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

A princess, minstrels and a rabid bat swooped around The 606

Date: 
08/29/2015
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Rabid Bat Theatricals debuted their The Princess, The Minstrels and The Rabid Bat in three 606 Parks (Walsh, Churchill and Park 567), engaging audiences of all ages with action, fun, charm, wit and imagination in a folktale. 

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Presence Health has new leader as of October 1: Michael Englehart

Date: 
08/28/2015
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Michael Englehart will be taking over as the new President and CEO of Presence Health, as Sandra Bruce, who was at the helm of the merging of Resurrection Health Care and Presence Health, retires.

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Four teens were in court for theft and beating at Wicker Park gas station

Date: 
08/27/2015
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The four young men who were charged with Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery - other dangerous weapon, regarding an incident at the Gomez's Shell Station at Division and Damen in Wicker Park on Aug 18, had a preliminary hearing in the court room of Judge Ann O'Donnell, Circuit Co

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The 606 Ambassadors: More eyes on the Trail

Date: 
08/27/2015
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Dressed in The 606 logoed T-shirt and cap and armed with a walkie talkie, 16 youths, hired as Ambassadors by the Youth Service Project (YSP), 3944 W North Ave #2, in partnership with the Trust for Public Lands (TPL), are walking in shifts, back and forth, on the Bloomingdale Trail. 

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Spot zoning in the 1st Ward Milwaukee Ave. Historic District: Approved by Moreno over WPC objections

Date: 
08/22/2015
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In the Milwaukee Avenue Historic Landmark District, a request for a spot zoning upgrade for 1551 N. Milwaukee Ave. was given by 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno over strong objections from the Wicker Park Committee (WPC), the residential community group. 

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Two local teens part of beating and bike theft attempt in Wicker Park: Face jail time

Date: 
08/20/2015
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Two locals face jail time as part of the bat wielding five-man teen team that drove up in a Mercedes SUV with tinted windows to the gas station at Division and Damen

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Express buses and technology to decrease travel time on Ashland and Western

Date: 
08/19/2015
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The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will begin a three-phase effort designed to provide faster, more reliable bus service on the #9 Ashland and #49 Western bus routes,

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GrandBar had 5th and final deleterious impact hearing at BACP

Date: 
08/14/2015
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Given an unusual 5th deleterious impact hearing, GrandBar, formerly Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 1600 W. Grand Ave., had its final hearing before the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection's (BACP) Senior Attorney Vera Elue

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Agreement in final stages for Wicker-ICE community ice rink...now to the funding and volunteers

Date: 
08/13/2015
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What started at the beginning of the year with a couple of people in Wicker Park wanting to enjoy a community ice rink has snowballed into a full-fledged possibility because of the work and persistence of several people, the co-operation of the Chicago Park District and 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno.

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Symphony Sounds in Wicker Park: Hello Goodbye…musically and literally

Date: 
08/10/2015
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The Beatles' "Hello, goodbye," was the opening piece at the Symphony Sounds String Quartet concert in Related:

Over 1,000 filled 14th District's parking lot in Logan Square for National Night Out

Date: 
08/07/2015
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Soon to be teeming with over 1,000 celebrants, the Chicago Police Department's 14th District parking lot, 2150 N.

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300 hot dogs and 300 hamburgers gone from the 12th District headquarters

Date: 
08/07/2015
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According to the National Night Out (NNO) report from Chicago Police Department's (CPD) 12th District, 300 hot dogs and 300 hamburgers went missing at the District's 1412 S. Blue Island headquarters on Tues., Aug. 4, between 5 and 8 p.m. 

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Wall brings community together in Logan Square…again

Date: 
08/05/2015
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Creating something, being able to show it off to others, working and playing together and having the feeling of belonging,

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Good news bad news: Your electric bill story

Date: 
08/01/2015
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There is good news for those who recently received the letter about no longer having Constellation Energy as their electric service provider. The switch on August 11 to Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is happening after a rate decrease. 

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Chicago's plastic bag ban takes effective Saturday loophole and all

Date: 
07/31/2015
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Chicago's ban on the single-use plastic bags goes into effect Saturday, Aug. 1, amid controversy over unfairness, cost and a "loophole." 

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ComEd letter: Why Me?

Date: 
07/28/2015
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"Why did I get this letter?" "I got this letter and immediately called ComEd, but I was on hold so long, I hung up." "What is this all about?"

Charm of the neighborhood streets and gardens drew hundreds to Bucktown

Date: 
07/24/2015
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"The 2015 Bucktown Tree and GardenWalk was our 10th annual and another success," says Eva Bergant, Co-chair of the event that was held July 11-12. 

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Proposal for 95 more TOD units in Logan Square meets opposition

Date: 
07/19/2015
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Logan Square residents, property owners and business owners were packed into Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno's 1st Ward Office, 2058 N. Western Ave., Wednesday evening, as they listened then responded to a development team

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Thumbs up in Logan Square for Community Policing in Chicago's 14th District

Date: 
07/18/2015
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Community policing in Logan Square got a thumbs up in the Chicago Police Department's 14th District

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Wicker Park's North West Tower renovation reveals surprises but Convexity Properties moves development forward

Date: 
07/14/2015
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As layers were peeled from the tower area of the historic 1929 North West Tower (NWT) building at Milwaukee and North Avenues, a few surprises challenged the seasoned re-use team at Convexity Properties, the real estate and management arm of DRW, Holdings, LLC.

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