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

Target hires team to open small-format Wicker Park store

Date: 
05/15/2018
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Target's opening of their Chicago area's 84th store at 1664 W. Division St., in Wicker Park is one step closer to their anticipated July 22 opening. They interviewed 300 job seekers over six days for a range of positions, including team leaders.

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Humboldt Park community is invited to shape vision for new development surrounding Norwegian American Hospital

Date: 
05/12/2018
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Targeting 24 blocks around Norwegian American Hospital (NAH) in Humboldt Park, a new vision for a development and wellness project will be presented to the community at two different presentations next week.

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Happy Mother's Day!

Date: 
05/12/2018
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Celebrated in more than 40 countries, Mother's Day celebrations are believed to have begun by the Greeks and Romans.Today, the celebration date varies around the globe. The intent is the same: honoring those who nurture and care.

Project for Puerto Rico's artisans signed in Humboldt Park's National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Date: 
05/11/2018
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Focusing on preserving the culture, traditions and arts and promoting artisans living in Puerto Rico, an agreement for a new project,  The Artisan Project and More (“Proyecto Artesano y Mas”) was signed Thursday, May 10, by Billy Ocasio, Executive Director, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) and Carlos R. Ruiz, Executive Director, Puerto Rico’s Institute of Culture (PRIC).

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Logan Square's Farmers Market kicks off the season on Mother's Day

Date: 
05/10/2018
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The 14th season of the Logan Square Outdoor Farmers Market kicks off Sunday, Mother's Day, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Logan Blvd. and Milwaukee Ave. (3107 W. Logan Blvd.). 

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This weekend: Logan Square's Annual Paseo Prairie Garden Plant Sale

Date: 
05/10/2018
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Organic vegetable starts and herbs, annual flowers as well as native perennial flowers and grasses are the "best in show" of the Annual Paseo Prairie Garden Plant Sale this weekend, May 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2614 N. Kedzie, by Logan Square's Blue Line entrance.

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Perfect match-up: Spring weather, Mother's Day and the Wicker Park Plant Sale

Date: 
05/09/2018
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Flowers, plants, herbs and vegetables, fresh from the growers, will be ready for gardeners as well as Mother's Day shoppers this weekend at the annual Wicker Park Plant Sale May 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

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Community Meeting: North Branch development will have impact on both sides of River

Date: 
04/20/2018
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With quality of life at stake for residents, businesses and organizations on both sides of the River, a Community Meeting for the North Branch Park + Preserve is being held Mon., Apr. 23, at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 2325 N. Lakewood Ave., from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Designer clothes out of your price range? Not this weekend!

Date: 
04/20/2018
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If you have never been to the Annual Closet Clearance Sale at INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., this year would be a good time to start a new habit. It begins Fri., Apr. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Volunteers urged to participate in Chicago's Clean and Green Day of Service: Earth Day

Date: 
04/19/2018
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Earth Day clean-up activities are going to be engaging at least a couple of thousand volunteers throughout Chicago's near northwest side on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.

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New website gives real time view of street sweepers

Date: 
04/18/2018
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While City wide street sweeping has gotten off to an inconsistent start since April 1 because of the weather, there is a new website showing each sweeper "live",

The WasteShed celebrates reuse and smashes their own collection records

Date: 
04/17/2018
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The 3.5 tons of donated art, craft and school materials, in first quarter 2018, has smashed all quarter collection records for four-year-old The WasteShed, 2842 W. Chicago Ave.

Delia Ramirez takes action before seat in Illinois State 4th District House of Representatives

Date: 
04/12/2018
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"It is so cool to see Delia moving forward with the vision of a government that is truly for and by the people," commented 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa* about newly elected 4th District Illinois State House Representative Delia Ramirez

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The egg bridges Christian and Orthodox Easter

Date: 
04/08/2018
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Dating back to 1054 A.D., a split in the Roman Catholic Church resulted in the birth of the Eastern Orthodox Church, which is based on the Julian calendar.

The Artistic Home: "How I Learned to Drive" a Pulitzer winner with ties to current headlines

Date: 
04/05/2018
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How I Learned to Drive, the winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize, co-winner of both the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play, has rolled into The Artistic Home theatre, 1376 W. Grand Ave., as its relevance screams out from current news headlines. 

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The Spitfire Grill: Refuge Theatre Project does it again

Date: 
04/03/2018
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Refuge Theatre Project does it again. They found an unusual but perfect location to deliver an energetic, spirited musical that blends poignance, secrets, hope, fear, laughter and fun in a fast paced production of The Spitfire Grill in the Windy City Café, 1062 W. Chicago Ave.

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$1.5 million building expansion: Maplewood Playlot Park inspiration for other communities

Date: 
03/30/2018
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In a partnership between the Chicago Park District, 1st Ward  Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno and the community, $1.5 million has been raised to build a new field house in Maplewood Playlot Park, 1640 N. Maplewood Ave. that meets the needs of current neighbors.

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Shootings and guns: Help 10-year-old Theo get 10,000 signatures

Date: 
03/28/2018
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Scared by the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Theo Williams, 10, who lives in Logan Square and attends a Chicago Public grade school, says, "I really, really, really want no more killings." He backs that up with action and you can help. 

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All Chicagoans can be part of The March for Our Lives movement: Saturday In Union Park

Date: 
03/23/2018
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The March for Our Lives in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph will begin at 11 a.m., Sat., Mar. 23. It will be an opportunity for all Chicagoans to support the articulate, focused, strong and thoughtful teenagers who experienced Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 17-person massacre on Valentine's Day.

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CPD 12th District: Strategic Decision Support Center up and running

Date: 
03/18/2018
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The Chicago Police Department's (CPD) 12th District, 1412 S Blue Island Ave, went live March 1 with a center focused on technologies

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