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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, 11/16-11/17

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, 11/16

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, 11/22

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, 11/15-12/24

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, 11/15-1/6/19

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 this year. 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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How To Alleviate Stress During A Move

No matter how you do it, moving is a stressful process. There’s so much involved, and so many steps, and it seems overwhelming. We get it – this is, after all, what we at Elite Moving & Storage do for a living. We got into this business because we know it’s hard and we want to help with every step of the moving process – and because there’s a new start at the end, and the potential for hope and happiness. So, here are some quick tips to help keep you centered during this crazy moving process that overtakes your life.

1. Make A Plan for Your Move

Simple, but true. The more things you can plan for, the less you have to think about on a last-minute basis. If you love list-making, now’s the time to do it. If you aren’t the organized type, take a shot at it. Anything you can do ahead of time helps. Of course, plans fall through, so also make sure you can roll with those punches and be flexible.

2. Create Deadlines and Start Early

Schedule things out for the day of, the week before, the month before, and so on. Take opportunities to build yourself in some extra time if at all possible. Add big blocks of time into your day to focus on moving tasks, but do it in your bits of spare time as well. Remember, moving isn’t part of our daily routines, and doing all this new work is very tiring. If you start early and know when things will happen, it can definitely help!

3. Get Others Involved With Your Move

You may need to talk to lawyers and accountants, deal with moving companies and schools, find mortgage brokers and realtors and others. Surround yourself with dependable people, including friends that can come over and bring you wine or take those extra clothes off your hands. If you need a night off, get your pals together and blow off some steam. Asking for help when you need it is a great life skill – and this is one of the times you’ll need it.

4. Get Yourself Mentally Prepared

Sometimes, all it takes to reduce stress is to give yourself a bit of an attitude adjustment. Don’t get bogged down in details – remember the big picture. You’re going for new experiences, new people, new routines. It’s a totally new beginning in a world where change is the only constant. Don’t forget your old friends, though, and find ways of connecting to both the place you’re leaving behind and the place you’re going to. Allow yourself to feel sad, too, because that’s absolutely okay.

5. Take Time Out For Yourself

Whether it’s a bit of extra yoga or meditation, an additional Zumba class, or eating more healthy, this is a great time to pay attention to your body’s needs. Try to work in some meditation or relaxation time. Take your kids out for pizza and ice cream instead of cooking after a long day of moving tasks, walk through a nearby nature preserve – whatever works for you. Just do it. Remember, moving is an emotional upheaval as well as a physical one, so take care of those emotions too.

Elite Moving & Storage can help with the stressful parts of your move.

One sure way of alleviating stress during a move is to hire the best moving company in Chicago, Elite Moving & Storage. Feel free to check us out through the Better Business Bureau, the FMCSA, or just drive by our Skokie location. Elite Moving & Storage can help make your move easy and give you peace of mind! We know you’ll need that when you’re moving in Chicago, or out of Chicago.

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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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How to Protect Your Vacant House When You’re Moving

Often while you’re in the moving process, you’ll run into times when your house will not be occupied – either the new one, or the old one. When you’re away, scoping out your new city. Or when you’ve already moved, but the house hasn’t sold. When you’ve bought a new house, but haven’t fully taken up residency.

Even if you have no valuables inside, people can get in, make a mess or leave damage behind, and then leave. So, you’ll need to take some precautions to make sure nothing happens while you’re gone, whether you’ve already moved or not. Here are a few tips to help you do that, while ensuring peace of mind.

1. Lock everything and don’t leave spare keys in convenient places

This seems obvious, but definitely double check that deadbolts are in place, windows are locked, doors to the garage are secure, and keys are also secure. You don’t want to leave them lying in a fake rock or under a mat when you are gone for extended absences.

2. Get a security system, or keep the old one running

A security system will help you feel more secure about an empty house, no matter how long you leave it vacant. If you know your house will be untenanted for some time, we recommend leaving your security up and running even if you’ve moved out. Also, leave up your home security sign to deter burglars, even if you choose to disable your system.

In a new home, get your security system up immediately. Some burglars target newly moved-into homes on the theory that they haven’t set up security yet. As a bonus, you’ll get a discount on homeowner’s insurance if you have one working in your new place.

3. Have someone keep an eye on the place

Hopefully, you’ve made some friends in your old neighborhood. Maybe you can hire someone to do this for you, if not. Give your house sitter a key and an alarm code, and provide contact information. If possible, have your neighbor take care of some of your outdoor chores, such as pulling trash cans to and from the curb on trash days, so it looks like someone’s still living there. Have your neighbor park in your driveway sometimes.

When moving into a new house, you’ll want to set up services and get your belongings in as soon as possible, so the place looks like someone is living there. Don’t leave it unoccupied for long if you don’t have to.

4. Continue to arrange for maintenance on your home

Make sure your mail and newspaper delivery have been forwarded in plenty of time before your move,. That way, you don’t get packages and papers that can pile up on steps or driveways, showing people that you’re not around anymore.

Make sure your lawn continues to get mowed, or snow is shoveled in good time. Have someone take the trash out if that’s necessary. Make sure you have a handyman’s number handy just in case something happens.

5. Watch what information you’re putting out on the Internet about your move

Stay low key when it comes to putting out information about your activities in regard to moving. Savvy scammers can figure out that your home is empty and target it for theft.

Count on Elite Moving & Storage, the best movers in Chicago, for expertise in the industry.

At Elite Moving & Storage, we can help you make the best moving choices for your family. Make your experience the easiest move possible with our outstanding service! We’re the moving company that works for you.

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Moving in Spring – A How To Guide from Elite Moving & Storage

Spring is a time of new beginnings, just like moving. At Elite Moving & Storage, this is one of the reasons we enjoy what we do – helping people start over. And spring is a great time to start your moving process! Our busy season takes place in the summer, but there are definite advantages to moving before Memorial Day. The weather’s not so bad, but it isn’t super hot yet. Days are getting longer. And since we’re not as busy, you can book us for a weekend that’s most ideal for you. How can you maneuver a spring move with a Chicago moving company? Let us help!

Take advantage of spring cleaning

Use your urge to spring-clean to make things look attractive for buyers, throw out and donate items you don’t need, and do an inventory of your belongings for your new home. Pack your winter items first to get them out of the way. Have a yard sale, get organized, and declutter! It’s easier to sell homes in spring, and to make them look their best.

Watch the timing of your spring move

You’ll still want to book the best moving companies in your area as soon as possible to get the best value and the best professional movers. If you can, move during the early afternoon so that you’re taking most advantage of any sunlight and warmth. If you have kids, move during spring break so they don’t miss classes and have time to make some friends before summer.

Mind the weather when you’re moving

Spring weather is mild, which is a big advantage. Although you won’t have to deal with the hazards of icy roads or heavy labor in sweltering heat, you may have to prepare for wind and rain. Make sure your movers will protect your belongings with plastic covers and shrink wrap over your furniture. This will cost you extra, but is a good investment for spring moving! Wear appropriate clothes and layer just in case of temperature changes. And keep an eye on the forecast.

Safeguard your health during a move

Wear sunblock and sunglasses when it’s sunny out. Sometimes we forget how strong the sun can be even this time of year, especially if we’re in and out all day moving items back and forth. And don’t forget the pollen! There’s plenty of stuff flying around in spring. Seal your boxes so nothing can get in. Prepare for allergies, and don’t wear open toed shoes when moving heavy objects. Also, you may feel tired because of spring fatique, so drink plenty of water, eat small amounts of food more often, take deep breaths, and stretch between moving duties.

Let the most dependable moving company in the area help you with your Chicago move!

At Elite Moving & Storage, we understand your concerns, your fears, and your hopes about moving in or out of Chicago. We can help. Utilize our moving expertise, our great service, and our responsible business practices for your move today. Get an estimate now from the best movers in Chicago!

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How to Move Your Plants

Sometimes we don’t really think in advance about our plants and how they’re going to make the transition from one home to another. Our kids and our pets take more attention, and there’s so much to do before a move! What’s the big deal? We can just take the pot and go, right?

Actually, this is something you should be thinking about. Did you know that some plants can’t cross state lines? And how are you going to pack them securely so they get what they need and don’t spread dirt and mud all over the place? Plants are alive, and if you want to make sure they survive the move, you’ll need to know these tips on how to move your plants.

Check laws and climate conditions in your new home

If you’re moving to another state, you’ll have to follow laws about what can be brought into that state. For example, California has rules against bringing citrus plants, and only allows others in after quarantine conditions are met. Hawaii also has restrictions against certain flowers and trees; if you’re moving there, you’re entering an island ecosystem, which must be strictly protected from infestations.

Other states will have rules about invasive species, which are one of the major environmental problems of our time. You may also need an inspector to come out before you move, so you can get appropriate papers for your move.

Plan for how to move plants

Moving trucks aren’t the best places for plants. When they’re in there, they won’t have access to light, water, or air. As living beings, they need all three to survive. Many companies have rules against taking plants for just this reason.

For the best ways to move plants, you have three major options. First, you can leave them behind (except for a cutting for your new place), perhaps giving them to a friend or family member. Secondly, you can drive them to your destination, along with your family, pets, and valuable items. Or, you can ship them through FedEx or another reliable service.

Whichever way you choose, you’ll need to gather supplies to help your plants travel properly, and you’ll need to make sure to follow rules set out by the shipping companies. Do your research, and decide in advance the safest way to move your greenery.

Prepare how to travel with plants

Packing your plant properly is important for their well-being as you move them to a new home. You can take an entire plant, or just take a cutting that will allow you to grow a new plant in a new location. A cutting can easily be secured with wet paper towels, a rubber band, and a plastic stem holder (or a plastic pot in a box). Make sure they are the last thing you pack and the first thing you unpack when you’re traveling with plants.

First, check for insects. The last thing you want to do is take bugs into your new space. Not only could this be bad for your new house, you could be bringing an invasive pest species into your new state.

Secondly, re-pot your plants if possible into durable, light, plastic containers. Place a plastic bag over the entire pot and tie it, so soil doesn’t spill out. If you’re shipping, put the entire plant in a box with airholes. Any heavy, empty ceramic planters can go with the movers.

Finally, water your plants 2-3 days before moving so that roots are damp. Most types will be able to survive for a week without additional water.

If you’re shipping, label the box so shippers know there’s a fragile, live plant in there. If you’re moving your plants by car, don’t put them in the trunk, but do crack a window for air whenever you take a break from the road. Try to avoid exposing plants to cold or overly hot air. Bring them inside when you stop at overnight lodgings and only water them if needed.

Elite Moving & Storage wants to keep your plants safe and healthy as you move.

To that end, Elite Moving & Storage doesn’t ship plants ourselves, but we can offer you suggestions on how to do it yourself. Need to know how to move plants? Need advice on how to keep your entire household intact? Get an estimate from the best moving company in Chicago today!

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Recommendations Regarding Pressed Wood Furniture

At Elite Moving, we understand that pressed wood furniture is inexpensive and convenient. This type of furniture, made not from blocks of wood but from pressed fiber board or particle board, is what you’d get at a place like Ikea. But you should know that it is not made to be moved, and we recommend you leave it behind.

About Pressed Wood Furniture

Because regular wood furniture is expensive, many manufacturers use more disposable alternatives. Pressed wood furniture is generally made from wood scraps, chips, shavings, or sawdust, and bound with heat or resin or another type of adhesive. On their own, layers of wood aren’t strong, but when pressed together they become stronger.

There are some advantages to pressed wood furniture, other than cheapness. This type of furniture looks good, doesn’t warp, and can be easily painted. But it isn’t very strong. It isn’t built to last, and it isn’t built to move. Period.

Is it safe to move pressed wood furniture?

Basically, pressed wood furniture is made for one-time use. These types of pieces just aren’t designed to go anywhere. They can easily break, especially if they are older, in bad condition, or must be moved a long distance. The further you go, the less the chance there is that your pressed wood piece will make it intact.

With this type of furniture, you may be fooled by how light they are. That’s because materials are often mixed with chemicals for strength. This makes them lighter, but also less durable. If the laminate or veneer starts to peel away, the exposed fibers inside may start to crumble. And if pressed wood furniture gets wet, it absorbs the water and can’t be repaired, much like a book. A long piece of pressed wood furniture, like a bookcase shelf, can easily be destroyed in a move.

So should I move my pressed wood furniture?

We say no. Honestly, it’s best if you leave it behind, or dispose of it. The pegs and screws used to fasten pressed wood furniture together basically tear the wood apart with every bump and vibration. Even with careful handling, pressed wood furniture tears itself apart. Leave it for the next resident of your home and buy new. If you simply must move it, disassemble it first – or hire someone to do it for you.

Some items, such as bookshelves, have flat individual planes that can be easily taken apart. If you do this, make sure to keep your assembly instructions handy, or know how to access them online. Label each piece and keep hardware together so you can find them after you move. You might also consider reinforcing joints and boards. Use braces, tighten screws, glue dowels in, fill gaps, and laminate and seal. Then, you might feel better about taking the chance. Despite your best efforts, be prepared for the possibility that your furniture won’t make the trip.

Elite Moving & Storage Knows Furniture!

Even the best moving companies will often have a waiver for you to sign, releasing them from responsibility for damage to pressed wood furniture. Please don’t expect miracles in this regard! Remember a legitimate and responsible moving company will let you know exactly what they think is too fragile to move, and that includes pressed wood furniture. We pride ourselves on being one of those great moving companies, so count on us!

 

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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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How to Prevent Identity Theft During A Move

Identity theft is big business these days, and it’s also a giant hassle for victims trying to prove who they are. Moving is one of the times you’re most vulnerable to this crime. And it’s a stressful enough time already, don’t you think? Don’t add to your woes by leaving yourself open to having your information stolen.

Over the years, we at Elite Moving & Storage have learned a few tricks to help you navigate the details of a move, so count on us. Here are a few tips to stop identity theft before it happens.

Before Your Move

Moving often includes a lot of decluttering. You’ll be getting rid of papers and files, along with unneeded clothing and toys. Make sure any ones that include sensitive information are shredded. Also, make sure you submit a Change of Address form to the U.S. Postal Service at least a week before you move. If companies send your mail to the wrong address, personal information could end up in the wrong hands. You may also want to notify your bank, utility companies, schools, insurance companies, and other services about your new move.

If your home is being shown to potential buyers, keep your wills, passports, tax returns, birth certificates, financial statements, medical records, tax returns, and anything with sensitive information out of the house, or in a locked cabinet or drawer. Do the same when contractors come in for painting, carpeting, or other services. Are you hiring movers? Check their Better Business Bureau rating. Ours is an A+, and any movers you hire should have a similar rating. Make sure your moving company gets good reviews, is trustworthy, and can be responsible for sensitive items. This is important for your peace of mind, as well as your wallet.

During Your Move

If you’re taking documents and electronic devices that might reveal personal information with you, consider leaving them out of the hands of movers. If you can keep them in your line of sight, they’ll be safest. We recommend keeping these items with you if at all possible.

Stick around while the moving process happens. If you’re there supervising, there are fewer opportunities for anything bad to happen, whether it’s things going missing without your realizing it, or someone sneaking in and taking things. We can vouch for our drivers, but there are plenty of moving companies out there that may be more careless. If you can’t be there, find a trusted friend or family member who can.

After Your Move

If you haven’t already, once you’ve settled in a bit, change your address with every website you shop with. Make sure all the businesses you work with have your new information. Do your best to remember everyone. Doing this now can save you headaches later. Verify that your mail is now being forwarded, and check utilities to make sure they’ve been closed at the old address. Check your credit reports.

Even though your move is complete, and you think you’ve taken care of everything, stuff still happens. You may have missed a credit card company that sends your bill, complete with account information, to your old address. Savvy thieves might be able to use your old address for new accounts. Some credit card companies and other financial institutions may offer identity theft protection for a small fee; utilize this for a few months just to make sure.

 For peace of mind, consider moving with Elite Moving & Storage!

Elite Moving & Storage has seen it all. With your years of experience, we don’t just move you from Point A to Point B, we also advise you on how to do it right. Are you ready to move into Chicago, or out of Chicago? Let us know how we can help! Get a free quote today.