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

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
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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.

Ice-bucket Challenge: Chicago Police 14th District and Chicago Fire Engine 43 meet the challenges for charity

Date: 
08/15/2014
MassDowse

In a 24-hour ice-bucket challenge, on behalf of the ALS Association, from the New York Police Department's 109th Precinct in Flushing, NY, Chicago Police Department's (CPD) 14th District (Shakespeare Station), 2150 N. California, met the challenge and in turn challenged their neighbors at Chicago Fire Department (CFD) Station 43, 2179 N Stave St., Engine #43.

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Renegade Craft Fair will remain on Division September 6 and 7

Date: 
08/15/2014
Renegade

Renegade Craft Fair to be back on Division St. on Sept 6 and 7, according to notification late Fri., Aug. 15.

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Stress relief is healthy…laughter is an option: Robin Williams and Carol Burnett

Date: 
08/14/2014
WilliamsBurnett

"One of the best things I can do for myself to relieve stress is to laugh. The benefits of laughing have been widely documented to support good health," were the opening sentences in an email today. 

Ukrainian Village Association to vote on current development plans for former St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and School

Date: 
08/12/2014
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The Ukrainian Village Association (UVNA) will have a review, update, discussion and vote on the former St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, 913-925 N. Hoyne, on Thurs., Aug. 14, at Whisk, 2018 W. Chicago Ave. 

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Women In Focus opens first exhibition with 19 photographers

Date: 
08/12/2014
EnteringIllinois

The newly formed Women in Focus (WIF) in Chicago is having their first exhibition opening on Sun., Aug. 17, at the Chicago Photography Center (CPC), 621 W. Belmont Ave.  The reception is open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

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Blue Line Damen and California stations to close temporarily this fall as part of Your New Blue project

Date: 
08/11/2014
DamenSta

Part of the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Your New Blue  improvement project, the California station will close for 6 weeks starting Sept 4 and the Damen station will close for 9 weeks, starting Oct. 20 and cutting into the holiday shopping season.

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West Town Public Library Summer Learning program celebrates with help of EVA

Date: 
08/09/2014
Sponsors

With a record number of 500 area children participating in the Summer Learning Program, there was a great deal of celebrating at the end of season party in the Chicago Public Library's West Town Branch, 1625 W.

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Lady Gaga and Philip Glass to be in Wicker Park Sunday

Date: 
08/08/2014
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Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Harold Arlen, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass and more will all be in Wicker Park this Sunday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m. to noon, thanks to the talents of the Symphony Sounds String Quartet (SSSQ). 

All That We See or Seem…fun at Vertical Gallery

Date: 
08/07/2014
TheCaptain

All That We See or Seem... is the latest exhibition at Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Ave., in Ukrainian Village.

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Wicker Park Committee membership gives support to one of two developers

Date: 
08/07/2014
LeahEd

Two developer presentations led off the Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) monthly meeting. A membership vote supported LG Construction & Development's project at 1237 to 1253 N. Milwaukee Ave., pending the Preservation and Development Committee's (P&D) final approval. But they voted to not support Centrum Partners' proposed project at 1660 W. Division St. 

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Lt. Gov Sheila Simon warns that checking out of public decision making makes the process worse

Date: 
08/05/2014
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Initially spotted at a Sunday Logan Square Farmer's Market playing her banjo with the Amen  Brothers, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon talked about her music, about the historic significance of the Logan Market, about her future and about decision making. 

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Local Ukrainians ask for help with acquiring signatures to move the 2018 World Football Cup from Russia

Date: 
08/04/2014
FIFA

Area Ukrainians are urging people to support the Ukrainian people and world peace by signing a petition to move the 2018 World Football Cup from Russia. 

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Final CMAP parking management report for WPB area to be explained at WPC meeting

Date: 
08/04/2014
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The Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) Wednesday, August 6, membership meeting (open to the public), will feature a presentation about parking solutions study given by Lindsay Bayley, Senior Planner for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).

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Is singing choral music your passion...Perhaps Wicker Park Choral Singers are in your future

Date: 
08/04/2014
MarkT

If you love choral music and you love singing, the Wicker Park Choral Singers (WPCS) invites you to consider adding your voice to theirs in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Auditions are Wed., Aug. 6 and Sun., Aug. 10, in the Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Ave., corner of Hoyne and LeMoyne. 

East Village Assn. celebrated among the raindrops and zebra

Date: 
08/04/2014
FMLibZebra

Spirits and fun were not dampened at the East Village Association (EVA) Annual Block Party in the 800 block of N.Winchester Sunday afternoon, Aug. 3, despite the on-and-off rain showers. Even the zebra liked it.

Sgt. Juan Clas, 12th District, is back with suggestions about home security and National Night Out

Date: 
08/03/2014
SgtClas

On a Sunday in March, Sergeant Juan Clas, of the 12th Police District's CAPS program (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies), slipped on the ice which caused a grizzly injury and subsequent surgery on one leg. He just returned to duty on July 29 and has two reminders for everyone... home security and National Night Out (NNO) this coming Tuesday, Aug. 6, at both the 12th and 14th Districts. 

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