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

Wheeling carjacker captured by Smith Park Advisory Council President: CPD Officer David Ramos

Date: 
11/15/2017
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Today started like any other for David Ramos, Smith Park Advisory Council President and 18th District Chicago Police Officer. But it became extra ordinary with the capture of Leon Spektor,

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Crime Stoppers hit the streets offering cash reward: Fatal June hit and run on Division

Date: 
11/15/2017
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Cook County Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information about the June 18 fatal hit and run, of 23-year-old Eric Judge, in the 2000 block of W. Division.

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Shoe collecting enthusiasts: camped out two days on Milwaukee in Wicker Park

Date: 
11/14/2017
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As the Adidas Originals Chicago Flagship store opened its doors at 1532 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Wicker Park, Saturday morning, shoppers were lined up

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Jackson Junge Gallery's celebration of Chicago neighborhoods opens Friday

Date: 
11/08/2017
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In The 'Hood, a celebration of Chicago's diversity and richness through its neighborhoods, opens Friday, November 10,

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Two Logan Square Halloween events included creepy crawlies

Date: 
11/04/2017
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Two Halloween events in Logan Square included some unusual non-humans. Liberty Bank not only had pony rides and a petting zoo but also Fred the boa, while Chicago Police Department's 14th District left their biggest multi-legged critter outside the festivities inside Logan Square Boys & Girls Club, 3228 W Palmer St. 

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Two dogs take top honors at Jackson Junge's Tricks for Treats

Date: 
11/02/2017
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Canines ruled at Tricks for Treats doggie costume contest at Jackson Junge Gallery (JJ2), 1389 N. Milwaukee, in Wicker Park, on Saturday. 

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Spooky skaters had dinosaur running for his life in Smith Park

Date: 
11/02/2017
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There were so many skaters at the Smith Park Annual Halloween Spooky Skating Party Friday night that even a dinosaur was seen fleeing from the field house, 2526 W Grand Ave.

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Five Roberto Clemente students transported to hospitals

Date: 
10/13/2017
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Five students at Roberto Clemente Community Academy, 1147 W. Division, were taken to

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SSA #33's loss in Wicker Park and Bucktown is Logan Square Chamber's gain

Date: 
10/12/2017
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Jessica Wobbekind, SSA #33* (Special Service Area) Managing Director, is leaving her position in Wicker Park and Bucktown to take the reigns of the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce (LSCC) as its Executive Director on October 16. 

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Smash and rob at new North Avenue store in Wicker Park

Date: 
09/18/2017
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Newly opened shoe and clothing store, Diplomatic, 1750 W. North Ave., had its entire storefront smashed in

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Congressman Quigley shares fears about Russian investigation and three other challenges

Date: 
08/29/2017
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"I think pardoning Arpaio ["Sheriff Joe"] was a trial balloon," says Congressman Mike Quigley, 5th District, who admitted, in West Town Sunday, that his paranoia about President Trump's actions "beside firing Sessions who would fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who would fire Related:

Presence Health intends to become part of larger health system

Date: 
08/22/2017
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It was announced Tuesday, Aug. 22, that A non-binding letter of intent (LOI) has Presence Health joining Ascension, becoming part of AMITA Health. 

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Bucktown neighbors patrol the streets

Date: 
08/20/2017
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In response to a rash of muggings and robberies on Bucktown streets, neighbors were out to make a statement along with 14th District Chicago Police Department (CPD) personnel Friday night. 

Large Community Safety Walk honors Aristeo 'Pascual' Soriano, gunned down in West Town

Date: 
08/12/2017
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"With less than 24-hour notice, we had an amazing turnout,' says Lauren Weber, about the West Town Public Safety Committee Walk Friday night in honor of Ariste

Carjackers laid in wait in Pulaski Park murder

Date: 
08/11/2017
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Carjackers were lying in wait in the 1200 block of N. Greenview early Thursday morning. "The car lights were out and the engine turned off," explained 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins about the attempted carjacking and murder in Pulaski Park, early Aug 10. 

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Richard Tilley honored by Chicago City Council

Date: 
08/09/2017
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A veteran of World War II, Richard Tilley, 91 year old Wicker Park resident, is being honored by Chicago's City Council with a declaration and led the Pledge Of Allegiance to the Flag at the July City Council meeting.

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West Town Dog Parade successful tribute to Chicago Parks

Date: 
08/07/2017
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Keeping kids off the streets and in Chicago's Parks was the inspiration, says David Ramos, President, Smith Park Advisory Council (SPAC), for the 1st Annual West Town Dog Parade that began in Commercial Park, 1845 W. Rice St., and ended in Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave. on July 29.

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Classics: Meet Nigel Mack and "Rusty"

Date: 
08/06/2017
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Meet triple threat, multi-tasking blues man Nigel Mack and "Rusty," who brought classic sounds to Tuesdays at the Triangle

Blue Line service changes August 7-11

Date: 
08/04/2017
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There may be delays on the Blue Line overnight until Aug. 11, according to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). They advise to allow extra travel time.

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Wicker Park Committee gives thumbs up to redevelopment of former church facing Wicker Park

Date: 
08/04/2017
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What started in April 2015 as a rehab of a church complex, dating back to 1905, and ended in a pile of rubble in October 2016 has been approved to rise again after the Wicker Park Committee (WPC) membership gave a thumbs up

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