Category Archives: City Living

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
https://www.groupon.com/biz/chicago/chicago-halloween-parties

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

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.

chicago loop apartments
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.

Lakeshore East
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.

clean-baby-booties

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.

Polypropy-What?!?

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.

River East
http://www.homedit.com/living-in-a-loft/
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.

How to Drive a Moving Truck Like a Pro

If you’re like most of us, you don’t drive large commercial trucks for a living. You’re moving this weekend, and you have to drive this big obnoxious truck across Chicago. And in a tight downtown area like Chicago Loop, it’s even more difficult. Have no fear, here are five tips to get you from your old place to your new home without a problem.

1.     Know Your Space

First of all, and most obvious of all, a moving truck is much larger than most cars. It’s important to get to know the size of the truck before you take off; this includes the height clearance of the truck, which you can often find on a decal inside the cab, as well as the length and width. This will be important when changing lines, as you have to allow for much more room between cars in front of you and behind you.

Chicago Loop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mNKUkQsHVQ
2.     Take It Slow

Some may find this obvious as well, but it’s surprising how often people drive moving trucks like they’re sedans. Moving is stressful and time is of the essence, but take your time while driving. Don’t drive over the speed limit, and realize that the truck is much heavier than your usual car and takes much longer to stop, so you have to begin braking sooner than normal.

3.     Turn Carefully

Realize that a large truck requires considerably more clearance to make turns, especially right ones. Slow down as much as you need and allow more space for wider turns so you don’t turn over.

4.     Don’t Back Up

Just don’t. Whenever possible, park the truck so that you can exit forward and avoid parking in small lots where you’d have to have your passenger get out and direct you out of your spot. Remember, moving trucks don’t have rear-view mirrors like regular cars.

5.     Fuel Up

This is especially important on longer trips. Moving trucks average about 12 miles per gallon on fuel efficiency, much lower than your average car; make sure you’ve planned out when to fuel up and how much to expect to pay to keep that truck moving.

For more help with moving or storage, visit our U-Stor-It South Loop location where our friendly and helpful managers will get you just what you need. Conveniently located in the heart of Chicago Loop, we are more than equipped to assist with any and all moving/storage needs. Here’s to a smooth and stress-free move!

Merrionette Park Hosts 5th Annual Magicpalooza

Back for its 5th year, Magicpalooza will appear out of thin air in the heart of Merrionette Park! The event is hosted by Open Heart Magic and will feature food, an open bar, magic, raffles and live music from Windy City Rev Ups.

Proceeds from the event will support Open Heart Magic’s efforts at hospitals on the south side to engage, inspire, and help children during such a stressful and uncertain time. It strives to reach young patients one-by-one regardless of their disease, medical situation or physical ability so that all children may benefit from the engaging and entertaining therapy.

Tickets for Magicpalooza are $40 and are available online and at the door on the day of the event. To purchase tickets, visit the website at openheartmagic.org.

Directions to Magicpalooza

Magicpalooza will be located at 3359 West 115th Street, Merrionette Park, IL 60803. Our U-Stor-It Beverly storage facility is located less than 2 miles away at 11118 S Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60655. From U-Stor-It Beverly, directions to the event are as follows:

  • Head west on W 111th St toward S Talman Ave.
  • Turn left onto S Kedzie Ave.
  • Turn right onto W 115th St, and the event will be on your left!

Back To School Tech Must-Haves

It’s already here. The end of summer. I know, it all happened so fast. As you’re starting to pack for school, make sure you pick up these back to school tech must-haves to stay ahead of the game this semester and make your roommates jealous.

1. A Smart Pen

Smartphones, smart watches, smart cars, and now… Smart pens? Yup, they’re here and they’ll make your life a lot easier by making note-taking a breeze. By converting handwriting to digital text, you can go seamlessly between your physical notebook and your digital one. Not only that, but many come with built-in microphones to record lectures, and even convert those lectures into text. Pretty cool, huh? Pick one up here.

back to school tech
https://www.amazon.com/Livescribe-4-GB-Echo-Smartpen/dp/B003RAE19Q
2. Tablet Keyboard

If you’re one that likes to be light and quick, you probably use a tablet for class rather than a heavy laptop. Outfit that tablet with a keyboard to make typing easy as can be. Grab one here.

3. Voice Assistant

Adding a voice assistant will allow you to change music, make calls, send and receive messages, even change the color of the lights in your dorm, all hands-free and voice-controlled. These are bound to impress any guests you have over, and can be relatively cheap.

4. A Smart Bulb… Or 10

Smart bulbs are the next step in your back to school dominance. They can be paired with a voice assistant as well as your smart phone to change the colors in your dorm room. An instant conversation starter and vibe-creator. Buy one, or buy 10, and make your whole house a customizable experience.

back to school tech
https://blog.dekker.io/philips-hue-just-press-the-link-button/
5. An E-Reader

Ditch the textbooks this year. Get a nice e-reader that you can download everything on to make your backpack lighter and your wallet thicker.

6. A Charging Station

As you start to rack up the amount of devices you have, your charging situation will quickly become a mess. Handle the mess with a sleek charging station that will keep all your devices in one place and ready to go when you leave for class in the morning.

As you prepare this year’s new tech arsenal and pack away the old stuff, consider using storage to keep your old technology and furniture safely packed away and keep the clutter out of your dorm. Back to school doesn’t have to be a drag – get excited about the new year by upgrading your technology game.

Beverly 40th Annual Memorial Day 10K & Parade

Beverly, Chicago Storage:
This coming Memorial Day the Beverly and Morgan Park, Chicago neighborhoods will host the 40th annual Ridge Run and Parade. With thousands of friends and neighbors lining the course’s streets, the Ridge Run is known as one of Chicago’s friendliest races.

All participants in the race who register before May 4, 2017 are guaranteed a race shirt. In addition to the competitive 10K race will be a 5K run/walk, and a youth (ages 6-10) mile race. The top 3 men and woman from each category will be recognized as winners of the event.

Chicago storage
https://assets.dnainfo.com/generated/chicago_photo/2015/04/ridge-run-2015-1430393836.jpg/larger.jpg

The Parade will be held directly after the race, and will include a festival with food, a beer truck, entertainment, and activities. Participants and spectators are encouraged to join community leaders in the laying of the wreath and Memorial Day ceremony.

The race is Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 7:50am for the start of the 10K, and 10:30am for the start of the parade. Contact the Beverly Area Planning Association with questions at (773) 233-3100 or ridgerun@bapa.org. Registration forms and additional information can be found at http://bapa.org/events/ridge-run-parade/.

Our U-Stor-It Beverly Storage facility is located at 11118 S Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60655. Directions from the storage units to the race finish line are as follows:

Head east on W 111th St towards S Maplewood Ave

Turn left onto Western Ave

Turn right onto W 107th St

Turn left onto S Longwood Dr

The destination will be on the right at 9625 S Longwood Dr, Chicago IL 60643

2017 Midwest BBQ Fest

Carol Stream & Wheaton Storage:
Love chicken, ribs, beef, and other barbecued meats? You are in for a treat with the 2017 Midwest BBQ Fest! April 22nd at the DuPage County Fairgrounds you can join the Illinois BBQ Society as they celebrate the art of the barbecue.

There will be plenty to witness at the event. In addition to knife skill demonstrations, food preparation demonstrations, and smoking and grilling demonstrations there will be a Sauce Championship. 120 different BBQ sauces will be put to the taste to find the best. The public is invited to participate and vote on the sauces to decide the winner of the People’s Taste Award.

There will be a special guest appearance from “Sweet Baby Ray” Dave Raymond. As if it was not good enough already, admission and parking are free!

https://img.evbuc.com/https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F30253924%2F146524105969%2F1%2Foriginal.jpg?s=f44fea2295189bc636d2f984550fe8b9
https://img.evbuc.com/https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F30253924%2F146524105969%2F1%2Foriginal.jpg?s=f44fea2295189bc636d2f984550fe8b9

The event starts at 10:00am – 4:00pm on April 22, 2017. It will be held at the DuPage County Fairgrounds at 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, Illinois 60187.

Our U-Stor-It Carol Stream & Wheaton Storage facility is located not far away at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

Directions from our storage units to the fairgrounds are as follows:

Head east on Tubeway Dr toward Gary Ave

Turn right onto Gary Ave

Gary Ave turns slightly right and becomes Ellis Ave

Turn Right onto W Wesley St

Continue onto Bridge St

Turn right onto Manchester Rd and you will arrive at the BBQ Fest!