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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!

Wheaton Apartment: Wheaton 121 Pool Party A Success

This past weekend, luxury Wheaton apartment complex Wheaton 121 apartments held their 3rd annual pool party, which turned out to be their best yet! Residents enjoyed food, drinks, music, and time with their neighbors. The theme was “Get Your Glow On”, and Wheaton 121 residents were definitely in the spirit.

Wheaton 121 3rd Annual Pool Party

U-Stor-It joined the party with gift baskets and merchandise to give away to Wheaton 121 residents. The wheel was spun, prizes were won, and at the end of the day everybody walked away a winner!

Wheaton 121 3rd Annual Pool Party

Our U-Stor-It Wheaton / Carol Stream Storage facility is located just a couple miles away, at 120 Tubeway Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188. From Wheaton 121, the directions are as follows:

Head north on N Cross St toward Wesley St, and turn left on Wesley.

Turn right onto N West St.

Turn left onto W Harrison Ave.

Turn right onto N Gary Ave.

Turn left onto Tubeway Drive, and you’ve arrived! U-Stor-It will be on your left.

For additional pictures from the event, check out Wheaton 121’s Facebook event page.

 

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!

Tips for your Summer Garage Sale

Wheaton Self Storage:
The summer season is about to hit full stride. With the improved weather comes the chance to attract locals to a garage sale. It is important to shed a few possessions every once and a while, and the extra cash is always a benefit as well. Here are tips from our Carol Stream and Wheaton U-Stor-It storage team.

Attract Attention

Marketing is key—don’t underestimate your natural advertising abilities! What is the purpose of a garage sale if you can’t get customers to the property to buy your stuff? There are many steps that should be taken leading up to the sale.

Craigslist is your first step. Post an ad early to get those planning on looking around onboard fast. This is your initial customer base, so it is crucial to make sure they hear about and can plan on attending the event. Craigslist posts your ad to the garage sale treasure map of the day which is another awesome feature.

Signs are your best chance at spreading the word and attracting those drive-by/impulse customers on a broad scale. Don’t underdo your signs. Make them unique and eye catching with an extremely legible font and size. Post your signs the night before your sale. This guarantees you’ll be visible for even the earliest early-birds, and it decreases the stress of getting all the signs up the day of the busy event.

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Consider a sign spinner. This is not a joke. Sign Spinning is a proven guerrilla marketing technique, there is a reason so many companies invest in it. It is comical, eye catching, original, and if you have a kid you can pay them a relatively small percent of earnings.

The Sale Itself

You just hyped up your garage sale, now you can’t allow the showing to be a letdown! You need to be prepared with a nice setup and offering to convert your incredible attendance into sales.

Group and display items nicely. There is no set way of going about this, but just try to make the offering look as much like a retail experience as you possibly can. Items that are hung, folded, or stacked are much more likely to sell than items thrown in a pile or sitting in a box.

Keep the business mindset throughout the process and your next garage sale will undoubtedly be a success. Good Luck!

U-Stor-It: The Self Storage Facility With U In Mind

Among thousands of storage facilities nationwide all with business-focused heads, one is shattering the norm! U-Stor-It prides itself in being customer centric—everything is done with the customer in mind. The goal is to provide and exceed all expectations of what a self storage facility delivers.

Keeping in Touch with the Basics

Having a clean and well maintained store should be a given, but it is a commonly mishandled aspect of the industry. U-Stor-It abides by the highest quality standards; all of the facilities are sleek in design, and extremely well kept. A full experience is offered at the facilities. Just about any features like climate control or U-Haul rentals are provided. Push-carts are available at all locations to assist those without drive-up units.

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Push-carts ready for use in the Carol Stream & Wheaton IL U-Stor-It

Community Involvement

U-Stor-It is a corporate company that wants to act and have the same impact as a local company. Local store managers stay involved by keeping consistent community outreach. Managers visit numerous apartments and housing complexes each month to stay current with consumer needs and interact with those in the area.

In addition, U-Stor-It partakes in multiple charitable efforts each year in order to give back to the communities that support it. Efforts include:

  • Backpack events at local schools
  • Supporting orphanage funds in Chicago, IL and Monarch School for homeless children in Barrio Logan, CA
  • Providing low-income kindergarten students in El Cajon, CA with lunches
  • And partaking in Toys-for-Tots across the nation

“My favorite efforts are the backpack giveaways. The students get so excited to have a nice new piece of school equipment,” said Blake Johnston, Marketing Manager of U-Stor-It. “We have organized multiple events in the past, and have many more planned!”

About U-Stor-It

U-Stor-It provides quality storage spaces at affordable prices. We have over 25 years of experience in high quality self storage. It is our mission to provide clean, affordable self-storage in an environment where customer service is the rule rather than the exception.  We are confident that you will agree that U-Stor-It Self Storage has first class facilities. Serving the Chicago and San Diego area communities.

Top 3 Tips for Bathroom Organization

Carol Stream & Wheaton, Illinois Storage:
Bathrooms range in shape and size, but a common challenge among all of them is instilling well organized storage of all your toiletries.  Whether you are in a house, apartment, or condo you can benefit from these bathroom organization tips.

Create Artificial Space

If you are really lacking in cabinet, shelf, or counter space consider artificially creating some. If you have a small shower purchase a cheap corner shelf that easily attaches to the walls by suction power. These shelves are very strong if attached well, but they are easily and seamlessly removed when you no longer need it. Non-corner shaped shelves can also be applied to bathroom mirrors.

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Add small racks or hooks without drilling into the wall with adhesive brands such as Command. The formulas behind the adhesive create a strong bond with the wall that can withstand many pounds of force, but also are easy to remove. The adhesives are made to easily peel off once stretched, and won’t damage the wall while releasing.

Grouping

Grouping allows you to take advantage of as much space as possible. A cup or mug can be placed on the counter and can easily store all toothbrush accessories and toothpaste. Drawer dividers give your items a special place to always return to when you are done with them.

Extras

If you are really pushing for space consider a shower caddie. You can store all of the items in the caddie and keep the caddie in the abundance of space you have somewhere else in your residence. This allows you to use the valuable bathroom space for only large toiletries such as lotions or mouthwash.

If all else fails consider remodeling the bathroom or moving to a place with a layout that more suits you. After all, a little change is never a bad thing.

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Wheaton / Carol Stream Storage: Building the Ultimate Man Cave

Wheaton / Carol Stream: Every guy’s dream is a room where they rule all—where they are surrounded by the possessions that matter most to them, and relaxation is the only obligation. Whether the goal of your man cave is a more traditional sports theme, a gamer’s paradise, or whatever hobby or special feel you’re going for, there are basic steps that will generally have to be taken regardless.

Clearing Clutter

First and foremost, man caves are often built in the garage or a room not often used. Unless you are newly moved into a home and starting fresh, it is likely the proposed room is full of unused furniture, boxes, and random belongings.

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These items are going to need to find a new home, but there is likely no other room in the house seeing that they were piled there in the first place. A storage unit may be necessary to hold these items, but thankfully it makes the transition immensely easier.

Planning Around Key Features

Man caves require some specific planning for features that are limited or unique to the room. Electricity is an important aspect as it is likely there will be many various electronics in the room. Outlets can come at a premium, and you don’t want to over plug.

Shared walls are also something to keep at the top of mind. If a wall of the cave backs up to a bedroom it is probably best to avoid putting a TV or sound system against it.

Attending Garage Sales

Garage sales are your best friend when looking for things to add to the cave. They are perfect for finding signs to hang, various decorations, or furniture. It’s always possible to hit the jackpot when searching around, but you’ll never know if you don’t look.

 

These tips were provided by our Wheaton & Carol Stream U-Stor-It staff. Located at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188 near North Avenue and Gary Avenue.

Wheaton / Carol Stream Storage Tips – Reorganizing Your Bedroom

Wheaton / Carol Stream – Whether you want to save valuable space or improve the feng shui of your bedroom, reorganizing is never a bad idea. Our Wheaton and Carol Stream U-Stor-It self storage staff is here with the best tips for moving around your furniture and ultimately creating a new bedroom and living experience!

Utilize Corners

Not every room is perfectly square with 90 degree corners. It is important to know which corners of the room are available for square furniture. The best option for saving room is to place your bed with the head against one wall and either the left or right side against the other wall of a corner. There will only be one entrance and exit from the bed, however those few extra square feet saved from pushing it against the wall add up and make a big difference.

Exercise Simple Shelving

Adding light shelves to a wall not only looks great, but creates a new place for books, baskets, or trinkets. Placing baskets on these shelves, let alone other places like under your bed and in your closet, is a great space saver. Belongings can easily be grouped and put in the appropriate basket and shelf which vastly improves organization.

Work Around Odd Spaces

Similarly to non-square corners, there are sometimes strange features of rooms you must plan around. These may include built in cubbies, wall extensions, or window ledges to name a few. Every room is different, so for this aspect you have to get creative.

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In a past room of mine there was an odd brick ledging that protruded about 2 feet from the wall and was 2 feet tall; the ledge ran all the way across an 8 foot wall. What I ended up doing was building a bed frame that could rest along the ledge so that it was no longer wasted space. I built the bed frame following a guide online, but then didn’t attach two of the legs. This resulted in two legs of the frame rested on the ground like normal, but the portion of the frame where the legs had been omitted rested comfortably on the brick ledging. This saved an incredible amount of space especially since the ledge took up so much room on its own.

 

Wheaton & Carol Stream Residents Begin New Tradition

For the first time ever, the Dupage Craft and Vendor Show will meet at the Wheaton Montessori to showcase local vendors. The goal of the event is to gain enough interest from Wheaton, Carol Stream, and other locals so that it can be held monthly. The event will provide an easy channel to connect with the talent from the area and support the local economy.

A wide variety of arts, crafts, and merchandise will be available for exploration as you navigate the various vendors. Some of the most popular items will be jewelry, clothing, candles, oils, and makeup. Vendors include LuLaRoe, Perfectly Posh, Premier Designs, Scentsy, Stella & Dot, Paparazzi, Pink Zebra, and Usborne Books!

The event is Saturday, March 18th from 10AM – 2 PM, and parking and admission is free.

The event is Located at the Wheaton Montessori, 1980 Gary Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187.

Our U-Stor-It Carol Stream/Wheaton Self Storage facility is less than a mile away, located at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

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Directions from our facility to the event are as follows:

Head east on Tubeway Drive towards Gary Avenue

Turn right onto Gary Avenue

You’ll reach the event in 0.7 miles

Carol Stream Advice: The Biggest Mistakes of DIY Moving

Whether you’ve rented a trailer or own a truck, moving furniture from one place to the next can be a hassle; thankfully our Carol Stream Self Storage team has the tips you can’t afford to miss out on before making your move. The moving process puts a lot on your plate, making it easy to forget or not even think about the little details. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid a disastrous situation!

Avoid Nicking Corners And Scratches

It’s easy to assume your big furniture can hold its own in a move, but corners and framing are much more delicate than the piece itself. Placing a simple blanket over each valuable piece of furniture greatly improves the likelihood of its survival. Once a piece has a blanket, you can stack other furniture on top without the risk of the surfaces scratching one another.

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Even Weight Distribution

Why does the wheel keep pulling to the right while driving? If you loaded your trailer unevenly you could be setting yourself up for major consequences. Not only is it dangerous to drive an uneven trailer, but the wear and tear on the vehicle and trailer frame can be costly.

Before loading, assess all of the items that you want to fit in the trailer. Load the heaviest items towards the front of the trailer (the opposite side of the door) and pay attention that both the right and left side are approximately equal in weight. This will assure a much safer trip than otherwise.

Strap Loose Items

Unless the trailer is completely full and all items are secure, it is absolutely necessary to run rope or straps across to avoid items from fumbling around. Test this by pushing a loaded item—if it moves you need to tighten your straps again.

Don’t Try To Do It All On Your Own

Lastly, you may be confident in your strength or the ability of the new dolly you purchased, but moving completely on your own is a surefire way of risking injury or damage to your belongings. Ask a buddy or significant other for assistance—after all, what are friends for?

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