensely to its growth for generations to come. We welcome you to submit your articles and photos for potential publishing!

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.13 AMVOTE’s Event g P 11PACC ’s Event . g P 2 Nablus Sweet 1 . g P Grand Opening

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23 Pg. Ramadan Light’s Event 20 Pg. Graduations Event 22 ABPA’s . g P Event

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Action Story, Episode 1 By: Haya Barakat

This glossy monthly magazine published by Flash Media offers several major subjects that will interest many readers. Hyatt Magazine Info: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2248 Bridgeview, IL 60455 Phone #: (708) 529-1222 Email: info@hyattmag.com Website: www.hyattmag.com Graphic & Printed By: Black Diamonds Published by: Flash Media Disclaimer No portion of this publication may be reprinted, reproduced, or republished without the written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed in Hyatt Magazine are those of the authors or columnists and do not necessarily reflect the views of the magazine or its publisher, Flash Media, nor do they constitute an endorsement of products or services herein. All articles submitted will become solely owned by Hyatt Magazine. We reserve the right to update, change, or reject any article or material. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement. For any submissions, comments, concerns or question, please email us at info@hyattmag.com

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Dunia Consulting Group Dunia Consulting Group Network held their event on May 6, 2017 at Eagle Sports Range located in Oak Forest, Illinois. Many people from different cultures attended this successful gathering which included entertainment and a chance to test your skills with a weapon. For more details about Dunia Consulting Group please email duniaconsulting322@gmail.com

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Maklouba Bowling Event Maklouba Bowling was held at the Orland Park Bowling on May 5, 2017. It was a wonderful opportunity for all Middle Eastern families to join together for a fun-filled evening. Sadly, it was the last event for Maklouba Bowl.

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PACC’s Event On May 5, 2017 Palestinian American Community Center held their 69th Annual Commemoration, Al-Nakba. Welcoming remarks and MC for the evening was Sa’ad Malley. This was followed by a message from the chairman of the organization, Dr Qaseem Blain and guest speaker Dr Ahmad Tibi. It was a great and memorial night for the Palestinian community.

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Nablus Sweet Grand Opening On May 5, 2017 Nablus Sweet held their Grand Opening in Orland Park, Illinois. Nablus Sweet has their famous Nablus knafa and other great Middle Eastern sweets. Don’t forget to stop by in the holy month of Ramadan for some delicious sweets.

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AMVOTE’s Event On May 10, 2017 AMVOTE PAC hosted a special reception to celebrate their achievements as well as to honor Alderman Joe Moore in recognition of his support in passing the Chicago City Council Resolution condemning the Travel Ban and governmental consideration of registration/internment of Arab and Muslim Americans.

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Arabsque Ball’s Event The Arabic Language and Culture Club at DePaul University and Egyptians Abroad for Development: DePaul Chapter held the Arabesque Ball. This event is an annual Arab heritage celebration. Both ALCC and EAD collected donations for Syrian Zakat Education Foundation and Egypt Foundation.

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MBA’s Event On May 19,2017 Muslim Bar Association of Chicago held their Annual Banquet and awards 2017 at the Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart in Downtown Chicago. Master of ceremonies was Bilal Zaheer and welcoming remarks by Azam Nizamuddin. Later on in the evening a great keynote speaker was Judge Ann Williams. After Dinner was held awards were given to O’Hare Lawyer’s Group and State Washington Attorney General’s office. Last reflection on the past 20 years of MBA spoken by Mahrukh Hussain.

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Graduations Event

Hope Learning Center - On May 21, 2017 Hope Learning Center held their first Graduation ceremony. Al Nahda – May 21,2017 Alif Laam Meem Academy held a graduation ceremony for students on May 21, 2017. Administration, staff, students, and proud parents filled Al-Nahda Banquet. Performances included Quran recitation, Anasheed, a short skit, and Dabka! The delightful event also included an enticing buffet table filled with an array of sweets and desserts. By Miriam Mohamed

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ABPA’s Event

By Suzanne Othman

The Arab-American Business & Professional Association (ABPA) Emerging Leaders Reception was held at the Oakbrook Marriott, on May 25, 2017. The event was well attended representing a diverse gathering of professionals, community leaders and sponsoring businesses. This festive evening introduced ABPA to an enthusiastic young and accomplished group of successful

individuals in their fields who possess unique skill sets that will benefit the community at large. ABPA is very proud of our inaugural inductees Michael Barakat, Iba Ello, Ramzey & Lana Nassar - as well as the initiatives they are eager to implement and carry out in the months to come. ABPA is committed to supporting them through successful completion within a year’s time. Each inductee was presented via video documentary and subsequently spoke live about their commitment to this project.

The key note speaker, Dr. Rami Nashashibi, spoke in a motivating and highly inspiring way that engaged the audience. The Auction was full of laughs, and the evening ended in a debka to music by a masterful DJ and Iba’s melodically preformed song (acapella) in Arabic. This was the most unique ABPA event ever! We are pleased to be at the forefront of forward thinking leadership programs to engage our youth. A special thank you went out to Rush Darwish, the ABPA Board, Volunteers, Members, Friends and outstanding Sponsors for their support!

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Ramadan Light’s Event On May 21, 2017 Mohammed Webb’s Foundation held a Ramadan Light Workshop to help kick off Ramadan. This kid-friendly event included crafts for the entire family, henna station, face painting, cookie decorating, and so much more! The event organizers hoped to bring families together so that parents and children could be energized for Ramadan by building their own traditions and cultures as a community. By Seema Apichai

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Action Story: Episode 1 Lured Inside By: Haya Barakat

God, this is boring, I thought, staring out the window as my teacher teaches us about algebra. Usually for me, learning is the most fun thing ever. But learning something I already knew, that’s not as fun as learning something new. I sigh and look at the white board with neat handwriting written all over it with a black expo maker. 4x + 16= 24, blah, blah, blah, I know all of that. I’ve known how to do it for months, maybe even a year. Okay, maybe I am only ten years old and in seventh grade, but don’t judge me. People say I was born with a gift. It’s just in my DNA. My mom’s a doctor, and she home schooled me about stuff I learn in fifth grade before I was even four years old. I skipped fifth and sixth grade because all that stuff was too easy for me. And now I’m hoping I could get on to high school already and start learning something that’s actually hard for once. I lean back in my chair and think about what I’m going to do when I get back home. I already finished my homework during lunch, and the Science study guide that was handed out yesterday. “Ok, who wants to answer this one? How about…. Ethan?” My math teacher, Mrs. Gen calls out to me. I look up at the board and see the new question written on it. 10 + 3x +2(x – 3) =? Without hesitation or a second glance at the board, I answer. “29,” I answer, looking down at the school library book on my desk. I checked it out yesterday and I’m already finished with it. “Good,” Mrs. Gen replies, then erases the answer off the board and writes another one, this time letting a girl in my class named Alicia answer it. I look at the clock hanging on the wall. It’s two fifty-three. Two more minutes and I can finally leave. Mrs. Gen packs up all her stuff and so does the rest of the class. I already have my stuff ready to go, like I always do. I wait for one more minute after everyone’s packed up, then, the bell rings, signaling the end of the school day. I sigh in relief and jump out of my seat, grab my books, and head out the class with everyone else. I rush to my locker, still getting strange looks from people seeing that I’m a short ten-year-old in seventh grade, and open it with my combination 42-16-9. Then, I neatly shove all my books inside my locker, put my agenda book and pencil case inside my backpack, then get up, close my locker, and rush out the school doors. I sit on a bench and wait for my mom to arrive and pick me up. I wait for a few minutes until I see our white family van drive into the school parking lot. I jump up and race to the car, and when I do, I rip the car door open and jump inside, my mom at the wheel and my baby sister, Lily, in a car seat in the back.

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My mom smiles at me before driving away from the school. We take two rights, a left, another right, and we’re at our house. I jump out of the car, put my backpack in my room, and go to the living room. “You’re going to Jacob’s house today?” My mom asks me as she cooks dinner. I nod my head. “Yeah, but I’ll be back for dinner,” I promise her as I tie my shoelaces. I pull on a winter jacket, a hat, and some gloves, seeing that it’s the middle of winter. I push the front door open, then head down the street to my friend, Jacob’s, house. I’m about to step onto the street, until I see something moving out of the corner of my eye. I turn my head in that direction and see a big German Shepherd dog lying on the ground in the snow. I slowly, carefully walk up to him, and check to see if he has any collar or tags, but he doesn’t. I bend down and reach out to pet him until he jumps up and races down the street. I bolt after him, and he jumps into a shiny red car, which has one of its back-seat doors open. Without thinking, I jump into the car, and look around for the dog. I can’t see him anywhere. Disappointed, I’m about to climb out of the car until I hear two grown men whispering to each other as they walk towards the car. I quickly scramble under the seat as one of the men shut the backseat door closed and climb into the front seat of the car, and the other man in shot gun. They smell like they’ve been smoking for the past few hours. The man in the driver’s seat starts the car, then reverses the car until we’re on the street. With my heart pounding as loud as the engine and as quick as a motorcycle, the car starts driving farther and farther away from my house, and soon, we exit the neighborhood. My palms become sweaty. What should I do? I ask myself silently in my head. I take deep breaths and check my pockets for my phone. I can’t find it anywhere, and that’s when I realize I left it at my house. My breathing starts to rapidly turn to panic breathing again, and I try hard to keep calm, but I can’t. I’m being kidnapped by two grown men who don’t even know they’re kidnaping me, I have no phone to contact my dad, who’s a police officer, with, I have no idea who these two men are, where we’re going, or what I’m supposed to do now. Do I climb out from under the seat and explain to the two men what happened? Do I wait for them to stop the car to wherever they’re going and then make a run for it? Do I wait for them to discover me and wait for them to decide what to do with me? Do I open the car door when they stop at a red light and break for it? I think over my last option and stare up at the door. I can tell it’s locked, and even if I do get out, what if the men want to kidnap me, or they were planning to with the dog, and they don’t let me out, or chase me down? I can’t outrun them on foot, much less if they have a car, too. I start to sob silently. How do I get out of a situation like this? I have no idea. ..........To be continued

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