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

Chicagoland Toys for Tots: Western Avenue rolling closures on Sunday

Date: 
12/02/2016
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The 39th Annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots drive in Chicago will step off from 83rd and Western Ave. at 9:30 a.m. on Sun., Dec. 4, in multiple groups (tiers) with 15 minutes between each,

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Chicago Avenue pop up: A merge of 3 women, 2 businesses, minimalist boho, modern vintage and modern

Date: 
11/30/2016
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One of Chicago Avenue's newest pop-ups is a merger of two interior design businesses that compliment and blend minimalist boho and vintage modern with modern concepts and items for the tiniest apartments to the largest homes as well as commercial spaces. 

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Toy and Food Drives at the 14th District Police Station need help

Date: 
11/29/2016
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Further proving that the motto "Serve and Protect" goes beyond law, order and crime in Chicago's 14th District, officers have opened their 2016 Toy Drive and continue their Food Drive 14th District (Shakespeare Station), 2150 N. California. 

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Moreno and Grandbar come to agreement

Date: 
11/28/2016
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In the final hours of business on Monday, Nov. 28, Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward, and Gene Stokes, GrandBar, formerly Betty's Blue Star Lounge, 1600 W. Grand Ave., reached an agreement regarding the bar's operations. 

Ukrainian Village Winter Market kicks off Holiday shopping

Date: 
11/16/2016
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This year's 7th Annual Ukrainian Village Winter Market and Artisan Fair

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"Next Steps to Fight Hate" drew a mass of 300 to the Hairpin Art Center

Date: 
11/15/2016
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Bewilderment, fear, anger, outrage, frustration and/or sadness are what caused a sea of at least 300 people to the large 2nd floor Hairpin Art Center, 2810 N Milwaukee Ave., Saturday afternoon.

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‘NOBODY QUITS LIKE CHICAGOLAND’ returns this week

Date: 
11/14/2016
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To participate in reducing the annual 480,000 death rate in the U.S. caused by cigarettes, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and nearly 30 advocacy organizations across the city and suburbs today announced the third annual ‘Nobody Quits Like Chicagoland’ Smoking Cessation Awareness Week. 

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Welcome to 14th District's new Captain: Thomas Shouse

Date: 
11/13/2016
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When Thomas Shouse began his career as a Chicago police officer in 1990, he was assigned to the 14th Police District. On Oct. 1, 2016, he returned as Captain.

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Flying gun shots and bullying not acceptable say residents and police in Logan Square

Date: 
11/11/2016
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"The misperception that we don't want a diverse community of all stripes, colors and incomes is wrong," said  Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward Alderman, at a Positive Loitering* 14th District Roll Call in Logan Square. 

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Snowflakes sparkle on Wicker Park & Bucktown commercial streets…Chill Fest to follow

Date: 
11/10/2016
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There are 525 sparkly snowflakes hanging from light poles along 13 miles of commercial lined sidewalks Wicker Park and Bucktown communities, thanks to SSA #33. 

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Why is voting important?: Registered voter information online

Date: 
11/05/2016
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"When we vote, we can make government better or worse. In turn, our votes can make people’s lives better or worse," is the introductory

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That time again….Fall Back!

Date: 
11/04/2016
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One delicious hour of extra sleep will be yours on Sunday at 2 a.m. 

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Three stories deliver a series of messages in "The Mars Assignment"

Date: 
11/02/2016
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The Mars Assignment opens a window on an issue that everyone deals with in their daily life but rarely talks about,

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Halloween on Chicago's The 606

Date: 
11/01/2016
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From one end to the other of Chicago's The 606, people walked, ran and cycled along the 2.7 mile elevated former railroad bed celebrating Halloween on Monday night.

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Thousands paraded around Logan Square's Illinois Centennial Monument celebrating Halloween

Date: 
10/31/2016
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Thousands paraded around Logan Square's Illinois Centennial Monument Sunday night and it all started with baking cookies 13 years ago. 

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Commercial Park teamed with "spirited" creativity

Date: 
10/30/2016
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Commercial Park's Halloween event never disappoints their large crowds and this year's celebration was no exception on Sat., Oct. 29. 

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14th District Halloween event offered games and activities

Date: 
10/30/2016
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Carrying on the tradition of a fun Chicago Police 14th District Halloween event, everything was in place for activities and treats on Saturday. 

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"Hillary Clinton" speaks out about status of presidential race

Date: 
10/30/2016
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In Logan Square on Sunday, "Hillary Clinton"* commented on the status of the Presidential race. 

Halloween costumed cats demonstrated different poses in yoga class

Date: 
10/28/2016
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Cats dressed up for Halloween at Harmony House for Cats, 2914 N Elston Ave., and displayed extreme agility

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Humboldt Park kicked off area Halloween celebrations with Pumpkin Patch Day

Date: 
10/28/2016
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Chicago Park District's Humboldt Park festivities began Halloween celebrations last week Saturday, Oct. 22, with the Pumpkin Patch Day.

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