Elaine Coorens

With a professional background that includes advertising copy writer, corporate manager in advertising/marketing/manufacturing for multiple industries, international newspaper editor/publisher, needlework designer and retail shop owner as well as IT consultant and programmer, Elaine can "speak" in many "languages." A native Chicagoan, her passion for all things community is what led her to become a local author, historian, tour guide and now Editor/Publisher of Our Urban Times. She authored Wicker Park From 1673 Thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide.

Stories from Elaine Coorens

Stacey Pfingsten officially declares for 2nd Ward Alderman as residents begin to ask questions about election rules and dates

Date: 
09/16/2014
SPfingsten

After 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti's Saturday announcement to run for Chicago Mayor, his aide Stacey Pfingsten made her announcement to run for the 2nd Ward slot on Monday, Sept. 15. That takes the count of contenders to six, so far. 

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Fioretti's becomes first opponent to Rahm Emanuel for Chicago Mayor and Emanuel fires back

Date: 
09/14/2014
Fioretti

As he announced his run for Chicago Mayor before a crowd of about 150 people in the East-West University gymnasium, 829 S. Wabash Ave., Saturday morning, 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti, identified a series of issues, pointing out Emanuel's short falls. 

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Katharine Schutta returns to the exhibition scene at DreamBox Gallery in the WOW District

Date: 
09/13/2014
TinyDancers

After 10 years, Katharine Schutta returns to the world of exhibitions with Collage at DreamBox Gallery, 2415 W. North Ave., in the WOW District (west of Western Ave). The exhibit ends on Sept. 27. 

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Britain's My Dog Sighs brings hidden treasures, special faces, eyes, people and hugs to Chicago's near northwest side

Date: 
09/05/2014
ReflectingEyes

Sharpen your visual observations and release your bloodhound like sniffer and join the search for one of the more than 50 My Dog Sighs (MDS

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Wondering about our multiple eblasts...here's the scoop

Date: 
08/30/2014

Wondering why there are three emails from Our Urban Times today?

Last weekend: "Picturing Logan Square: An Exhibition of Rare Images"

Date: 
08/29/2014
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Picturing Logan Square: An Exhibition of Rare Images in the Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave., will be closing Aug. 31. Weekend hours are noon to 3 p.m.

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Thumbs up for "The Yellow Wallpaper" at Wicker Park's Chopin Theatre

Date: 
08/28/2014
Sturm

From the yellowing pages of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's feminist short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, Lorelei Sturm brought to life a thought provoking story, using monologue, dialogue, performance movement and "off stage" audio narration. Opened Sunday, Aug.

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Wicker Park man charged in fatal traffic crash of Humboldt Park Man

Date: 
08/26/2014
SRiley

Sean Riley, 33, from the 1400 block of N. Bell was charged today, Aug. 26, in an Aug. 24 incident in which his vehicle struck a Humboldt Park man on North Ave., according to the Chicago Police Department.

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Downpour thinned crowds but didn't dampen spirits at Ukrainian Fest and Chicago Food Social

Date: 
08/23/2014
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The Ukrainian Days Festival (UDF), in Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave., and the Chicago Food Social in the parking lot of Kendall College, 900 N. Branch St.(near Chicago Ave. and Halsted St.),

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Smoke out brings neighbors, police and offenders from Beats 1432-33 out in Pulaski Park area

Date: 
08/23/2014
SmokeOut

A Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) joint "Smoke Out" (meeting) of Beats 1432 and 1433 at the corner of Bosworth and Blackhawk brought out a crowd of residents, many blue and white shirted Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers and a handful of known offender

Cell phone theft in Bucktown, offenders apprehended and charged

Date: 
08/20/2014
KWare

A 31 year-old male was walking on the 2000 of W. Churchill, Tues., Aug. 19, at 9:05 p.m. when he was approached by three black males who announced a robbery.

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Chicago Fashion Fest and Chicago's Orleans Fest moved between Damen and Leavitt for Aug.23 and 24

Date: 
08/20/2014
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Last minute location changes for the Chicago Fashion Fest and Chicago's New Orleans Festival were confirmed by Michelle Gomez, Fashion Fest's creator, Tues., Aug. 19. They will be between Damen Ave. and Leavitt St. for the Aug. 23 and 24 events, which begin at noon and end at 10 p.m. each day.

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Lerner asks close to $1.8 million for historic 2119 W. LeMoyne in Wicker Park

Date: 
08/19/2014
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At the July 9 meeting of the Chicago Landmark's Permit Review Committee (PRC), Michael Lerner's MCZ Development company, under the name of Lemoyne Acquisitions, lost their second attempt to get approval to build a two-and-a-half story building on an historic Side Yard at 2117 W. LeMoyne, next to a 1897 building at 2119 W. LeMoyne. On Aug.

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Epidemic of mindless driving 3,000 pound bombs on Rockwell addressed by Logan Square residents in Moreno's office

Date: 
08/15/2014
KWeaver

The death of Logan Square's Jose Media and safety of children going to and from Goethe School, 2236 North Rockwell St., prompted a meeting on Thurs., Aug. 14, at 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno's office regarding traffic on Rockwell St.

Ice-bucket Challenge: Chicago Police 14th District and Chicago Fire Engine 43 meet the challenges for charity

Date: 
08/15/2014
MassDowse

In a 24-hour ice-bucket challenge, on behalf of the ALS Association, from the New York Police Department's 109th Precinct in Flushing, NY, Chicago Police Department's (CPD) 14th District (Shakespeare Station), 2150 N. California, met the challenge and in turn challenged their neighbors at Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Station 43, 2179 N Stave St., Engine #43.

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Renegade Craft Fair will remain on Division September 6 and 7

Date: 
08/15/2014
Renegade

Renegade Craft Fair to be back on Division St. on Sept 6 and 7, according to notification late Fri., Aug. 15.

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Stress relief is healthy…laughter is an option: Robin Williams and Carol Burnett

Date: 
08/14/2014
WilliamsBurnett

"One of the best things I can do for myself to relieve stress is to laugh. The benefits of laughing have been widely documented to support good health," were the opening sentences in an email today. 

Ukrainian Village Association to vote on current development plans for former St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and School

Date: 
08/12/2014
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The Ukrainian Village Association (UVNA) will have a review, update, discussion and vote on the former St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, 913-925 N. Hoyne, on Thurs., Aug. 14, at Whisk, 2018 W. Chicago Ave. 

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Women In Focus opens first exhibition with 19 photographers

Date: 
08/12/2014
EnteringIllinois

The newly formed Women in Focus (WIF) in Chicago is having their first exhibition opening on Sun., Aug. 17, at the Chicago Photography Center (CPC), 621 W. Belmont Ave.  The reception is open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

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Blue Line Damen and California stations to close temporarily this fall as part of Your New Blue project

Date: 
08/11/2014
DamenSta

Part of the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Your New Blue  improvement project, the California station will close for 6 weeks starting Sept 4 and the Damen station will close for 9 weeks, starting Oct. 20 and cutting into the holiday shopping season.

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