The Heartland Cafe is a restaurant in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Originally opened in 1976 by two activists as the "Sweet Home Chicago Heartland Café," it has become a cultural icon for the diverse neighborhood, known as much for its hippie ambience and left-leaning politics as for its largely (but not exclusively) vegetarian food.
Part of a complex of buildings that also contains a theatre studio, an adjoining music venue, and a newsstand and general store within the restaurant itself, the restaurant is routinely referred to as an "institution" and a social and political center of the neighborhood. Politicians ranging from local candidates to Barack Obama have held rallies and events at the Heartland. On Saturdays, radio station WLUW broadcasts a show called "Live from the Heartland".
- Official website: www.heartlandcafe.com
- Parnell, Sean (July 19, 2008). "Heartland Café & Buffalo Bar: Chicago Bar Project". Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- Herman, Jessica. "Heartland Cafe on Centerstage Chicago". Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- "Heartland Cafe — Chicago, IL 60626 — CitySearch". Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- Kennedy, Kerrie. "East Rogers Park". Chicago Free Press. Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- "Heartland Cafe — Rogers Park — Chicago, IL 60626 / Metromix Chicago". Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- "myspace.com — Heartland Cafe". Retrieved 2008-12-03.
- "Live from the Heartland". Retrieved 2008-12-03.