Rogers Park: February 2009 Archives

1. How, from Juneway Terrace to Loyola Avenue, by merely walking no more than a block or two east of noisy, congested Sheridan Road, there's another world of lakefront beaches and parks, big and small.

Bartender Rob Mozol pours a bottle of Wyder's Peach Cider into a glass at Red Line Tap, the bar attached to Heartland Cafe. (Bridget Montgomery/Centerstage)

2. Warm cornbread from the Heartland Cafe (7000 N. Glenwood). Ours never turns out this good. Paired with the cafe's delectable vegetarian chili ($8), it's a perfect meal year-round, but especially on cold or rainy days. The Heartland is also a great place to plug into what's going on politically and otherwise in Rogers Park and feels more like a community gathering space than a restaurant.

3. Lifeline Theatre (6912 N. Glenwood). The ensemble's motto is "big stories, up close," and whether it's inspiring children's theater like "Flight of the Dodo" that never talks down to its audience or engaging literary adaptations of mature work such as "Mariette in Ecstasy," Lifeline rarely disappoints.

What are your favorite three things about Rogers Park?

Morse Theatre code: S.O.S.

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The Morse Theatre, which opened last fall on the Far North Side to great acclaim, was just about to hit its stride ... but now has announced it's closing after a March 7 show by Paris Delane. (Duncan Sheik is there March 6.)

Time Out confirms the rumors and acknowledged that the future of the restaurant in the space, the Century Public House, is up in the air.

The long-defunct Morse reopened in October as a resplendent music hall, restaurant and broadcast studio. Jazz drummer Winard Harper christened the 299-seat performance space, followed by a weekend stint by the Taj Mahal Trio. The place has a fantastic sound system and became the home of several regular classical and jazz performances aired on WFMT.

From the Crumb

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Highlights from Centerstage Chicago's latest Crumb newsletter:

Just opened: Le Conakry
Go Guinean in Rogers Park.


Off the Beaten Path: Café Borincuba
Sample classic Cuban comfort food done Chicago-style.

Weekly Treat: Wrightwood Tap’s Two-Dollar Tuesday
All domestic drafts and well drinks are just a Jefferson away.

Man We're Crazy About: Madame Tartine
Cheeky River North bistro specializing in accessible French fare.

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