If you are a liberal or a progressive living in Chicago, you very likely have been to the Heartland Cafe. A veritable lefty oasis smack dab in the middle of Rogers Park.
The Heartland has been a community hub since 1976, when it was founded by partners Michael James and Katy Hogan.
When I was a liberal kid growing up in red-state Nebraska, I dreamed of one day moving to the big city and finding a place like the Heartland. Not only can you eat delicious locally grown food, drink tasty beer, and watch amazing entertainment, the Heartland also has a general store where you can get copies of the Nation, Mother Jones, In These Times, and any other liberal zine you could possibly think of.
Sadly, the Heartland is in serious financial trouble, and is real danger of having it's doors shut forever.
They are holding a couple of fundraisers on Monday October 11th and Tuesday October 12th at 7pm. If you are unable to attend, there are also a variety of ways to donate and help out on their website. We will also be taking donations at Laughing Liberally Chicago, Wednesday October 6th at the No Exit Cafe,
It would be a tragedy for Chicago to lose the Heartland. And what do liberals and progressives do when one of our own is in trouble? We pitch in and help. Let's get this done, people.
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