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

Humboldt Park staffer embraces gator: others continue searching

Date: 
07/11/2019
NellieRamon

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
PolishTriTT

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
LaSpataInOffice

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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Police Roll Call at Logan Square's Lucy Flowers Park shows community solidarity

Date: 
06/08/2019
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Chicago Police 14th District officers arrived for the Beat 1421 and Beat 1434 Roll Call by patrol car, wagon and on bikes at

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Spoiler alert: Mr. Dave Music headlines all six Tuesdays at the Triangle starting today

Date: 
06/04/2019
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The combo of entertainment and vendors at the Tuesdays at the Triangle returns to the CTA transportation hub at Milwaukee, Division and Ashland Avenues on June 4, from 4 to 8 p.m., for the seventh season, produced by the Polish Triangle Coalition (PTC). 

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Broken Bucktown water main reveals building owned by Rock Island business man is dangerous

Date: 
05/22/2019
Jack-HammerSt

At some point during Tuesday night, a water main broke in the 2000 block of west Armitage in Bucktown. Alderman Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward, was notified around 7 a.m., Wed., May 22. But,

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Reimaging Chicago: Pass seven ordinances in 100 days

Date: 
05/16/2019
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In the first 100 days of the new Chicago City Council a group of aldermen and aldermen-elect plan to pass seven pieces of legislation to "make Chicago a city for the many--not just the wealthiest few."

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Moreno charged on two felony counts

Date: 
05/15/2019
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Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward Alderman, is charged with two felonies and will be in bond court today.

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Outgoing 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno in police custody

Date: 
05/14/2019
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Proco "Joe" Moreno, soon to be former 1st Ward Alderman, is in police custody on an arrest warrant, according to the Chicago Police Department. 

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Two charged in murder of Candice Dickerson

Date: 
05/10/2019
BryantMitchell

Two men were given "NO BOND" status and are in Cook County Jail until their next court appearances in the April 26 murder of Candice Dickerson, 36, a single mother of three,

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Norwegian American Hospital honors murdered staffer: Candice Dickerson

Date: 
05/10/2019
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Shot to death while standing in a Metro PCS store around 8:05 p.m. on April 26, Candice Dickerson was honored by her family, friends and the Norwegian American Hospital (NAH) "family" on Tuesday at the hospital, 1044 N Francisco Ave. 

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10th Annual Closet Clearance Sale at Intuit this weekend

Date: 
04/26/2019
AllOfIt

This 10th Annual Closet Clearance Sale at INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Sat. Apr.27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. is "racked up" to be the best ever, according to Susann Craig, Intuit Board Member and the sale's creator. 

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What's happening on Chicago streets?: How can you interact?

Date: 
04/26/2019
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The Chicago Department of Transportation's (CDOT) new site, ChiStreetWork just came online Tuesday, expanding the public's access to City information.

The Eggsquisite and the Sacred merge: Ukrainian National Museum

Date: 
04/23/2019
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Cutout, dotted with rhinestones, covered with unique patterns representing Ukrainian towns or views into Ukrainian peasant life, eggs are all "eggsquisite" in the Easter Wonder exhibition at the Ukrainian National Museum (UNM), 2249 W. Superior St., through April 28. Hours: Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Lawsuit filed to stop Cortland and Chicago River TIF and more

Date: 
04/17/2019
AneelChablani

A lawsuit to halt the creation of the Cortland and Chicago River TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district, much of which is for Sterling Bay's Lincoln Yards, was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County today against the City of Chicago by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights on behalf of Grassroots Collaborative and Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education. 

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Development the "Chicago way": Sterling Bay/Lincoln Yards

Date: 
04/08/2019
LincolnYardsSite

UPDATE: Lightfoot asked Finance Committee Chairman Patrick O'Connor to make Monday's meeting a "subject matter hearing" which generally excludes a vote, according to Crain's Danny Ecker around midnight Sunday.

There is a full court press to pass the $1.3* billion Cortland and Chicago River TIF at Monday's City Council Finance Committee vote and the City Council vote on Wednesday, Mayor Emanuel's last Council meeting before leaving his eight year, fifth floor reign of Chicago's City Hall. 

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