The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, accuses the city of Des Plaines of violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a 2000 federal law that bars the use of zoning, parking and other ordinances to thwart the practice of someone’s religion.

 At issue is the city’s 2013 decision to refuse the American Islamic Center use of the space for worship. The center has about 180 members, most of whom are Bosnian Muslims who fled what was then Yugoslavia amid war in the 1990s.