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

Ukrainian National Museum fights to get books back in Ukrainian libraries

Date: 
07/19/2014
BxdBks

The Ukrainian National Museum (UNM), 2249 W. Superior St., needs help in their peaceful war to get Ukrainian books back in Ukrainian libraries in Kharkiv, Ukraine. 

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"The Sandlot" beat out last year's Jurassic Park attendance in Wicker Park

Date: 
07/18/2014
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Last year's Jurassic Park movie in Wicker Park drew 3,000 people. Thursday night, July 17, Sandlot, blew that number out of the water by at least another 500. 

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Mark Pristop found dead in Michigan

Date: 
07/18/2014
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Mark Pristop, of Ukrainian Village, who was listed as missing by the Chicago Police Department, was found dead in Saugatuck, MI, according to reports. The cause of death is currently not known.

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Dada dominates Humboldt Park's Out of Line Gallery beginning Saturday

Date: 
07/11/2014
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Out of Line Gallery, 2812 W Chicago Ave., in Humboldt Park, will be dominated by a series of events starting Sat., July 28, at 7 p.m. with the opening of the exhibit Dada Turns the Tables: Art Show & Performance

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Eastern European classical string music concert in Wicker Park's Schiller Grove

Date: 
07/11/2014
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Classical music by Eastern European composers will be performed by the Symphony Sounds String Quartet in their second concert for the season in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave., Sun., July 13, at 11 a.m.

Mutual father and daughter admiration and respect: Alderman Rey Colon and Kristiana

Date: 
07/11/2014
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Considering that Logan Square's Rey and April Colon met in a college writing class and both encouraged their children to be involved in the arts, it is understandable that their offspring might incorporate these skills and talents in their adult lives. But, daughter Kristiana Rae has taken talent added perseverance, hard work, passion and heart too. 

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Beth Sholtis named Interim Executive Director at Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber

Date: 
07/10/2014
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The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce (WPBCC) Board named Beth Sholtis as Interim Executive Director of the Chamber, according the Chamber Board President Ginna Ryan of Mauge

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Tuesdays at the Triangle: Original progressive jazz double header with Chicago Overground

Date: 
07/07/2014
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Chicago Overground doubles up events in an evening of original progressive jazz for Tuesdays at the Triangle in the Polish Triangle, Tues., July 8, starting at 6 p.m. The venue is in the triangle of Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues at Division Street.

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FOTP request help in three neighborhood park playlots

Date: 
07/03/2014
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Friends of the Parks (FOTP) is seeking volunteers to help spread fibar surfacing in three local playlots July 7, 9 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. In order, the Parks are Honore/Park 520, 916 N. Honore; Humbolt, 3025 W. Augusta; and Western, 907 N. Western. 

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What are Family Values?

Date: 
06/28/2014
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"What are family values," asks a reader regarding the Fox Motors story.

Good question Raymond, thank you for asking.

Wicker Mic kicks off its 5th year in Wicker Park tonight

Date: 
06/27/2014
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Wicker Mic opens its 5th season tonight in Wicker Park,1425 N. Damen Ave., on the softball field near Schiller at 6 p.m.

Fox Ford Lincoln break ground on Elston Ave. in Logan Square

Date: 
06/25/2014
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Fox Motors officially broke ground for their new 145,000 square foot Ford Lincoln dealership facility on a 7.4 acre site at 2501 N. Elston Ave. on Tuesday afternoon, June 24.

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Views behind Illinois correctional walls via Lloyd DeGrane's lense hang at DreamBox

Date: 
06/20/2014
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Lloyd DeGrane's photograph exhibit The World Within in Iwona Biedermann's DreamBox Gallery, 2415 W. North Ave., gives a glimpse behind the walls of Illinois correctional facilities.

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WPC Vintage Sale, Green Resource Fair, Wicker Park Choral Singers and Farmer's Market: A Weekend in Wicker Park

Date: 
06/13/2014
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Another active weekend in Wicker Park starts on Saturday, June 14, when the Wicker Park Committee (WPC) "opens" its Vintage Sale "doors" on Hoyne at Damen Avenues at 9 a.m., followed by the Green Resource Fair (GRF) in Wicker Park, across the street at 10 a.m. On Sunday, June 15, the Farmers Market opens at 8 a.m. and at noon the fabulous Wicker Park Choral Singers (WPCS) will begin their concert outside the Field House. And, attendance at all is FREE.

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Meet Smith Park's new "sheriff": David Ramos

Date: 
06/13/2014
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David Ramos is the new Advisory Council (SPAC) President at Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave., who says that he is "the new sheriff in town."  Actually that is half true. 

He is a 20-year Chicago Police Department officer, though not a sheriff.  But, he isn't new to the area.

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Michigan man charged in car smashing and cop shooting

Date: 
06/13/2014
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The offender in the Monday night rampage on streets in Wicker Park is in custody charged on 12 counts, without the availability of bond.

Identified as Michael Cote, 39, from Newaygo, MI, he is charged with:

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Car smashing driver shot by 14th District Officer in Wicker Park

Date: 
06/11/2014
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A rampage of destruction through parts of Wicker Park late Tuesday night by a man in an SUV resulted in him being shot at North and Hoyne Avenues around midnight by a 14th Police District officer. 

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Convicted on bribery and attempted extortion: 10th District State Rep Derrick Smith

Date: 
06/10/2014
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Derrick Smith, 10th District Illinois State Rep., was found guilty of both bribery and attempted extortion, by a Federal jury which announced their verdict just after noon, Tues., June 10, having deliberated a little more than four hours that began on Monday.

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Kick back and be Ziczazou-ed

Date: 
06/08/2014
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Sometimes it is good to take a deep breath and go somewhere else…not necessarily physically but definitely mentally.  To assist you in this journey, there is this option. Without needing to speak French, you can be amazed, amused and chuckle a bit while enjoying some music by the Zic Hepcat (Ziczazou). 

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Rapid Pulse: Performance art rules on Milwaukee Avenue thru June 15

Date: 
06/05/2014
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A mix of performance art, videos, artist talks and panel discussions are part of the 3rd Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival. It starts on Thurs., June 5, and ends on Sun., June 15, in multiple venues from  1034 N. Noble St. to the Polish Triangle, on Division St. where Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues meet. 

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