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

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
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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
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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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Governor Pritzker announces "Restore Illinois Plan"

Date: 
05/05/2020
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With the highest number of COVID-19 deaths overnight (176) just announced, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker laid out a four-region, five-phase Restore Illinois Plan this afternoon. 

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Celebration of victory: Cinco de Mayo

Date: 
05/05/2020
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Cinco de Mayo* celebrations commemorate one battle that occurred on May 5, 1862. It was the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War (1861 to 1867). 

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New Chicago City Council moniker: "Divided Council"

Date: 
04/28/2020
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"Council Divided" is what Chicago's 50-person City Council is named by former Alderman Dick Simpson, a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his co-authors in a new report analyzing the voting patterns of the City's governing body.

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Wellington and friends join Governor Pritzker and his friends to invite you to be All in Illinois

Date: 
04/18/2020
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Wellington, the curious rockhopper penguin, and some friends at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, along with Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker and some of his friends are inviting you to be All in Illinois.

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CTA shares concerns for employees and riders

Date: 
04/17/2020
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The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) continues to serve the City, providing healthcare workers, first responders and others working in essential services and businesses a way to get to and from their jobs. 

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Tax payments today? Why? Options?

Date: 
04/15/2020
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"Do I or don't I have to make a State of Illinois 1st quarter 2020 estimated profit tax deposit today," ask several business owners as well as contract and gig workers.

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East Village Association donates to three COVID-19 relief efforts

Date: 
04/06/2020
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A donation of $3,000 divided between three organizations is how the East Village Association (EVA) community organization is reaching out to ease the many losses and economic impacts so many community residents and businesses are experiencing during this COVID-19 epidemic. 

Fun Physical Distancing in the hood together!

Date: 
04/03/2020
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The ingenuity of all the dudes and dudettes in the West Town, Logan Square and Humboldt Park communities is breaking out into activities that are fun and safe as everyone struggles to "Stay home and save lives," as Mayor Lori Lightfoot requests.

Happy Census Day: Prove you count…Fill-in a 2020 Census

Date: 
04/01/2020
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Your future, as well everyone else's in the State of Illinois, depends on you being counted in the 2020 Census count.

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Fifty /50 Group fights for "family" and others...with food

Date: 
04/01/2020
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Local restaurateurs Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner fight for their "family" and others in Chicago's food service industry and beyond by feeding as many as possible. And, they could use your help.

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STAY HOME SAVE LIVES! Closed: Parks, playlots, The 606, Riverwalk and the lakefront

Date: 
03/26/2020
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot along with Chicago Police Department's (CPD) acting Superintendent Charlie Beck, Chicago Park District CEO Michael Kelly, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady and several suburban mayors echoed "STAY HOME SAVE LIVES" in a press conference early this afternoon.

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COVID-19: Non-compliance with "stay-at-home" and social distancing shuts down Lakefront

Date: 
03/26/2020
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot made it clear in her Wednesday press conference that if Chicagoans did not abide by Governor J.B. Pritzker's order to stay-at-home and maintain social distancing, not having parties and flooding the parks with group activities, she would shut down the lakefront and Chicago Parks. 

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