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

The Pink Panther danced in the Polish Triangle

Date: 
05/22/2015
PPTeam

The Pink Panther was part of three dance routine program by five Near North Montessori School students during the Polish Tri

Waguespack being highly praised for Logan Square's Mega Mall redevelopment process

Date: 
05/15/2015
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Logan Square residents and organizations give high praise to 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack for handling the ongoing redevelopment process of the almost three-block long (900 feet) Mega Mall property starting at Sacramento and  Milwaukee Avenues going north to just short of Logan Boulevard. 

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Wicker Park Garden Club Plant Sale declared a success thanks to volunteers and shoppers

Date: 
05/12/2015
ReadyForBiz

"Shoppers had us so busy, we didn't realize we were freezing, at first," said Denise Browning who heads up the Wicker Park Garden Club's (WPGC) Annual Plant Sale and declared the event a success.

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East Village Association meeting included Alderman-Elect Brian Hopkins

Date: 
05/08/2015
AldElectHopkins

Alderman-elect Brian Hopkins, 2nd Ward, was introduced by new East Village Association (EVA) President, Dan Johnson, at EVA's May meeting at the Happy Village, 1059 N Wolcott Ave., Monday evening. 

Congressman dishes on Washington at Chicago-Grand and Wicker Park meetings

Date: 
05/07/2015
MQuitley

Spending transportation dollars wisely; balancing security, money and privacy; and cameras in the Supreme Court were a few of Illinois 5th District House of Representatives Mike Quigley's update topics at the Chicago Grand Neighbors Association (CGNA) and Wicker Park Committee (WPC).

Two new Chicago Police Commanders and Captains in the 12th and 14th

Date: 
05/01/2015
NewCmndrs

The Chicago Police Department's (CPD) swearing in ceremony on Navy Pier Monday included 7 new commanders, 6 new captains and 98 new detectives.

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GrandBar: 5th deleterious hearing to be in 30 days

Date: 
04/29/2015
GrandBar

A negotiated agreement for GrandBar to have a 5th deleterious impact hearing in 30 days occurred between Vera Elue, Senior Attorney in Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and GrandBar management at the end of an almost two-hour meeting in City Hall Tuesday morning. 

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Thousands of Presence Health employees take action regarding Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed Medicaid budget cuts

Date: 
04/29/2015
BigLtr

In response to Illinois Governor Rauner's proposed $1.5 billion reduction of the Illinois Medicaid programming, giant letters from thousands of Presence Health employees are being signed at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), 2233 W. Division St.

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Chicago Grand Neighbors are concerned: GrandBar having 4th deleterious impact hearing

Date: 
04/26/2015
GrandBar

 

GrandBar, formerly known as Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 1600 W Grand Ave., at the corner of Grand and Ashland, has been a point of concern for neighbors for sometime. A 4 a.m. licensed bar, they will have their fourth deleterious impact hearing on Apr. 28

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LaSalle II teachers hung from wall by students

Date: 
04/24/2015
LaSalleHanging

LaSalle II Student Council's Carnival was a "fun" fundraiser that included hanging the principal and two teachers from the wall (literally),

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Derrick Smith, former 10th District Illinois State Representative, sentenced

Date: 
04/23/2015
DerrickSmith

Derrick Smith, 51, former 10th District Illinois State Representative, this morning, received a sentence

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Historic mystery revealed in proposed conversion of Wicker Park Church

Date: 
04/22/2015
1905SchillerSide

The church at 1905 W. Schiller, at the point of Wicker Park, appears to be a single structure. But, hidden behind the yellow bricks, there is another story.

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Pardon our ISP!

Date: 
04/16/2015

To all of you who may think there is something wrong with you, your connection or your digital device...it is not you, your connection or your device! IT IS OUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP)!

Former Max Gerber site: United Logan Square voices question Moreno's process for Buono development

Date: 
04/13/2015
NoTowers

Going door to door in the Logan Square area near the former Max Gerber location, at Milwaukee and California Avenues, representatives of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Logan Square Preservation and SMOS Logan Square are collecting signatures

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2nd Ward Aldermanic choices: Hopkins and Pattison

Date: 
04/07/2015
Audience

In the February election 10,535 ballots were cast in the 2nd Ward, of which 9,969 voted for alderman. The difference is do to no vote cast or multiple selections were made. 

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EVA's April Meeting: returning Police foot patrol, building upgrade incentives, Red Apple final denial and more!

Date: 
04/07/2015
LibermanJohnson

Several topics were covered at the East Village Association's (EVA) April meeting, Monday, at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave, and managed to adjourn long before the Wisconsin-Duke game tipoff, reports EVA's Stephen Rynkiewicz. 

Wicker Park, Humboldt Park and Haas Park among 10 winning Chicago Park Advisory Councils

Date: 
03/31/2015
Winners

The Chicago Parks Foundation presented the newly created Park Advisory Council Award to 10 of the 208 Park Advisory Councils (PAC) in the more than 500 parks in the Chicago Park District

Logan Square Dog Park: "Another local dream come true"

Date: 
03/30/2015
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Wagging tails, little yips and big barks and beaming "parents" greeted the news this weekend that the Logan Square Dog Park (Park 556), tucked in on the west side of Western Ave., south of Logan Blvd., will be constructed this year! 

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Welcome to the world of Mr. Imagination: Gregory Warmack

Date: 
03/27/2015
GWarmack

Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination, a retrospective of the work of Gregory Warmack, at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., will continue through May 25. To accommodate demand, Intuit is now open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. 

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