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

Check out new 12th District Commander Gabriella Shemash's "DNA"

Date: 
08/07/2020
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While you may recognize Chicago Police Department's (CPD) new 12th District Commander Gabriella Shemash as an officer from the night shift, chances are you didn't know about her link to how DNA is now handled at CPD. 

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Census taking is being cut short…danger of under count

Date: 
08/06/2020
Comp2020Comptr

The importance of getting an accurate census count cannot be overstated because:

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Wicker Park Farmers Market is in full swing with a breadth of product offerings

Date: 
08/02/2020
JoeAndBerries

Into the fifth week of 30 rotating vendors, Wicker Park Farmers Market, with the entrance at Damen and Wicker Park Avenues, will include several longtime and newer vendors among this week's 21 booths. 

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Rosie says farewell to managing the Logan Square Farmers Market

Date: 
07/25/2020
 RFitzLastMrkt

Living what she preaches…"wear your mask"…Rosie Fitz says farewell to the Logan Square Farmers Market as the Market Manager, but she will return as a shopper. 

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Command changes in the 12th and 14th Chicago Police Department Districts

Date: 
07/25/2020
SChung

A rolling list of changes are occurring in both the Chicago Police Department's (CPD) 12th and 14th Districts. 

Andrew Wozniak loses battle with cancer

Date: 
07/18/2020
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Former Wicker Park resident, Andrew Wozniak, 59, lost a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer on July 9 in the Denver, CO, area.

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Why may you soon lose city, county, state and federal services and representation?

Date: 
07/16/2020
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Funding for everything from street cleaning and rat baiting to governmental representation locally and up to the United States Congress happen based on population. The population is counted in the United States by a Census every 10 years.

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Bucktown Garden Walk sports a new look

Date: 
07/11/2020
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The 2020 annual Bucktown Garden Walk sports a new look, another side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event officially continues through Sun., July 12, early evening.

Successful Wicker Park Farmers Market opening is a beacon for "new normal"

Date: 
07/11/2020
WPFMShoppers

The successful opening of the summer Wicker Park Farmers Market* during the July 4th weekend has vendors, organizers and shoppers hopeful for at least an acceptable "new normal." 

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Remembering Wicker Park's Geraldine (Gerri) Baginski

Date: 
06/06/2020
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A devout Catholic and Polish-American Chicagoan through and through, Geraldine "Gerri"* Baginski lost her life where she lived 70 of her 77 years in the 2100 block of W. Potomac Ave. 

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Celebrating 20 years in 2020: Wicker Park Farmers Market gives three shopping experiences!

Date: 
06/05/2020
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Celebrating 20 years in 2020 of bringing fresh produce and other locally sourced food and products to Wicker Park, the Wicker Park Farmers Market continues to adapt to current challenges…as they promote three ways to shop the market. 

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To open or not to open: Many businesses are unsure when and how or if

Date: 
06/03/2020
JanikPatio

With the initial move into the Phase 3 opening of Chicago amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Wed., June 3, many businesses remain uncertain about when, how and if they'll open.

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Looting cripples Wicker Park and Bucktown businesses: Downtown businesses suffer worse

Date: 
05/31/2020
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Looters were on a rampage along Milwaukee, Ashland and Elston Avenues in Wicker Park and Bucktown throughout the early morning hours of Sunday, May 31.

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Nothing like it in history: Memorial Day May 25, 2020

Date: 
05/25/2020
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Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020 is like no other. Chicago beaches, lake shore, restaurants and bars...closed. There were no in person big venue marches or concerts.

Lifelong Wicker Park resident parishes in fire: Geraldine Baginski

Date: 
05/23/2020
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In the early morning of Saturday, May 23, Geraldine (Gerri) Baginski lost her life in her Wicker Park home as a result of a fire, just a day before her 77th birthday.

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Power outage cuts distribution of Chicago TV and radio station signals

Date: 
05/18/2020
WillisTwrRiver

Flooding knocks out several Chicago television and radio stations. Willis Tower (Sears Tower) electricity cut.

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Look up: Blue Angels doing Chicago flyover

Date: 
05/12/2020
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Saluting first responders in this COVID-19 pandemic, the spectacular Navy Blue Angels will be flying over Chicago Tuesday morning, as part of their country wide tour.

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Mother's Day will be without a Wicker Park Plant Sale

Date: 
05/09/2020
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A plant sale in Wicker Park on Mother's Day weekend is one of many activities everyone is missing this year because of COVID-19. However, you can help insure that the 10,000 square feet of Wicker Park's gardens will continue to be a visual respite in 2020 and beyond. 

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Logan Square's Outdoor Farmers Market put on hold until end of May

Date: 
05/08/2020
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The 2020 outdoor Logan Square Farmers Market (LSFM) has moved its 16th season opening from May 10 to May 30, in co-operation with the City of Chicago and its Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as well as the Chicago Department of Public Health. 

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Wicker Park Farmers Market is virtual until July 5

Date: 
05/08/2020
AllLovFM

Wicker Park Farmers Market (WPFM) vendors are open for business virtually and three will deliver pre-orders Sunday morning, Mother's Day. 

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