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

Pipsqueak Was Here with children, animals and a message

Date: 
09/02/2018
FriendsInWood

Charming, sometimes haunting children appear to be inviting you into their world, where teddy and live bears dominate the animal inhabitants in "Caution Children At Play" at the Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Ave. thru Sept. 22. 

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Claim of no smoke detectors and possible illegal utility connections in Humboldt Park apartment fire

Date: 
08/31/2018
3226Augusta

There were no working smoke detectors and there were illegal gas and electric connections in the three-story apartment building at 3226 W.

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EvilOlive voluntarily closes for two nights

Date: 
08/29/2018
PodEvil

EvilOlive, 1551 W. Division, voluntarily agreed to close on August 29 and 30 nights as a result of this morning's shooting, says Chicago Police Department's 12th District Commander Stephen Chung. 

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EvilOlive nightclub bouncer shot at Division and Ashland

Date: 
08/29/2018
EvilOlive

Only a few towels on the sidewalk at Ashland and Division and a police tape on Division remain as evidence of the 3:44 a.m. shooting, around the corner from a local nightclub. 

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Taiko Drummers close out the sixth season of Tuesdays at the Triangle August 28

Date: 
08/27/2018
TaikoDrummers

The energizing, haunting and rhythmic beat of the Tsukasa Taiko Drummers will close out the sixth season of the Polish Triangle Coalition's (PTC) Tuesdays at the Triangle on August 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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More than entertainment kicks off 6th season of Tuesdays at the Triangle

Date: 
06/05/2018
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In its sixth year, Tuesdays at the Triangle is going beyond delivering two hours of free entertainment in the Polish Triangle each Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through August 28. At the inaugural evening Tuesday, June 5, two new food vendors will offer tamales and pizza and more vendors will be coming on board in following weeks. 

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Dynamic start to summer activities 2018 in Wicker Park begins Sunday

Date: 
06/01/2018
AudWPCS

The Chicago Blackhawks inflatable rink, Mr. Dave Music for KIDS, Park and Garden Tour capped off with the Wicker Park Choral Singers while the Wicker Park Farmers Market has its season debut with early morning yoga.

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Revitalized Wicker Park Farmers Market opens their 2018 season this Sunday, June 3

Date: 
06/01/2018
BeansCab

Expansion and change are the words to describe the Wicker Park Farmers Market this year.

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Target hires team to open small-format Wicker Park store

Date: 
05/15/2018
TargetLkngEast

Target's opening of their Chicago area's 84th store at 1664 W. Division St., in Wicker Park is one step closer to their anticipated July 22 opening. They interviewed 300 job seekers over six days for a range of positions, including team leaders.

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Humboldt Park community is invited to shape vision for new development surrounding Norwegian American Hospital

Date: 
05/12/2018
NAHCovrArea

Targeting 24 blocks around Norwegian American Hospital (NAH) in Humboldt Park, a new vision for a development and wellness project will be presented to the community at two different presentations next week.

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Happy Mother's Day!

Date: 
05/12/2018
MothDaySheep2018

Celebrated in more than 40 countries, Mother's Day celebrations are believed to have begun by the Greeks and Romans.Today, the celebration date varies around the globe. The intent is the same: honoring those who nurture and care.

Project for Puerto Rico's artisans signed in Humboldt Park's National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Date: 
05/11/2018
SignAgree

Focusing on preserving the culture, traditions and arts and promoting artisans living in Puerto Rico, an agreement for a new project,  The Artisan Project and More (“Proyecto Artesano y Mas”) was signed Thursday, May 10, by Billy Ocasio, Executive Director, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) and Carlos R. Ruiz, Executive Director, Puerto Rico’s Institute of Culture (PRIC).

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Logan Square's Farmers Market kicks off the season on Mother's Day

Date: 
05/10/2018
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The 14th season of the Logan Square Outdoor Farmers Market kicks off Sunday, Mother's Day, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Logan Blvd. and Milwaukee Ave. (3107 W. Logan Blvd.). 

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This weekend: Logan Square's Annual Paseo Prairie Garden Plant Sale

Date: 
05/10/2018
PaseoPrairie

Organic vegetable starts and herbs, annual flowers as well as native perennial flowers and grasses are the "best in show" of the Annual Paseo Prairie Garden Plant Sale this weekend, May 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2614 N. Kedzie, by Logan Square's Blue Line entrance.

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Perfect match-up: Spring weather, Mother's Day and the Wicker Park Plant Sale

Date: 
05/09/2018
OpngMorning

Flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables, fresh from the growers, will be ready for gardeners as well as Mother's Day shoppers this weekend at the annual Wicker Park Plant Sale May 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

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Community Meeting: North Branch development will have impact on both sides of River

Date: 
04/20/2018
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With quality of life at stake for residents, businesses and organizations on both sides of the River, a Community Meeting for the North Branch Park + Preserve is being held Mon., Apr. 23, at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 2325 N. Lakewood Ave., from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Designer clothes out of your price range? Not this weekend!

Date: 
04/20/2018
SCraig

If you have never been to the Annual Closet Clearance Sale at INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., this year would be a good time to start a new habit. It begins Fri., Apr. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Volunteers urged to participate in Chicago's Clean and Green Day of Service: Earth Day

Date: 
04/19/2018
SaveEarth

Earth Day clean-up activities are going to be engaging at least a couple of thousand volunteers throughout Chicago's near northwest side on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.

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New website gives real time view of street sweepers

Date: 
04/18/2018
BYSweeper

While City wide street sweeping has gotten off to an inconsistent start since April 1 because of the weather, there is a new website showing each sweeper "live",

The WasteShed celebrates reuse and smashes their own collection records

Date: 
04/17/2018
FabricsERay

The 3.5 tons of donated art, craft and school materials, in first quarter 2018, has smashed all quarter collection records for four-year-old The WasteShed, 2842 W. Chicago Ave.