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

Eight-hour Martin Luther King Day celebration in Wicker Park on Monday!

Date: 
01/15/2017
MLK

Martin Luther King's (MLK) passion for nonviolent activism will be in action in the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen from 1 to 9 p.m., Mon., Jan. 16, MLK Day. 

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Three alderman invited to look at 2017 challenges and review 2016

Date: 
01/12/2017
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With 2016 in the rearview mirror and a shiny new 2017 on the road ahead, Our Urban Times invited three aldermen to speak to our readers about future and past issues, as they see it. Not all replied.

The Women’s March on Chicago announces big news for January 21 and gets local support

Date: 
01/10/2017
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The Women’s March on Chicago has an official Rally permit for the January 21 event and announces a list of confirmed Rally speakers as well as the March's route, according to the event's Tuesday morning announcement. 

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Water line break in Bucktown floods streets

Date: 
01/09/2017
LeavittMoff

A longitudinal crack along the 12 inch 1897 water main on Leavitt at Moffat

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Great Chicago Police Officer story reminder: More good men and women have opportunity to serve

Date: 
01/08/2017
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Smith Park's Kim Shepherd* posted a heartwarming story today as 12th District's Sergeant Juan Clas reminds everyone that Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer applications are open until Jan. 31. 

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Permanent and spring and summer jobs in D.C.

Date: 
01/07/2017
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RespectAbility, focused on the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities, is on a nationwide search for a National Leadership Program Director as well as spring and summer interns in the Washington, D.C, area. 

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Wicker Park Committee closing in on neighborhood signage

Date: 
12/30/2016
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The Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) efforts, that began about a year ago, to design, produce and install neighborhood signs received a boost in revenue at the annual holiday party. 

Ola Rondiak's VINOK more than art exhibit: Ukrainian determination despite atrocities - Part I

Date: 
12/28/2016
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The VINOK exhibition at the Ukrainian National Museum is more than an exhibition of art work.

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Holiday cheer spread thanks to Northwestern Settlement and 12th District Chicago Police

Date: 
12/22/2016
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The 125-year-old Northwestern Settlement (NS), 1400 W. Augusta, and the 181 (approximately) -year-old Chicago Police Department (COD) partnered on Monday.

Dangers and delights of collecting and giving

Date: 
12/22/2016
BearGang

Weird things can happen when you declare that you're a collector of some thing…like bears...teddy or not. 

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Familiar face at Christkindlmarket Chicago: Marc Talleux

Date: 
12/21/2016
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No need to wait until next summer's Wicker Park Farmers Market to enjoy Marc Talleux's savory and sweet crepes. Go to Chicago's Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza. 

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Still time to hear the Wicker Park Choral Singers

Date: 
12/14/2016
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While many attended Sunday's 9th Annual Wicker Park Choral Singers (WPCS) holiday concert in the Wicker Park Lutheran Church, many more let the weather deter them from attending.

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The Domestic Violence Tree of Hope ceremony is personal in the 14th District

Date: 
12/13/2016
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Daughters of Veronica Rizzo-Acevedo are still dealing with their loss of more than two years ago, but they had words of advice

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Shopping with 14th District Cops brings Christmas to some young people

Date: 
12/13/2016
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Youth who might receive little to nothing this year for Christmas went "Shopping with a Cop," in fact five of them from the 14th District, in Toys R Us

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"Miracle on 34th Street" is a must see by December 18

Date: 
12/12/2016
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The perfect holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, originally a 1947 Christmas comedy-drama film, is warming hearts at The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand, for a very short run ending Dec. 18. 

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Illinois travel information available 24/7 from IDOT

Date: 
12/10/2016
WinterIDOTMap

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provides 24/7 updates for roads throughout Illinois during winter storms as well as other travel information during the rest of the year. 

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Predicted snow storm: The 606 cancellations and the CTA preparedness

Date: 
12/09/2016
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With predictions of accumulating snow expected from late Saturday through Sunday evening, The 606 has postponed their Walk with Light scheduled for Sunday, while the CTA has declared that they are prepared. 

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Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce names new director: Pamela Maass

Date: 
12/08/2016
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Having served as the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce's (WPBCC) President of the Board for the last year, Pamela Maass

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Chicagoland Toys for Tots: Western Avenue rolling closures on Sunday

Date: 
12/02/2016
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The 39th Annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots drive in Chicago will step off from 83rd and Western Ave. at 9:30 a.m. on Sun., Dec. 4, in multiple groups (tiers) with 15 minutes between each,

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Chicago Avenue pop up: A merge of 3 women, 2 businesses, minimalist boho, modern vintage and modern

Date: 
11/30/2016
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One of Chicago Avenue's newest pop-ups is a merger of two interior design businesses that compliment and blend minimalist boho and vintage modern with modern concepts and items for the tiniest apartments to the largest homes as well as commercial spaces. 

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