Heartland Cafe

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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,[1] known as much for its hippie ambience and left-leaning politics as for its largely (but not exclusively) vegetarian food.[2][3]

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.[4][5][6] 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".[7]



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  2. ^ Herman, Jessica. "Heartland Cafe on Centerstage Chicago". Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  3. ^ "Heartland Cafe — Chicago, IL 60626 — CitySearch". Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Kerrie. "East Rogers Park". Chicago Free Press. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  5. ^ "Heartland Cafe — Rogers Park — Chicago, IL 60626 / Metromix Chicago". Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  6. ^ "myspace.com — Heartland Cafe". Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  7. ^ "Live from the Heartland". Retrieved 2008-12-03.