Press Release


Join The Public Square and North Side CFCU for a special Café Society discussion on the importance of Co-Ops

CHICAGO – Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, and the North Side Community Federal Credit Union for a special discussion about the history and model of their respective cooperative business, financial institution, and collective nonprofit.

This special discussion will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26 at Intelligentsia Coffee (3123 N. Broadway St.) in. It is free and open to the public, no reservations are required.

North Side Community Federal Credit Union is a community development credit union founded in 1974 with a history of serving people who are not using mainstream financial institutions through financial education and budgeting help, in addition to affordable loans and low-cost checking and savings accounts.

Joining Mark Fick, board member of North Side CFCU, to discuss co-op businesses will be Victor Cortez of Salsedo Press, Lowell Thompson of Stone Soup Cooperative, and Ali McDonald of the Chicago Women’s Health Center.  This month’s Café Society conversation is co-sponsored by The Public Square and North Side CFCU in honor of Co-Op Month.

This program is part of The Public Square’s Café Society program. Café Society fosters a more robust civil society, more cohesive and interactive communities, greater media literacy, and a more informed and engaged citizenry through weekly conversations about contemporary social issues. The Public Square currently runs four Café Society sites in the Chicago area and one in Carbondale.

Café Society locations:

1st Thursdays

7-8 p.m., Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St., Chicago

7:30-8:30 p.m., Panera Bread, 1126 E. Walnut St., Carbondale

2nd Fridays

5-6 p.m., Ron’s Barber Shop, 6058 W. North Ave., Chicago

 3rd Wednesdays

12:30-1:30 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Street Café, 77 E. Randolph St., Chicago

4th Mondays

7:30-8:30 p.m., Intelligentsia Coffee, 3123 N. Broadway St., Chicago

 For more information on Café Society, visit


The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations. More information about The Public Square is available at  


The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities.  Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.


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