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

Police and community partnership Session II in 12th District

Date: 
11/02/2019
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The Chicago Police Department (CPD) 12th District will partner with the community in the second "Community Conversation" for determining the District's 2020 Strategic Plans. It will be in Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine, from 6 to 8 p.m., Tues., Nov. 5. There is parking on the street and in a lot. The 12th District station is close by at 1412 S. Blue Island.

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First indoor 2019-20 Farmers Market opens Sunday: Logan Square

Date: 
11/01/2019
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While the Logan Square Farmers Market (LSFM) is an indoor event on Sundays from Nov. 3 thru Mar. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2363 N. Milwaukee (Emporium), this premier market will have some outdoor vendors. 

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Arroyo resigns as Illinois House about to consider his ouster

Date: 
11/01/2019
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Today, hours before a State of Illinois committee was to meet to consider ousting Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo from his 3rd District seat, he resigned. 

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Illinois House of Representatives Luis Arroyo: Charged by Feds

Date: 
10/28/2019
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Luis Arroyo, 3rd District, State of Illinois Representative appeared in the Dirksen Federal U.S. Court House, 219 S Dearborn St, this morning, charged with one count of federal program bribery, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. 

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Halloween 2019 blasts off at Wicker Park's Boo-palooza Saturday

Date: 
10/25/2019
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The spooktacular Boo-palooza with its innumerable activities will fill Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat., Oct 26., rain or shine. 

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CPS strike: Up close engagement

Date: 
10/25/2019
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The Eagle looked down from its 70-foot perch at a swarm of singing, chanting, marching, drum banging and sign waving Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers and their strike supporters Tuesday morning. They were shoulder to shoulder around the Illinois Centennial Monument surrounded by Milwaukee, Kedzie Avenues and Logan Boulevard. A few of the teachers were willing to share their thoughts on education in Chicago and working conditions.

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80th Anniversary: Poland's vision of the future lives on in the PMA

Date: 
10/19/2019
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UPDATE:
Jan Lorys, the historian at the Polish Museum of America has offered additional information below*

Fortuitously, in February 1939, Poland loaded 200 tons of artifacts on ships bound for New York and the "The World of Tomorrow" themed 1939 World's Fair. 

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Historic visit: four generations of Smith Park's namesake

Date: 
10/18/2019
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For many people involved with Smith Park, 2526 West Grand Ave., history came alive with a unique visit from four generations of Smiths. 

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Residents and Chicago Police partner: Setting 2020 community policing strategic plans

Date: 
10/11/2019
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Chicago Police Department (CPD) Districts, partnering with community business owners and residents, are in the midst of developing their 2020 Community Policing Strategic Plans. It is not too late to participate. 

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Meet Nicholas Sistler: a master of diminutive, deception, color and illusion

Date: 
10/06/2019
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With a passion for diminutives, colors and jigsaw shapes, Nicholas Sistler teases the eye in a new exhibition, JUMBO, which opened Fri., Oct. 4, in The Dime, 1513 N. Western Ave. In Wicker Park, the show continues through Oct. 28. 

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1st Ward Democratic Committeeman race ramping up for a fight

Date: 
09/30/2019
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Alderman Daniel La Spata's declaration on Friday in the race for the volunteer position as 1st Ward Democratic Committeeman, which is currently held by former 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno, is heating up. 

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FREE: Life saving flu shots are available

Date: 
09/28/2019
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Recommending that residents should get the flu vaccine by the end of October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says

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Rep. Delia Ramirez updates Chicago Grand Neighbors Association regarding Illinois government

Date: 
09/27/2019
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"What do you want me to think about and take with me to the January and February sessions in Springfield," asked Representative Delia Ramirez, Illinois House 4th district,

Whisk closed by State of Illinois in Ukrainian Village

Date: 
09/13/2019
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Large green signs on the window and door of Whisk, 2018 W. Chicago Ave., in Ukrainian Village give warning that Whisk's business certificate of registration is revoked. 

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September once again plays an important role in Wicker Park's "life"

Date: 
09/06/2019
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Thanks to D.S. Lee's land purchases starting in 1847, M.L. Stewart's efforts in 1868, Alderman McGrath's action with Chicago's City Council on Sept. 19, 1870, followed by Stewart's generosity on Sept. 26, 1870, and the 2019 $67,000 gift from the Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33, there will be a celebration in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen. Ave., Sun., Sept. 8, at noon. Everyone is invited to be part of the event at the iconic Gurgoyle Fountain. 

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Performance open call: "What remains"

Date: 
09/05/2019
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In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery is inviting artists from around the world to make proposals for What Remains, an exhibition and a performance program to occur in Chicago in February 2020.

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Longevity became theme at Logan Square and Wicker Park Bucktown chambers mixer

Date: 
08/23/2019
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Two Chamber of Commerce executive directors, Logan Square's (LSCC), Jessica Wobbekind, and Wicker Park Buctown's (WPBCC), Pamela Maas, were on stage at Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage,

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Two lawsuits re Mosky Wicker Park project: Moreno's last minute slight-of hand-in City Council

Date: 
08/21/2019
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Robert Mosky, RDM Development, received a "go" on the Wicker Park apartment project, 1624-28 W. Division, as a result of one of former 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno's actions during his last day as alderman in Chicago's City Council this last February. 

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Opening for WPB End of Summer Sale: Reckless Records new Bargain Basement

Date: 
08/20/2019
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Treasures from yesterday and yesteryear can be added to your music collection from Reckless Records, 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave., new Bargain Basement, opening during Wicker Park Bucktown’s (WPB) annual End of Summer Sale Aug. 24 and 25. Posters, vintage and new, are also making their debut this weekend.

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David Ramos honored by Chicago City Council for service to local school councils

Date: 
08/17/2019
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David Ramos, President of the Smith Park Advisory Council and a member of the Polish Triangle Coalition, was honored by Chicago's City Council for 23 years of service on the Local School Councils for Ogden International School of Chicago and Lincoln Park High School as well as the Local School Council Advisory Board, LSCAB representing Network 6. 

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