In 1976, when Heartland Cafe opened, there hadn't been a safe space in Rogers Park for "lefties" (self-named "progressives" now) to hold political discussions. Two activists created the café to do just that. Now, over 40 years later, the restaurant/general store/bar/music venue is undergoing renovation while vowing its political and artistic engagement to the community. "We've made major changes every three to six months," Heartland Cafe owner and organic grower Tom Rosenfeld said, adding that the menu, which hadn't changed in 15 years when he took over in 2012, now swaps every six to 12 months. Monthly "First Monday" meetings on issues affecting the community, 100 percent certified organic produce, spoken word open mic nights, debate parties and even a little bit of live opera, funkily combine to form the heart of Heartland Cafe.