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

ComEd letter: Why Me?

Date: 
07/28/2015
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"Why did I get this letter?" "I got this letter and immediately called ComEd, but I was on hold so long, I hung up." "What is this all about?"

Charm of the neighborhood streets and gardens drew hundreds to Bucktown

Date: 
07/24/2015
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"The 2015 Bucktown Tree and GardenWalk was our 10th annual and another success," says Eva Bergant, Co-chair of the event that was held July 11-12. 

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Proposal for 95 more TOD units in Logan Square meets opposition

Date: 
07/19/2015
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Logan Square residents, property owners and business owners were packed into Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno's 1st Ward Office, 2058 N. Western Ave., Wednesday evening, as they listened then responded to a development team

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Thumbs up in Logan Square for Community Policing in Chicago's 14th District

Date: 
07/18/2015
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Community policing in Logan Square got a thumbs up in the Chicago Police Department's 14th District

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Wicker Park's North West Tower renovation reveals surprises but Convexity Properties moves development forward

Date: 
07/14/2015
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As layers were peeled from the tower area of the historic 1929 North West Tower (NWT) building at Milwaukee and North Avenues, a few surprises challenged the seasoned re-use team at Convexity Properties, the real estate and management arm of DRW, Holdings, LLC.

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Wounded Warriors Project given top Inspire Award honors by Presence Health

Date: 
07/09/2015
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This year's system-wide Presence Health Inspire Award went to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and was presented in the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, 104 S. Michigan Ave. 

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Guns, violence and an angry CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy

Date: 
07/06/2015
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The weather, time off, friends and family gatherings and tons of fun activities made the 4th of July holiday a celebratory time for Chicagoans and visitors.

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Fireworks: What, where, why and how

Date: 
07/02/2015
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Since fireworks are a type of explosive pyrotechnic, it is understandable that they can go boom and do bad things… like bodily harm and property damage! 

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Logan Square man stabs fellow resident to death

Date: 
07/01/2015
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A social event turned deadly in the 1900 N. block of Rockwell, in the Logan Square neighborhood, early Monday morning. Ruben Quispe-Trujillo, 24, is charged with 1st Degree Murder. 

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Ukrainian Village's Chychula family loses John at age 61

Date: 
06/26/2015
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John Chychula, 61, who grew up in the Ukrainian Village then moved to Palatine, IL, in 1995, is described as a "gentle giant," loving, jovial, even-tempered, smart and talented, with a good sense of humor. He lost a long hard fought battle against multiple health challenges on Tues., June 23. 

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Father "Nick" is leaving St. Aloysius Church: Last mass on Sunday

Date: 
06/24/2015
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Father Nicholas R. Desmond will give his last Sunday Mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2300 W. Le Moyne Street, on Sun., June 28 at 12:30 p.m.

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No more CAPS… It's Community Policing says 14th District Commander Marc Buslik

Date: 
06/20/2015
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No more Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS) is the "word" from the Chicago Police Department (CPD). "The idea that the community can be safe just because of what the police do, we knew a long time ago wasn't going to work," says 14th District Commander Marc Buslik. 

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Plans to move high-speed rail forward potentially impeded by Rauner

Date: 
06/18/2015
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The screeching sound of locomotive breaking is heard in Springfield as Governor Rauner's proposed cuts are opposite of Illinois Senate Resolution 0616

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Meet Wicker Park Detail's new Sergeant: William Betancourt

Date: 
06/18/2015
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When William "Will" Betancourt joined the Chicago Police Department 19 years ago, he was assigned to District 14 (Shakespeare). He left and came back a couple of times and is now back to head one of the area's well known teams…the Wicker Park Detail. 

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The Winning Hawks connection: Brian Hopkins and the new 2nd Ward Office

Date: 
06/17/2015
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UPDATES: New office opens for business on July 1. And, Steve Niketopoulos is the new Chief of Staff for the 2nd Ward.

The last several days have been big for new 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. He opened his new office and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup! 

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Tuesdays at the Triangle: Baltic jazz drew Argentineans and helicopter

Date: 
06/15/2015
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Romanian born Daniela Bisenius, classical, jazz and gypsy music violinist, and Bane Djordjevic, Serbian pianist, drew in

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Cup & Spoon celebrates first birthday!

Date: 
06/12/2015
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"It's a wonderful thing," said Rosie Quasarano, owner of Cup & Spoon, 2415 W. North Ave., as she prepared for her first birthday party for the little cafe that has great tea, coffee, food, sweet treats and people.

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Wicker Park Farmers Market opens for the 2015 season this Sunday!

Date: 
06/12/2015
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Wicker Park's Farmers Market (WPFM) debuts its 2015 season on Sun., June 14, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with special happenings. The Market runs each Sunday through October 25, in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave. 

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Teens human trafficking Walk-a-thon Saturday to bring awareness to a growing "industry"

Date: 
06/12/2015
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Human trafficking…slavery… is a multi-billion dollar "industry." It isn't just "there" it is HERE and it is growing! Saturday, June 13, Teens against human trafficking Walk-a-thon is to

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2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins announces new staff and is opening his Ashland office Saturday

Date: 
06/11/2015
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Despite the fact that sawdust was flying behind this door at 1400 N. Ashland early Thursday afternoon, Brian Hopkins, the 2nd Ward's new alderman says, "I and my new staff will be ready to sell City Stickers between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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