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

Proposed North Branch Industrial Corridor TIF: If permitted - will affect entire city & without community voices may fill wealthy developer pockets

Date: 
11/12/2018
CortlandChiRiv

“Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Hopkins are pushing to create a North Branch Industrial Corridor TIF (Tax Increment Financing) to payoff large developers," cautions Tom Tresser, lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project.

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Newly re-elected U.S. Representative Quigley responds to President Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Date: 
11/07/2018
MQuitley

The day after the U.S. electorate flipped the House of Representatives from a Republican to a Democratic majority and U.S. Representative, Illinois 5th District, Mike Quigley was re-elected, President Trump fired U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Quigley responds with a statement. 

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Perfect night for a bonfire: Smith Park

Date: 
11/07/2018
SmithPrkBonFire2018

Many neighbors gathered for the Smith Park Bonfire event, Sat., Nov. 3, 2526 W Grand Ave. on a perfect night for a fall celebration. 

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Volumes pops up in Water Tower: An experiment in expansion?

Date: 
11/06/2018
VolumesWtrTwr

Wicker Park's Volumes Bookcafe is popping-up on the 6th Level of Water Tower Place, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile. They'll be in that space until the end of January 2019, open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

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Winter coming to Art on theMART November 17

Date: 
11/05/2018
IceForest

The extra-ordinary permanent digital art projection that uses the south facing wall of theMART as its canvas, will finish out its inaugural year beginning on Nov. 17

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Five hurt in Logan Square porch collapse, last released from Illinois Masonic

Date: 
10/30/2018
LyndaleBack

The last of the five people injured in an early Saturday morning Logan Square/Palmer Square area porch collapse

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Boo-Palooza returns to Wicker Park Saturday in celebration of Halloween

Date: 
10/26/2018
AMoselyMC

Boo-Palooza returns this year with dancing, selecting a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch, an amazing  journey through A Maze, bobbing for apples, activity tables and two costume parades, plus much more in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, Sat., Oct. 27,

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Neighbors fire out concerns at potential new Damen Ave. event space operators

Date: 
10/25/2018
ThreeOperators

A crowd fired out concerns about a proposed PPA (Public Place of Amusement) license for the ground level corner space of 1714 N. Damen, during 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack's public meeting in the proposed space, Monday evening. 

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Experience what "Forced From Home" means...this weekend

Date: 
09/28/2018
MSF17JMarcGiboux

This weekend, experience what it is like to be Forced From Home instantaneously, having to decide what to take with you, in hopes you that will survive. 

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Pipsqueak Was Here with children, animals and a message

Date: 
09/02/2018
FriendsInWood

Charming, sometimes haunting children appear to be inviting you into their world, where teddy and live bears dominate the animal inhabitants in "Caution Children At Play" at the Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Ave. thru Sept. 22. 

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Claim of no smoke detectors and possible illegal utility connections in Humboldt Park apartment fire

Date: 
08/31/2018
3226Augusta

There were no working smoke detectors and there were illegal gas and electric connections in the three-story apartment building at 3226 W.

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EvilOlive voluntarily closes for two nights

Date: 
08/29/2018
PodEvil

EvilOlive, 1551 W. Division, voluntarily agreed to close on August 29 and 30 nights as a result of this morning's shooting, says Chicago Police Department's 12th District Commander Stephen Chung. 

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EvilOlive nightclub bouncer shot at Division and Ashland

Date: 
08/29/2018
EvilOlive

Only a few towels on the sidewalk at Ashland and Division and a police tape on Division remain as evidence of the 3:44 a.m. shooting, around the corner from a local nightclub. 

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Taiko Drummers close out the sixth season of Tuesdays at the Triangle August 28

Date: 
08/27/2018
TaikoDrummers

The energizing, haunting and rhythmic beat of the Tsukasa Taiko Drummers will close out the sixth season of the Polish Triangle Coalition's (PTC) Tuesdays at the Triangle on August 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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More than entertainment kicks off 6th season of Tuesdays at the Triangle

Date: 
06/05/2018
jeraf

In its sixth year, Tuesdays at the Triangle is going beyond delivering two hours of free entertainment in the Polish Triangle each Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through August 28. At the inaugural evening Tuesday, June 5, two new food vendors will offer tamales and pizza and more vendors will be coming on board in following weeks. 

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Dynamic start to summer activities 2018 in Wicker Park begins Sunday

Date: 
06/01/2018
AudWPCS

The Chicago Blackhawks inflatable rink, Mr. Dave Music for KIDS, Park and Garden Tour capped off with the Wicker Park Choral Singers while the Wicker Park Farmers Market has its season debut with early morning yoga.

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Revitalized Wicker Park Farmers Market opens their 2018 season this Sunday, June 3

Date: 
06/01/2018
BeansCab

Expansion and change are the words to describe the Wicker Park Farmers Market this year.

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Target hires team to open small-format Wicker Park store

Date: 
05/15/2018
TargetLkngEast

Target's opening of their Chicago area's 84th store at 1664 W. Division St., in Wicker Park is one step closer to their anticipated July 22 opening. They interviewed 300 job seekers over six days for a range of positions, including team leaders.

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Humboldt Park community is invited to shape vision for new development surrounding Norwegian American Hospital

Date: 
05/12/2018
NAHCovrArea

Targeting 24 blocks around Norwegian American Hospital (NAH) in Humboldt Park, a new vision for a development and wellness project will be presented to the community at two different presentations next week.

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Happy Mother's Day!

Date: 
05/12/2018
MothDaySheep2018

Celebrated in more than 40 countries, Mother's Day celebrations are believed to have begun by the Greeks and Romans.Today, the celebration date varies around the globe. The intent is the same: honoring those who nurture and care.