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

Milwaukee Ave. developer setting new standards for cooperation with community

Date: 
07/31/2014
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LG Construction & Development, 2234 W. North Ave., is setting new standards for cooperation between developers and community organization, resulting in a better development for both. LG first met with the Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) Preservation and Development Committee (P&D) in November 2013 regarding 1237-53 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Lolita Fashion brings Victorian fashion and culture through Wicker Park again

Date: 
07/29/2014
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Appearing to have walked off the Wicker Park history book or the pages of a Victorian picture album, members of the Chicago Lolita Fashion group, Chigothloli*, strolled along the sidewalk in Wicker Park on Sat., July 26.

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Police officer shot in Bucktown one possible offender dead

Date: 
07/28/2014
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UPDATE:
(8:15 a.m.) The officer was returning home when he heard noises at a construction site. He went to investigate and confronted an offender.

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Free yoga in Wicker Park thanks to Ali Alley and lululemon athletica

Date: 
07/26/2014
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Two years ago Ali Alley, of lululemon athletica, 1627 N Damen Ave.,  connected with Doug Wood at the Wicker Park Advisory Council saying, "I want to do a free outdoor yoga class in the Park once a month." 

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Critical Mass: a blur of cyclists encircled Wicker Park

Date: 
07/26/2014
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Critical Mass encircled Wicker Park on their end of July ride Friday evening, July 25, between 6:30 and 7 p.m.

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Malgorzata Kot named new director of the Polish Museum of America

Date: 
07/26/2014
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Taking effect on Sept.1, Malgorzata Kot will be the new Managing Director of the  Polish Museum of America (PMA), 958 N. Milwaukee Ave. Selected by the PMA Executive Committee and the Board of Directors from a field of many qualified candidates, Kot has served the PMA Head Librarian for 19 years. 

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Ramifications of actions and connectivity: "A Delicate Balance" at ARC

Date: 
07/25/2014
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Whether you have a leaning toward the teachings of Buddha, Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein, Carolyne King's A Delicate Balance exhibit at ARC Gallery, 2156 N. Damen Ave., in Bucktown, will have a connecting point for you. 

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Top talent appears on stage at Wicker Mic Friday night

Date: 
07/23/2014
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"It is amazing that the talent just keeps getting better and starting at the age of three," says Nate Tubbs, Wicker Mic Coordinator, in amazement. Wicker Mic, which will be "on stage" in the baseball field of Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, Fri., July  25, starting at 6 p.m. for the second time this summer. 

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Ukrainian National Museum fights to get books back in Ukrainian libraries

Date: 
07/19/2014
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The Ukrainian National Museum (UNM), 2249 W. Superior St., needs help in their peaceful war to get Ukrainian books back in Ukrainian libraries in Kharkiv, Ukraine. 

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"The Sandlot" beat out last year's Jurassic Park attendance in Wicker Park

Date: 
07/18/2014
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Last year's Jurassic Park movie in Wicker Park drew 3,000 people. Thursday night, July 17, Sandlot, blew that number out of the water by at least another 500. 

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Mark Pristop found dead in Michigan

Date: 
07/18/2014
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Mark Pristop, of Ukrainian Village, who was listed as missing by the Chicago Police Department, was found dead in Saugatuck, MI, according to reports. The cause of death is currently not known.

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Dada dominates Humboldt Park's Out of Line Gallery beginning Saturday

Date: 
07/11/2014
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Out of Line Gallery, 2812 W Chicago Ave., in Humboldt Park, will be dominated by a series of events starting Sat., July 28, at 7 p.m. with the opening of the exhibit Dada Turns the Tables: Art Show & Performance

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Eastern European classical string music concert in Wicker Park's Schiller Grove

Date: 
07/11/2014
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Classical music by Eastern European composers will be performed by the Symphony Sounds String Quartet in their second concert for the season in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave., Sun., July 13, at 11 a.m.

Mutual father and daughter admiration and respect: Alderman Rey Colon and Kristiana

Date: 
07/11/2014
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Considering that Logan Square's Rey and April Colon met in a college writing class and both encouraged their children to be involved in the arts, it is understandable that their offspring might incorporate these skills and talents in their adult lives. But, daughter Kristiana Rae has taken talent added perseverance, hard work, passion and heart too. 

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Beth Sholtis named Interim Executive Director at Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber

Date: 
07/10/2014
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The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce (WPBCC) Board named Beth Sholtis as Interim Executive Director of the Chamber, according the Chamber Board President Ginna Ryan of Mauge

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Tuesdays at the Triangle: Original progressive jazz double header with Chicago Overground

Date: 
07/07/2014
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Chicago Overground doubles up events in an evening of original progressive jazz for Tuesdays at the Triangle in the Polish Triangle, Tues., July 8, starting at 6 p.m. The venue is in the triangle of Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues at Division Street.

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FOTP request help in three neighborhood park playlots

Date: 
07/03/2014
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Friends of the Parks (FOTP) is seeking volunteers to help spread fibar surfacing in three local playlots July 7, 9 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. In order, the Parks are Honore/Park 520, 916 N. Honore; Humbolt, 3025 W. Augusta; and Western, 907 N. Western. 

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What are Family Values?

Date: 
06/28/2014
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"What are family values," asks a reader regarding the Fox Motors story.

Good question Raymond, thank you for asking.

Wicker Mic kicks off its 5th year in Wicker Park tonight

Date: 
06/27/2014
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Wicker Mic opens its 5th season tonight in Wicker Park,1425 N. Damen Ave., on the softball field near Schiller at 6 p.m.

Fox Ford Lincoln break ground on Elston Ave. in Logan Square

Date: 
06/25/2014
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Fox Motors officially broke ground for their new 145,000 square foot Ford Lincoln dealership facility on a 7.4 acre site at 2501 N. Elston Ave. on Tuesday afternoon, June 24.

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