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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
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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

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.

Beverly Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk

The 8th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk is coming your way on Saturday, Nov. 26 starting at 9am. This year is expected to break records for the annual 5k, with over 2,000 participants. For those that have not attended, the event leads walkers, joggers, runners, and spectators through the beautiful tree-lined streets of the historic Beverly neighborhood.

The Beverly Turkey Trot benefits the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the 19th Ward Youth Foundation. You are able to register online at the 19th Wards website.

Beverly Turkey Trot Details

Beverly Turkey Trot Pre Registration
Adults: $30
Youth: $20
Unlimited Family Walk: $65

Beverly Turkey Trot Race Day Registration
Adults: $35
Youth: $25
Unlimited Family Walk: $75

Packets to sign up for the event can also be picked up at the following locations.
Private Bank 3052 W 111th St, Saturday, November 12th & 19th,
10am-12pm

Running Excels, 10328 S Western, Tuesday, November 22nd,
4-7pm

19th Ward Office, 10402 S Western, Friday, November 25th,
12-5pm

Members of the Chicago Area Running Association will receive a $5 discount, and all participants who are preregistered for the event will receive a gift bag, including a t-shirt. Awards for the The Beverly Turkey Trot will be divided by gender and age.

The Beverly Turkey Trot is starting at the Christ the King Parish Center at 9235 S. Hamilton, Chicago, IL  60643, so get there early. Our Beverly self storage facility is located at 11118 S Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60655, which is luckily only 2.9 miles away.

Directions from to the Beverly Turkey Trot from our Beverly storage facility are as follows

Head on S Rockwell St

Turn RIGHT onto W 111th St from U-Stor-It Self Storage Beverly

Turn LEFT onto Western Ave

Turn RIGHT onto W 99th St

Turn LEFT onto S Leavitt St

S Leavitt St turns RIGHT and becomes W 94th St

Turn LEFT onto S Hamilton Ave

The Beverly Turkey Trot will be on the RIGHT