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

CGNA encourages support for tougher gun legislation...now!

Date: 
05/23/2017
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UPDATE:
Passed committee Thurs. morning. Second reading probably Friday. Third reading would be for vote. Check website Illinois Senate Bill1722. Still time to reach out to your congressmen.

With concerns for public safety, the Chicago Grand Neighbors Association (CGNA), is encouraging its members and others to step up and take action around Illinois Senate Bill1722, which takes aim at

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Tuesdays at the Triangle kicks off its 2017 season May 23

Date: 
05/20/2017
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Tuesdays at the Triangle, the 14-week performance series, produced by the Polish Triangle Coalition (PTC), kicks off its 5th season Tues., May 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Located in the triangle formed by Milwaukee, Division and Ashland, the season ends on Aug. 29 (note: no July 4 performance). 

Giving to Special Olympics in the 12th and 14th Districts: Cops and donuts, perfect!

Date: 
05/19/2017
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Officers from the 12th and 14th Chicago Police Department Districts, as well as

Alderman Moreno threatens Double Door building owner using "aldermanic privilege" for a campaign contributor

Date: 
05/17/2017
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"You are not going to get a dime out of this building," Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward Alderman, warns Brian Strauss, building owner where the well known music venue, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., resided for 20-years in Wicker Park. "I felt that he was intimidating me, that he was threatening me," said Strauss to CBS' Dave Savini in an interview aired Tuesday night. 

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First Ward office rocked by news: Joseph Muntaner dead

Date: 
05/15/2017
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"Chicago police are conducting a death investigation after a long-time 1st Ward political operative was found shot to death

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Logan Square Farmers Market opens 11th season Sunday

Date: 
05/11/2017
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Logan Square Farmers Market (LSFM), operated by the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, kicks off its 11th year this Sunday,

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Annual Wicker Park Bucktown Neighborhood Guide released

Date: 
05/05/2017
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This year's annual Wicker Park Bucktown Neighborhood Guide debuted at the Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., Thurs., May 4. 

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Artistic Inspiration: It's all about mating

Date: 
05/03/2017
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It is spring and thoughts are known to stray toward attracting a mate, but rarely does one see such an elaborate display of enticement as this underwater experience.

New plans for former Wicker Park church being presented to at Wicker Park Committee meeting

Date: 
05/03/2017
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Four condominiums and four duplex units are being proposed by John Conrad Schiess, architect, on behalf of property owner Igor Blumin, Vice President of Interforum, at the Wednesday Wicker Park Committee (WPC) meeting in the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen, Wed., May 3, at 7 p.m.

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Ukrainian Village's Hoyne and Chicago stoplight is reality after eight year battle

Date: 
05/02/2017
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Red and green lights now control traffic at the corner of Hoyne and Chicago Avenues in Ukrainian Village. An effort that began eight years ago.

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Chicago's Science March delivers hope, joy and determination

Date: 
04/25/2017
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Despite the threats to and dire predictions for the well being of science in this country, Science March Chicago participants on Saturday said

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Most Earth Day participants ever: Friends of the Parks

Date: 
04/24/2017
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Standing at the Humboldt Park Boat House on Saturday, Friends of the Parks' Executive Director Juanita Irizarry declares

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Eckhart Park had record number of cleaner-uppers on Earth Day

Date: 
04/23/2017
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From one end of Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago, to another, 30 volunteers were busily cleaning up the park on Earth Day.

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Edith Konieczko leaves this world a better place

Date: 
04/21/2017
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It was Easter morning, 30 years after her husband George passed away when Edith Konieczko took her last  breath in the Pulaski Park home where she experienced most of her life's journey. 

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14th District Police Officers capture West Town shooter then locate victim

Date: 
04/18/2017
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At 5:47 a.m. Easter morning, 14th District Police Officers heard gunshots then saw Ismael Betancourt, 29, leaving the 1100 block of N. Ashland in a vehicle at a high rate of speed.  

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Mike Quigley returns from intelligence trip to Cypress

Date: 
04/14/2017
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As part of the ongoing investigation into Russia and the U.S. elections, Mike Quigley, 5th District U.S. Congress, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, returned today from a two-day trip to Cyprus.

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"Opposition": Artists comment on today's chaos

Date: 
04/14/2017
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Opposition at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Wicker Park, addresses many issues of the day, like the rallies that have had people swarming in plazas and streets across the country during the last several months. 

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Humboldt Park street named Javier Baez Way

Date: 
04/13/2017
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Javier "Javy" Baez Way is the new honorary street name in front of Humboldt Park's the Little Cubs Field, as of Tuesday, April 11.

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Maintaining their egg differences: All Christians celebrate Easter on April 16 this year

Date: 
04/12/2017
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While the names of the decorated Easter eggs among Christians remain different, the seemingly mysterious celebration date* is the same this year...April 16. 

Blek le Rat: An interview and his art

Date: 
04/02/2017
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Known internationally as the creator of life-sized stenciled graffiti, Blek le Rat (Xavier Prou) has some of his work filling the walls of Vertical Gallery,

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