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

Fireworks: What, where, why and how

Date: 
07/02/2015
July4

Since fireworks are a type of explosive pyrotechnic, it is understandable that they can go boom and do bad things… like bodily harm and property damage! 

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Logan Square man stabs fellow resident to death

Date: 
07/01/2015
QuispeTrujillo

A social event turned deadly in the 1900 N. block of Rockwell, in the Logan Square neighborhood, early Monday morning. Ruben Quispe-Trujillo, 24, is charged with 1st Degree Murder. 

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Ukrainian Village's Chychula family loses John at age 61

Date: 
06/26/2015
JohnChychula

John Chychula, 61, who grew up in the Ukrainian Village then moved to Palatine, IL, in 1995, is described as a "gentle giant," loving, jovial, even-tempered, smart and talented, with a good sense of humor. He lost a long hard fought battle against multiple health challenges on Tues., June 23. 

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Father "Nick" is leaving St. Aloysius Church: Last mass on Sunday

Date: 
06/24/2015
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Father Nicholas R. Desmond will give his last Sunday Mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2300 W. Le Moyne Street, on Sun., June 28 at 12:30 p.m.

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No more CAPS… It's Community Policing says 14th District Commander Marc Buslik

Date: 
06/20/2015
MBuslik

No more Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS) is the "word" from the Chicago Police Department (CPD). "The idea that the community can be safe just because of what the police do, we knew a long time ago wasn't going to work," says 14th District Commander Marc Buslik. 

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Plans to move high-speed rail forward potentially impeded by Rauner

Date: 
06/18/2015
Bombadier

The screeching sound of locomotive breaking is heard in Springfield as Governor Rauner's proposed cuts are opposite of Illinois Senate Resolution 0616

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Meet Wicker Park Detail's new Sergeant: William Betancourt

Date: 
06/18/2015
WBetancourt

When William "Will" Betancourt joined the Chicago Police Department 19 years ago, he was assigned to District 14 (Shakespeare). He left and came back a couple of times and is now back to head one of the area's well known teams…the Wicker Park Detail. 

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The Winning Hawks connection: Brian Hopkins and the new 2nd Ward Office

Date: 
06/17/2015
New2Office

UPDATES: New office opens for business on July 1. And, Steve Niketopoulos is the new Chief of Staff for the 2nd Ward.

The last several days have been big for new 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. He opened his new office and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup! 

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Tuesdays at the Triangle: Baltic jazz drew Argentineans and helicopter

Date: 
06/15/2015
TuesdayCafe

Romanian born Daniela Bisenius, classical, jazz and gypsy music violinist, and Bane Djordjevic, Serbian pianist, drew in

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Cup & Spoon celebrates first birthday!

Date: 
06/12/2015
FirstCake

"It's a wonderful thing," said Rosie Quasarano, owner of Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Ave., as she prepared for her first birthday party for the little cafe that has great tea, coffee, food, sweet treats and people.

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Wicker Park Farmers Market opens for the 2015 season this Sunday!

Date: 
06/12/2015
MintCreek

Wicker Park's Farmers Market (WPFM) debuts its 2015 season on Sun., June 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with special happenings. The Market runs each Sunday through October 25, in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 

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Teens human trafficking Walk-a-thon Saturday to bring awareness to a growing "industry"

Date: 
06/12/2015
HelpMe

Human trafficking…slavery… is a multi-billion dollar "industry." It isn't just "there" it is HERE and it is growing! Saturday, June 13, Teens against human trafficking Walk-a-thon is to

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2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins announces new staff and is opening his Ashland office Saturday

Date: 
06/11/2015
FrontDoor

Despite the fact that sawdust was flying behind this door at 1400 N. Ashland early Thursday afternoon, Brian Hopkins, the 2nd Ward's new alderman says, "I and my new staff will be ready to sell City Stickers between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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The 606: Streams flowed together forming a river...The Bloomingdale Trail

Date: 
06/04/2015
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"There wasn't one event or person that started the Bloomingdale Trail efforts," explained Ben Helphand who was the co-founder, along with Paul Smith, Darren Beck, Josh Deth, Raul Echeverria, Lucy Gomez and Tim Lane, of the Friends of Bloomingdale Trail (FBT) in 2002. "It was like multiple streams, coming together, becoming a river." 

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Taco Bell gets Wicker Park community push back on liquor sales

Date: 
06/04/2015
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Community residents gave push back to Taco Bell's plan for late night alcohol service at 1439 N. Milwaukee Ave.,

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Think 606: What is this?

Date: 
06/02/2015
What1

Do you know what this is?

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ZBA decided on Chicago-Grand Fresh Sober group home and Logan Square marijuana dispensary

Date: 
06/01/2015
LGoldfarb

After a marathon of questions and statements for and against A Fresh Start Sober Living Environments, Inc. (AFS) obtaining a Special Use for 530 N. Marshfield as a group home, the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals

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Smith Park's 1st Annual Memorial Day Parade: An impressive success

Date: 
05/27/2015
Pipe3r begins

Smith Park's 1st Annual Memorial Day Parade organized in Sts. Volodymye and Olha Ukrainian
Catholic Church
's parking lot, 2245 W. Superior, then stepped off from Oakley and Huron on Monday morning with the sun shining then the rain falling.

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Bloomingdale Trail: Part of Chicago's transportation history

Date: 
05/24/2015
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Hundreds of years ago, Chicago's Lake Michigan shores and surroundings, the bottom of Glacial Lake Chicago, was a destination for Native Americans who accessed it by waterways and land.

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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