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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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We love this city, and we understand how it works. That makes moving in and out of this place a labor of love for us – and a breeze for you. If you want to know more about our operation and how we can help you, contact us and get an estimate today.

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How to Save on Moving Costs

There’s no way around it – moving is expensive. But hopefully, at the end of the road is a better situation, a higher quality of living, and a new start. 

Moving is also stressful, but you can reduce both your expenses and your anxiety by following some tips from the experts here at Elite Moving & Storage. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’ve seen it all! We know how to help you reduce your expenses and get the most out of the process.

Hire reasonably-priced, dependable movers



Look, we know you’re thinking, “Ha, of course they’re going to say you should hire movers because they’re a moving company.” Okay, fine. If you feel comfortable doing that, do it. But think about it carefully, and weigh the pros and cons, and calculate the costs of renting your own trucks and getting supplies yourself. Using movers can prove cheaper in the end because of their expertise and speed. Don’t forget to factor in the potential relationship outcomes of using your family as free unskilled labor.

But, do your research – contact different companies, look at reviews, and get insurance. Try to move during slow times, such as the middle of the week or the month, or winter, to reduce costs. If you need storage, see if your moving company has a deal. Remember that the more you have the moving company do, the more it will cost. So, if you can pack things on your own, do that.

Stay organized

Create a timeline that will allow you to do the tasks you need to do on a schedule you set out. Set a budget that takes every element into account. Don’t forget to count costs of packing materials. You’ll need packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, and other items. This might be one of your biggest expenses, so try to get boxes free from grocery stores, big retailers, and wholesalers like Costco. Check freecycling sites, liquor stores, and mail offices. The boxes must be in good condition! Note, though, that you won’t want to pack fragile items in free boxes, since you won’t know how strong they still are. Instead, invest in double-walled china boxes or dish packs.

Know what tasks you’re going to relegate to the movers and set out what you’re going to take with you personally. Know what goes where in your new home, and whether or not everything’s going to fit. Are you going to need storage? Do you have specialty items, such as a rare and valuable piano? Keep track of your expenses; you may be able to deduct them come tax time.

Declutter

Moving is always a great time to unload those things you don’t need. It’s cheaper, and less work, to move fewer things. Your movers may actually charge you based on weight if you’re moving out of state, so this can be a significant savings. This might be a good opportunity to upgrade some of your belongings!

Measure your new place to find out if anything won’t fit – and then get rid of the items that don’t. Do you really need those old appliances or that treadmill you never use? Have a yard sale. Donate to charity and get the tax deduction. Ultimately, you need to be smart about what you put into your new home and how it gets there if you want to save yourself some dough.

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When creating your budget, don’t forget to set aside some funds for AFTER the move. You’ll need extra to get your home running at a minimum level. You’ll need to replenish your food supplies and send in deposits for utilities, at a minimum. And if your house needs repair, you’ll need to take care of that as well. 

You might consider selling your boxes after you’re done, at places like boxcycle.com or on Craigslist. It won’t be too much, but every little bit helps!

Want more information and advice? That’s what we’re here for! Elite Moving & Storage offers expert advice on every part of your move. Get an estimate today, and get the benefit of our years of experience moving people in and out of the Chicago area.