Category Archives: The Suburbs

Westmont IL Welcomes U-Stor-It Self Storage

Last month, the city of Westmont IL welcomed U-Stor-It Self Storage with a Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony! The city welcomed the beautiful new storage facility with open arms, alongside Mayor Ron Gunter and Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Carey.

Westmont IL
Mayor Ron Gunter and Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Carey welcome the U-Stor-It team.

Peter Nora of U-Stor-It stated: “U-Stor-It is excited to join the Westmont community as we open our tenth location. We would like to thank the Village of Westmont, the Westmont Chamber, and many residents who have welcomed us into the community and we are looking forward to serving the village and it’s residents.”

The event featured food provided by Portillos, as well as tours of the facility for all attendees.

Westmont IL
Attendees enjoyed good conversation and Portillos food following the facility tours.

Residents and businesses alike are excited to have a brand new first-class storage facility in their community. U-Stor-It is committed to providing the city with clean, affordable self-storage in an environment where customer service is the rule rather than the exception.

The facility is conveniently located across from Ty Warner Park near the Illinois Gymnastics Institute. Being just a few blocks from Westmont High School and Willow Crest Golf Course, we’re easy to find and access! Come visit the new location today at 701 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont IL 60559.

Westmont IL

How to Prepare Your Boat for Winter Storage

Winter is right around the corner, are you ready to get your boat safely stored away before the elements hit? Fear not, the friendly staff at Storage Solutions Limestone are here to help with everything you need to get your boat ready for winter storage!

Step 1: Change Your Oil

To avoid corroding the engine, change the filter and flush it out so that no water remains, then add the new oil. This is often overlooked and could save your boat’s life!

Step 2: Refresh The Coolant System

Empty the current coolant and clean with fresh water. Pour in the fresh antifreeze, paying attention to dilute it properly. This will make sure your engine doesn’t freeze or corrode.

Step 3: Spray with Fogging Oil

While your engine is turning over, spray fogging oil into the carburetor. This will protect the moving parts from the harsh winter elements.

winter storage
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Step 4: Remove Drive Belts

Prevent your drive belts from cracking under pressure by loosening them or taking them off completely before you take your beloved boat down to storage.

Step 5: Grease the Steering Mechanism

To make sure your boat is ready to go when winter has passed, grease the steering mechanism and keep everything moist. Also make sure the joints are covered.

Step 6: Disconnect the Battery

Make sure you disconnect your boat’s battery to ensure it doesn’t die out while it’s in winter storage. Many people forget this only to find there boat has ran out of juice once Spring rolls around. Don’t fall victim to this, think ahead now!

Step 7: Fill your Gas Tank

Fill your gas tank up to avoid condensation that can build up and corrode the tank. Tip: add gasoline stabilizer to make sure your fuel is ready when you take the boat out of storage.

Step 8: Seal Exhaust Ports on Inboard Boats

Cover the exhaust openings on your boat to make sure no unwanted critters turn your boat into a home during the winter. Duct tape should get the job done.

Step 9: Take Care of the Interior

Any electronics left on the boat are vulnerable to the conditions while it’s in storage. Take anything you don’t want to freeze out of the boat and don’t forget anything canvas, leather, or fabric that could catch mold or mildew.

Step 10: Wash and Wax

Clean the boat well inside and out, and then apply wax afterwards. Wax will protect your boat from rust and the harsh conditions in general.

Step 11: Use a Cover

And finally, put a nice cover on the boat to make sure it is nice and snug this winter. The cover will protect from dirt, dust, and moisture.

winter storage
via: vail-insurance.com

If you follow these steps you will have your beautiful boat ready to go when the snow melts! Our Storage Solutions Limestone location has everything you need to make your boat winter storage process a breeze.

Elmhurst Halloween Events: Which Will You Choose?

Elmhurst does Halloween right! With FREE screenings of “Minions” and Trunk or Treat events all over the Village, there is definitely something for everyone this Elmhurst Halloween Season!

Spooky Stories and Songs of the Season

Date: October 20th and 21st, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: First United Methodist Church at 232 S. York St.

Something we have not seen at all in the suburbs this Halloween is a stage performance! Join the Green Man Theatre in their two night performance of Spooky Stories and Songs of the Season! The show is aimed at a more mature audience. Although it may not be appropriate for elementary school students, however it will be perfect for someone in middle school or older range and adults.

Dare to try something new this Halloween? Here are directions to the production at the First United Methodist Church from U-Stor-It Elmhurst!

  1. After leaving the U-Stor-It Elmhurst parking lot, head north on Frontage Rd toward S Riverside Dr
  2. Turn left onto S Riverside Dr
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto IL-83 N
  4. Turn right onto St Charles Rd
  5. Turn left onto S York St
  6. The First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst will be on the left

First United Methodist Church
232 S York St
Elmhurst, IL 60126


Elmhurst Halloween BOO~tiful Saturday

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 9:00am
Location: Elmhurst City Centre

Elmhurst City Centre is definitely the place to be this Halloween Weekend. From 9am and into the afternoon, the Village has many spooky plans for local kids! With activities ranging from Halloween Crafts, Trick-Or-Treating, and a FREE showing of “Minions” at the York Theatre – it is sure to be a fantastic time! See below for more information on where and when to be!

FREE SHOWING of “Minions”
9:00am – 11:00am
York Theatre

Trick-Or Treating
11:00am-11:00pm
Village of Elmhurst

FREE Balloon Animals, Dancing, DJ
10:00am-1:00pm
Elmhurst City Centre Plaza

FREE Halloween Crafts
11:00am-1:00pm
Location 1: Southeast corner of York and Third
Location 2: Southeast corner of York and Park

Need help finding the fun? Start at U-Stor-It Elmhurst and follow the directions below.

Directions to Elmhurst City Centre

  1. From U-Stor-It Elmhurst, head north on Frontage Rd toward S Riverside Dr
  2. Turn left onto S Riverside Dr
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto IL-83 N
  4. Turn right onto St Charles Rd
  5. Turn left onto S York St
  6. The Elmhurst York Theatre will be on the left

York Theatre
150 N York Rd
Elmhurst, IL 60126

 

Directions to Elmhurst City Centre

  1. Leaving the U-Stor-It Elmhurst parking lot, head north on Frontage Rd toward S Riverside Dr
  2. Turn left onto S Riverside Dr
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto IL-83 N
  4. Turn right onto St Charles Rd
  5. Turn left onto S York St
  6. Elmhurst City Centre will be on the right

Elmhurst City Centre
147 N York Rd
Elmhurst, IL 60126


Trunk or Treat

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: Immanual Lutheran Church & School

By now it’s pretty common knowledge that Trunk Or Treat events are the best way to score lots and lots of candy. Shorter distances between cars (instead of houses) means quicker candy pick ups! Join the Immanual Lutheran Church & School of Elmhurst at their FREE Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 28th! Families, local businesses, and more are welcome to decorate their cars in fun Halloween themes and hand out candy to local children!

Note: Hot Dog lunches will be available from some of the of the Event Trunks!

Can’t wait to fill your pillow bag full of sweets? Follow the directions below to get to Immanual Lutheran Church & School from U-Stor-It Elmhurst!

  1. After exiting the U-Stor-It Elmhurst parking lot, head north on Frontage Rd toward S Riverside Dr
  2. Turn left onto S Riverside Dr
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto IL-83 N
  4. Turn right onto E N Ave/North Ave
  5. Turn right onto N Michigan St
  6. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E 3rd St
  7. The Immanual Lutheran Church & School will be on the right

Immanuel Lutheran School
142 E 3rd St
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Lombard Halloween: What To Do!

From a Monster Bash to Trick-Or-Treating, we’ve compiled the best upcoming events headed your way this Halloween!

Monster Bash at the Lombard Park District

Date: October 19th, 2017
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Location: Sunset Knoll Recreation Center

Can’t wait for Halloween? The Lombard Park District is hosting its own Monster Bash at the Sunset Knoll Recreation Center. Enjoy ghoulish games and twisted treats October 19th, 2017! This is a great event to sport your new costume at!

Can’t find the Sunset Knoll Recreation Center? Follow these directions from U-Stor-It Elmhurst!

  1. Head north on Frontage Rd toward S Riverside Dr
  2. After leaving the parking lot of U-Stor-It Elmhurst, turn left onto S Riverside Dr
  3. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto IL-83 S
  4. Slight right to merge onto IL-38 W/E Roosevelt Rd
  5. Turn right onto S Finley Rd
  6. Turn left
  7. Sunset Knoll Recreation Center and Park will be on the left

Sunset Knoll Recreation Center and Park
820 Finley Rd,
Lombard, IL 60148


Calvary’s Spooktacular Halloween Party

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Calvary Episcopal Church of Lombard

Food, Drinks, Games, Raffles, and Costume Contests! What more could you want. This Halloween weekend, join the Calvary Episcopal Church of Lombard for their Spooktacular Halloween Party. Invite your family and friends for a fun night out and don’t forget your costume!

Interested in helping? Donations of drinks, food, and money can all be accepted by the church.

Want in? Here are directions from U-Stor-It Elmhurst!

  1. Head north on Frontage Rd toward S Riverside Dr
  2. Turn left onto S Riverside Dr
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto IL-83 N
  4. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto St Charles Rd
  5. Turn left onto S Highland Ave
  6. Turn right onto E Maple St

Calvary Episcopal Church, Lombard
105 W Maple St
Lombard, IL 60148


Lombard Halloween Trick-Or-Treating

Date: October 31st, 2017
Time: 3:00-7:00pm
Location: Lombard, IL 60148

Planning on having a more traditional Halloween? Pop in an old VHS of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, grab a bowl of candy corn, and let the kids hit the streets in their most gruesome costumes!

Note: The Village of Lombard urges parents to keep all Trick-Or-Treating between the hours of 3:00-7:00pm this Halloween.

Don’t have a costume yet? Check out the Goodwill on E Roosevelt Rd. Here are directions from U-Stor-It Elmhurst.

  1. After leaving the parking lot of U-Stor-It Elmhurst, head north on Frontage Rd toward S Riverside Dr
  2. Turn left onto S Riverside Dr
  3. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto IL-83 S
  4. Slight right to merge onto IL-38 W/E Roosevelt Rd
  5. Goodwill of Lombard will be on the left

Goodwill Store and Donation Center
351 E Roosevelt Rd
Lombard, IL 60148

Stone Park Halloween Events Near You!

With Free Pumpkins, Nightclub Costume Parties, and Trick-Or-Treating events scheduled, Stone Park has plenty of Halloween festivities for your this year!

Free Pumpkins at Proviso Community Bank

Date: October 25th, 2017 – October 31st, 2017
Time: Business Hours
Location: Proviso Community Bank of Stone Park

I think we are all fans of FREE PUMPKINS! Stop by Proviso Community Bank of Stone Park with your child to pick up a pumpkin fit for carving! Supplies is sure to be limited, so get there early!

Want a pumpkin? Follow these directions from U-Stor-It Melrose Park to Proviso Community Bank of Stone Park.

  1. After leaving the U-Stor-It Melrose Park parking lot, head east toward Janice Ave
  2. Turn left toward Mannheim Rd
  3. Turn right onto Mannheim Rd
  4. Turn left onto W Le Moyne St
  5. Turn right onto Mannheim Rd
  6. Proviso Community Bank of Stone Park will be on the left

Proviso Community Bank of Stone Park
1759 Mannheim Rd
Stone Park, IL 60165


Toby Love Live (Halloween Costume Party)

Date: October 28th, 2017
Time: 10:00pm
Location: Mansion Nightclub

Toby Love is back this Halloween weekend, bringing you a Halloween Costume Party to remember! Hosted at the Mansion Nightclub in Stone Park, throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready for a night of fun! Early Bird tickets start at just $15.05!

Want in on the Halloween Costume Party, directions to Mansion Nightclub are below from U-Stor-It Melrose Park!

  1. After leaving the U-Stor-It Melrose Park parking lot, Continue to W N Ave/W North Ave
  2. Continue on W N Ave to W North Ave. Take the exit toward US-12 E/US-45 S from W N Ave/W North Ave
  3. Continue onto W North Ave
  4. Turn right onto Mannheim Rd
  5. Continue on Division St to your destination, Mansion Nightclub

Mansion Nightclub
3801 W Lake St
Melrose Park, IL 60165


Village of Stone Park Halloween

Trick-or-Treating and Family Party

Date: October 31st, 2017
Time: 3:00-7:00pm
Location: Casa Italia at 37th and Soffel Ave

This Halloween the Village of Stone Park, Mayor Mazzulla, Clerk Cassidy-Hatchet, and the Board of Trustees are presenting their own Halloween Trick-or-Treating and Family Party. Village officials will be attending and handing out candy to all of the ghouls, gremlins, and ghosts in attendance! This is a family event with a costume parade, piñata, and plenty of refreshments provided.

Can’t fight your sweet tooth? Below are directions to the Village of Stone Park Halloween Trick-or-Treating and Family Party from U-Stor-It Melrose Park!

  1. After leaving the U-Stor-It Melrose Park parking lot, Continue to W N Ave/W North Ave
  2. Continue on W N Ave to W North Ave. Take the exit toward US-12 E/US-45 S from W N Ave/W North Ave
  3. Continue onto W North Ave
  4. Turn right onto Mannheim Rd
  5. Continue on Division St. Drive to N 39th Ave

Casa Italia
1621 N 39th Ave
Stone Park, IL 60165

Melrose Park Halloween: What Should I Do?

Can’t wait for a real Melrose Park Halloween experience? Follow our guide to Halloween events happening around Melrose Park, Illinois this October!

13th Floor Haunted House Chicago

Date: October 18th, 2017 and November 4th, 2017
Time: 7:00pm-12:00am
Location: 1940 George St., Melrose Park, Illinois 60160

The Award Winning 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago is back to scare the masses! With attractions this year that include Cursed Purgatory and Dead End District: Freakshow there is sure to be something scary for everyone! Make sure to take heed of their disclaimer: “WARNING! EVENT MAY BE TOO INTENSE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12.” For people addicted to an adrenaline rush, that disclaimer alone is intriguing enough. Tickets start at just $19.99!

For those strong enough to handle the 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago, here are directions from U-Stor-It Melrose Park.

  1. After leaving from U-Stor-It Melrose Park, head west toward S 46th Ave
  2. Turn left onto S 46th Ave
  3. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W N Ave/W North Ave
  4. Continue to follow W North Ave
  5. Turn left onto George St
  6. The 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago will be on the left

13th Floor Haunted House Chicago
1940 George St
Melrose Park, IL 60160


Annual Haunted House on Hirsch

Date: October 27th, 2017 and October 28th, 2017
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Location: Bulger Park, Melrose Park

Presenting its Annual Haunted House on Hirsch, The VPD Maintenance Team is excited to invite families and friends to a spooky evening of fun! Throw on your best Halloween costume and join the party with a movie and pizza! Admission is only $2!

Need a good scare or just a slice of pizza? Follow the directions below from U-Stor-It Melrose Park to find the Melrose Park Haunted House!

  1. After leaving from U-Stor-It Melrose Park, head west toward S 46th Ave
  2. Turn left onto S 46th Ave
  3. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W N Ave/W North Ave
  4. Continue to follow W North Ave
  5. Turn right onto N 19th Ave
  6. Turn left onto W Hirsch St
  7. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto N 17th Ave
  8. Bulger Park will be on the right

Bulger Park
1601 Hirsch Ave
Melrose Park, IL 60160


Melrose Park’s Fright Night!

Date: October 27th, 2017
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Bulger Park, Melrose Park

Join your friends and family for an evening of fun-filled fear! Activities at this year’s Fright Night will include ghoulish games, creepy crafts, and a giant jump house! Children will receive a juice and hot dog, while supplies last. This is a free family event for local students in grades K-6. Don’t forget your costume!

Want to join? Directions to Bulger Park from U-Stor-It Melrose Park are below!

  1. After leaving from U-Stor-It Melrose Park , head west toward S 46th Ave
  2. Turn left onto S 46th Ave
  3. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W N Ave/W North Ave
  4. Continue to follow W North Ave
  5. Turn right onto N 19th Ave
  6. Turn left onto W Hirsch St
  7. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto N 17th Ave
  8. Bulger Park will be on the right

Bulger Park
1601 Hirsch Ave
Melrose Park, IL 60160

Northlake Halloween Events

Northlake Halloween are hard to come by, which is why we have compiled the best Halloween events near you in Northlake, Illinois. Don’t forget to bring your costume, because you’re going to need it!

Northlake Public Library Halloween Party

Date: October 26th, 2017
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Northlake Public Library

Can’t wait for Halloween? Kids and families are invited to Northlake Public Library’s Halloween Party Thursday, October 26th, 2017 from 6:00-7:30pm. The event will include carving pumpkins, eating the spookiest of snacks, and of course a goulish screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas (for those of you who can’t wait for Christmas to come sooner). The festivities will be held in the library’s lower level in the Program Room! Don’t forget your costume!

Directions to the Northlake Public Library from U-Stor-It Melrose Park are as follows

  1. After exiting U-Stor-It Melrose Park, head west toward S 46th Ave
  2. Turn left onto S 46th Ave
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto W North Ave
  4. Turn right onto N Wolf Rd
  5. The Northlake Public Library will be on the right

Northlake Public Library
231 N Wolf Rd
Northlake, IL 60164


St. John the Baptist Halloween Party

Date: October 27th, 2017
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: St. John the Baptist Hall

Join the Northlake St. John the Baptist Hall for a fantastic evening of Costume Contests, Trick-Or-Treating, Arts & Crafts, snacks, and so much more! Tickets are just $10 for anyone 4 years and older. Contact the Church for more details and tickets.

Note: Guest are invited to participate in a Dessert Pot-Luck!

Directions to the St. John the Baptist Hall from U-Stor-It Melrose Park are as follows

  1. Walk West on W North Ave for about 2 minutes
  2. Arrive at the corner of North Ave & Janice Ave
  3. John the Baptist Hall will be on your right.

St. John the Baptist Hall
200 E N Ave
Northlake, IL 60164


Northlake Halloween Trick-Or-Treating

Date: October 31st, 2017
Time: 3:00-6:30pm
Location: Northlake, Illinois

Have you already watched every Nightmare on Elm Street movie and now can’t think of a better option to spend your time this Halloween? Why not go Trick-Or-Treating? Pick out an old costume and the hit the streets with your friends and family this October 31st! The Village of Northlake asks that you keep your Trick-Or-Treating festivities between the hours of 3:00-6:30pm on Halloween.

Have some time to pick out a costume? Here are directions to Northlake’s Walmart from U-Stor-It Melrose Park

  1. After exiting U-Stor-It Melrose Park, head west toward S 46th Ave
  2. Turn left onto S 46th Ave
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto W North Ave
  4. Turn left onto N Hillside Ave
  5. Walmart of Northlake will be on the left

Walmart of Northlake
137 W North Ave
Northlake, IL 60164

Clarendon Hills Halloween: 3 Events This Fall Season

Halloween is finally here! We hope you’ve picked out your costume, but even if you haven’t its probably time to start figuring out your plans. Sure it’s fun to sit around binge watching Season 2 of Stranger Things, but of course there’s much more to do in Clarendon Hills, IL this Halloween!

Halloween House Decorating Contest: Clarendon Hills

Date: October 25th, 2017
Time: 5:00pm
Location: The Community House

The Village of Clarendon Hills is looking for the best decorated house this Halloween! Each house will be judged on originality, creativity, and arrangement. All decorations, spider webs, and bleeding walls should be put up by the family or tenants of each house to be able to participate. Winners will be announced via the Clarendon Hills Park District Facebook page. Do you have what it takes?

Prizes
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will win gift certificates to a local restaurant

Enter Contest Before: October 23rd, 2017 by 5:00pm
House Judging: October 25th, 2017 between 6:00-7:30pm
Winners Announced: October 27th, 2017

Directions to the Clarendon Hills Park District from U-Stor-It Westmont
1. After leaving U-Stor-It Westmont, head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Blackhawk Dr
3. Turn left onto E Chicago Ave
4. The Clarendon Hills Park District will be on the right

Clarendon Hills Park District
315 Chicago Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514


Clarendon Hills Pumpkin Masterpieces

Date: October 26th, 2017
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Location: Community CenterClarendon Hills Halloween Pumpkin Event

Tired of the same old jack-o-lantern carving every year? Join the Clarendon Hills Community Center for an afternoon of pumpkin decorating! Grab your friends, family, and neighbors and let your imagination run wild in designing your Halloween pumpkin. Pumpkins and snacks will be provided, but remember to dress in your painting clothes, as it could get quite messy! The event will only host 35 participants, so register early!

Directions to the Clarendon Hills Community Center from U-Stor-It Westmont
1. After leaving U-Stor-It Westmont, head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Blackhawk Dr
3. Turn left onto E Chicago Ave
4. Destination will be on the right

Clarendon Hills Park District
315 Chicago Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514


Clarendon Hills Halloween

Trick-Or-Treating

Date: October 31st, 2017
Time: 3:00-7:00pm
Location: Community Center

What better way to celebrate Halloween than some ol’ fashioned Trick-Or-Treating. Grab your best costume and join your friends in collecting as much candy as possible. Clarendon Hills asks that you keep your trick-or-treating activities between the hours of 3:00-7:00pm. If you are looking for something a bit more structured, check out the Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce Annual Family Trick-Or-Treat event, which will be held October 28th, 2017 from 11am-2pm, in downtown Clarendon Hills.

Directions to the Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce from U-Stor-It Westmont
1. After leaving U-Stor-It Westmont, head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Blackhawk Dr
3. Turn left onto E Chicago Ave
4. Turn right onto N Prospect Ave
5. The Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce will be on the right

Clarendon Hills Chamber-Commerce
4 S Prospect Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

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
via https://patch.com/illinois/hinsdale/halloween-house-decorating-contest-winners-chosen

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

 

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.

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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.