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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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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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10 Things to Do in Chicago This Holiday Season

Chicago has so much going on this time of year. Enjoy the festivities, which always remind us what a great city we live in, and how lucky we are at Elite Moving & Storage to have such proximity to amazing attractions!

1. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

This parade is pretty special. It starts off the holiday season here with a lineup of activities on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18. At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, the grand Tree-Lighting Parade goes down Michigan Avenue. Who does the honors? Why, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, of course – sprinkling Chicago with a little bit of Disney magic.

2. The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

You may have seen this one on WGN. Every Thanksgiving morning, this exciting event along State Street includes regional high school marching bands, equestrian units, celebrities, performances, giant balloons, and floats. Expect over 5,000 participants, and hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the route.

3. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The city’s 104th official Christmas tree lighting takes place in Millennium Park on Friday, November 17. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with holiday music from the Goodman Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” country trio Temecula Road, and the Oakdale Christian Academy Choir. This year’s tree is a 62-foot Norway Spruce with a 37-foot base!

4. Ice Skating at McCormick-Tribune Rink and Maggie Daley Park

Ice skating actually takes place all over the city during Chicago’s winters, but if you want a view of the city’s iconic skyline, you have two awesome options. The McCormick-Tribune rink is located right underneath the Bean (er, we mean Cloud Gate), which makes for some cool skating. The Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon (with treat vendors along the path) actually lets you do something other than skate in a circle. Both rinks are free, but skate rentals will cost you.

5. Chicago Trolley’s Holiday Lights Tour

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. offers an evening tour during the season to show off the city’s festive light displays. The ride includes a free Sprinkles cupcake and just a couple of stops, at Chicago’s historic Christkindlmarket and ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. Even those of us who live here learn from the company’s knowledgeable guides, so don’t miss this!

6. Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

The 17th annual holiday event is an indoor winter playground at one of the city’s biggest tourist spots. You can enjoy rides, giant slides, holiday decor, and the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink. While you’re at Navy Pier, enjoy some great dining, visit the Chicago Children’s Museum, or take in an IMAX movie!

7. The Park at Wrigley

Wrigley Field is an enchanted place no matter the time of year, but this season it’s upping its game with holiday festivities at the new Park at Wrigley. The Park will have its own Christkindlmarket, starting November 24, and will also open an ice skating rink ($5 admission for 13 and up, plus skate rentals). A tree lighting ceremony takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, and then Santa’s Workshop opens. We love this new addition to Chicago holidays!

8. Visiting Chicago Museums

Museums are a no-brainer because they’re warm and fun no matter when you go. This is your last chance to see Sue the T-Rex in the main hall at the Field Museum, before she’s moved upstairs next year to make room for a new dinosaur addition. “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” and “Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact” are also there right now. Also, the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light” exhibit is a long-time city tradition. The Art Institute will wreathe its lions for the 25th year running on November 24, starting at 10 a.m. with a presentation including “Hamilton” cast members and the Soul Children of Chicago.
 Also going on around Chicago during the holidays: the Museum of Contemporary Art‘s 50th anniversary exhibit “We Are Here”; the Shedd Aquarium’s “Washed Ashore,” which features life-sized animal sculptures made from ocean trash; and the Chicago History Museum’s “Race: Are We So Different?”

9. Shopping Downtown!

Locals tend to shop on State Street, and tourists tend to shop on the Mag Mile – or so we hear, although we frequent both whenever we can! Wait for a table around the giant Christmas tree in the Walnut Room in Macy’s to enjoy one of the treats of the season, or just check out the decorated windows from the outside. Whether you prefer walking into high-end stores or getting great deals on gifts, downtown Chicago has it.

10. Theatre

As you may know, Chicago is a city that loves live performances, and around the holidays we have a few can’t-miss shows – including the Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” and the Goodman Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.” At the Lyric Opera, “Die Walkure” of Wagner’s the Ring Cycle is playing throughout November. At the Cadillac Palace Theatre, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” runs too! And we have tons of smaller theaters that deserve a look as well. 

For example, the House Theatre‘s non-ballet interpretation of the Nutcracker is always fun. For a list of holiday-themed theater events, visit TimeOut Chicago.

Chicago Holiday Style Is Here!

At Elite Moving & Storage, we are passionate about and proud of our city, and we know it well. As a local moving company, we value diversity and dependability in ourselves and others. How can we assist you with your moving and storage needs this winter? Contact us so we can help you!