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

Wicker Park Bucktown's SSA #33's hearing for 15 more years is Tuesday

Date: 
11/22/2014
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The Wicker Park and Bucktown Special Service Area #33 (SSA #33) has it's hearing in City Council next Tuesday, Nov. 25, for its 15-year reconstitution (2015 - 2029). It will be held in City Council chambers, 121 N. LaSalle, at 10:30 a.m.

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Nelson Algren celebration at Lottie's Pub Saturday

Date: 
11/21/2014
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Nelson Algren (1909-1981) remains America's best forgotten author, thanks to an FBI file longer than War and Peace, McCarthyite attacks, vicious reviews and strategic neglect by the city that he put on the literary map, says Nina Gaspich of the Nelson Algren Committee (NAC).

Warm weather predicted for 11th Annual Fountain Decorating Social in Wicker Park

Date: 
11/19/2014
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Swimsuits may not be appropriate but at least fingers should NOT be freezing at Wicker Park's 11th Annual Fountain Decorating Social, 1425 N. Damen, on Sat., Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited for this annual fun event and RSVP is requested.

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Pay-to-play?: 3 alderman ask SEC to investigation Chicago pension funds and Emanuel's campaign operations

Date: 
11/19/2014
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In response to statements in the International Business Times (IBT) about investment fund executives contributions to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign, three aldermen John Arena (45th Ward), Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward and Mayoral Candidate) and Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) sent a letter on Nov.

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Welcome Rosie Quasarano to Our Urban Times

Date: 
11/18/2014
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We are so pleased to have Rosie Quasarano, the owner of Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Ave., in the WOW (West of Western) District as a writer in Our Urban Times, helping to tell the stories about more of you.

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St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish's Annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair brings in needed funds

Date: 
11/17/2014
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St. Stanislaus Kostka, 1455 N. Noble St., has a Parish Annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Fair to fund the parish.

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Quinn and Preckwinkle kick-off open enrollment at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Date: 
11/16/2014
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Governor Pat Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle kicked off the second year of the Get Covered Illinois' (GCI) initiative.  It is a 92-day window from Nov. 15 thru Dec. 15 during which people can enroll or  ,  in the Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), 2233 W.

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Bucktown Community Organization: State of the 32nd Ward, Crime and Education

Date: 
11/15/2014
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On Veterans Day, the Bucktown Community Organization (BCO), appropriately, met at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt American Legion Post No. 923, 1824 W. Cortland St., to have a "state of the area" meeting.

Garbage and noise bring residents, bars and alderman together on Division Street

Date: 
11/13/2014
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Clanging, clacking bottles and waste truck noises in the middle of the night as well as overflowing trash containers in the alley behind bars along the south side of the 2000 W. block of Division St.,

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Women in Focus photographers bring the world to Grand Avenue

Date: 
11/11/2014
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UPDATE:
The exhibit will be open this weekend, Nov. 22 and 23.

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Bully Bandit returns to rob another area bank

Date: 
11/09/2014
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Update:

He struck again at a Riverside Bank of America on Nov. 13. Latest photo.

The Bully Bandit chose another local bank to rob on Nov. 5. This one was Chase Bank in Wicker Park.

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Boo-Palooza in Wicker Park brought out 3,000 again!

Date: 
11/08/2014
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Boo-Palooza, the free Halloween celebration that brought 3,000 festive revelers together again this year in Wic

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Smith Park's successful Spook Skate drew 300

Date: 
11/07/2014
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An evening of angels on scooters that appeared to be jet propelled, clowns, Ninjas and so many more char

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Welcome Mandee Miller to Our Urban Times

Date: 
11/07/2014
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Mandee Miller is an energetic ball of movement and motivation who found her passion. And, her passion is infecting others with a passion for health and fitness.

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Women in Focus comes to Chicago Grand with 2nd exhibition

Date: 
11/06/2014
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The 2nd Exhibition of Women In Focus (WIF) opens Fri., Nov. 7, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in Space 1858, 1858 West Grand Ave., part of the Chicago Grand area.

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Community input: Duel over duo tower project on Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square

Date: 
11/04/2014
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A duel over a proposed duo tower complex along the 2200 block of N. Milwaukee Ave. included a diverse group at a meeting called by 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno in Candela, 2451 N. Milwaukee Ave., Thursday evening, Oct. 30.

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Duo tower project: TOD proposed on Milwaukee Ave in Logan Square

Date: 
11/03/2014
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Robert Buono and Paul Utigard pitched their proposed project for the 2200 block of N. Milwaukee Ave., to a packed house at Candela, 2451 N. Milwaukee Ave., Thursday evening, Oct. 30.

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Defibrillator Gallery has new performance home, moving from East Village to Noble Square

Date: 
11/02/2014
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Just before the stroke of midnight on Halloween, Joseph Ravens, the founder and Executive Director of DEFIBRILLATOR (dfb) Performance Art Gallery signed a lease for  their new space at 1463 W. Chicago Ave., former office for Alderman Walter Burnett, 17th Ward. The need for re-location was not anticipated. 

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Elise Doody-Jones: Resigns from 1st Ward 1st and announces run in 32nd Ward Aldermanic race

Date: 
10/29/2014
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Elise Doody-Jones turned in her resignation as treasurer and facilitator of Proco "Joe" Moreno's 1st Ward 1st* on Oct. 18 and has just announced that she is collecting signatures to be on the aldermanic ballot in the 32nd Ward to run against Alderman Scott Waguespack.

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BCO gives value-add to members and businesses

Date: 
10/28/2014
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The Goat Gets card is a way that the Bucktown Community Organization (BCO) came up with to give value-add to their membership. It's simple for the member and the businesses.