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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


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.

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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 Registration forms and additional information can be found at

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

Festival Of Lights in Wheaton

Coming to Wheaton this November is the highly anticipated Festival of Lights at the Cosley Zoo. Each November the Cosley Zoo is adorned and decorated to become Wheaton’s own Winter Wonderland, with 20,000 Christmas lights, making it truly a spectacular display.

The Festival of Lights will not only have an incredible selection of Christmas trees, but also great holiday gifts, and hot chocolate.

The event begins November 25th (the day after Thanksgiving) and will continue until the end of December. The Cosley Zoo is open daily, from 9am to 9pm, where the lights will typically turn on around 3pm, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the holiday cheer during your visit. All proceeds from the Festival of Lights will go to support the zoo, including its animals, exhibit development, and additional programs.

Our Wheaton self storage facility at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188 is located about 1 miles away from Wheaton’s Festival of Lights and Tree Sale at 1356 North Gary Ave Wheaton, IL 60187.

Head EAST on Tubeway Dr toward Gary Ave

Turn RIGHT onto Gary Ave

After passing Jewell Rd, Wheaton’s Festival of Lights will be on the RIGHT at the Cosley Zoo.

How to Make the Most of Your 4th of July BBQ:

The 4th of July is undeniably my favorite holiday. It’s a time to come together with your friends and family, to remember the day our country won their independence. This is the holiday that celebrates the characteristics that the United States of America is internationally famous for: Freedom, Patriotism, and Strength.

Every year my family, friends, and I come together and compete for the 4th of July team title. We separate into three groups (a red team, blue team, and white team) and the rest of the day consists of endless games or competitions. The games could include running, swimming, tennis, volleyball, horseshoes, corn hole, chess, and fishing. Obviously this is a lot to be doing in one day, and I admit that our tradition may be a little over the top. However, there are some great things to incorporate into a 4th of July party to spice up the atmosphere and keep your company entertained.

1. Corn Hole

You could simply buy a corn hole set that is ready to go, or you could decorate it by painting the corn hole set red, white, and blue. Corn hole is good game to keep guests preoccupied for short periods of time. This game will not interfere with any other activities or events you have planned. Additionally, it is a game that is easy to learn and fun for all ages.

2. Costume Contests

Get your guests into the spirit of the holiday and challenge them to dress up in their best American attire for a small prize. It will ultimately make your BBQ or party feel unique and stand out in contrast to the endless summer kickbacks you may have over the next couple weeks.

3. Baseball/Football/Kickball Game

In your backyard or a nearby park, set up a baseball, football, or kickball game. The classic sports are a glimpse into some of America’s favorite pastimes. It’s a great way to keep your guests busy while the burgers are on the grill and will make everyone ravenous before dinner. Everybody knows that food always tastes better when you are already hungry!

4. Water Balloon Toss

A classic summer game that is fun for all ages. Nearly everyone remembers playing in a water balloon toss growing up. The balloons are cheap and the cleanup is easy! This game is a fun way to keep everyone cool on a hot day and keep the little ones at the event preoccupied for a decent amount of time.
The U-Stor-It staff on Auburn Gresham, Beverly, Carol Stream, Lisle, South Loop Chicago, and Streamwood wish you the best over the 4th of July weekend. We hope that you have fun, relax, and stay safe.

Happy 4th of July!

Ground Hog Day Means Spring Cleaning Comes Early

Today, believe it or not is Groundhog Day! Yes, it’s actually one month into 2016 and we’ve hopefully all heard the good news by now! Punxsutawney Phil, Gobbler’s Knob’s most famous groundhog (and probably the world’s most famous), did NOT see his shadow this morning, meaning Spring surely to come early this year. This is a bit hard to believe however that the Winter season will not continue on with 6 more weeks, considering the Phil’s onlookers waited for hours in the 22 degree Pennsylvania cold. Even in San Diego, citizens awoke to a crisp 34 degrees this morning.

Regardless of the inconsistencies, we will trust our ole woodchuck bud in good faith and prepare for the balmy weather. And with Spring just around the corner here are a few tips to prime you for a much speedier Spring Cleaning. With the way this year is already flying by, it may be a great idea to get a head start on your disorganized garage you promised yourself you’d tackle, after throwing the Christmas lights into its black abyss under the spell of a vicious blackout food coma.


Baths, showers, and jacuzzis are a day of work on their own, so let’s start small with the simplest of tasks, the showerhead. This trick should work for all showerheads, including detachable ones. You will simply need vinegar, a plastic sandwich baggie, and a rubber band. Fill the baggie with vinegar and place over the showerhead. (Make sure the fixture is completely submerged). Wrap the rubberband, (a hair tie will work just a well), around the baggie, making sure it is secure and will not slip off. Leave the baggie to soak the showerhead overnight. The next morning can take the baggie off and easily scrub off the leftover sediment, if any!

With that chore set, you can move on to your next time saver.



Before you bust out the laundry and starches, plug in your iron and take a good look at your carpet. With a bit of care and skill, an iron can actually be used to remove some stains.

First, prepare a solution of three parts water and one part vinegar. Then we would recommend you vacuum your carpets to remove any solids and then dampen your worrisome stains or spots with your vinegar mixture. Once dampened, leave your moistened towel flat over the stain and use the iron to heat the towel. You should be able to see that the stain has begun to lift. Move to the next spot after the stain has been completely lifted or appears to be removed as much as possible.

NOTE: If you are feeling speedy, you may be able to prepare this next cleaning solution while the iron heats up.



If you have not cleaned your microwave in a while, especially after little Corey and Harris’ New Year’s Eve experiment with fireworks, it’s about time to give the zapper some much needed attention. Try our method of steam cleaning.

What you’ll need is ½ cup water, ½ cup vinegar (notice a common ingredient), a sponge, a microwave-safe bowl, and a wooden stir stick.

  1. Mix together the water and vinegar into your bowl.
  2. Place the stir stick into the mixture. This step is actually more of a safety prevention than a cleaning tool. Since the stir stick is not smooth like the side of the bowl, bubbles will be able to form allowing for the mixture to boil. Without the micro rigidity of the stick, bubbles would not be able to form and could eventually explode when moved.
  3. Place the bowl, mixture, and stir stick into the microwave and heat for about five to ten minutes.
  4. When the time is up, do not open the microwave. Let the mixture sit inside for a few more minutes, and more steam develop.
  5. After waiting a bit, take out the mixture and bowl with some oven mitts. Next, dip the sponge into the mixture and scrub off any gunk inside. With a few quick swipes, most of the gunk and leftover meat mysteries should clean off.


So there you have it, 3 tips to get you started for a much needed and hopefully strategic Spring Cleaning!

NOTE: Hopefully there was never an issue with the microwave and little Corey and Harris’ New Year’s Eve experiment. As much as vinegar appeared to be a super kryptonite to gunk and grime, we think this may be a task too hard to wrestle. It might just be time to make long overdue goodbye and maybe part ways with this obsolete wedding gift, and head over to Sears.

New Year’s Resolution – 4 Easy Steps to Get Organized

2016 is just days away, so it is time to start thinking about your New Year’s Resolution. According to Nielsen,  a consumer research firm, the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in 2015 were:

  1. Stay fit and healthy
  2. Lose weight
  3. Enjoy life to the fullest
  4. Spend less, save more
  5. Spend more time with family and friends
  6. Get organized
  7. Will not make any resolutions
  8. Learn something new/ new hobby
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

Additionally in 201 5, Statistic Brain reported only 45% of Americans made a New Year’s Resolution with only 8% of them successfully achieving their resolution, and the remaining 92% losing motivation after the first two weeks. We say it every year, “This year will be the year that I finally follow through with my resolution” but it is the same cycle over and over again, you are committed in the beginning and then drop out at the end. Maybe, it is time to start re-evaluating your resolution and choose something more attainable, like number 6 on our list “Get Organized”! Being organized is a good start to helping you achieve all of your other new year’s resolutions, whether it be organizing your priorities or your home. It can help you with your goal of weight loss by freeing up some space in your living room to accommodate an area for an exercise machine or give you ample room to do a workout video. It also helps relieving stress that is caused by lots of clutter. Here are 4 easy steps to help in successfully achieving your New Year’s Resolution of getting organized:

Step 1: Say Farewell to the Holidays

Vowing to achieve and stay organized is a major task and takes a lot of energy, therefore it pays off to start with smaller tasks and then work your way up. An easy first task is to pack up your holiday decorations. This will allow you to get rid of all the unnecessary clutter and give you a fresh base to start organizing the rest of the house. Invest in some storage bins in order to safely package your items and find a place to store them that is accessible and easy to find for next season, whether it be in a hall closet, attic, basement, or even a storage unit. Doing this now will also help you with packaging and storing decorations for all of the holidays.

Step 2: Go through your wardrobe:

Once all those decorations are packed away, it is time to start on the next task, and that is your personal closet. It is said that we follow the 80-20 rule with regard to our clothes; we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. Think back to the last year, if you hadn’t worn a particular item at all, then toss it. Or better yet donate them to your nearest Salvation Army or Goodwill stores. If you feel like you still have too many clothes or cannot fathom parting with any, consider separating them into 2 categories, summer and winter, and then moving one out of your closet until it is needed. You can find another location in your home, or you can consider renting a climate controlled storage unit to ensure that your clothes are kept in a cool, clean, dry and dark place at all times.

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Step 3: Find a home for every item:

Next it is time to make sure that everything in your home has its own designated space. Finding these areas can help you determine what it is you actually need/ want. If you find that there is simply too much extra stuff that you cannot accommodate for, it means you need to either get rid of it, or find another place to put them. Again, this is where having a storage unit can really come in handy, it allows you to keep your things safe and secure until you need them again without having to give it away!

Step 4:  Make a long-term commitment:

Once you finish steps 1-3, you are already well on your way to realizing your New Year’s Resolution, however the hardest part is to keep everything organized. Trying to change your lifestyle is difficult, however there are many tools to keep you on track. Take advantage of the hundreds of helpful blogs and websites that offer great tips and tricks. You can also create a weekly cleaning schedule to help make sure that you are keeping your house clean. Lastly, get a calendar or planner so you can write down everything that you will be needing to do on a particular day, including your cleaning schedule. This will not only help with keeping your house organized, but also yourself!


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U-Stor-It Beverly wishes you a happy organizing for the end of the holiday season and good luck with all your New Year’s Resolutions! Make sure to check out our website to discover the perfect storage unit for your storage needs.