Keep Your Kids Moving

The mental, physical and other benefits of getting outside are many, and a boost of nature and fresh air can be essential for kids, not to mention the adults in their lives, during times when schools are closed and regular recreational opportunities are limited. One of the best ways we can maintain good health is by being physically active on a regular basis. In fact, active kids are healthier kids who experience greater success in life. Ideally, active habits start in early childhood and continue as we grow and develop, but it’s never too late to start becoming more active.

Given the increased hours, days, and weeks we are all spending at home during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we all keep moving. Our future health depends on it. Children and adolescents need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You don’t need fancy equipment to get moving or stay physically active, whether you choose to do it inside or outside. Playtime outside is great with family. If families have their own yard to play in, that is ideal. However, if a family’s only option is to play out and around their neighborhood, it’s best to keep their distance from others and not to touch objects that others have touched.

Family Bike Ride – Taking a bike ride with your children can be a good way to get fresh air, get exercise and still keep a proper distance from others. If your kids haven’t learned how yet, it’s also a great time to teach your kid to ride a bike.

Plant a garden – Gardening can help kids learn to develop motor and sensory skills. It engages their senses, encourages an appreciation for the environment and gives them a sense of accomplishment.

Backyard ‘Camping’ – If you have room in the backyard, teach them how to set up a tent and then let them hang out in there reading books, drawing, etc. For a special treat, maybe cook up some s’mores for them on the backyard grill.

Dance – Put on your favorite music or cue up a video and dance along with your kids.

Encourage reading – With libraries closed, it may be difficult to entice kids to read what books they already have. If this is the case, you can check out Amazon for affordable used books and e-books. Another option are audio books (especially for kids who are not reading on their own yet. For additional educational learning, require kids to write book reports on what they listened to or read. Have a discussion about the book’s theme with younger children.

Get cooking – Have your kids help with the preparation of simple meals, like sandwiches, soups, pasta (spaghetti, macaroni and cheese) and casseroles. Even toddlers can participate by adding already measured ingredients into a bowl and giving a stir or two. Of course, baking cookies, cupcakes and other sweets can be its on afternoon activity.

Be crafty – Keep kids occupied with creative projects. No need to spend a lot of money; use items from around your house. They can create posters for first responders to decorate your windows. They can also paint and write positive/ kind thoughts on rocks from your yard (which can be left around your neighborhood for others to discover).

Help Them Stay Connected – It is hard to be separated from friends and other family members. Make sure to connect with them —whether through a phone call, texting or online video chat. Explain to your kids that we are six feet apart right now – so we can all be together when this is all over. Just keep your kids moving for the best motivation.

How are you and your family handling staying at home?  There will be brighter days ahead. Stay at home and keep your love ones safe.

COVID-19 Updates

updated 5/27/2020

We are open and at your service. We are all in this together.

Moving is considered an essential business and must stay open. Over the past several weeks, we have been closely monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 and will do our best to provide you with a safe and smooth move through this time.

Most of our office team members are now working from home. Our moving expert are not able to do that but Elite Moving & Storage has educated them regarding COVID-19 and created a plan for a safe moving experience. Our moving crews are reminded daily of the safety procedures to protect you, your family and their families.

We are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our clients and team. As a moving company providing service inside the homes of our clients, we are already operating under stringent health and safety measures. Our normal operational guidelines include the following:

  • Temperature checks for each team member before they start a shift.
  • Anyone who is not feeling well is reminded to stay home.
  • We keep the moving trucks clean and sanitized. Each truck is equipped with disinfectant alcohol spray.
  • We avoid giving customers handshakes.
  • We remind our crew members to wash their hands frequently, to cough into a napkin or their arm and to avoid touching their faces.
  • Our moving experts are wearing masks and gloves.

If you need an estimate for your move, we are happy to do those estimates virtually so you can stay safely in your home.

If there are additional safety protocols that you would like us to follow in your home or business, we are more than happy to comply. The health and safety of our clients and team members is always our top priority.

There will be brighter days ahead. In the meantime, if you are looking for a safe, clean and sanitary option for your moving needs, call us today. All our movers are highly trained and equipped according to the last news.

Keep your love ones safe.

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Staying Healthy During Your Move

Summer moving season is upon us. Are you moving soon? You’re not alone. Roughly 35 million Americans move each year. It is a stressful process which sometimes takes weeks and often months to prepare and complete. It is easy to get overwhelmed during the moving process and forsake your typical habits; especially when it comes to eating well. Keep in mind that your health must remain your number one priority during the move, and of course – after the move is over too.

Keep these tips in mind as you prepare to move to your new home.

SLEEP WELL DURING YOUR MOVE

Stress is one of the main reasons behind sleep loss, which is understandable considering the various pressures associated with moving. Proper sleep is super important during the moving process and the better rested you are, the better you will be able to handle the work load. The optimal sleep time remains 7-9 hours, so make a genuine effort to keep yours within that range. It is easier said than done with so much work to do, so start your moving preparation as early as possible. Also, it may be a good idea to take 30 minutes break each day during your moving process, to exercise or get a little extra sleep. A 30 minutes break can happen anytime, day or night, and you can spend it doing just about anything that helps you relax.

KEEP A HEALTHY DIET

There’s nothing wrong with ordering a pizza every once in a while, especially if you do it after a long day of packing, cleaning, and preparing for the move. Keep in mind that it will take about the same amount of time to prepare a healthy meal as it would to have a pizza delivered. Eating well will help you keep up your energy, keep your body in shape, and keep your immune system strong. Plan your meals ahead and make sure you stock up on healthy foods – fruit and vegetables, whole grain bread, lean meats, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, granola bars, etc.

The kitchen is usually the first room to get packed up, meaning if you don’t think ahead you may find yourself with no choice but to eat something in a takeout container lacking in nutrition. Leave out a few kitchen items, including plates, forks, knifes, spoons, and bowl per member of your family. When it’s time to go, pack these items in a clearly marked box so you can easily access them during the unpacking stage too. That box should be the first box you unpack in your new home. Have extra snacks or a meal packed to eat when you arrive. You may not be able to run out to the grocery store right away, so it’s best to have a few options just in case.

KEEP YOUR BODY HYDRATED

Just as important as healthy eating while moving is making sure you’re drinking enough water, especially if you’re moving in the summer. For most people, water is the best thing to drink to stay hydrated. Sources of water also include foods, such fruits and vegetables which contain a high percentage of water. Sports drinks with electrolytes, may be useful during the move specially in very hot weather, though they tend to be high in added sugars and calories. Carbonated drinks are high in sugar and low in nutrition so you want to stay away from drinking sodas when moving. The elevated intake of carbohydrates can lead to sugar crashes and energy slumps.

ASK FOR HELP DURING YOUR MOVE

If you know you’re going to have trouble sticking to a healthy eating plan during your move, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Friends and family will be glad to drop you off something healthy if you don’t have time to cook a meal or pick it up yourself, and it’s a good excuse to take a breather and share a meal.

During the moving process take time to relax, eat healthy and drink plenty of water. You will avoid stress-related illness and you will keep up your energy so you can get everything done for your move.

Have questions about how you can make your move even more stress free? Call Elite Moving & Storage today and see how we can help.

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Summer Fun in Chicago

Now that summer looks like it’s finally here, Chicagoans are looking forward to good-weather activities. Elite Moving has been moving families in Chicago since 2006, so we are movers you can trust to know a little about what’s happening in Chicago. Here are some of our suggestions for finding fun in Chicago this Summer.

The Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

A favorite family event and a harbinger of springtime in Chicago, the 21st Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival returns to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Montrose and Wilson) on Saturday, May 4, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is FREE.

Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12.

From brunches to yoga or paint and sip, Mother’s Day in Chicago has a lot to offer for the weekend. Be sure to check out the local Chicago Illinois restaurant guide to find the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day.

The Start of the Chicago Festival Season

May is the official start of the outdoor festival season here in Chicago, thanks to events such as the Lincoln Park Wine Festival, Mayfest, the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, Riverside Arts Weekend, the Andersonville Wine Walk, the Skokie Festival of Cultures, Civil War Days at Naper Settlement, Maifest Chicago, the opening of the Chicago RiverWalk, the Long Grove Chocolate Festival and more!

Nothing says summer like being outdoors.

Enjoy summer fun in Chicago at an outdoor show. Whether it’s free concerts, family friendly fun, or food events, outdoor activities will help you get the most out of your summer. Here are some of the essential Chicago summer events that you won’t want to miss:

·      RIBFEST CHICAGO JUNE 7 – 9, 2019

·      CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL JUNE 7 – 9, 2019

·      GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL JUNE 12 – AUG. 17, 2019

·      MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER MUSIC SERIES June 12-August 21 (Mondays & Thursdays)

·      FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL June 19-August 24

·      TASTE OF CHICAGO JULY 10 – 14, 2019

·      SOUTHPORT ART & MUSIC FEST JULY 13 – 14, 2019

·      WICKER PARK FEST JULY 26 – 28, 2019

·      RETRO ON ROSCOE AUG. 9 – 11, 2019

·      CHICAGO HOT DOG FEST AUG. 10 – 12, 2019

·      CHICAGO AIR & WATER SHOW August 19 – 20

·      CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL August 31 – Sept. 3

·      THROWBACK MUSIC FESTIVAL SEPT. 6 – 8, 2019

·      FESTIVAL DE LA VILLITA (LITTLE VILLAGE FEST) SEPT. 6 – 8, 2019

·      WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO SEPT. 13 – 29, 2019

·      LAKEVIEW EAST FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS SEPT. 14 – 15, 2019

And with the good weather comes our busy moving season! Elite Moving & Storage is your choice for moving.

If you’re moving this year, it’s extremely likely that your move is coming up in the next couple of months. Beginning Memorial Day, the Elite Moving & Storage season definitely begins to heat up. So, if you’re looking for dependable and professional movers who can help you with moving in, moving out, packing, or any moving services, you need to contact us as soon as possible. We’re highly rated, safe movers that offer a full range of moving services year round. Contact us today for all your moving needs!

 

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Chicago Events in 2019

This year is going to be amazing in Chicago! Of course, every year is stellar here, and we always look forward to enjoying more of what Chicago’s known for – great food, great beer, world-class attractions and museums, and friendly people. But here are some dates you’re going to want to know, so you don’t miss out on all the fun in 2019.

Year of Chicago Theatre, throughout 2019

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, along with the League of Chicago Theatres, have designated 2019 as the Year of Chicago Theatre. So, check for special events and theatrical performances for the public, located in neighborhoods around the city.

Chicago Restaurant Week, 1/25-2/7

Every year, some of the best restaurants in Chicago make it easy for you to go out and try new foods. Add a little excitement to these gloomy winter months by enjoying prix-fixe meal deals at one of the nearly 400 participating restaurants this year, including 100 new ones and 45 suburban ones. The First Bites Bash, an opening kickoff party, takes place on 1/24 at the Field Museum.

21st Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival, 5/4

Every year, this spring tradition lets kids enjoy making and flying kites with free kite building kits. Professional kite flying demonstrations, balloon artists, face painting, and the Big Kite Candy Drop take place as well. Come to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park to join in the fun!

Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony, 5/25

The city’s annual Memorial Day Parade honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the U.S. The wreath-laying ceremony takes place before the parade at Daley Plaza.

4th Annual Chicago House Music Festival, Memorial Day Weekend

Chicago is the birthplace of house music, so it’s only fitting we have a festival to celebrate! Enjoy DJs and live performances all weekend at Millennium Park.

Chicago Riverwalk Summer Programming, late May-October

The 1.25-mile walk along the Chicago River will include programming all summer long, from fishing to evening fireworks. You must come and enjoy watching the boats, checking out vendors, and eating along this picturesque path.

34th Chicago Gospel Music Festival, 5/31-6/1

The gospel music scene has strong roots in Chicago, and this traditional free festival celebrates local and national artists who perform both traditional and contemporary gospel styles at Millennium Park.

36th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, 6/7-6/9

The past, present, and future of the blues is tied in with Chicago style, and this free festival is one of the summer’s most popular events. Expect more than 100 international and local artists to spotlight the genre’s contribution to culture.

Millennium Park Summer Music & Film Series, June-August

Enjoy free movies and concerts on the lawn at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Bring a picnic with you, or buy from some of the area eateries. This is always a fun way to spend a summer night in Chicago! Schedule of events comes out later this year.

23rd Annual Chicago SummerDance, Wednesdays-Sundays from 6/27-8/24

This unique annual festival lets you take part in free, one-hour dance lessons with professionals, then join in on live music and dancing in Grant Parkimmediately after. Don’t miss out! The all0day 4th annual SummerDance celebration takes place on 8/24.

39th Annual Taste of Chicago, 7/10-7/14

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The free outdoor food festival is back to showcase Chicago’s diverse and awesome dining scene. There’s no cost to get in, but once here you’ll want to buy tickets that’ll net you both sample sizes and full-size meals. Cooking demos, free concerts, performances, arts, and activities are part of the excitement.

61st Annual Chicago Air & Water Show, 8/17-8/18

You’ll want to come to North Avenue Beach for this annual spectacle, bringing millions of viewers to the waterfront for flight aerobatics, water rescues, parachute teams, and historic aircraft.

41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, 8/23-9/1

The greatest jazz artists from Chicago and around the world come to perform at the free music festival, which this year features extended dates for more musical magic. Check the schedule later in the year to see who’s coming!

21st Annual World Music Festival Chicago, 10/13-10/29

The annual festival, which takes place in venues all around the city, features 50 artists that represent 20 countries and regions from around the world. Don’t miss out, if global grooves are your jam.

106th Annual Christmas Tree and Holiday Celebrations, November-December

Although the city hasn’t yet released a specific date for its annual tree lighting, you can expect tons of holiday excitement that includes caroling at Cloud Gate each Friday, the opening of the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, and skating at the Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon.

Looking for local residential movers to get you in to or out of Chicago?

Call Elite Moving & Storage. We’re highly rated, safe movers that offer full service moving services year round. We know the city, and we know moving in Chicago. If you want the best moving company in Chicagoland, you want us! Call for a free estimate.

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5 Great Holiday Things To Do In Chicago This November

Although summers in Chicago are pretty spectacular, the holiday season is no slouch. While it does get colder and gloomier, the city hosts some pretty amazing events designed to bring out the holiday cheer in everyone.

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

This unique event starts with a family-friendly lineup of activities on Friday from 4 p.m. and Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.) features live music, a visit with Santa Claus, themed activities, and treats and offers from Mag Mile businesses. Free concerts and meet and greets take place too – the headliner this year is Cody Simpson. Then, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the grand Tree-Lighting Parade goes down Michigan Avenue, as Grand Marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse light up the Magnificent Mile from Oak Street to Wacker Drive. Fireworks end the event at 6:55 p.m.

City of Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

This year’s official tree lighting at Millennium Park will be the 105th! Taking place near the Bean at Michigan Ave. and Washington St., this event features a 60-foot evergreen tree and plenty of holiday fun. The action begins at 6 p.m. and the actual tree lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m. This year, “Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes acts as emcee. Naturally, admission is free.

The McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade

Progressing on State St. from Congress to Randolph, this exciting parade features hundreds of marching bands, inflatable balloons, unforgettable performances, and holiday cheer! If you can’t make it in person, you can watch it on TV, but you won’t want to miss out as long as you’re not cooking Thanksgiving dinner! Event runs from 8-11 a.m.

The Christkindlmarket Chicago

Inspired by the 16th century Christmas market in Nuremberg, Germany, this open-air European tradition brings international flair and local excitement to your Chicago holidays. Do some shopping for handmade gifts, eat some sweet and savory foods, watch crafts being made! You can now catch Chicagoland’s German-inspired holiday marketplace at Daley Plaza and Naperville.

Christmas Around the World and Holidays Of Light at the MSI

The Museum of Science and Industry is always a great option for winter in Chicago because it’s warm and fun and you learn things too. But around Christmas it’s even better because of the annual holiday event, featuring a four-story Grand Tree surrounded by 50 displays representing holiday traditions from all over the world. Holiday performances take place throughout the season.

Of course, there’s plenty of other fun to be had in Chicago during the holiday season. See if you can get a ride on the CTA Holiday Train, or look at Macy’s windows and enjoy Lightscape on State Street! Visit Lincoln Park Zoo for ZooLights. Get yourself over to Navy Pier for its annual winter playground, which opens on 11/29 in 2018. Go skating at the McCormick-Tribune Rink and Maggie Daley Park’s Skating Ribbon.

Count on your local movers, who know how Chicago works in winter and all year long!

At Elite Moving & Storage, we’re proud to be the best movers in one of the greatest cities in the country. We love this town, and we hope that if you’re looking for cheap local movers or affordable movers that can carry you into or away from the Chicago area, you’ll hire us!

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How to House Hunt in Chicagoland From A Distance

In the market for a house in Chicago or its suburbs? Located hundreds or even thousands of miles away? If so, you might have to do some long-distance house hunting before you even think about moving to the Windy City. But house hunting from afar doesn’t have to be a problem, if you follow these tips from Elite Moving & Storage, the best movers on the North Shore.

Make a plan, and know what you want in a move to Chicago

It’s important while house hunting remotely to first know your needs and wants. Need a short commute time? Can you spend money and time on improvements if the carpeting and wall colors aren’t to your liking? Do you want to live in a more urban setting or a more low-key suburb with lots of green spaces? Know all these things before you start!

Make a list of requirements, and rate them by priority. Know how much you can spend; get your mortgage pre-approved, as that helps speed the process. Create checklists to help organize your thoughts. Do whatever you can to make sure you’re not wasting time.

But also, keep an open mind. When you’re moving to a new place, doing so can open up new possibilities you hadn’t considered yet.

Do your research about Chicago and your potential new home

The Internet is great for looking at houses – but there may be issues with accuracy. You might find a house on Zillow or Redfin, only to find when you call to schedule a showing that it’s already under contract. So how can you avoid such pitfalls when moving? The best way to start is by finding a good real estate agent.

Make sure your agent specializes in the area, and let the agent know what’s most important to you about your new city. Are you most interested in good schools? Crime rates? Area attractions? Something else? And make sure to let your agent know about your house needs, such as the number of bathrooms you can’t live without, the capacity of your garage, square footage of the house, and desired sizes of bedrooms.

Find Facebook groups in the area, and ask questions. Look at neighborhood crime rates. View Google Street View to discover aspects that don’t show up in an official for-sale listing. There are many ways you can check out your new location online, so use them!

Expect and plan for some travel to Chicago

Although you may not be able to come to Chicago for an extended period of time before you move here for good, you’ll still want to house hunt in person if at all possible. So, plan for a long weekend in a neighborhood or Chicago suburb you like (4-5 days is ideal).

Loop your realtor in to make sure all appointments are made for any property you like. Have an itinerary planned in advance. While you’re here, spend time in the city to get a feel for real life in the Chicago area. Find good restaurants, make sure there are playgrounds close by, walk the neighborhood. If you don’t find what you need, or decide to build a home, remember you may need to plan for last-minute travel to Chicagoland as well.

Skipping this step may mean you don’t get your new home properly! But if you take advantage of your time here, you’ll be more confident when it comes time to making your moving decisions – even if you’re in another state.

Then, hire the best moving company you can find! Elite Moving & Storage is here for you.

Moving long distances isn’t easy, and getting a dependable moving company can be the key to helping you settle in properly even if there’s a lot of travel involved. If you need long distance movers, hire Elite Moving & Storage for peace of mind. You have enough to deal with – let us handle the transportation of your precious belongings!

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Things to Do in Chicagoland This May

Now that spring looks like it’s finally here, Chicagoans are looking forward to good-weather activities. So what’s happening here this month? Elite Moving & Storage knows! We’re the best moving company in Chicago, and we understand the Second City on a vibey level. 🙂

1. The Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Herald the arrival of spring with this Lincoln Park-based family event on Saturday, May 5, which gives kids free paper kites to fly. Professional demonstrators will be on hand, along with plenty of other kid-friendly activities. Vendors will also be around to sell fancier flying contraptions.

2. Mother’s Day Dining

From champagne brunches to days out at the Chicago Botanic Garden, this area is full of ways to celebrate your mom on Sunday, May 13. If you’re looking for something she’ll love, look no further. Book a reservation through OpenTable and make it easy to give her a day off!

3. Wright Plus Housewalk

The annual housewalk in Oak Park on Saturday, May 19 is a fantastic event, featuring walk-through tours not only of Frank Lloyd Wright homes, but other exciting and significant houses in the area. Learn about architecture, period family life, and Wright himself through an inspirational and educational day.

4. Illinois Craft Beer Week

The whole city celebrates beer from May 18-25. During this time you can find hundreds of events, from celebrity tap takeovers to beer dinners, demos, tastings, and more unique events too. Sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, this is a great time to head over to your neighborhood bar and find out how they’re participating!

5. MB Bike the Drive

Ever wanted to bike Lake Shore Drive without any cars to get in your way? Once a year, that happens. Enjoy five hours of biking on Sunday, 5/27. There are 30 miles on LSD to ride, and a festival to finish it off. Riders of all skill levels are invited to register.

6. The Start of the Chicago Festival Season

May is the official start of the outdoor festival season here in Chicago, thanks to events such as the Lincoln Park Wine Festival, Mayfest, the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival, Riverside Arts Weekend, the Andersonville Wine Walk, the Skokie Festival of Cultures, Civil War Days at Naper Settlement, Maifest Chicago, the opening of the Chicago RiverWalk, the Long Grove Chocolate Festival, town art festivals – heck, they’re too numerous to list. Summer is even better!

7. The Start of the Chicago Parade Season

The big city parade this month is the Chicago Memorial Day Parade, and it’s the first of the season. Others will follow this summer (check for downtown parades and neighborhood parades) but it all begins now. The Memorial Day Parade begins with a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. on Daley Plaza, but the procession begins at noon with marching bands, drum and bugle corps, veterans’ groups, and active military duty marching along State Street from Lake to Van Buren.

And…the start of the busy moving season! Elite Moving & Storage is Chicago’s choice for moving.

If you’re moving, it’s very possible you’re having to do it starting this month. Beginning Memorial Day, the Elite Moving & Storage season definitely begins to heat up. So, if you’re looking for dependable, cheap movers who can help you with moving in, moving out, or any moving services, you need to contact us as soon as you can. We’re one of the Chicago moving companies with the expertise, experience, and ideas to get you where you need to go, safely and easily. Contact us today for all your moving service needs!

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10 Museums in Chicago You May Not Know

If you love Chicago Chicago, you know it’s way more than the Mag Mile, the Loop, and Wrigley Field. Once you delve deep into the culture here, you’ll find so many places to explore. And we know you’re familiar with our world-class museums, such as the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Natural History. But here are a few off-the-beaten-path museums within city limits you may not have visited yet – and you should.

National Museum of Mexican Art

You’ll get free admission to this museum in the Pilsen neighborhood, which showcases 3,000 years of creativity and connects visitors to Mexican culture through art. Right now the special exhibit is “Placemaking & Landmarks: The Creation of Mexican Spaces in la Dieciocho (Pilsen)” and “Luis Tapia: Sculpture as Sanctuary.”

Frederick C. Robie House

Although it’s currently offering limited access because of a major renovation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House is a beautiful example of the type of Prairie Style architecture that Wright pioneered. Take a tour from knowledgeable interpreters who can shed light on Wright, his work, and his Chicago roots. This is a good chance to see a restoration in progress! And if you want more Wright, you can also check out The Rookery in the Loop.

DuSable Museum of African American History

The DuSable Museum is a small but exciting institution designed to inspire understanding and appreciation for the achievements and experiences of African Americans. The featured exhibits are “Clearing A Path for Democracy: Citizen Soldiers of the Eight Illinois National Guard” and “Rewriting History: paper gowns and photographs.” Museum is closed Mondays and free on Tuesdays.

International Museum of Surgical Science

Here, you’ll find more than 7,000 medical artifacts from multiple centuries. These include tools, original x-rays, skulls, and fine art. This is North America’s only museum devoted to surgery, and it features everything from mysteries to breakthroughs. Learn about history and modern healing practices and everything in between! Open daily.

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Interested in the media? This cool space narrates a history that includes radio, television, and the Internet. Right now, you can go there and check out “Saturday Night Life: The Experience,” complete with interactive sets and props, or visit “Watching TV in the 1990s.” Sounds like fun, right? The museum is closed on Mondays.

American Writer’s Museum

This little museum on the Mag Mile is the first of its kind in the country. State-of-the-art exhibitions take you into the mind of a writer, children’s literature, and more. Special exhibits right now include “Capturing Stories: Photographs of Writers by Art Shay” and “Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page.” The museum is closed on Mondays.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

This cool museum, across the street from Lincoln Park Zoo, is a perfect place for families to explore nature. There are places to climb and explore, both inside and outside, and the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is the best! Try to come during a butterfly release. You’ll see plenty of other live animals as well, and the “Birds of Paradise” current exhibit. Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents.

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

You might miss this multi-story space because it’s a bit dwarfed by the Art Institute across this street. But if you’re at all interested in military history and the intersection of politics, international relations, and people, you might enjoy a visit. The special exhibit now is “Lest We Forget: Sailors, Sammies, and Doughboys over there in World War I.”

Oriental Institute

Over at the University of Chicago, you can explore the ancient world with art and artifacts from the ancient Near East. Right now the museum is being enhanced, so some exhibitions are temporarily closed, but the collection here is really significant and exciting. The special exhibitions right now are “The Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt” and “The First 100 Years: Anatolian Studies in Chicago.” Museum is closed on Mondays.

Smart Museum of Art

Also at the University of Chicago, this art museum features 15,000 objects in collections spanning Asian art, contemporary art, European art, and more. Current exhibits are designed to show how the Museum shaes the intellectual life of the school with the public. They include “The History of Perception,” “Selections from A History of Modernism,” and “Conversation with the Collection: Building/Environments.” Museum is closed on Mondays, and is free.

Elite Moving & Storage Knows Chicago – count on us!

We’ve been here for a long time, and we’re experts not just on moving, but on the city. That’s great, when you’re maneuvering the moving process in and out of Chicago. Get an estimate today!

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Six Great Shopping Destinations in Chicagoland

We love shopping in Chicago – it’s a traditional retail paradise here. Winter’s a great time to shop, whether you’re engaging in downtown bustle or suburban leisure time. Looking for top brands, unique markets, or great deals? No problem! Check out some of our favorite spots for spending money.

1. The Mag Mile

There’s no topping the shops on Michigan Avenue for internationally-known brand names. Apple, Burberry, Nieman Marcus, Giorgio Armani, Tiffany & Co., Kenneth Cole, the Disney Store, the American Girl Store – it’s all here. From the Chicago River at Wacker Drive up to about Oak Street (and don’t miss turning down Oak Street), you can find countless vertical malls (Water Tower Place, 900 North Michigan Shops) boutiques, department stores, and pretty much anything you want.

2. Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Over in Rosemont near O’Hare International Airport, this giant full-service indoor mall features great food, art, and amazing deals. It’s the kind of place people drive from neighboring states just to visit, because the deals are so great and they’re on top-tier brand names like Tory Burch and Gucci and Barney’s.

3. Suburban Mall-Hopping

Still one of the largest indoor malls in the U.S., Woodfield is out in Shaumburg, about 40 minutes northwest of downtown. But there are tons of great malls in the suburbs, from Oakbrook Center in the western suburbs to Westfield Shoppingtown Old Orchard in Skokie. Movie theaters, exciting restaurants, and much more make these family-friendly places to see, do, and buy.

4. State Street and Jeweler’s Row

In the Loop area, you can find the Macy’s that used to be Marshall Field’s, a historic center of retail in Chicago. A number of discount stores line State Street here, catering to students and those of us who can’t afford the goods on the Mag Mile. And, if you turn onto Wabash Ave. about a block east of the south end, you’ll be in Jeweler’s Row.

5. Chicago Neighborhoods

From edgy retailers in Lakeview to home design stores in Andersonville, Chicago’s neighborhoods are purveyors of the unique and funky. Logan Square features indie shops you’ll love. Lincoln Square caters to the hip and new; Chinatown is perfect for gifts and Hello Kitty lovers. West Devon St. is perfect for your Bollywood craving. Love vintage clothing and cool little shops? Take a jaunt down to Wicker Park.

6. Suburban Downtowns

Suburban downtowns are a bit off the beaten path for many, yet still a great place for retail discoveries. In Naperville, for example, we’re talking a city center full of popular and high-end retailers, along with upscale entertainment options and attractions. In Wilmette, you can experience great little boutiques and unique restaurants. In Long Grove, the picturesque surroundings allow for charming excursions and a visit to a famous chocolate shop. In Oak Park, an old-style movie theater nestles among so many cool places to stop. We urge you to get out and explore, because you never know what you’ll find around the Chicago area.

Don’t limit yourself! Chicago and its suburbs are full of hidden shopping gems!



We know, because this is our home turf, and we live and shop here ourselves. We at Elite Moving & Storage love Chicago and the suburbs, and we want to help you move there (or out, or around, no judgment here). Let us know how we can help you. Get an estimate with us today!