History of Northside DFA

Northside DFA was founded in January of 2005 by Shannon Fisk and Sandra Verthein under the name Edgwater DFA. The picture shown here was taken at our first meeting at Wing Hoe Chinese Restaurant where our guest speaker was Alderman Joe Moore. The signs that we are holding say "Dean for DNC Chair." One of our first activities was to show our support for Gov. Howard Dean to be elected as chair of the DNC (Democratic National Committee).

Later that year another DFA group, the Heartland DFA, decided to merge with us and we became the Edgewater/Heartland DFA Group. Eventually the name was changed to the Edgewater/Rogers Park DFA Group.

In 2007 we decided to take some bold steps to expand the group, including setting up our first-ever bank account, holding our first fundraiser, creating an database of members and holding issue forums to increase our membership. We also decided to change our name to Northside DFA.

In 2008 the group outgrew Wing Hoe and met briefly at Furama in Uptown and Calo in Andersonville. In 2009, we moved to Fizz Bar in Lakeview. In 2011, we moved to our current home at the Lincoln Restaurant in North Center, where we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

For a history of NDFA leadership go here:

For a list of all past endorsed and adopted candidates go here: