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- Eve Rivera
Community Cafe Having lived all over the city of Chicago for the past six years, I am now happily settled in River North. Albeit convenient to work and trendy hot spots, it lacks the authentic flavor other neighborhoods' music scenes provide. However, the one event I don't mind trekking to is Community Cafe, hosted by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN).
Coordinating the event is Asad Jafri, who is the director of arts and culture at IMAN and a friend of mine. His passion for its mission is evident. Taking place every month at the Living Room Lounge on the south side, the scene is very loungelike, welcoming and comfortable. It provides a platform for up-and-coming hidden talents to perform in a hip yet family-friendly setting. Each occasion delivers a different socially conscious theme and diverse musicians, ranging from soul to hip-hop to spoken word and everything else in between. A healthy dinner is provided for all attendees and cover is only a suggested donation of $5. Too good to be true, right?