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

WOW: A "taste" of all things holiday

Date: 
12/18/2014
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A melange of "tastes"  be they art, music or food is the feature of the Dec. 20 happenings for WOW Frequency: Limited Editions, a partnership of DreamBox Gallery and Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Ave. in the WOW (West of Western) District. 

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By popular demand Intuit extends two exhibits: An opportunity for fun new art experiences

Date: 
12/18/2014
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Two of the exhibits at the Intuit: Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art are being extended through the end of the year because of popular demand.

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Ukrainian traditions expressed by adults and children from Ukraine and Chicago are charming

Date: 
12/17/2014
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Ukrainian heritage is part of both the short run of The Magic of Beads at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA), 2320 W. Chicago Ave., through Dec. 21 and Ethnic Heritage through the Eyes of My Elders. up through Jan. 25, 2015. 

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It's opening…really: Blue Line Damen Station on December 22

Date: 
12/16/2014
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Hard to believe that the Damen Blue Line Station will really be opening on time, Dec. 22, when you look at all the construction items around the entrance. The sounds of saws this morning emanating from the tracks above and the red caution tape put up along the side walk on both sides of Damen last night, gave this writer the "ah, ohs" Monday night. 

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Learning Christmas traditions brought children and adults to the Polish Museum

Date: 
12/15/2014
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Bringing people together to learn how to make traditional Polish Christmas decorations was also a way for people to connect with their ethnic heritage,

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New celebrity resident moves into East Village: Horses of Honor

Date: 
12/13/2014
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When East Village resident Catherine Garypie went to the Horses of Honor Auction last week at the Hyatt Regency, 151 East Wacker, Grand Ballroom, she looked, with some envy, at the 16 painted horses, honoring injured and fallen Chicago Police Officers. In fact three of the horses tie to Chicago's near northwest side. 

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Woman fatally hit on Division near Ashland

Date: 
12/09/2014
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A woman was fatally struck while crossing Division St. west of Ashland Ave. at 7:35 p.m., Monday evening, Dec. 8, according to Officer Hector Alfaro from Chicago Police Department News Affairs. He also indicated that the driver stayed at the scene. 

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Shop local: No rest for shoppers this weekend!

Date: 
12/05/2014
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This weekend has no end of shopping opportunities to keep you shopping local.

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Historic Event: Arches go up on Milwaukee Avenue 606 bridge Saturday

Date: 
12/05/2014
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 Arch move waved off until Sunday morning starting at 8 a.m.

Another chapter in the history of the Bloomingdale Trail will be written Saturday, Dec. 6, between 1 and 4 p.m. at Milwaukee Ave. and Leavitt St. as the 606 bridge arches will be installed over Milwaukee. 

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Sweeping voting rights bill passes in Springfield

Date: 
12/04/2014
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Illinois' General Assembly passed SB 172, a sweeping voting rights bill, in the final hours of the Wed., Dec. 3, Veto Session.

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Two women business owners celebrate and collaborate for Collaboraction

Date: 
12/03/2014
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Collaboraction is to be the benefactor of Littlerock Renovation Coaching's Holiday Party at Radiance Fine Jewelry, 2139 N Damen Ave. Thurs. Dec. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. 

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Moms rally in Polish Triangle saying, "Enough is enough"

Date: 
12/02/2014
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A small but vocal group of moms rallied in the Polish Triangle, Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues at Division St., on Mon., Dec. 1.

Burglary at Auldi's on Milwaukee and Leavitt

Date: 
12/02/2014
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UPDATE: Police response began at 6:30 Tuesday morning and Area North Detectives are working the case. Multiple offenders entered by prying open the back door. They took computer equipment and an unknown amount of cash.

With the pulsating burglar alarm's whirring in the background a lone 14th District vehicle sits in front of the Aldi food market at Milwaukee Ave. and Leavitt St. at about 8 a.m. Tues., Dec. 2, in Wicker Park on the edge of Bucktown. 

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McNight: Trilogy of support for local NFP

Date: 
11/30/2014
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A trilogy of local Bucktown business owners, John DeCarrier and Carmen Solano-DeCarrier of McDonald’s Restaurant, 1951 N. Western Ave.; the Junior Board and staff of Wicker Park's St. Joseph Services (SJS), 1501 N.

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Shop Small Saturday is an opportunity to focus on shopping locally

Date: 
11/29/2014
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Supporting small independent local shops, promoting them to more potential customers and keeping the money local is what Shop Small Saturday is all about. Today, Nov. 29, is this year's national event. 

Several local shops are participating in the American Express event throughout the neighborhoods. Shoppers get a "Passport" which they present at the participating stores after they make a purchase.

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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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