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

STAY HOME SAVE LIVES! Closed: Parks, playlots, The 606, Riverwalk and the lakefront

Date: 
03/26/2020
MayorLightfoot

Mayor Lori Lightfoot along with Chicago Police Department's (CPD) acting Superintendent Charlie Beck, Chicago Park District CEO Michael Kelly, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and several suburban mayors echoed "STAY HOME SAVE LIVES" in a press conference early this afternoon.

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COVID-19: Non-compliance with "stay-at-home" and social distancing shuts down Lakefront

Date: 
03/26/2020
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot made it clear in her Wednesday press conference that if Chicagoans did not abide by Governor J.B. Pritzker's order to stay-at-home and maintain social distancing, not having parties and flooding the parks with group activities, she would shut down the lakefront and Chicago Parks. 

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Take a deep breath and a break…some good news

Date: 
03/21/2020
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Considering the last few days of "confinement" and now the official "stay at home" order, you may be feeling unusually anxious, wondering if this will ever be over and whether you are going to survive. 

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Latest COVID-19: Pritzker's order "Stay at home" about to begin

Date: 
03/21/2020
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Today, Sat., Mar. 21, at 5 p.m. is the date and time to begin "Stay at Home." Governor J.B. Pritzker declared that in his Executive Order. It is aimed at protecting everyone in Illinois from the COVID-19 pandemic. That order is to stay in effect until Apr. 7. Mayor Lori Lightfoot adds to her previous Chicago closing announcements by saying that libraries and park district buildings will also be closed. 

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Chicago Order: Sick residents stay home!

Date: 
03/19/2020
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UPDATE: Governor Pritzker just announced three more coronavirus deaths in Illinois...more to follow.

All residents in the City of Chicago with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) illness or who are exhibiting symptoms of the illness are ordered to stay home, according to a Public Health Order signed by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady today. 

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Ballot is official: 1st Ward Committeeperson slot is blank

Date: 
02/22/2020
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The third strike against Jay Ramirez being on the ballot for the 1st Ward Committeeperson position came late Friday. "For the foregoing reasons, we affirm the board’s decision. Affirmed with instructions." ends the Appellate Courts' decision

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Sounds of mechanical buzzing send you to the window?

Date: 
02/19/2020
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The outdoor sounds of big machines and the buzz of saws always send me to the window.

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Blue Line shooter: caught, charged and jailed

Date: 
02/06/2020
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Twelve hours after a 30-year-old man was shot and robbed on a Blue Line train, Patrick Waldon, 31, a convicted felon who was on parole, was identified and arrested. The incident occurred at the UIC-Halsted station in Chicago Police Department's 12th District, Wed., Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. 

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1st Ward Committeeman slot still a mystery for March ballot

Date: 
02/05/2020
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It is still a mystery, two weeks before early voting polls open for the March 17 elections, as to what names will be eligible to be counted on the ballot for the 1st Ward Committeeperson. 

The position is a volunteer one that runs for four years. 

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Target job openings at new Logan Square store

Date: 
02/03/2020
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Target will be opening a new small-format store in Logan Square at 2434 N. Sacramento Ave. on April 5 and is now beginning to hire 70 people for its 12th small-format store in the Chicago are, like the Wicker Park location, 1664 W Division St, which opened in the summer of 2018

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Four charged in Wicker Park party gun bust

Date: 
02/02/2020
JHolmes

Four men taken into custody at 1257 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Wicker Park, during the early morning of Feb. 1, where 24 handguns and one rifle were found, are charged with a total of four felonies and four misdemeanors. All four are convicted felons. 

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Super Bowl stock up time #1: Saturday's Wicker Park Farmers Market

Date: 
01/31/2020
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How perfect is it that the Feb. 1 Saturday once-a-month Wicker Park Indoor Farmers Market is the day before the Sunday Super Bowl? Doors are open at Robey Hall, 2022 W. North Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plenty of time to scoop up some great game time, or not, fabulous food. 

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More crimes being solved: DNA backlog in IL Forensic Lab on decrease

Date: 
01/30/2020
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“We’re faced with the fact that we know that there’s a lot of DNA evidence that’s not being analyzed and as a result, we walk among murderers,” said State Senator Patricia Van Pelt, 5th District,

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Two 12th District CPD officers saved man from dying of an overdose

Date: 
01/27/2020
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Two officers from the Chicago Police Department's (CPD) 12th District, 1412 S. Blue Island, saved a man's life Thurs., Jan. 23.

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Lights are now a permanent experience in the Polish Triangle

Date: 
01/26/2020

Festooned with twinkly lights at night during the winter holiday season, the trees in Chicago's Polish Triangle will be an all year visual treat, thanks to SSA #33 (Special Service Area in Wicker Park and Bucktown).

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A cup of coffee with a side of hope and occasionally an angel

Date: 
01/24/2020
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A Sip of Hope, 3039 W. Fullerton Ave., is more than a coffee shop. It's a place where "it's ok NOT to be ok," to talk about coping…or trying to cope…with your own mental challenges or those of someone else and a place to occasionally meet an angel.

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1st Ward Committeeman: no one qualifies for ballot says Board of Elections

Date: 
01/22/2020
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There are no qualified candidates to appear on the March ballot for the volunteer non-paid position of 1st Ward Committeeperson, said the Chicago Board of Elections Tuesday.

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"Eyes on the Courts Act 2020" reintroduced to The House today

Date: 
01/17/2020
MikeQuigley

In the midst of unprecedented activity going on in and around the Federal government, four bipartisan U.S. Representatives reintroduced a bill to require cameras in all Supreme Court and Federal Appellate Court proceedings. Mike Quigley, 5th District, U.S. House of Representatives, was among them sponsoring the Eyes on the Courts Act 2020 bill.

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Will a three-in-one adult cannabis dispensary plus be a new Chicago Avenue resident?

Date: 
01/07/2020
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A blended recreational cannabis (weed) dispensary with a spa/wellness center and, eventually, a restaurant with cannabis infused foods is the hope of a diverse partnership that includes a restaurateur, two physicians, president of a labor union, a union consultant who is a marathoner and a former alderman.

First monthly Wicker Park Farmers Indoor Market for 2020

Date: 
01/03/2020
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If you missed the first Wicker Park Farmers Indoor Market in the Robey Hall, 2011 W. North Ave., in December, you don't want to miss the second monthly market, tomorrow, Sat., Jan. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., put on by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.

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