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

Smash and rob at new North Avenue store in Wicker Park

Date: 
09/18/2017
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Newly opened shoe and clothing store, Diplomatic, 1750 W. North Ave., had its entire storefront smashed in

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Congressman Quigley shares fears about Russian investigation and three other challenges

Date: 
08/29/2017
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"I think pardoning Arpaio ["Sheriff Joe"] was a trial balloon," says Congressman Mike Quigley, 5th District, who admitted, in West Town Sunday, that his paranoia about President Trump's actions "beside firing Sessions who would fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who would fire Related:

Presence Health intends to become part of larger health system

Date: 
08/22/2017
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It was announced Tuesday, Aug. 22, that A non-binding letter of intent (LOI) has Presence Health joining Ascension, becoming part of AMITA Health. 

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Bucktown neighbors patrol the streets

Date: 
08/20/2017
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In response to a rash of muggings and robberies on Bucktown streets, neighbors were out to make a statement along with 14th District Chicago Police Department (CPD) personnel Friday night. 

Large Community Safety Walk honors Aristeo 'Pascual' Soriano, gunned down in West Town

Date: 
08/12/2017
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"With less than 24-hour notice, we had an amazing turnout,' says Lauren Weber, about the West Town Public Safety Committee Walk Friday night in honor of Ariste

Carjackers laid in wait in Pulaski Park murder

Date: 
08/11/2017
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Carjackers were lying in wait in the 1200 block of N. Greenview early Thursday morning. "The car lights were out and the engine turned off," explained 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins about the attempted carjacking and murder in Pulaski Park, early Aug 10. 

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Richard Tilley honored by Chicago City Council

Date: 
08/09/2017
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A veteran of World War II, Richard Tilley, 91 year old Wicker Park resident, is being honored by Chicago's City Council with a declaration and led the Pledge Of Allegiance to the Flag at the July City Council meeting.

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West Town Dog Parade successful tribute to Chicago Parks

Date: 
08/07/2017
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Keeping kids off the streets and in Chicago's Parks was the inspiration, says David Ramos, President, Smith Park Advisory Council (SPAC), for the 1st Annual West Town Dog Parade that began in Commercial Park, 1845 W. Rice St., and ended in Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave. on July 29.

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Classics: Meet Nigel Mack and "Rusty"

Date: 
08/06/2017
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Meet triple threat, multi-tasking blues man Nigel Mack and "Rusty," who brought classic sounds to Tuesdays at the Triangle

Blue Line service changes August 7-11

Date: 
08/04/2017
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There may be delays on the Blue Line overnight until Aug. 11, according to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). They advise to allow extra travel time.

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Wicker Park Committee gives thumbs up to redevelopment of former church facing Wicker Park

Date: 
08/04/2017
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What started in April 2015 as a rehab of a church complex, dating back to 1905, and ended in a pile of rubble in October 2016 has been approved to rise again after the Wicker Park Committee (WPC) membership gave a thumbs up

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Art with a message and a smile: Beejoir and Mau Mau's "Foreign Policy"

Date: 
07/21/2017
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Satirical, political, irreverent…three words that describe the work of two Brits who have a twinkle in their eyes as they speak of their messages on walls and in collections around the world signed with their street names, Beejoir and Mau Mau. Foreign Policy is their joint show which remains open through July 29 in Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western. 

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Is the North Branch Industrial Corridor Ordinance another done deal?: What's the rush? What is this? Who cares?

Date: 
07/19/2017
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"We see this as yet another done deal," says Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director, Friends of the Park, about the North Branch Industrial Corridor ordinance presented at six simultaneous meetings last week.

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Forma Construction to present new renderings for Wicker Park's former church site

Date: 
07/17/2017
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The Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) Preservation and Development committee (P&D) will be reviewing new renderings on Tuesday

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Shibari featured at Jackson Junge Gallery

Date: 
07/16/2017
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One Wall 2017 opens with a Shibari piece named "Caught" by Averie at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. It will remain on display through July 27. 

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Smith Park stargazers were transported into space: The 606 is next

Date: 
07/11/2017
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With Smith Park's, 2526 W. Grand Ave., lights off and large telescopes from the Chicago Astronomer's group, celestial enthusiasts of all ages were "transported" to Jupiter, Saturn, the moon and beyond on Saturday night. This coming Friday, July 14, star fans can join the Chicago Astronomer's group in Julia de Burgos Park. 

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Nation’s first rapid response center for homeless: Salvation Army's $10M Shield of Hope in West Humboldt Park

Date: 
07/10/2017
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The nation's first rapid response center for the homeless, Salvation Army's Shield of Hope two-story building at 924 N. Christiana Ave., will open in March 2018

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Two men robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning on Milwaukee Avenue

Date: 
07/02/2017
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Two 21-year-old men were robbed at gunpoint in the 1500 block of N. Milwaukee Ave. at 3 a.m., Sun.,

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Fire along Wicker Park's Milwaukee Avenue drew a lot of CFD equipment Sunday

Date: 
07/02/2017
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Two hook and ladders and two squad trucks [equivalent to police SWAT vans] along with other trucks, vehicles and an ambulance from the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) rolled up on the

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Ukrainians welcome new Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Nicholas in Chicago

Date: 
07/01/2017
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With much pomp and circumstance including a procession in the streets of Chicago's Ukrainian Village, Most Reverend Benedict (Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuk)

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