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

American Writers Museum scheduled to have May opening in Chicago

Date: 
02/26/2017
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When a handful of Washington, D.C., and east coast people began a quest to determine where a to-be-created American Writers Museum (AWM) should be located, probably not many put odds on Chicago…but

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Search for a Polish Triangle designer underway

Date: 
02/22/2017
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The Polish Triangle Coalition (PTC) set March 10 as the deadline for responses to their "Request for Proposal for Pro-Bono Design Services for the Revitalization of the Polish Triangle." 

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Let the fog "By the Bog of Cats" envelope you at The Artistic Home theater

Date: 
02/19/2017
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Enveloped in the fog on a desolate Irish bog with a haunting tune playing, the audience is immediately one with Irish playwright Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats, playing in the intimate The Artistic Home storefront theater

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What's needed for a safe community? More cops? More public officials doing more? More resident involvement?

Date: 
02/15/2017
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Before a crowd of more than 300 people, Commander Edward Kulbida, Chicago Police Department's (CPD)12th District, addressed specific crime issues head on and the community groups gave a list of what they will do at the West Town Community Public Safety meeting*

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History, labor and/or race relations enthusiasts: give feedback on Pullman Factory project planning

Date: 
02/13/2017
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The National Park Service invites feedback on a newly released "Pullman Factory Site Conceptual Design Environmental Assessment." The public comment time

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Infrastructure and Development: Waguespack talks at GGNA meeting

Date: 
02/12/2017
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Infrastructure and development were the primary topics of the Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association's (GGNA) February meeting with 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack

Chicago Public Library honors two former presidents: Lincoln and Washington

Date: 
02/12/2017
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In honor of the birthdays of former President Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, Chicago Public Libraries

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Donuts and Chicago make a perfect pairing at Stan's and Superior Donuts

Date: 
02/10/2017
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"Superior Donuts," a new CBS sitcom promoted its début with free donuts at Stan's Do

As more meetings are set demanding crime and violence answers, Hopkins raises warnings

Date: 
02/02/2017
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The increase of crime throughout the West Town and Logan Square Community Areas is prompting various meetings to focus on crime and violence. Alderman Brian Hopkins, 2nd Ward, says that caution must be given to the Department of Justice's reports suggesting certain actions that could make matters worse.

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Cracking the code of the Chicago Police Department's counts and costs…done!

Date: 
01/31/2017
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From Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the police department, the aldermen, at community meetings and in the news, statements about numbers of officers in the Chicago Police Department (CPD) now and through 2018 vary…until now. 

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Residents and police Q&A at Chicago/Wood Rally leads to action

Date: 
01/29/2017
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At the gathering of 80 to 90 people, circled on the sidewalk at Chicago Ave. and Wood St. late Saturday afternoon, neighbors talked about the area's uptick in crime and violence then created action plans. Later, Chicago Police Department's 12th District's Captain Phil Kwasinski joined them with good news. Once again, however, it appears the Mayor is participating in a "shell game" with police stats. 

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The former Beachwood Inn partially collapses in Wicker Park

Date: 
01/27/2017
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Formerly the Beachwood Inn, 1415 N. Wood, the building partially collapsed Friday just after noon. There were no injuries. 

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K-9s for Cops launches with partnership of CPMF and PAWS

Date: 
01/25/2017
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K-9s for Cops, public art campaign to memorialize Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) fallen officers and support the families of police o

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Women's March in DC and Chicago grows as marchers prepare

Date: 
01/21/2017
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"There was a lot of spirit, courage and rage on our bus as we headed for Washington, D.C., Friday," said Adeline Sides, who will be among the tens of thousands expected at the Women's March on Washington Saturday, Jan. 21. 

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Digital images take many forms at ARC Gallery

Date: 
01/21/2017
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Three artists show how digital media can provide different impressions in the January ARC Gallery Show, 2156 N. Damen, through Jan. 28 in Bucktown.

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WPC P&D gives thumbs down to 32-units at 1665 N. Milwaukee

Date: 
01/18/2017
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A request for support of a five-story 32-unit residential/retail project requiring a jump in zoning from a M1-2 to B3-5* at 1665 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Eight-hour Martin Luther King Day celebration in Wicker Park on Monday!

Date: 
01/15/2017
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Martin Luther King's (MLK) passion for nonviolent activism will be in action in the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen from 1 to 9 p.m., Mon., Jan. 16, MLK Day. 

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Three alderman invited to look at 2017 challenges and review 2016

Date: 
01/12/2017
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With 2016 in the rearview mirror and a shiny new 2017 on the road ahead, Our Urban Times invited three aldermen to speak to our readers about future and past issues, as they see it. Not all replied.

The Women’s March on Chicago announces big news for January 21 and gets local support

Date: 
01/10/2017
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The Women’s March on Chicago has an official Rally permit for the January 21 event and announces a list of confirmed Rally speakers as well as the March's route, according to the event's Tuesday morning announcement. 

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Water line break in Bucktown floods streets

Date: 
01/09/2017
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A longitudinal crack along the 12 inch 1897 water main on Leavitt at Moffat

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