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Wheaton Illinois – Best Restaurants

From southern BBQ to decadent desserts, these are the top restaurants Wheaton, Illinois has to offer when it comes to satiating your taste buds. Moving season is here, lose the pizza – dine in style!

Family Friendly Wheaton

Steamboat BBQ
Specializing in smoked meats, Steamboat BBQ located in Wheaton off of E Geneva Rd, cooks daily with fresh-cut hickory wood producing the most authentic, southern style BBQ in the Wheaton area. They are dedicated to the process and passionate about BBQ.

Must tries from locals always go to Steamboat’s ribs and potato salad. One patron said “The rib tips were large in size and very meaty.”

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Not only do they specialize in BBQ, but the wide selection of flavorful sauces is something to awe at. From vinegar and mustard based sauces, to sweet and hot-n-spicy -they have it all!

Family friendly, the BBQ joint wants to make sure the experience is shared with friends and family the way good food should be eaten.

Best Sport Bar

Warren’s Ale House
First opening its restaurant doors to Wheaton in 2013, Warren’s Ale House (part on Wheaton’s Town Square off of S Naperville Road), offers an assorted menu from Italian Beef Egg Rolls to incredible burgers. Not your typical Sports Bar, Warren’s caters to families and friends who want to catch the latest game or relax after work. Be sure to come with a big appetite.

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A local Wheaton favorite, the restaurant’s truffle fries are mentioned consistently throughout their Yelp page. Well-seasoned and skinny, these fries come in abundance topped with large parmesan shavings and an incredible mayo dip.

Previously mentioned, the Italian Beef Egg Rolls are everything a local Illinoian would want? Think Italian Beef in a crispy coating. Juicy Italian beef, giardinara, herbs, cheese. What more could you ask for?! Oh ya. Don’t forget to dunk it in the au jus. Sweet sweet perfection.

Best Steak

Ivy Restaurant
Steaks, Chops, Seafood. Ivy of Wheaton is located right downtown, across the street from the Wheaton Grand Theatre on N Hale St. Located in a 1920s old chapel, Ivy has some of the most interesting ambiance and decor in Wheaton. Old lanterns and historic memorabilia hide throughout the restaurant, while large stained glass windows and large archways provide an impressive setting to this steakhouse.

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With a meat selection that is tender, full of flavor, and literally falling off the bone this is definitely the “go to” spot for steaks. The House Cut Ribeye is the restaurant’s crown jewel – rich, juicy, tender, and full of flavor. If this isn’t your first choice, it surely will be your second, third, fourth, and fifth; because you’ll be visiting often.

What decadence Ivy provides in it’s steak selection only continues onto it’s Dessert menu. Chocolate mousse, Crème Brûlée, Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Tiramisu Crème De Cocoa – and the list goes on. All perfect accompaniments to fantastic meals at Ivy.

We know picking storage can be just as difficult as picking a restaurant, however thankfully you’re close to some of the finest restaurants Wheaton, Illinois has to offer. After a long day of storage unit Tetris, you will be sure to have an appetite. From a new spin on a Chicago favorite, Italian Beef Egg Rolls, to authentic, southern rib tips you’ll be happy with your choice.

Happy eating!

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.

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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!

Auburn Gresham Living: Moving from Apartment to House

Moving to your first house after living in apartment complexes for your whole life is an exciting new chapter to begin. More space, privacy, and your own parking spot is a lot to be excited about. Unfortunately with all of this excitement, also comes overwhelming pressure on how to make it work. Here’s a few tips that will help you settle into that new dream home of yours in Auburn Gresham with ease.

1) Furnishing the New Space

While it may be exciting to see how much more space you have, it will definitely take some work to fill up all that extra space that you didn’t have in your old apartment. If the furniture you had in your last apartment all shared a consistent style and theme, be sure to stay consistent with that look in your new home when looking for new furniture to add. This will ensure that the overall finished interior design of your home looks crisp. Here’s a few ideas for how to find furniture at a favorable price:
Ikea is always an option. The quality of the products may not be the best and they may deteriorate over time, but you can count on finding some modern designs that may just suit the style of your new home in Auburn Gresham. You can always count on package sets and other deals that make a trip to Ikea a great idea when shopping on a budget.
Craigslist. With this option, you are guaranteed to find the cheapest prices out there from second hand sellers, all in your local area.
Check with friends and family if they have furniture they no longer need. There’s no better price than free!

2) Hire Movers

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This is almost a necessity. It takes a lot of hard, physical work to move your belongings into a home, especially if there are multiple floors. By hiring movers, it will make the moving process much faster, while also probably saving you from pulling a muscle at some point.

3) Prepare for Yardwork

A major perk of moving into a house is having that lawn space you’ve always dreamed about. Whether it’s used for outdoor games, gardening, or relaxing, it’s important to know that it requires constant upkeep. A trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot might be a good idea so you can stock up on lawn mowers, lawn care products, and outdoor furniture. Also, be sure to have a general idea of what kind of insects populate your area so you know what insect repellants to buy. The last thing you want are ants invading your new home!

4) Meet your Neighbors

Socialize! Another great thing about moving into a residential neighborhood is the opportunity it provides you with meeting new people and making new friends who live around you. This will make you feel more comfortable adjusting to living there, knowing who is a part of your community. Who knows, some of them may even offer to help with your move.

You’re now ready to move into your new home in Auburn Gresham! Enjoy that new dream home of yours and don’t forget to check back here for more blogs to come. To learn more about our availability with storage units at our Auburn Gresham location, click here.

Carol Stream Apartments: Studio Apartment Tips

Here is U-Stor-It’s Guide to Carol Stream Apartments

Step 1: Create your own mini-living areas

Okay, so lets face facts. Studios are one big room, so you don’t get the luxury of walls dividing your living space. It may be weird at first, but the best way to create an illusion of rooms at your new studio apartment in Carol Stream is to arrange and store your furnishings in an organized way that create small, “wall-free” living spaces. For example create a designated work area, sleep area, eating area, and relaxing/living area.

Step 2: Natural Sunlight Exposure

If possible, choose an apartment in the complex that has good exposure to sunlight. This is a great trick for making your small apartment feel a little bigger, by creating an illusion of more depth and space.

Step 3: Utilize Storage-Friendly Furniture

Given that you’ll probably be tight on space, depending on the size of some Carol Stream apartments, or on how many things you own, one great way of saving space is to invest in a pull-out couch that transforms to a bed. It may not be the most comfortable mattress, but at least it will give you a lot more space to work with when decorating.

Step 4: Store the things you don’t need

This is when we come in to help! Don’t let those big items you use once a year (i.e. holiday decorations) get in the way of your living. Our Carol Stream location will be able to make this as simple and safe as it gets. Some of the features include drive-in loading docks to minimize any heavy lifting, and ground floor rentals to make the move even easier. To ensure that your belongings stay in good shape, we also provide climate-controlled storage units. For more information on the variety of units we offer, click here.

Step 5: Enjoy your new home in Carol Stream!

If you have checked off all the items above when moving in to your new apartment, then you’re all set. Enjoy your stylish and spacious studio!

Summer Storage Tips

Wheaton Self Storage/Carol Stream Self Storage:
Summer is right around the corner. Whether you are finishing up finals in school, or simply preparing for the warmer weather—there are many factors to keep in mind when storing your possessions this season. Our Wheaton and Carol Stream U-Stor-It staff have the key tips to keep in mind for all of your various storage needs.

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If you are renting summer storage while you return home for college be sure to look into the various options that you have. The most important thing is to choose the appropriate size of unit. If you only have boxes or minimal furniture like lamps or night stands a 5×5 unit is the right size for you. If you have a bed or some extra furniture then you will likely have to bump up to a 5×10.

Many students often overestimate the size they need. Larger than a 5×10 is rarely necessary. At U-Stor-It ceilings are high so many items can be stacked to maximize space and efficiency.

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Snow Gear/Equipment

Sadly the skiing and snowboarding season is officially over, and so it is time to pack it up until next year. Clothes are always recommended to be vacuum sealed, however our facilities are sure to keep them safe either way.

For all equipment from snowboards to snowmobiles, preparation is necessary. Skis and snowboards should be cleaned and given a fresh coat of wax to keep the base in prime condition. If you have a bag for either that is great, but if you don’t there is no need to worry! Simply hang the equipment or leave it on top of other stored items to make sure it stays off of the ground and more easily avoids being nicked.

Large items like snow mobiles require proper cleaning and engine maintenance. They should be stored with a cover over them, and elevated by a jack so that the weight does not rest on the bearings. This prolongs the life of your possessions.

Clearing Room for Summer Guests

Be sure to take advantage of the tools and deals U-Stor-It has to offer. U-HAUL trucks are available to rent and move your items easily from your place to the facility. If you are not completely sure on the size of unit required, use the U-Stor-It storage calculator which gives a precise estimate of the measurements you will need.

Packing Tips for College Students: Wheaton, Illinois Storage

Wheaton, IL Storage:
Having trouble packing for your first day at Wheaton College? It can be difficult to know exactly what to bring and what to leave behind when heading to the dorms for your first year. We’ve compiled a great list here of essentials and items commonly forgotten.

Think Organization

Your dorm desk is going to get extremely cluttered since it will likely be one of the only free spaces to set items down. Bring only the essentials when it comes to the desk area: pens, pencils, and notebooks. Desk chairs, lamps and shelving will likely already be provided.

Keep the bathroom organization simple—you’re most likely going to have to walk everything to the communal bathroom anyways. Try to keep everything, aside from large shampoo bottles, inside a simple shower caddie.

Decorations should be brought at a minimum; for reference bring a max of pictures that would fill approximately the surface area of two standard posters. One extremely overlooked piece of a dorm is a room rug. Not only does it look nice, it feels nice, and is just nice overall. A rug really helps the room come together and become your home.

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Order Online

If you haven’t purchased things like food storage containers and the rug yet, wait! Items can be so easily delivered now—it’s not worth transporting it yourself. None of these items will be essential immediately anyways; you are extremely unlikely to cook a meal for yourself in the first few weeks, let alone at all.

Old Hobbies

There is a lot about what not to bring, but here are some things you don’t want to forget! College is a time to really explore what you love, so don’t limit yourself. If you were once passionate about something and are considering starting again, bring it! It’s likely you’ll find a group of students who are just as enthusiastic about it as you are.

Already Too Much Stuff

If you’re late to see this list or chose to ignore it, don’t worry—we’re still here for you. Our U-Stor-It Carol Stream & Wheaton Storage facility is located extremely close to the Wheaton campus at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188. Check us out on our website by clicking here!

Tips for moving into your first apartment

South Loop, Chicago Storage:
Downtown Chicago involves life with a lot of people. Unless you are insanely rich, you are likely one of the many in or on your way to renting an apartment. If it is your first time the inexperience can drastically affect the outcome of your moving experience—anyone who has rented before can tell you that. Our South Loop team has the knowledge for you, and they know a thing or two about the high-rise renting life; the South Loop storage facility is 21 stories tall!

Limit what you bring

It is so easy to think everything you currently own is absolutely a necessity, but a lot of the time you’re only deceiving yourself. Save a few boxes from being lifted by leaving behind your insignificant trinkets and furniture that get no/rare use.

Take advantage of delivery

While moving out of a place is never fun, moving in can be a breeze especially if you are obtaining all new furniture. The power of FedEx and UPS is strong, almost anything can be delivered right to your door step regardless of if your apartment is on the 1st or the 21st floor. As long as you are ok with taking a little time to build the furniture, having your stuff delivered takes away so much hassle of getting a fully assembled piece up the stairs or in the elevator.

Even mattresses can be shipped; they arrive at your door as a tightly packed box with a shrink wrapped mattress. You simply remove the shrink wrap and the mattress starts to expand to the normal size.

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Understand your cable

There will only be a limited number of cable outlets within the apartment, so be sure to know where they are when designing the look of your living room. Also important to keep in mind is that in apartments not all cable outlets can support any company you choose. The way things are wired may make it so that, for instance, one outlet can only support Cox where another can only do Spectrum. This can definitely complicate things, so be sure to get whatever provider you select to check it out early in the moving process.

Mount Items Correctly

One of the most important mistakes to look out for is wall damage. This becomes even more important when the wall has already been damaged by a previous tenant, but cheaply patched. Regardless of the quality of the wall you will always be the one responsible for new damage.

Use a stud finder to find the safest places to drill. Consider watching a tutorial as nothing here should be overlooked. Overall, just be smart about what you’re putting up—items with weight will require even more support.

Money Saving Tips for Moving on a Budget

Streamwood / Bartlett, Illinois:
Moving to a new place can be extremely exciting, but many people dread the process. Not only is it hard, but it can cost a lot of money as well. Thankfully there are ways to manage the amount you spend, and our Streamwood & Bartlett U-Stor-It storage team is here to assist you.

Find Cheap Boxes

Boxes can come at a hefty price. There are lots of options on places like Craigslist for cheap or free boxes, but that road can be a major hassle due to unreliable sources. Boxes can be found for a great price at your local U-Stor-It or from various suppliers in the area.

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Garage Sale

You will be surprised how much stuff you don’t need yet let sit around in your residency. Dispose of them by selling them, giving them to friends or charity, or just throwing them in the trash or recycle bin. These items could include books, clothing, and excess furniture/décor. This will make the move lighter, and it may save a decent amount of space.

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DIY

If you can afford the time and effort, moving without a moving company is ideal. For many the amount of time necessary as well as the stress of the labor makes the value of a moving company significantly higher than doing it yourself. The saved time and effort of a moving company can have you feeling better in the long haul even though it puts more of a hole in your wallet.

If you do choose the DIY path you will need to plan extra time than you thought initially—the last thing you want to happen is to run out of time because the process took longer than expected.

 

If you need a storage facility during your move be sure to look at our local facilities. In the Streamwood and Bartlett area our facility is located at 145 W Irving Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107 near Bartlett road and Park Avenue. Whether you live in Schaumburg, Hanover Park, Elgin, or Streamwood, we’re eager to help you find the space you need.

Elmhurst, Illinois Exciting Attractions

In celebration of our newest U-Stor-It facility in Elmhurst, Illinois, here are the facts that you’ll want to know if you ever pursue a move to the neighborhood.

There is no shortage of local sports. While the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks all have major fandoms, you’ll also find great games to watch at the local high schools as well as at Elmhurst College. York Community High School has a legendary track and field team while IC Catholic Prep has won the state football championship multiple times including the 2016 championship.

For those with kids, there are plenty of opportunities to keep them occupied. Sky Zone, located on Lake Street just off of Highway 20, allows you to watch from the observation deck as your kids bounce around and have a blast below in the indoor trampoline park.

For those looking for a more peaceful experience, there are plenty of museums, parks, and trail ways. Wilder Park on Prospect Avenue contains multiple attractions; these include the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art which specializes in one of a kind jade and gemstone carvings and the Elmhurst Public Library.

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Though the heart of Elmhurst is very suburban, there is massive industrial business around the area. With this comes some major freeways. Make sure to take some time to learn the various directions and navigation you’ll need to complete your day-to-day to make it to all of your new activities.

There is plenty to do in the area—it’s an exciting feeling for anyone considering the Elmhurst area!

Elmhurst Self Storage Guide Backing up a Trailer

In our last blog, our Elmhurst U-Stor-It team mentioned the importance of knowing how to back up a trailer so here is an elaboration on the subject matter to ease the process!

Backing up a trailer is often the most dreaded aspect of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle with a hitch. It’s really quite an easy task once you get the hang of it, but for the average driver who may need to do it only once or twice here is the crash course on how to maneuver that trailer backwards.

Things to Avoid                                                                       

There are two things you have to be mindful of at all times throughout the process. One is the obvious, avoiding hitting other cars, walls, or objects. The second thing to stay aware of is jackknifing the vehicle with the trailer ; this is when the trailer gets overturned and ends up in a 90 degree angle with the vehicle, ultimately damaging the vehicle and the trailer (pictured above).

How to do it

  1. Start the process by attempting to be (as much as you can) in a straight line with the trailer. If you are not able to get in a straight line it isn’t a problem, it’ll just take a little extra navigation.
  2. Trailers turn the opposite of how you turn your wheel, so while the vehicle may go right the trailer will go left. Jackknifing occurs when this occurrence becomes too drastic because of a lack of adjustment.
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3. Using primarily the left mirror and window for sight of how the trailer is moving, begin to reverse slowly. If the trailer begins to turn or started in a turned position, turn the wheel in the direction the trailer is headed. This will even it out and get it headed back in a straight direction; the more heavily you turn the wheel, the more turn you get.

Sometimes Mistakes Happen

Especially if it’s your first time, it can be difficult to get it on the first try. Don’t be afraid to put the vehicle back in drive to straighten out. This is highly recommended if you weren’t able to start straight as it helps you guarantee you’re on the right path backwards.

If it ever appears you’re close to jackknifing or hitting something the first step is to pull forward to straighten out your line. If you’re in an awkward position where you can’t straighten out, remember that you can always unhitch the trailer, adjust the vehicle, and re-hitch in a better position to get out.