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

Rosie Quasarano begins 3rd year of living her dream...Cup & Spoon

Date: 
05/24/2016
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Rosie Quasarano starts her seventh year as a Chicagoan and her third year fulfilling her dream as owner of Cup & Spoon,

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Cops caught soliciting again....for Special Olympics!

Date: 
05/20/2016
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Once again 14th District Chicago Police Officers were caught "soliciting" at the Dunkin' Donuts, 2565 W. Fullerton, early Friday morning!

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LBGTQ-friendly, mixed-use development announced by Moreno

Date: 
05/19/2016
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Named The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo Plaza, an LBGTQ-friendly, mixed-use, 88-unit development

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Observe/participate: 16 weeks - "Tuesdays at the Triangle" starts May 17

Date: 
05/14/2016
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This Tuesday, May 17, the  Fourth Season of Tuesdays at the Triangle kicks off a 16-week sensory delight at a new time, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cook County Board approved an Animal Abuser Registry

Date: 
05/13/2016
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Having been approved by the Cook County Board Law Enforcement Committee despite objections from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, a Cook County Animal Abuser Registry

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Wild Wild West or Let's Make a Deal? - Chicago's Airbnb, B&Bs, Vacation Rentals and Hostels

Date: 
05/12/2016
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Chicago's rules about temporary housing are one thing and the reality of compliance appears to be another. In fact, Airbnbs, Bed and Breakfasts (B&B), Vacation Rentals and Hostels look like a modern day combined version of the "Wild Wild West" and "Let's Make a Deal." 

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Chicago's top cop: controlling crime requires everyone including criminal justice system

Date: 
05/10/2016
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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke out in a Sun-Times opinion editorial about conquering the City's crime issues.

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"A night of a Thousand Princes" Purple Walk in Wicker Park

Date: 
05/07/2016
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In honor of pop icon Prince's death, A Night of a Thousand Princes -- Purple Walk attracted people of all ages from all over the City on Friday night in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen. 

Wicker Park Plant Sale: perfect for 2016 gardens and Mother's Day gifts

Date: 
05/07/2016
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Hanging baskets, flowering annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetables and cacti are all at the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen, ready for Wicker Park Garden Club's (WPGC) Annual Plant Sale, Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Chicago Grand community works together to solve problems

Date: 
05/06/2016
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Working together to solve issues was the focus of a community meeting facilitated by Chicago Grand Neighbors Association (CGNA) President Lyn Wolfson

“HELP US HELP YOU!”: 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 mysteries and how tos

Date: 
05/05/2016
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"Call 9-1-1" is an often repeated statement throughout WestTown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square at recent community meetings as well as at Chicago Alternative Police Strategy (CAPS) meetings. Some residents question that.

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Wicker Ice receives Blackhawk's donation for Season 2

Date: 
05/03/2016
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WickerIce in Wicker Park has received a $2,725 donation from the Chicago Blackhawks

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Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center graded "A" in safety

Date: 
04/30/2016
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For the sixth consecutive reporting period, Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), 2233 W. Division St., has received an "A" Hospital Safety Score

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Help Wanted: Locating Blue Line robbers

Date: 
04/30/2016
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Photos of the duo who robbed and beat a young woman on the Blue Line between Kedzie/Homan and Western,

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Two missing men located

Date: 
04/29/2016
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Two men, in unrelated situations, were located, according to the Chicago Police Department.

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Orange gnome army swarms Wicker Park and Bucktown, celebrating Arbor Day

Date: 
04/29/2016
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In honor of Arbor Day, an army of 84 orange gnomes were transported through out the Wicker Park and Bucktown commercial streets by WPB SSA #33 transporters

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Will East Village's St. Boniface survive the wrecking ball next week?

Date: 
04/29/2016
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UPDATE:
There was a 30-day hold on a decision for demolition and the Academy of Music is continuing to work on the possibility that they will be able to purchase it. 

Once again East Village's historic St. Boniface Church is facing a demolition order. However, the Chicago Academy of Music (CAM)

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Chicago schools: "…being treated like pop-up stores"

Date: 
04/28/2016
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Voices were raised in protest against accepting Federal grant seed money to add 24 new charters in Chicago's already financially strapped system. 

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Man shot in Chicago Grand area during early morning

Date: 
04/23/2016
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At 1:55 a.m. Saturday, a 29-year-old man was shot in the neck

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Burnett's attacker charged: Is he a "canary in the coal mine"?

Date: 
04/23/2016
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A 30-year-old south side man, Rafheal Taylor, of the 1400 block of S. Canal St. was charged in the attack on 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.,

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