Arrived at Khan around 7:15 this evening, just in time to catch the flood of Pakistanis breaking their nightly Ramadan fast. I've never had any sort of direct contact with anything involving Ramadan before in this country. So when we happened upon this local ritual, I was hugely taken by the scene's simplicity and pure beauty.
Khan provides an HD-TV which has direct coverage of the events from Mecca, adding to the wonderful weight of this experience.
I would strongly recommend checking it out sometime in the next 4 or 5 days before Ramadan ends.
Make sure not to get there just after sunset, unless you're prepared to be overwhelmed with humanity.
The stuff on TV must surely be on Tape-Delay, given the time difference?
You can find similar "fast-breaking" scenes all over CHicago, if you wish -
dont have to just do Khan's for it
On Devon itself you have, IIRC,
Daata Durbar, Usmaniya, Ghareeb Nawaz etc all doing special
iftaar (fast-breaking) things going on - usually free snacks (followed
by, in Daata Durbar for one, a prayer service downstairs... and then by
the "Daata Durbar Pool Tournament", no doubt
Even some of the
burbs have it - the branch of Sabri Nehari in Lemont (is it?) is doing
something similar in terms of fast-breaking I think.
The abovei s "fast-breaking" stuff - dates, pakoras, samosas, fruit,
all usually free. In addition, there are a couple of menu items around
for the month - Haleem is being offered in most of these restaurants
too, as a sort of Ramadan special (Daata Durbar, for instance, usually
makes Haleem only on Friday; for this month its available every day
of the week, usually prepared by 5-6pm). I believe Chopal is
doing something similar.
Oh, and the timings of many restaurants are different too. At about 8am
a couple of days ago, *everying* was closed - Daata Durbar, Hyderabad
House, Ghareeb Nawaz... all of them are "24-hour" places, but all
were down for the day. They have basically all moved to a
"4pm to 4am" schedule I believe, for the month (except when India or
Pakistan are playing a cricket match in the ongoing Champions Trophy -
when they are also open for the game, starting 4am to about 11:30