Chicago-area Muslims gathered Sunday to combat Islamophobia with a host of workshops geared toward challenging hateful stereotypes and finding solutions.

Speakers encouraged roughly 250 attendees at a conference in Rosemont to speak to their neighbors, join community groups and engage their public officials to counter fear spreading about Islam.

"Show people who Muslims are rather than who they're not," said Edina Lekovic, director of policy and programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

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