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

Whisk closed by State of Illinois in Ukrainian Village

Date: 
09/13/2019
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Large green signs on the window and door of Whisk, 2018 W. Chicago Ave., in Ukrainian Village give warning that Whisk's business certificate of registration is revoked. 

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September once again plays an important role in Wicker Park's "life"

Date: 
09/06/2019
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Thanks to D.S. Lee's land purchases starting in 1847, M.L. Stewart's efforts in 1868, Alderman McGrath's action with Chicago's City Council on Sept. 19, 1870, followed by Stewart's generosity on Sept. 26, 1870, and the 2019 $67,000 gift from the Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33, there will be a celebration in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen. Ave., Sun., Sept. 8, at noon. Everyone is invited to be part of the event at the iconic Gurgoyle Fountain. 

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Performance open call: "What remains"

Date: 
09/05/2019
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In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery is inviting artists from around the world to make proposals for What Remains, an exhibition and a performance program to occur in Chicago in February 2020.

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Longevity became theme at Logan Square and Wicker Park Bucktown chambers mixer

Date: 
08/23/2019
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Two Chamber of Commerce executive directors, Logan Square's (LSCC), Jessica Wobbekind, and Wicker Park Buctown's (WPBCC), Pamela Maas, were on stage at Rosa's Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage,

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Two lawsuits re Mosky Wicker Park project: Moreno's last minute slight-of hand-in City Council

Date: 
08/21/2019
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Robert Mosky, RDM Development, received a "go" on the Wicker Park apartment project, 1624-28 W. Division, as a result of one of former 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno's actions during his last day as alderman in Chicago's City Council this last February. 

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Opening for WPB End of Summer Sale: Reckless Records new Bargain Basement

Date: 
08/20/2019
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Treasures from yesterday and yesteryear can be added to your music collection from Reckless Records, 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave., new Bargain Basement, opening during Wicker Park Bucktown’s (WPB) annual End of Summer Sale Aug. 24 and 25. Posters, vintage and new, are also making their debut this weekend.

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David Ramos honored by Chicago City Council for service to local school councils

Date: 
08/17/2019
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David Ramos, President of the Smith Park Advisory Council and a member of the Polish Triangle Coalition, was honored by Chicago's City Council for 23 years of service on the Local School Councils for Ogden International School of Chicago and Lincoln Park High School as well as the Local School Council Advisory Board, LSCAB representing Network 6. 

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Warsaw Uprising: We won says "Behold a day of Blood and Honor" film maker

Date: 
08/08/2019
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"We won," said film maker Paul Grajnert about the Warsaw Uprising against German occupation forces in Poland, as the 75th Anniversary was being celebrated in the Polish Museum of American (PMA), 984 N. Milwaukee Ave. 

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Lightfoot announces nomination of new Chicago Department of Planning and Development Commissioner

Date: 
08/07/2019
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Maurice D. Cox is Mayor Lori Lightfoot's nominee to head up Chicago's Department of Planning and Development as its Commissioner. 

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National Night Out: police host a fun evening for you and your neighbors

Date: 
08/03/2019
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Chicago Police Department's (CPD) 12th and 14th Districts are hosting neighbors for an evening of events, food, music and fun for all ages on Tues., Aug. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. It is FREE! 

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Volunteers' "polite continuing persistence" wins respect and money

Date: 
07/31/2019
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Chicago Park District's Maplewood Park, 1640 N. Maplewood Ave., and Lucy Flower Playlot, 2554 W. Moffat St., Advisory Council (MLFPAC) in Logan Square is a shining example of how polite continuing persistence and a lot of work by volunteers win major changes for their community. 

Free Street Theater: "Still/Here: Manifestos for Joy and Survival"

Date: 
07/26/2019
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Still/Here: Manifestos for Joy and Survival is Free Street Theater's latest production to bring performance to you and have you bring community into the production. One performance is at Humboldt Park Field House, 1400 N. Humboldt Dr., Sat., July 27, 3 p.m. and another at Walsh Park,

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Teddy Zwolinski weighs in…finally

Date: 
07/19/2019
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At 11:34 a.m.*, July 19, Teddy (Theodore Marc) Zwolinski was born at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago to the delight of his parents Noble Square's Megan Dunworth Zwolinski and Robert "Bob" Zwolinski.

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Humboldt Park staffer embraces gator: others continue searching

Date: 
07/11/2019
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In the Humboldt Park Field House, Nellie Roman, the Park's Instructor, gives a big hug to this look-a-like gator as hundreds of children play with much energy and gusto in the many summer programs provided by the Chicago Park District. 

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Why gator hunt?: "It's an historical event"

Date: 
07/10/2019
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"It's one of those things that ten years from now when sitting in a bar and someone says, 'remember when there was an alligator in the Humboldt Park lagoon

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Last call for 2019: Tuesdays at the Triangle

Date: 
07/08/2019
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Tuesdays at the Triangle wraps up the seventh summer of entertainment, food, vendors and fun on July 9 between 4 and 8 p.m. where four neighborhoods (Wicker Park, East Village, Noble Square and Pulaski Park) meet at Milwaukee, Division and Ashland, the Chicago Transit Authorities (CTA) Division Street Blue Line stop. 

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Was aldermanic challenge to a Finance Committee settlement a test or a predictor?

Date: 
06/14/2019
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One item set for approval, on a docket of 23 presented by Finance Committee Chair Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward, became a lightning rod for discussion at the second City Council meeting presided over by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. But why?

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New police pilot program to partner community and Chicago Police Department

Date: 
06/11/2019
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"Hands on and in the street," District Coordination Officers (DCO)  are part of the Neighborhood Policing Initiative Program (NPI) in a pilot phase in Chicago's 25th District. 

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New job, office and staff: Daniel La Spata, 1st Ward Alderman

Date: 
06/10/2019
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UPDATE:
Office opens Monday!

While the title "1st Ward Alderman" is still not something that Daniel La Spata is used to hearing, his trajectory into public office started four or five years ago in Logan Square. Now he is opening a Ward Office

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Baseball season opened in Smith Park with traditional parade

Date: 
06/09/2019
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Once again the Smith Park Baseball Season started with toots from a fire engine and an occasion wail of a police siren as officials from different government agencies, residents, parents and young people paraded "around the block" that encompasses Smith Park,

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