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

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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Businesses must meet new ADA accessibility requirements in Chicago by July 1

Date: 
06/20/2017
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All Chicago businesses that serve the general public must be  accessible to people with all types of disabilities based on 16 protected classes by July 1, explained Matthew Lango, Deputy Commissioner, Commission on Human Relations (CCHR),

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'tis no Blarney: Sean Cleland Irish Trio in the Polish Triangle Tuesday

Date: 
06/19/2017
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The Sean Cleland Irish Trio 'tis the feature for Tuesdays at the Triangle in the Polish Triangle, where Division, Milwaukee and Ashland meet, June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Fashion designer Anastasia Chatzka's childhood obsessions can benefit you

Date: 
06/19/2017
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Anastasia Chatzka's obsession for music and dressing like a rock star in bell-bottoms, when 12 or 13 in Detroit, became the ground work for her future business life…which leads to helping you. 

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Changes for CAPS Beat 1212: Sgt. Clas and Beat Facilitators

Date: 
06/08/2017
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Change was a major part of the Chicago Police Department's (CPD) Beat 1212 Tuesday night meeting.

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Happy 125th Birthday: Chicago "L"

Date: 
06/05/2017
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The Chicago "L" celebrates its 125th birthday Tues., June 6, when the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will be running a

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Latino poets will take center stage at Tuesdays at the Triangle

Date: 
06/05/2017
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Top Latin poets will be transporting Tuesdays at the Triangle attendees to other times and places this Tues., according to the Polish Triangle Coalition.

Take a walk with your neighbors: 3rd Annual Block Party for The 606

Date: 
06/02/2017
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From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 3, fun events, music and activities will be underway from one end of The 606 to the other during the 3rd Annual 606 Block Party: A Walk with Neighbors. Everyone is invited to participate in the free event.

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Wicker Park Farmers Market opens Sunday with local foods and entertainment

Date: 
06/01/2017
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Mouth watering locally produced foods, cooking demonstrations and the Wicker Park Choral Singers are all part of the opening of the Wicker Park Farmers Market (WPFM) in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, Sunday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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No passport required Tuesday at the Polish Triangle

Date: 
05/28/2017
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Island sounds come to Tuesdays at the Triangle on May 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "No passport is needed at the Polish Triangle," says Kent Arnsbarger,

Memorial Day May 29, 2017: A day for remembering

Date: 
05/28/2017
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This year those who have died in the military services are being honored on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, a Federal holiday. It is also a day to thank those who serve today. 

Crime in Wicker Park and Bucktown: Perceptions and facts

Date: 
05/26/2017
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"Crime here is up tremendously," "There has never been this much crime in our area," "We're not even safe in our homes" say some local residents.

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