Thanks to YOU, Our Urban Times is growing!


Though our first story went up in the beginning of December 2009, Our Urban Times official birthday is February 1. That was when we put up Google Analytics (GA) for the first time. GA shows us information about our readership. We see how we have grown over the last four years. So thank you, thank you for helping make that happen. 

Even now it is amazing that tens of thousands of you visit our site from around the world! We'd love to hear from you, here and there, so let us know about you. Do you live between north of Fullerton and south of Grand between Kedzie and the River? If yes, what neighborhood? If no, please tell us where you live and why you want to know more about our area. 

Each of you can be part of some new plans we are working on. Tell us what types of stories you like best. Would they be general news, police, community organizations, development, entertainment, art, garden, restaurants, businesses, politics, notices like birth and death or something else? Is there someone or something you'd like us to do stories about? Let us know. 

Please do email or call us with news tips. We are happy to be your eyes and ears at local breaking news events. 

We are not disclosing, as yet, what we have planned and are working on…but we will soon. 

Loss drove action
It all began in 2009. The Chicago Journal, a printed newspaper, pulled out of Wicker Park, Bucktown and Ukrainian Village in the spring. 

I was horrified! That meant that our neighborhoods had no community voice! 

Having moved to Wicker Park in 1976, I knew that it was important to reach out to neighbors. But being in touch with neighbors was not easy. Everyone has their own schedule, their own willingness to engage. But, they did seem to want to know what was going on. 

In addition to the here and now information and knowledge gathering, I knew the importance of chronicling. After years of researching the "roots" of Wicker Park, I thought it was vital to do something! 

After all, if it would not have been for the Wicker Park Eagle, "The North-West Sides Most Exquisite Monthly Newspaper Spicy and Clean"* I could never have relayed stories in Wicker Park from 1673 Thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide that gave insight into living in the area in the early 1900s. 

Why is it important to know about the history of the area? As Daniel Bluestone, University of Virginia's School of Architecture, explained, people's decisions about a community and its environs will be different than if they did not have that information and knowledge. was just getting started. Thinking that that would be a way to fill the information and knowledge gap, I signed up to be the Wicker Park and Bucktown Examiner. I did "sneak" in some Ukrainian Village info but the Examiner was not keen on having writers covering more than one area. 

Excited at the prospect of being able to turn a blog into something more community-centric, I soon found that was not going to be possible. 

What to do…hmmmm…let's start a newspaper…let's call it Our Urban Times! And so... the journey began. 

*Have still not figured out the "Spicy and Clean" part!


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