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River North Halloween: Best Events In Town

Are you ready for Halloween River North? Get out there with your friends and family for a ghouly good time with these River North Halloween events near you.

River North Halloween Crawl

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 7:00pm-12:00am
Location: 155 West Kinzie St

Kick off Halloween weekend with a night of fun at the best bars River North has to offer! Put your best costume forward and see the following bars: 10 Pin, 25 Degrees, Bar Louie, Clark St. Ale House, Concrete Cowboy, Dick’s Last Resort, Fado, Hubbard Inn, Ironside, Kerryman, Moe’s Cantina, Old Crow Smokehouse, O’Leary’s Public House, Public House, and Tunnel & Underground. Tickets go for only $10 and come with a light buffet, gift cards to use during the crawl, and more!

Directions to the crawl from our close & convenient U-Stor-It South Loop location:

  1. Head north on S Wabash Ave toward E Harrison St
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E Harrison St
  3. Turn right onto S State St
  4. Turn left onto W Harrison St
  5. Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto S Dearborn St
  6. Turn left onto W Kinzie St
  7. Arrive at the bar crawl on your left

 Haunted Hotel Bash

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 10:00pm-3:00am
Location: Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Haunted Hotel in Chicago? What better way to spend your Halloween! The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago is throwing the Haunted Hotel Bash and its guaranteed to be the most rocking party in town. Tickets are currently going for $20. Celebrity DJs, a $1000 costume contest, and much more await party-goers.

River North Halloween

Directions from our close by U-Stor-It South Loop location:

  1. Head south on S Wabash Ave toward E Balbo Ave
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E Balbo Ave
  3. Turn left onto S Michigan Ave
  4. Turn left onto E Wacker Pl
  5. The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago will be on your left

2017 Halloween Day Crawl

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 11:00am-6:00pm
Location: 149 West Kinzie Street

Ghouls and goblins come out during the day too! If you’re not a late-night type, there is a spooky daytime bar crawl available as well. Why wait until nighttime to enjoy your Halloween? Tickets run for $20 and include a brunch buffet, gift cards, a costume contest and more.

Directions to the day crawl from our U-Stor-It South Loop location:

  1. Head north on S Wabash Ave toward E Harrison St
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E Harrison St
  3. Turn right onto S State St
  4. Turn left onto W Harrison St
  5. Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto S Dearborn St
  6. Turn left onto W Kinzie St
  7. Arrive at the bar crawl on your left

Morgan Park Halloween: 3 Events This Fall

Morgan Park residents – are you ready for this holiday season? Fall is in full swing and Halloween is here. Make sure to get out to these Morgan Park Halloween events to keep the whole family entertained.

Get Spooky

Date: October 22, 2017
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Beverly Arts Center

This FREE annual event at Beverly Arts Center is a kid-friendly Haunted Theater, or “not-so-spooky haunted house”. There will be crafts, treats, costumes, games, music and more!

Our convenient U-Stor-It Beverly location is so close you could walk there! Directions are as follows:

  1. Head east on W 111th St toward S Maplewood Ave
  2. Arrive at the Beverly Arts Center on your right

Pumpkin Patch at Kennedy

Date: October 22nd, 2017
Time: Noon-4:00pm
Location: Kennedy Park

Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned pumpkin patch? This Sunday, join your neighbors for a goblin good time at the Kennedy Park Pumpkin Patch! It will be a goblin good time with pony rides, food, games, arts & crafts, treats, face painting, hayrides and more! The kids will love this afternoon in the park and all their favorite animals.

Directions from our U-Stor-It Beverly location:

  1. Head east on W 111th St
  2. Turn right toward S Maplewood Ave
  3. Turn right onto S Maplewood Ave
  4. Turn right onto W 113th St
  5. Arrive at Kennedy Park on your right

Michael McDermott’s Halloweensteen

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Beverly Arts Center

Morgan Park Halloween

Music fan? Kick off Halloween right with the Duke Street Kings featuring Michael McDermott as they rock out to The Boss’s greatest hits! The show is $30 for general admission, and $27 if you’re a Beverly Arts Center member.

Our convenient U-Stor-It Beverly location is so close you could walk there! Directions are as follows:

  1. Head east on W 111th St toward S Maplewood Ave
  2. Arrive at the Beverly Arts Center on your right

Streeterville Halloween 2017: Best Events This Year

Fall is here, the leaves are changing and Halloween is right around the corner! Streeterville residents, do you have plans for this year’s spooky holiday? Don’t worry, we have you covered with all the best Streeterville Halloween events this year.

31st Annual Streeterville Dog Halloween Party

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 8:30am-10:00am
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art

Streeterville Halloween

For the impressive 31st year in a row, the Streeterville Dog Halloween Party is back! The free event will feature the best pups Streeterville has to offer all dressed up in fantastic halloween costumes, and of course a dog costume contest. Please enter the MCA’s Sculpture Garden through the east entrance and bring a dog toy to contribute to the costume contest. (Every dog brings a prize, every dog gets a prize.)

Directions from our convenient U-Stor-It South Loop facility:
1. Head north on S Wabash Ave toward E Harrison St
2. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto E Harrison St
3. Turn right onto E Congress Pkwy
4. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto S Columbus Dr
5. Turn left onto E Chicago Ave
6. Turn right onto N Mies Van Der Rohe Way
7. Arrive at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Fright Flicks

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 3pm and 5:30pm
Location: Navy Pier

Bring a blanket and some friends to the Navy Pier for Fright Flicks, a FREE outdoor screening of Halloween favorites! On the 28th, there will be a double feature with Monster House playing at 3pm and Beetlejuice playing at 5:30pm. The pier will also have free treats for guest while supplies last.

Directions from our convenient U-Stor-It South Loop facility:
1. Head south on S Wabash Ave toward E Balbo Ave
2. Take S Michigan AveE Jackson DrS Lake Shore Dr and Lower North Lake Shore Dr to E Grand Ave
3. Turn right onto E Grand Ave
4. Arrive at Navy Pier

Halloween Fireworks Show

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 9:30pm
Location: Navy Pier

Free and open to the public, enjoy the Navy Pier’s Halloween Fireworks Show presented by Miller Lite! This spooktacular display will be a must see, as Lake Michigan is lit up to start off the holiday season.

Directions from our convenient U-Stor-It South Loop facility:
1. Head south on S Wabash Ave toward E Balbo Ave
2. Take S Michigan AveE Jackson DrS Lake Shore Dr and Lower North Lake Shore Dr to E Grand Ave
3. Turn right onto E Grand Ave
4. Arrive at Navy Pier

Merrionette Park Halloween: Upcoming Events This Fall

Fall is in full stride Merrionette Park! Are you ready for Halloween? We have you covered with all the Merrionette Park Halloween events to have a great time close to home.

Kids Halloween Party

Date: October 26th, 2017
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: 115 Bourbon Street

Kids of all ages are welcome to attend 115 Bourbon Street’s Halloween Party! Parents, bring your little ghouls and goblins on over for a night of dancing to today’s favorite kid’s songs, fun games to win prizes, and a costume contest to see who went above and beyond this Halloween. Tickets go for $12 per child and $6 per adult – Buy your tickets today because this event is likely to sell out!

Directions to the event from our close by U-Stor-It Beverly location are as follows:

  1. Head west on W 111th St toward S Talman Ave
  2. Turn left onto S Kedzie Ave
  3. Turn right onto W 115th St
  4. Arrive at 115 Bourbon Street on your left

Mt. Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Annual Halloween Walk

Date: October 31st, 2017
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Location: On Kedzie Ave from 103rd to 112th

The Mt. Greenwood Chamber of Commerce is back to host their Annual Halloween Walk! Trick or treat local Mt. Greenwood businesses with family and friends and support your local community at the same time! Children ages 10 and under are welcome to join, accompanied by an adult of course. Look for the pumpkin poster in store windows to know which stores are participating!

Merrionette Park Halloween

Directions to the event from U-Stor-It Beverly are as follows:

  1. Head west on W 111th St toward S Talman Ave
  2. Turn right onto S Kedzie Ave
  3. Arrive at the Halloween Walk

A Haunted Tour in the South Chicagoland

Date: October 20th, 2017
Time: 8:00pm-Midnight
Location: 115 Bourbon Street

Graveside Tours will be hosting a haunted bus tour of the scary sights and bars of Merrionette Park! The tour will begin at 115 Bourbon Street and the sights visited will be Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery​, St. James Catholic Church and Cemetery (Monks Castle), Resurrection Mary​, Maple Lake and more. The bars include The Irish Legend Pub & Restaurant​, that is known for Paranormal activity and Chet’s Melody Lounge’s known for sightings of Resurrection Mary. Must be 21 and over for this one, and tickets are on sale for $40.

Directions to the event from our close by U-Stor-It Beverly location are as follows:

  1. Head west on W 111th St toward S Talman Ave
  2. Turn left onto S Kedzie Ave
  3. Turn right onto W 115th St
  4. Arrive at 115 Bourbon Street on your left

Hinsdale Halloween: 3 Spooky Events This Fall

Fall is finally here and Halloween is right around the corner! Here is your one-stop for all Hinsdale Halloween events to keep your family and friends entertained this season.

The 2017 Hinsdale Family Fall Festival

Date: October 21st, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location: The Community House

Enjoy a FREE day of fun for all at the annual Hinsdale Halloween Fall Family Festival! Entertainment includes a costume contest, carnival games, pumpkin decorating and much more. Trick or Treat the local downtown businesses as well from noon – 3:00pm. Get there early as the first 500 spooky attendees will be provided a pumpkin for decorating!

Directions from our brand new U-Stor-It Westmont location:

  1. Head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
  2. Turn onto Blackhawk Dr
  3. Turn left onto E Ogden Ave
  4. Turn right onto N Monroe St
  5. Turn left onto W Hinsdale Ave
  6. Turn right onto S Madison St
  7. Turn left onto W 8th St
  8. Arrive at the Community House on the left at 415 W 8th St, Hinsdale IL 60521.

Halloween House Decorating Contest

Date: October 25th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Clarendon Hills

Hinsdale Halloween

If you happen to be near the Clarendon Hills area, the Clarendon Hills Park District will be judging a Halloween House Decorating Contest! The judging will be based on originality, creativity and arrangement of seasonal designs. The only rule of the contest is that all set up must be done by the homeowner and their family. Winners get gift cards to local restaurants in the area! Contact the Clarendon Hills Park District to enter the contest or just drive your family around the area and enjoy viewing this year’s decorations!

Our U-Stor-It Westmont location is just a few minutes away from the Clarendon Hills Park District:

  1. Head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
  2. Turn left onto Blackhawk Dr
  3. Turn left onto E Chicago Ave
  4. Arrive at the Park District on the right at 315 Chicago Ave, Clarendon Hills IL 60514

Hinsdale Humane Society’s Howl-O-Ween Ball

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 8:00pm – Midnight
Location: Room & Board Showroom Oak Brook

Get into the Halloween Spirit while supporting a great cause at the Howl-O-Ween Ball hosted by the Hinsdale Humane Society! Dress up in your favorite costumes and dance the night away with cocktails, small plates, desserts, games and music. Then participate in the live and silent auctions that benefit the humane society to support homeless animals in the area.

Directions from U-Stor-It Westmont:

  1. Head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
  2. Turn right onto N Cass Ave
  3. Continue onto Midwest Rd
  4. Turn left onto W 22nd St
  5. Make a U-turn
  6. Room & Board will be on the right at 2525 W 22nd St, Oak Brook IL 60523


3 Steps To Refresh Your Closet and Wardrobe

Every few months, we all should look to refresh our closets. This doesn’t necessarily mean throwing everything out and starting fresh, but there are definitely some steps every fashion-forward person takes to make sure their closet and wardrobe is fresh and updated.

1. Categorize That Closet

The most obvious step should be to take everything out of that closet. Don’t worry, we’re not getting rid of all your stuff. But… we are getting rid of some of it. Face it, that dress from 10 years ago isn’t going to be worn again. Make three piles: Things you absolutely have to keep, your in-betweeners, and things you can live without. The “in-betweeners” pile should include pieces you like but just don’t have an outfit for, or just don’t fit correctly, etc.

closet and wardrobe
2. Purge That Closet

Now that you have your “in-betweeners” pile, let’s dig into it. Break that pile into two more piles: one for things that you don’t have an outfit for, one for things that don’t fit right. For the outfit-less pile, begin to make a shopping list. These are pieces that can potentially stay in the closet, so find some supporting pieces online that can be put together to create an outfit. Focusing on one clothing item at a time can make this process easier. If it doesn’t work out, move it to the “can live without” pile.

For the ill-fitting pile, consider taking these pieces to get altered so that they fit properly or just selling them or giving them away. There are plenty of mobile phone apps out there to make selling your closet easy and efficient. Anything that you’re getting rid of, move to the “can live without pile”

Golden rule: If it takes you longer than 2 minutes to decide on keeping or getting rid of a piece: Get rid of it.

For things you just can’t decide on, storage is a great option. For fairly cheap, you can hold on to your stuff in case you decide to keep it later.

3. Re-Assemble That Closet

Now that you have your piles squared away, get rid of everything in your “can live without” pile and keep the pieces you made arrangements for. Now, stare at your empty closet. Imagine how you’d like it to look. Some people like to color code, others like to code by clothing type. Some people like to get new shelving, or lighting, or a dresser to vamp it up. Whatever your organization system or decorating scheme, make sure you have one. Keeping this consistent will help your outfit selection in the morning and enable you to look your best each and every day!

closet and wardrobe

With these simple steps, you can take back control of your closet and feel good about opening up that door in the morning. Your arsenal is refreshed and ready to go every week!

Chicago Loop Apartments: U-Stor-It Lobby Meet & Greet

This week, U-Stor-It hosted a successful lobby meet & greet at one of Chicago’s premier apartments, Mila Luxury Apartments! U-Stor-It South Loop manager Rocky offered snacks and discounts to Mila residents.

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U-Stor-It setup at Mila Luxury Apartments.

“Current U-Stor-It customers from Mila Apartments told other residents about the great service and convenience of storing with us while enjoying snacks and refreshments with their neighbors.”              – Rocky, U-Stor-It South Loop Store Manager

Located in the heart of South Loop, Chicago, U-Stor-It is only 1 mile from Mila Luxury Apartments at 615 S Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60605. Directions to the facility from Mila Apartments:

  1. Head south on N Garland Ct toward E Lake St
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E Lake St
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto N Michigan Ave
  4. Turn right onto E Adams St/Historic U.S. 66 W
  5. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto S Wabash Ave
  6. U-Stor-It will be on the left hand side.

11th Annual Magellan Rewards Festival in Lakeshore East

This past weekend, Magellan held its 11th Annual Rewards Festival in The Park at Lakeshore East and it was the best yet! Chicago residents enjoyed food and drink samples, live music, fitness classes, and other entertainment courtesy of over 80 rewards vendors.

There was even a live music competition for one winner to be named Lakeshore East Legend and win a rent-free studio for an entire year!

Lakeshore East
This year’s winner, Phillip-Michael Scales.

As an official Magellan Rewards Vendor, U-Stor-It South Loop got in on the fun as well.

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Prizes galore at the U-Stor-It table.

Residents spun the wheel to win goodie bags, lunch boxes, candy bars, and free months of storage! Everybody left the table happy and the U-Stor-It team had a blast.

Located in the beautiful Park at Lakeshore East, the 11th Annual Magellan Rewards Festival was a huge success for all.

Storing Baby Clothes – 6 Easy Tips

From baby booties to flower dresses, there are so many outfits that must be saved for all eternity. Special garments are saved for a multitude of reasons – a valued memento,  special hand-me-down, or even for your future grandchildren. It can be challenging to choose what baby clothes to keep, given the emotional attachment these pieces have, and even harder to store the safely. Here are some helpful tips, for experts who once stood in your shoes.

Desert Island Scenario

Oftentimes when you keep too much, you forget why you kept an item in the first place or why it was so important. “Choose only the clothes that have strong sentimental value and are in good condition,” Susan Manning of Streeterville says. There’s plenty of outfits to choose from, but save the ones that preserve a meaningful memory. The perfect question to ask yourself is, “If I was on a Desert Island, what one item would I keep.” Something handmade from a lost relative or a baby blanket are important to save.


Wash, Dry, Repeat

Wash or dry clean any clothes that you wish to put into storage. Often times clothes may house unseen stains that may come to the surface with time, if they are not properly treated and prepared correctly. Once thoroughly cleaned, wrap each piece in archival, acid free tissue.

Note: do not store any clothing or garments in plastic bags. Mildew can develop from the trapping of moisture within plastic bags – inevitably causing your clothing to smell.

Wash Baby Clothes

Keep Baby Clothes Separate

Frequently we do not just keep baby clothes. Toys, books, and other baby keepsakes are also great mementos of your time as a new parent. Do keep these items, but avoid storing them in the same storage container as the clothing you wish to keep. With age, battery operated toys, crayons, and even books may stain your garments or eventually create an undesirable odor.


Choosing the correct storage container for clothing is important to ensure that the material remains in the condition you left it in for future use. Jessica Lindt of Wheaton, IL explains that “bunching multiple sizes together can create problems, develop a system.” Keep each clothing size to a different size box, otherwise you will create a new mess when it comes time to find the special onesie that you brought home from the hospital.

Other ways to organize your boxes can include color coordination. Red for 3T, Blue for 5T, and so on. Stick with plastic bins if you can. Other materials may stain clothing over time.

Whichever boxes you choose make sure they are acid-free or plastics, made of polypropylene.

Note: These plastics will show a PP or #5 to indicate that they are in fact polypropylene.

baby storage box

Location, Location, Location

Lindt of Wheaton also recommends to avoid any and all damp areas, including attics, basements, garages, sheds. All of these areas can experience drastic temperature changes, especially in the Chicagoland areas, that can affect the materials stored. Look into a suitable climate-controlled solution – such as an area under the bed, an interior closet, or even a storage unit.

It is best to do an annual check on items like these to make sure they remain in the condition you left them in. If the condition has otherwise changed, make alterations to the location you have stored them in.

Save Space & Get Creative

Given any circumstances, maybe you are not able to save all of the clothing from your son or daughter’s early years – but you still want to keep a memento to document the memories. Although this may seem hard, some moms say – Resist! Carol J. of River North in Chicago says that for years she had kept little things, which continued building and building, eventually “overwhelming her living space.”

Here are a few ideas to keep the memory and avoid the mess.

    • Take photos of the garments, outfits, and fashions. For starters, those overalls will never look as cute as they did when your son was wearing them on the local tire swing. Take lots of pictures of your children in action. They’ll make the clothes look even better and help you better remember the moment.
    • Scrapbooking is oftentimes a therapeutic way to archive your past. Cut a pocket, logo, or graphic image off of your child’s favorite shirt (once they’ve grown out of course) and keep it for a page in your scrapbook. If a scrapbook is not your style, try a shirt quilt or a shadow box.

  • Maybe letting go is more difficult for you. Think about donating to a worthy cause that you’d like to support. Hand-me-downs are excellent for social services or foster care organizations. Jenny Parsons, from the Beverly area of Chicago, went above and beyond collecting “unwanted clothes from friends, families, and neighbors during the holidays.” Instead of donating to any organization, she went directly to people in need of clothing in downtown Chicago – allowing them to pick and choose the sizes they need for their children. The added bonus was buying additional food and supplies (water, tooth brushes, hand sanitizer) so people did not leave empty handed. “It allowed us to free up extra space and give our children an opportunity to make a difference.”
  • Tight on a budget? You may be able to make a few dollars by selling or putting your extra baby clothes up for consignment. In going this route to could be able to buy new garments for new memories.


We know it’s tough, but you’ve got a long road ahead full of torn jeans, busted Converse, and poodle skirts – so pick your favorites and live in the moment, because it only lasts now.

River East Lofts: The Pros and Cons of Loft Living

Lofts can be one of the most luxurious and sought-after apartment types out there. They are especially popular in the River East, Chicago neighborhood and offer their residents many benefits — however, like most things, they have some drawbacks. Here are some of the biggest pros and cons of living in a loft.

Pro: High Ceilings

As remodeled commercial buildings, loft apartments typically have vaulted ceilings – often in the 10’ to 15’ range.  High ceilings make the place feel open and spacious—something you won’t necessarily find in a traditional apartment layout. Often times loft-style apartments have more windows, so if you don’t like feeling closed in, a loft-style apartment gives you the light and airy surroundings you desire.

Con: Expensive Utilities

Huge windows and old construction can mean major heating and cooling costs if the temperatures in your city fluctuate with the seasons. And in Chicago as we all know, they do quite a bit.

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Pro: Open Layout

Lofts are inherently wide open, with very little walls or barriers. This makes even the smallest lofts feel spacious and provides plenty of decorating opportunities. Artists and other creatives often prefer this layout so that they can make the space their own and feed their creativity.

Con: Limited Storage

Because lofts are so open, this often means they lack closets, cupboards, or other storage areas that require walls. This gives many loft owners headaches when they try to store away their possessions in a way that they’re not cluttered in plain sight. That is why self-storage is a loft owner’s best friend. U-Stor-It South Loop is conveniently located at 615 S Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60605 and has everything you need to keep your loft uncluttered and luxurious.

Pro: Industrial Style Details

One of the charming characteristics of a typical loft apartment is the inherent industrial-type details in the architecture. Exposed brick walls or air ducts are not uncommon in loft apartment. These details are often embraced as these help to create an chic, relaxed vibe within the space.

Lofts certainly aren’t for everyone — but if you prefer a wide-open, airy creative space, they’re just what you need.