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

Positive loitering works: see for yourself in Bucktown

Date: 
09/29/2016
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"Positive loitering works," says a group of Bucktown residents who are about to "take to the streets" again this week. They will be gathering from 7 to 11 p.m., Fri., Sept. 30, at the Damen Plaza on The 606. 

Ukrainian Folk Tale Exhibit: Don't miss the experience

Date: 
09/28/2016
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Fairy tales in a unique, fun charming exhibit for kids of all ages will be closing October 2 at the Ukrainian National Museum,

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St. Boniface saved: Michael Skoulsky's Stas Development ends 17-year battle

Date: 
09/26/2016
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Behind closed doors in a crowded room, with 30 "moving parts" to be agreed upon and a 5 p.m. deadline, Michael Skoulsky, Stas Development, Inc., came to an agreement with Phil Moeller's Carefree Development, LLC. on the purchase of St. Boniface Church property

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Peek into The Robey and The Hollander in their final completion stages

Date: 
09/22/2016
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Both The Robey, 2018 W. North Ave., and The Hollander, 2022 W. North Ave, buildings are beehives of activities as they are fast approaching their opening.

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Seven venues plus the world and beyond: Wicker Park and West Town Lit Fest

Date: 
09/16/2016
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In its second year Wicker Park and West Town Lit Fest is providing a wealth of opportunities to submerge one's self into culture and fun at seven different locations. They are celebrating neighborhoods' literary past and present.

Fight back against caller spoofing

Date: 
09/16/2016
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Have you, a family member or friend fallen prey to calls where the caller id was a lie (spoofed)? Now you can fight back. 

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Artist Opportunity: Largest public art commission by Wicker Chamber and SSA #33

Date: 
09/11/2016
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Submissions are open to an artist or group of artists for the largest commission in the history of the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and WPB Special Service Area (SSA) #33.   

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Natalya Bendus-Petrovska exhibition: Ukrainian children's book illustrator

Date: 
09/09/2016
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"…playful fireflies, dragons, innocent children and other spirited beings whose adventure takes us away from the mundane into a world of meadows, skies – the natural and physical worlds of the universe," is how Lydia Tkaczuk, President, Ukrainian National Museum, described the exhibit of Natalya Bendus

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The Science of Happiness at WestTown Library: A CPL MOOC!

Date: 
09/09/2016
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"The Science of Happiness" peer study group for an online university class through the Chicago Public Library began in the West Town Branch Library,

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Five-car crash at Armitage and Western

Date: 
09/08/2016
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Five cars collided at the Armitage and Western intersection before 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Five felons Keepin' it Real: It's money…Cliques not gangs

Date: 
09/01/2016
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Five felons in their twenties "kept it real" thanks to Chicago Police Sergeant Maudessie Jointer*, 11th District, at a CAPS 12th District "Keepin' It Real" seminar about gangs and drugs, Wednesday night, in St. Mary's Nazareth Family Center, 1127 N. Oakley. 

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Tuesdays at the Triangle 2016 season ends August 30

Date: 
08/30/2016
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Enlivening the gateway to four neighborhoods* with drums, strings, horns, singing, dancing and so much more entertainment, Tuesdays at the Triangle, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will end the 2016 season with the Polish Triangle Jazz Trio (PTJT) on August 30.

Gangs and drugs: Learn from those who know

Date: 
08/29/2016
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Have you wanted to ask criminals questions about how they ply their "trades"?

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Rose Kennedy talks about reality and Camelot at the Greenhouse

Date: 
08/26/2016
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After Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy spoke her final words Wednesday night in the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., the audience gave six-time Joseph Jefferson Award recipient Linda Reiter a standing ovation. 

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Grandbar to "clean up" its act by October 4 or...

Date: 
08/24/2016
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The Tuesday morning deleterious impact hearing for Grandbar, formerly Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 1600 W. Grand Ave., ended with bar owner Gene Stokes having until Oct. 4

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Grupo Habita's The Robey is taking reservations as it approaches completion

Date: 
08/17/2016
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Groupo Habita is accepting reservations for accommodations in The Robey, starting with November 30 occupancy.

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Success by day 2: The Doorstep serving food in the Polish Triangle

Date: 
08/16/2016
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While The Doorstep officially opened on Monday, the trio of owners, Marie Cinquino, Aaron Feinhandler and Izaac Moran, declared success for their food traile

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A hotel and a 32-studio building: Topics for Wednesday 2nd Ward community meeting

Date: 
08/16/2016
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A hotel proposal to replace the Shell gas station at 1551 W. North Ave, North Ave. and Ashland, and a 32-studio development at 1665 N. Milwaukee will be presented to the community at a meeting scheduled for Wed.,

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One car crashes IN Wicker Park while second in pursuit: Road rage and consequences

Date: 
08/16/2016
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In a case of road rage around Ashland and Milwaukee, a pursuit ended with two cars IN Wicker Park Monday night around 5:30 p.m. 

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Buono proposes bring condos to Bosworth

Date: 
08/11/2016
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Rob Buono, Henry Street Partners, introduced his proposed 1220 Bosworth condo project, a land parcel 10,000 feel short of an acre, at a public meeting in Near North Montessori, 1434 W. Division, Wed., Aug. 10, evening. 

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