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

Millennials, GenX, Hipster and Gen We: What is behind the labels?

Date: 
04/17/2014
Guy

As I was doing some online searching for "millennials" and "hipsters," for the 25 cities story, I came across a website. Actually the story* title "Millennials (A.K.A Mostly Hipsters) blaming others for their uselessness" is what caught my attention. 

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Chicago ranks fourth in country for millennials and Wicker Park is their neighborhood choice

Date: 
04/16/2014
NWTower

Chicago is ranked fourth in a 25-city field for millennials in the U.S.

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Smoke Daddy welcomes future workers from LaSalle II Elementary School in East Village

Date: 
04/15/2014
Lessons

A group of nearly 60, eager 1st-grade students from LaSalle II Elementary School, 1148 N.

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Crash at Grand and Ashland Avenues in West Town kills one injures two

Date: 
04/12/2014
GrandAshland

UPDATE:
The deceased male is described as White-Hispanic from the 7200 block of N. Bosworth. Identified as Rigoberto Llera, 26, death was due to multiple injuries from the car-crash. 

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Duality at Wicker Park's Jackson Jung Gallery

Date: 
04/10/2014
AtTheForeFront

Duet: A Symphony of Realism and Abstraction is a two-person focused showing of sculptures by Audry Cramblit and abstract paintings by M. Jackson (a.k.a. Laura Lee Junge) at the Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. 

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Orange Dot First Friday: Jackson Junge Gallery was "Fit for a Queen"

Date: 
04/10/2014
Dixie

Jackson Junge's Duet: A Symphony of Realism and Abstraction exhibition was  rehung and augmented with several jewelry designers plus performances that can only be described as Fit for a Queen during their April Orange Dot First Friday evening at 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. 

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Orange Dot First Friday: "Man"nequins returned to store B vintage window during

Date: 
04/09/2014
JenInFront

David Ginople, owner of store B vintage, 1472 N. Milwaukee Ave., fulfilled on his promise during the Orange Dot First Friday March event.

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Community pushing envelope after 60622 zip code meeting with USPS in West Town

Date: 
04/08/2014
Schneck

Community pushes  bureaucratic envelope with an eye on solutions for atrocious United States Postal Service (USPS) in the 60622 West Town zip code.

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Lively opening of the 78th Polish Arts Club Painting and Sculpture exhibition at PMA

Date: 
04/07/2014
ManyArtists

More than 260 people enjoyed exploring the 126 pieces of art, including 7 sculptures, displayed in the 78th Polish Arts Club Painting and Sculpture exhibition during the opening on Mar.

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Talent search is on for Tuesdays at the Triangle entertainment

Date: 
04/02/2014
PTCBanBanner

The Polish Triangle Coalition (PTC) is looking for talent to perform at Tuesdays at the Triangle between May 20 and Sept. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.. This will be the second year that PTC is bringing action and fun to enliven the hub where Wicker Park, East Village, Pulaski Park and Noble Square meet at Division St., Milwaukee and Ashland Avenues. 

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CTA O'Hare Blue Line Station opens

Date: 
03/31/2014
ReplacementStrs

Passengers going to and from O'Hare Airport are able to use the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line station once again. It opened at approximately 2 p.m. on Sun., Mar. 30, almost a week after the derailment.

The escalator was so badly damaged that workers were unable to repair it. Stairs, the end of the train "pocket" and platform have been rebuilt/repaired.

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Third Bloomingdale Trail bridge removed ahead of schedule for The 606

Date: 
03/31/2014
AslandS

The Ashland Ave. closure between North and Armitage Ave.

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Have you seen a hawk in the hood?

Date: 
03/29/2014
Cooper

As Mother-Nature begins to loosen her grip on winter, one expects to see more birds and squirrels but that is not what is happening in some backyards. Dina Petrakis spotted this fellow in a tree in the Wicker Park area. He is a Copper's Hawk.

60622 zip coders: USPS management is looking for conversation about postal issues… yours and theirs on March 31

Date: 
03/28/2014
SteveCatherine

Residents and businesses in the 60622 zip code can participate in a discussion about  mail and package delivery with more then 7 United States Postal Service (USPS) officials on Mon., Mar. 31, in A.N. Pritzker School, 2009 W. Schiller St., at 7 p.m. sharp. Who are the government officials that should be addressing these issues? Who is to be held accountable and how?

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Ashland Avenue closure begins Friday night: Bloomingdale Trail bridge on the move

Date: 
03/28/2014
AerialViewBT

Ashland Avenue will be closed between North and Armitage Avenues beginning at 8 p.m. on Fri., Mar. 28 until no later than 5 a.m. on Mon., Mar. 31, while a Bloomingdale Trail bridge is removed and moved to Walsh Park. Both vehicles and pedestrians will be detoured during this construction.

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Blue Line Train removed at O'Hare station and debate about operator actions

Date: 
03/28/2014
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It is hoped that the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) O'Hare Blue Line Station will open sometime this weekend, according to CTA Media Representative Lambrini Lukidis. The removal of the train cars was completed in the afternoon, Thurs., Mar. 27. 

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Mariano's day 1 in Ukrainian Village's former Dominick's with the Mayor and day 2 with West Town shoppers

Date: 
03/26/2014
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Bob Mariano, Roundy’s Chairman and CEO started the pre-launch of the Mariano's, first opening of a

Blue Line derailment: Travel impact mainly to and from Rosemont and O'Hare, not south of Rosemont

Date: 
03/24/2014
BLupDwnEscalator

There is little to no impact on current Blue Line service from Rosemont and south, according to Lambrini Lukidis, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) media representative. Shuttle service between Rosemont and O'Hare Airport will add 15 minutes and more depending on the time of day and amount of luggage. 

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Durbin returns from Ukraine in a.m. and delivers briefing at Ukrainian Cultural Center mid-day...and Update

Date: 
03/22/2014
SenDurbin

Dick Durbin, Illinois' Senior Senator, addressed a large crowd hosted by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Illinois Division at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Ave., just hours after returning from the Ukraine on Sun., Mar. 16.