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

Eckhart Park had record number of cleaner-uppers on Earth Day

Date: 
04/23/2017
Grove

From one end of Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago, to another, 30 volunteers were busily cleaning up the park on Earth Day.

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Edith Konieczko leaves this world a better place

Date: 
04/21/2017
Edith2013

It was Easter morning, 30 years after her husband George passed away when Edith Konieczko took her last  breath in the Pulaski Park home where she experienced most of her life's journey. 

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14th District Police Officers capture West Town shooter then locate victim

Date: 
04/18/2017
IBetancourt

At 5:47 a.m. Easter morning, 14th District Police Officers heard gunshots then saw Ismael Betancourt, 29, leaving the 1100 block of N. Ashland in a vehicle at a high rate of speed.  

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Mike Quigley returns from intelligence trip to Cypress

Date: 
04/14/2017
MikeQuigley

As part of the ongoing investigation into Russia and the U.S. elections, Mike Quigley, 5th District U.S. Congress, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, returned today from a two-day trip to Cyprus.

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"Opposition": Artists comment on today's chaos

Date: 
04/14/2017
SinkTrump

Opposition at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Wicker Park, addresses many issues of the day, like the rallies that have had people swarming in plazas and streets across the country during the last several months. 

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Humboldt Park street named Javier Baez Way

Date: 
04/13/2017
BaezWSgn

Javier "Javy" Baez Way is the new honorary street name in front of Humboldt Park's the Little Cubs Field, as of Tuesday, April 11.

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Maintaining their egg differences: All Christians celebrate Easter on April 16 this year

Date: 
04/12/2017
GrpEggs

While the names of the decorated Easter eggs among Christians remain different, the seemingly mysterious celebration date* is the same this year...April 16. 

Blek le Rat: An interview and his art

Date: 
04/02/2017
ProuFrnds

Known internationally as the creator of life-sized stenciled graffiti, Blek le Rat (Xavier Prou) has some of his work filling the walls of Vertical Gallery,

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Shop designer fashions this weekend: From $2 to $150 at Intuit

Date: 
03/30/2017
SCraig

Donna Karan, Eileen Fisher, Emanuel Ungaro, Hermes, Gucci, Iridium, Ralph Lauren, Tulip, Cynthia Ashby and Katherine Schnabel are but a few of the labels on items in the 8th Annual Closet Clearance Sale

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Radiance Fine Jewelry closing: A new Life Chapter for Rebecca Dohe

Date: 
03/29/2017
RDohe

After ten successful years at 2139 N. Damen, Rebecca  Dohe is closing Radiance Fine Jewelry as she eyes the next chapter in her life. 

Laborers' Local One sends message to LG Construction: Two giant rats

Date: 
03/26/2017
LrgRat

Two giant inflated rats were "installed" Friday along Milwaukee at the LG Construction & Development project under construction. Laborers' Local One also had picketers at the 1237-53 N. Milwaukee Ave. site. 

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Bald is beautiful as CPD officers shave their heads to fight children's cancer

Date: 
03/26/2017
Checkin

Chicago Police began shaving their heads in 2001 as a fund raiser to fight children's cancer research.

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Pickup truck crashes into currency exchange

Date: 
03/22/2017
CitySticker

Possibly eager to obtain a new City Sticker, the driver of a 1991 Chevrolet pickup, drove into the currency exchange

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Fire Fly Fiber Arts: A heavenly oasis and refuge

Date: 
03/19/2017
CUYarn

Sinking your fingers into beautifully spun yarn dyed with natural dyes is like experiencing a little bit of heaven at Fire Fly Fiber Arts Studio,

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Durbin and Quigley: We can't afford to dump NATO, cut the budget or lift Russian sanctions

Date: 
03/17/2017
DDurbin

Dumping NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), budget cuts and lifting Russian sanctions are not the way to deal with Russian aggression nor be kept from being dragged into war explain Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, 5th District,

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New Officer Friendly gets a partner: Tommy Hawk

Date: 
03/15/2017
FriendlyFriends

Officer Friendly, 14th District Officer Tom McNamara, is standing in the hall at Goethe Elementary School, 2236 N Rockwell St.

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It's all about community and partnerships: Adam Henkels, CAPS Sergeant, 14th District

Date: 
03/15/2017
HenkelsTlks

"It's a bit like coming home," says Sergeant Adam Henkels, Chicago Police Department's (CPD) 14th District,

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Tapster opens and a dream becomes reality in Wicker Park

Date: 
03/10/2017
ConciergeDesk

"This is a dream of mine that I've been having for many years and it's finally here and it's really happening," said Roman Maliszewski, with a mix of excitement and disbelief Thursday night,

This is 100th year of leaping forward

Date: 
03/09/2017
LpFrg100

When 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11, becomes 3 a.m., it will be the 100th time daylight saving time will take effect!

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Proterfield and Weaver: Morality Tales at Firecat Projects

Date: 
03/08/2017
KWCrowPitcher

Thanks to Firecat Project's Stan Klein, Mary Porterfield and Kathy Weaver were paired in this thoughtful, timely and emotionally charged exhibit Morality Tales, 2124 N. Damen, open until Mar. 18.

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