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

Pardon our ISP!

Date: 
04/16/2015

To all of you who may think there is something wrong with you, your connection or your digital device...it is not you, your connection or your device! IT IS OUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP)!

Former Max Gerber site: United Logan Square voices question Moreno's process for Buono development

Date: 
04/13/2015

Going door to door in the Logan Square area near the former Max Gerber location, at Milwaukee and California Avenues, representatives of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Logan Square Preservation and SMOS Logan Square are collecting signatures

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2nd Ward Aldermanic choices: Hopkins and Pattison

Date: 
04/07/2015

In the February election 10,535 ballots were cast in the 2nd Ward, of which 9,969 voted for alderman. The difference is do to no vote cast or multiple selections were made. 

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EVA's April Meeting: returning Police foot patrol, building upgrade incentives, Red Apple final denial and more!

Date: 
04/07/2015

Several topics were covered at the East Village Association's (EVA) April meeting, Monday, at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave, and managed to adjourn long before the Wisconsin-Duke game tipoff, reports EVA's Stephen Rynkiewicz. 

Wicker Park, Humboldt Park and Haas Park among 10 winning Chicago Park Advisory Councils

Date: 
03/31/2015

The Chicago Parks Foundation presented the newly created Park Advisory Council Award to 10 of the 208 Park Advisory Councils (PAC) in the more than 500 parks in the Chicago Park District

Logan Square Dog Park: "Another local dream come true"

Date: 
03/30/2015

Wagging tails, little yips and big barks and beaming "parents" greeted the news this weekend that the Logan Square Dog Park (Park 556), tucked in on the west side of Western Ave., south of Logan Blvd., will be constructed this year! 

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Welcome to the world of Mr. Imagination: Gregory Warmack

Date: 
03/27/2015

Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination, a retrospective of the work of Gregory Warmack, at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., will continue through May 25. To accommodate demand, Intuit is now open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. 

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No chickens roasted in Wicker Park garage fire

Date: 
03/27/2015

Fire roared along the alley of the 1500 block of N. Hoyne Ave. late Thursday afternoon.

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First "Cash Mob" a success at the Green Grocer Chicago in West Town

Date: 
03/25/2015

The "Cash Mob," a promotion concept to get people to shop at a local business, debuted at the Green Grocer Chicago (GGC), 1402 W. Grand, Saturday and it was a success! 

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U.S Representative Mike Quigley honored at Ukrainian Museum

Date: 
03/25/2015

U.S Representative of Illinois' 5th District, Mike Quigley was honored at a Ukrainian National Museum (UNM) sold out Awards Dinner Friday evening, Mar. 20.

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Murder sentence near for graffiti tagger Kristopher Klimala "Wicked"

Date: 
03/24/2015

The murder trial of Kristopher Klimala, known as "Wicked," in the death of Linear Caballero, known as "Chip" on Sat., Jan 21, 2012, began Monday in Judge James Linn's Cook Country Courtroom, 26th and California.  

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Last Roundup: 2nd Ward Aldermanic Candidates in their words and in person

Date: 
03/23/2015

UPDATE:
 CAN TV will have the debate live!

With the final election for the 2nd Ward Alderman as well as mayor occurring on April 7, it is important that everyone be informed

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Revised plan for the Aldi site presented to WPC

Date: 
03/18/2015

Centrum Partners revised their design for the Aldi parcel of land at Milwaukee Avenue and Leavitt Street along The 606 (Bloomingdale Trail) in response to suggestions and comments from both the Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) Preservation and Development Committee (P&D) and the Bucktown Community Organization's Development Committee and members.

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Myrta Cruz lost fight with cancer

Date: 
03/17/2015

"A strong, determined, brave, courageous, giving and encouraging woman who was very protective of her children," is how Myrta "Mert" Cruz is described by her daughter Mary Mercado. Curz, 65, died of cancer on Mar. 11.

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Wicker Park Committee gives back and looks forward

Date: 
03/16/2015

Looking forward and giving back were the agenda items for Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) March Board meeting in the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen. 

Two dead, one injured at Dolphin: Alderman Waguespack is angry

Date: 
03/16/2015
Dolphin

Once again the late licensed night club called the Dolphin, 2200 N. Ashland, in Bucktown, is the scene of mayhem. This time two are dead and one is in the hospital. Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward Alderman, is angry. 

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Mayor Emanuel did NOT scream nor did he address mental health service issues

Date: 
03/15/2015

Both social and news media have given much "ink" to Mayor Emanuel screaming at two mental health activists who attempted to dominate the Wicker Park Committee's (WPC) March membership meeting. What are the facts? 

Local response to woman shot in Wicker Park at Division and Damen

Date: 
03/15/2015

The shooting of a 35-year-old woman, early Sunday morning  2:30 a.m., at Division St. and Damen Ave.,  prompts concerns from local residents. A look back in time, however, shows how far Wicker Park and East Village have come in 25 years. 

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Demand for Opt-Out Rights on PARCC testing grows as testing begins

Date: 
03/10/2015

Parents and lawmakers united on Monday, Mar. 9, the first day of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, to demand a clear statewide policy allowing parents to opt their students out of state standardized testing

Women in Focus opens "I am woman" on International Women's Day Sunday

Date: 
03/06/2015

In preparation for the third Women In Focus (WIF) photography exhibition, many members were wielding hammers, removing  nails and hanging, leveling and labeling the work of 25 members with pieces in the I Am Woman exhibition. The opening reception is Sun., Mar. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Chicago Photography Center (CPC), 621 W. Belmont Ave. 

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