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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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5 Ways to Get Through A Chicago Winter 2018

The festival season in Chicago starts in May, with the opening of Chicago City Markets and the 20th annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival on May 5, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do until then. This city always has something going on, even in the dead of winter!

2018 in Chicago has been designated the Year of Creative Youth, which means we’ll see city-wide programming focusing on opportunities for youth organizations throughout the year. We’ll also have great arts programming continually during 2018. Here are a few other events to look forward to during the first three months of this year.

1. Chicago Restaurant Week, January 26-February 8

Every year, 350+ Chicago (and suburban) restaurants create prix-fixe meal deals so that it’s as easy as possible to try new places for less money. From city favorites to trendy hotspots, the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week are showcasing their best! The event begins with the First Bites Bash preview party on January 25, and continues for two weeks. You might want to make reservations now for popular places. Visit the website to see who’s on the list this year.

2. Museum Free Days, through the end of February

This time of year can be relatively slow for museums, which means they’ll be offering free days for Illinois residents through the end of February. Adler Planetarium free days include January 3, 4, 7-12, 15-19, and February 2, 5-9, 19-22. Shedd Aquarium free days include January 15, 18, 19, 22-26, and February 2 and 14. The Field Museum of Natural History, which will be retiring Sue the T-Rex from the main hall in February, offers free days on January 3, 4, 15, 27, 28, and all of February. The Museum of Science and Industry is free Mondays-Thursdays through February 15, and also from February 20-22 and February 26-27. Brookfield Zoo in the suburbs is free Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays through February 28. Other museums also feature regular free days throughout the year. By the way, Chicago Museum Week takes place January 18-26, in case you’re looking for special events and tours, and deals on membership.

3. Chicago Theatre Week, February 8-18

Celebrate the world-class theatre scene in Chicago with opportunities to see more than 120 local productions at a discount. Tickets for this period of time cost $15 and $30, with discounts on sale starting January 9. Participating theaters include everyone from the Apollo Theater and the Auditorium Theatre to The Second City and Writers Theatre. See the Joffrey Ballet, experience Steppenwolf or Goodman or Chicago Shakespeare – it’s all available now! The event is being hosted by the League of Chicago Theatres.

4. Celebrate the Holidays!

Valentine’s Day, February 14, is a day when many restaurants offer special romantic meals, so check your favorite Chicago eatery to find out what it’s offering, whether it’s a heart-shaped pizza or a steak and wine dinner for two. Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with a parade in Chinatown on February 25. Go downtown for the Dyeing of the Chicago River on March 17, followed by the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Celebrate Easter, which this year takes place on April 1, with brunch, Easter egg hunts, and more at local parks, zoos, and attractions.

5. Public Shows

Some high-profile trade shows come to the area during this season, and this is a great time to attend them. The Chicago Auto Show takes place February 10-19 at McCormick Place, showing off the latest trends in the world of cars. Other shows you might want to look at include the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show on February 10-11 at the DES Convention Center in Rosemont, The Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden on February 10-March 25, the giant Chicago Golf Show at the DES Convention Center on February 23-25, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier on March 14-18. In April, C2E2, the giant comic book convention, comes to McCormick Place. For a calendar of shows at the DES Convention Center, click here. For a calendar of shows at McCormick Place, click here.

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10 Things to Do in the Chicago Suburbs This Holiday Season

The city of Chicago offers some pretty spectacular lights, sounds, and activities during the holiday season – but the suburbs are full of snowy, seasonal, sensational excitement too. Want proof? Here are 10 amazing places and events for holiday fun with your family this year.

1. Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum

Through January 1, you can come to this beautiful site in the western suburbs for a bit of natural holiday cheer. The mile-long outdoor tour takes you through the arboretum’s tree collections to experience the melding of technology and nature. Interact with trees in ways you never imagined, and enjoy treats and warming stations along the way.

2. Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Kids who love trains will adore this annual exhibit, which is a true family favorite. Model trains travel in and out of miniature Chicago landmarks made from organic materials – while it snows, indoors! The event also includes ice sculpting, a holiday market, caroling, free movies, and visits to the greenhouses.

3. Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

Now in its 36th year, the seasonal celebration at the zoo features over a million LED lights, a talking tree, performances, a model railroad, Santa and Mrs. Claus, cooking decorating, singing to the animals, and zoo chats. Animal exhibits remain open until 8 p.m. in the evening. The event is open on weekend evenings through December 17, then runs December 26-31 and ends with Zoo Year’s Eve.

4. Christkindmarket Naperville

The same Christkindlmarket that comes to Daley Plaza every year also has a suburban home. Through December 24, you can visit holiday vendors at this traditional German market. Buy gifts, food and beverages, and enjoy seasonal events. It’ll be a bit crowded, but parking is definitely better than in downtown Chicago.

5. Home for the Holidays at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

In Oak Park, the house where famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived hosts a free holiday open house on Saturday, December 2. Get a tour, enjoy refreshments, participate in a holiday design project, and see the way the home has been decorated in keeping with Wright family tradition. Event is free, but registration is required.

6. Celebrate the Season at Rosemont’s MB Financial Park

The Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the park at Rosemont takes place Friday, November 24 starting at 5 p.m. Starting that day you can also enjoy free ice skating, including the Sunday Funday Characters on Ice free skate from December 3-24. Then, take advantage of one of the great restaurants and entertainment venues surrounding the park.

7. Geneva’s Christmas Walk

Geneva’s event to kick off the holidays on December 1 hearkens back to Swedish tradition. At 6 p.m., Santa Lucia and Santa Claus arrive and the lighting of the great tree takes place. Roasted chestnuts, strolling carolers and a live nativity follow. Complimentary carriage rides are offered, and you can also participate in the Holiday House Tour on December 1 and 2 (tickets are $35 for tour and tea), visiting five architecturally unique homes decorated for the holidays.

8. Elf the Musical at the Paramount Aurora

The Broadway Series at this beautiful old theater in the far western suburbs will be presenting “Elf The Musical” through January 7. Based on the 2003 Christmas movie that’s become a seasonal classic, this version is a feel-good musical extravaganza that will make your holiday season a little brighter.

9. Take a Holiday Train Ride

If your family wants to ride the Polar Express or similarly-themed holiday trains, you can find one in almost every suburb! Tickets are still available. Our favorites include the Happy Holiday Railway from Union’s Illinois Railway Museum, and the South Elgin Polar Express.

10. Holiday Shopping

Chicagoland is a retailer’s paradise, and we have so many great places to get gifts. This season, visit one of the largest indoor malls in the country, Woodfield Mall, and all the stores around it (like Ikea). Or get your discount shopping done at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, which hosts a Black Friday event like no other. Want to enjoy some outside time in the (hopefully) snowy weather? Oakbrook Center and Westfield Shoppingtown Old Orchard are perfect. We also like the Promenade Bolingbrook and Aurora’s Chicago Premium Outlets.

Chicago Holiday Style isn’t limited to the city!

The suburbs are pretty fun here in Chicagoland, whether it’s warm or cold. Moving here? Moving out of here? Elite Moving & Storage has you covered. Get a free estimate from us, and let us know how we can help you with your moving and storage needs.