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

Chicago Transit Authority sets new ridership record and plans to up bus security

Date: 
02/12/2016
CTABus

With record high ridership on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) buses and trains in 2015, the CTA is announcing increased security plans

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Cold cold weather BUT WickerIce is OPEN

Date: 
02/11/2016
LCagann

Ice skaters rejoice, the Wicker Park ice rink, WickerICE, is open!  and there is no charge for use of this rink.

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FBI asks for help in finding the "Pinball Bandit"

Date: 
02/10/2016
Pinball2

Dubbed the "Pinball Bandit" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the robber who hit the Chase Bank, 1959 W. Division, on Jan. 25, has struck again and the FBI is asking for your help. 

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Commander Edward Kulbida, 12th District, holds a Roll Call at Smith Park

Date: 
02/05/2016
KulbidaPlus

Chicago Police Department's 12th District held an impressive Roll Call at Smith Park, Grand and Campbell, Fri., Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. called by Commander Edward Kulbida. 

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FireCat Gallery: Daniel Bruttig

Date: 
02/05/2016
ShowPstr

A series of series, Daniel Bruttig's Singles, Duets and Sets at Firecat Projects, 2124 N. Damen, is hanging through Feb. 20. 

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EVA members supports zoning change for proposed Ashland condos

Date: 
02/02/2016
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The proposed 33-unit condo with 25 onsite parking spaces project at 1011-1023 N. Ashland received an 18 to 0 vote in favor of a zoning change from a B1-2 to a B1-3 at the East Village Association (EVA) meeting in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave., Monday night. 

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Is Spring coming soon? Ask a groundhog…if you can find one

Date: 
02/01/2016
WIGrndHog

Want to know if spring is coming early? On Tuesday, check with Pennsylvanian Punxsutawney Phil or his relative in Sun Prairie, WI. Oh no, not Wisconsin, he gnawed his way through a wire cage to freedom after biting the mayor's ear on Groundhog Day last year. 

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Artists define "Beauty" at Jackson Junge Gallery in Wicker Park

Date: 
01/29/2016
JMespie

Depictions of beauty as danger, obsessions, myths and more line the walls and perch on pedestals in Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, in the new exhibition, Beauty until February 28. 

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Escalante talks about CPD applications and combating gang violence

Date: 
01/28/2016
JELVCC

As the deadline for applying to be a Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer, there is a full court press to have men and women put in their applications. John Escalante, CPD's Interim Superintendent, says that he is pleased with the results.

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Major changes at Mariano's on Chicago Ave.

Date: 
01/27/2016
PkgBlk

Meet Jared Anderson, the new manager of Mariano's in Ukrainian Village, 2021 W. Chicago Ave. It is his job to make sure the store offers a better shopping experience to customers.

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Community has multiple issues around rezoning of 2435-39 N. Western Ave.

Date: 
01/26/2016
MorenoFtk

A room full of people was on hand at Haas Park, 2402 N. Washtenaw, Monday night at a public meeting to speak and hear about the redevelopment of the land at 2435-39 N. Western and 2361 W. Altgeld, close to the Kennedy Expressway

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Found: Large barricade impeding the public way

Date: 
01/24/2016
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Who owns this "Road Closed" barricade?

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More than 70,000 Britax infant car seats recalled

Date: 
01/22/2016
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Risk to infants being carried in certain models of Britax Child Safety, Inc. car seats has caused the company to recall over 70,000 units.

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CGNA meeting focused on Cleo's proposed late night liquor license

Date: 
01/21/2016
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The bar known as Cleo's at 1935 W. Chicago Ave. is looking to "grow,"

Recycling terror: Your Blue Cart is NOT emptied

Date: 
01/21/2016
BlueCart

Blue Cart recycling is important for the planet, city and residents and now the new rules that came into effect are being enforced.

Brazen attempted robbery in garage

Date: 
01/19/2016
NannyApprByPerp

Brazen attempted robbery of a nanny in a garage on the 1700 block between N. Wolcott and N. Winchester

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Water Tower removed from historic Goldblatt building on Chicago Ave.

Date: 
01/16/2016
OldNew

Multiple cranes and several companies worked all day and into the night Saturday to remove the water tower from the historic Goldblatt Brothers Department Store building at 1613-35 W. Chicago Ave. 

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Man shot at Milwaukee and Divison

Date: 
01/16/2016
PTFrnAshland

While walking in the 1200 block of Milwaukee Ave., a  29-year-old man was shot in the abdomen at 4:15 a.m. on Sunday morning, Jan. 16, according to Officer Jose Estrada, Chicago Police Department News Affairs.

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Mariano's in Ukrainian Village: "Grocery" list of complaints

Date: 
01/09/2016
Tomatoes

Update:
"Out of stocks were the result of a busy holiday period and shortage of fresh produce from CA earlier this month," says James J. Hyland, Roundy's VP Investor Relations, Corp. Communications and Public Affairs. 
He continues to state that Kroger Co. intends to remodel acquired stores but they have produced no timetable to the public.

In the last few weeks, several area residents have been complaining about empty shelves at Mariano's

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Riley Jeanne Root greeted the world Thursday morning

Date: 
01/08/2016
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Riley Jeanne Root took 24 hours to make an appearance,

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