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

Friday is last chance to participate or enjoy Wicker Mic 2014 in Wicker Park

Date: 
09/23/2014
JohnNate

Wicker Mic's last act on Fri., Sept. 26 will bring down the final  "curtain" of the 5th season in the middle of Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen Ave., Performances begin at 6 p.m. and sign-up begins at 5:45 p.m. on the softball field near Schiller. The not to be missed closing artists will be The Astrohillbillies at 8 p.m. 

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Retrospective: Maria "Mika" Harasowska-Daczyszyn (1911 - 2000) -- inspirational artist and person at UNM

Date: 
09/22/2014
Mika

With wars part of Maria "Mika" Harasowska-Daczyszyn's life from her birth in Western Ukraine in 1911, her legacy is one of strength, vibrancy and an undying spirit.

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Tom Robinson's photo realistic portraitures are on both sides of WOW

Date: 
09/20/2014
TomSnowwhite

Tom Robinson, longtime North Avenue artist and teacher in the now WOW (West of Western) District, has his latest series of realistic portraits in his gallery at 2416 W.

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Cup & Spoon in the WOW: a Dream Plan come true for Rosie Quasarano

Date: 
09/19/2014
RosieQ

From the time she was a little girl growing up in Lansing, Michigan, Rosie Quasarano wanted to have her own business. Now she does. Her Dream Plan became Cup & Spoon and it is in DreamBox Gallery, 2415 W. North Ave., in the WOW District (West of Western). 

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Federal Judge sentences gang leader for drug-trafficking and responsible for '08 slaying of former Wicker Park resident and police officer

Date: 
09/18/2014
SotoRomberg

Former Wicker Park resident Kathryn Romberg, 45, a DCFS supervisor and part-time realtor, was murdered at about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2008,

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Dreams come true for Holstein Park: $1.225 million from Illinois thanks to neighbors work and perseverance

Date: 
09/17/2014
WagQuinLuc

"Ecstatic" was the word of the day for Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward Alderman; Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn; Holstein Park Supervisor Shannon English; and Bucktown residents Jean Alan, Lucy and Scott Jacobs

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Stacey Pfingsten officially declares for 2nd Ward Alderman as residents begin to ask questions about election rules and dates

Date: 
09/16/2014
SPfingsten

After 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti's Saturday announcement to run for Chicago Mayor, his aide Stacey Pfingsten made her announcement to run for the 2nd Ward slot on Monday, Sept. 15. That takes the count of contenders to six, so far. 

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Fioretti's becomes first opponent to Rahm Emanuel for Chicago Mayor and Emanuel fires back

Date: 
09/14/2014
Fioretti

As he announced his run for Chicago Mayor before a crowd of about 150 people in the East-West University gymnasium, 829 S. Wabash Ave., Saturday morning, 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti, identified a series of issues, pointing out Emanuel's short falls. 

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Katharine Schutta returns to the exhibition scene at DreamBox Gallery in the WOW District

Date: 
09/13/2014
TinyDancers

After 10 years, Katharine Schutta returns to the world of exhibitions with Collage at DreamBox Gallery, 2415 W. North Ave., in the WOW District (west of Western Ave). The exhibit ends on Sept. 27. 

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Britain's My Dog Sighs brings hidden treasures, special faces, eyes, people and hugs to Chicago's near northwest side

Date: 
09/05/2014
ReflectingEyes

Sharpen your visual observations and release your bloodhound like sniffer and join the search for one of the more than 50 My Dog Sighs (MDS

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Wondering about our multiple eblasts...here's the scoop

Date: 
08/30/2014

Wondering why there are three emails from Our Urban Times today?

Last weekend: "Picturing Logan Square: An Exhibition of Rare Images"

Date: 
08/29/2014
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Picturing Logan Square: An Exhibition of Rare Images in the Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave., will be closing Aug. 31. Weekend hours are noon to 3 p.m.

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Thumbs up for "The Yellow Wallpaper" at Wicker Park's Chopin Theatre

Date: 
08/28/2014
Sturm

From the yellowing pages of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's feminist short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, Lorelei Sturm brought to life a thought provoking story, using monologue, dialogue, performance movement and "off stage" audio narration. Opened Sunday, Aug.

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Wicker Park man charged in fatal traffic crash of Humboldt Park Man

Date: 
08/26/2014
SRiley

Sean Riley, 33, from the 1400 block of N. Bell was charged today, Aug. 26, in an Aug. 24 incident in which his vehicle struck a Humboldt Park man on North Ave., according to the Chicago Police Department.

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Downpour thinned crowds but didn't dampen spirits at Ukrainian Fest and Chicago Food Social

Date: 
08/23/2014
eatmusic

The Ukrainian Days Festival (UDF), in Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave., and the Chicago Food Social in the parking lot of Kendall College, 900 N. Branch St.(near Chicago Ave. and Halsted St.),

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Smoke out brings neighbors, police and offenders from Beats 1432-33 out in Pulaski Park area

Date: 
08/23/2014
SmokeOut

A Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) joint "Smoke Out" (meeting) of Beats 1432 and 1433 at the corner of Bosworth and Blackhawk brought out a crowd of residents, many blue and white shirted Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers and a handful of known offender

Cell phone theft in Bucktown, offenders apprehended and charged

Date: 
08/20/2014
KWare

A 31 year-old male was walking on the 2000 of W. Churchill, Tues., Aug. 19, at 9:05 p.m. when he was approached by three black males who announced a robbery.

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Chicago Fashion Fest and Chicago's Orleans Fest moved between Damen and Leavitt for Aug.23 and 24

Date: 
08/20/2014
CffLogo

Last minute location changes for the Chicago Fashion Fest and Chicago's New Orleans Festival were confirmed by Michelle Gomez, Fashion Fest's creator, Tues., Aug. 19. They will be between Damen Ave. and Leavitt St. for the Aug. 23 and 24 events, which begin at noon and end at 10 p.m. each day.

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Lerner asks close to $1.8 million for historic 2119 W. LeMoyne in Wicker Park

Date: 
08/19/2014
FrntView

At the July 9 meeting of the Chicago Landmark's Permit Review Committee (PRC), Michael Lerner's MCZ Development company, under the name of Lemoyne Acquisitions, lost their second attempt to get approval to build a two-and-a-half story building on an historic Side Yard at 2117 W. LeMoyne, next to a 1897 building at 2119 W. LeMoyne. On Aug.

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Epidemic of mindless driving 3,000 pound bombs on Rockwell addressed by Logan Square residents in Moreno's office

Date: 
08/15/2014
KWeaver

The death of Logan Square's Jose Media and safety of children going to and from Goethe School, 2236 North Rockwell St., prompted a meeting on Thurs., Aug. 14, at 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno's office regarding traffic on Rockwell St.