We sat down with Shaker to find out how the native of suburban Chicago went from building health clinics in Niger to plotting one of the country’s most anticipated redevelopment projects. Well, that, and to sink the hell out of his battleships — with a little help from Mu Brewery

“I love the location of the property and it being a bridge between two communities that have physical barriers, psychological barriers and demographic barriers,” Shaker said of the project. “We believe (that) how you get people together is through culture — through art, music, food and dance.”