Monthly Archives: December 2019

Summer has kicked into full gear as more events than you’ll ever be able to attend are popping up out of nowhere and showcasing the very best Chicago has to offer. While most people will be flocking to either Wicker Park Fest and Taste of Lincoln Avenue this weekend, here are some other fun events that deserve some love and support.

Fiesta del Sol
July 25th–28th
1000–1600 W Cermak, Chicago, IL
Started in 1973 by the non-profit organization Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC), this festival has been a summer staple for Pilsen residents and Chicagoans alike. It generates revenue for the Pilsen neighborhood and allows local organizations and schools to fundraise for education reform, civil rights, immigrant rights, and healthcare support.

July 27th-28th
1130 Midway Plaisance, Chicago, IL
The annual Bantu Fest prides brings cuisine and culture from more than 30 different countries together for a two-celebration.

July 26th
322 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL
This is a relatively new Afro-Carribean music festival touring multiple cities and making a stop here in Chicago.

Peruvian Fest
July 27th
Kosciuszko Park – 2732 N Avers Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
This amazing festival brings Peruvian culture, cuisine, and music to the Logan Square/Avondale area.

Fourth Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party
July 27th
The National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL
The Fourth Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party, is a free event filled musical performances, poetry readings, writing workshops, visual art activities, and games.

The Newberry Book Fair
July 25th – July 28th
60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL
This a personal favorite of mine! It is held every year and it’s the perfect place to browse and add more books to your ever growing to-be-read list. It’s also just a wonderful building to check out in a beautiful part of the city.

Chicago is big, really big. If you’re new to the city, or to a specific neighborhood, festivals are a great to get to know the place you’ve chosen to make your home. There are endless possibilities but if you’re feeling brave enough to go out in the heat and rain, here are some awesome events happening around the city this weekend!

Pitchfork Music Festival
Friday July 19th – Sunday July 21st
Union Park
1501 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60606

Water Lantern Fest
Saturday July 20th
Lincoln Park (South Lagoon)
2341 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

Colombian Fest
Friday July 19th – Sunday July 21st
Kelvyn Park 4438 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago IL 60639

Mexican Indigenous Music Festival (Second Annual)
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph Street · Pritzker Pavilion

3rd Annual Taste of Korea Chicago Festival
Saturday July 20th – Sunday July 2st
Old Orchard Shopping Mall West Lot
4999 Old Orchard Rd, Skokie, IL 60077

We know moving appliances sucks. But here are some things to keep in mind

Washing Machine
– Clean and dry thoroughly.
– Disconnect hoses, wrap them in a towel, and place them inside of the washer for safe transport.

– Clean.
– Unplug, or disconnect from gas /turn off from power source.

– Be sure to clean and dry thoroughly.
– Leave the door open for a few days before moving, this will ensure it’s free of any moisture prior to transport.
– Disconnect all hoses; wrap them in packing paper or towels and place inside for safe keeping.

– Clean and dry thoroughly.
– Remove all detachable parts.
– Mark each part and pack safely in a marked box.
*If you have a gas range, have it disconnected by a qualified technician as our movers can’t. Upon arrival at your new home, your technician will connect you to a new line.

Refrigerator and Freezer
– Defrost, clean, and dry thoroughly.
– Dispose of all perishables.
– Turn off water and disconnect the water line.
– Pack all loose/removable parts together in a marked box.

While it’s easy to get carried away by the beautiful homes, fun atmosphere, and endless food and nightlife options, Boystown is a the lifeline for Chicago’s LGBTQIA community. While Chicago has always been a gay city, it wasn’t until the 60s and 70s that a hub started to take shape around the Broadway/Clark/Halsted area. The Stonewall uprising in 1969 gave way to other LGBTQIA communities and allowed them to exalt their pride and combat prejudice and disenfranchisement. The era was tumultuous for many minorities and as Chicago failed to meet the needs of the Gay community, gay and lesbian bars provided solace, as well as concrete spaces to address the AIDS crisis. The Boystown we know today was eventually recognized in the 1990s. Although businesses have thrived, its growing economic path has forced many out. While change is inevitable, it’s important to make sure Boystown remains a welcoming place for all economic backgrounds and people of color so the next generation can make its own history.

Consider these new and long established business the next time you’re in the neighborhood!

The Chicago Dinner
3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

A classic for Chicagoans and Boystown residents alike, it has creative vegan dishes and a great atmosphere.

Jennivee’s Bakery
3301 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

A new bakery proudly owned by Jenne Vailoces, who’s childhood in the Philippines has deeply influenced her menu. As a transgender woman, her bakery should be a staple for those looking to support Boystown businesses.

3349 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

It was one of the first bars owned by a gay person in the up and coming Boystown neighborhood and now a large multi-level building still dedicated LGBTQIA activism.

The Closet
3325 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

Situated closer to Lakeview, it is one of the first lesbian bars in the area. Created as a space that welcomes everyone in the community, it’s not only a place to have fun but also hosts benefits for LGBTQIA causes.

Unabridged Bookstore
3251 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

A wonderful space, clean, bright, and extremely welcoming. It has an amazing LGBTQIA section dedicated to the history and stories of the community, local and beyond. I dare you to walk in and leave empty handed.

2939 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

A well crafted store filled with patches, pins, wall art, jewellry, for any and every person.

Let’s face it hiring movers in Chicago is stressful. With so many companies often finding the one for you can be a challenge but what if you waited too long and the date is just around the corner. Or it’s a sudden need to move. Now the pressure is on. Here are my best tips to ensure you’re not left in a bind.

    Please don’t panic. I am a firm believer with a bit of tenacity a solution can always be found. The best thing to do is get organized. Start a call around, we used to do this in hospitality on sold out nights. Make a list of the reputable moving companies in your area and ask what they have available around the dates you need to move. Who knows you might get lucky and one of them has the date you need but if you don’t get lucky hold on to that list, you’ll need it again.
    Make sure with all the stress you haven’t neglected to get yourself ready. Be packed completely and ready to go. Invite some friends and get some drinks for a packing party and get done that much faster. If you can do some of the disassembly it may help speed things up if a company has agreed to try and fit you in.
    Whether it be start times or elevators that need to be scheduled. Now’s the time to talk to your doorman, management company, or and maintenance staff. The more flexible you are the more likely you will find someone who can help you move.
    if you haven’t found someone go through the list every day of companies you called. Last minute cancellations happen. From someone who worked as a professional mover for years I can tell you they do. Even if the company puts you on a waiting list. This time of year is so busy that it’s likely that the spot was rebooked before they had a chance to check the list so don’t be afraid to call back.
    Move the boxes and smaller items on your own and advise the movers you will only need to move a few pieces. This may help fit you in to a smaller time slot but be honest. Lying to the movers only puts them and you in an difficult position. They may not have brought a truck that was large enough and they may have other scheduled moves that are being pushed because you have a lot more.
    It’s stressful but hopefully you’ve secured movers by now. This time of year movers will do several moves a day in this heat. As long they are treated with respect they will always go above and beyond to help their clients.

Good Luck and Happy Moving!

As a Latina, born and raised in Chicago, Pilsen is a neighborhood that allowed me and my family to connect to our culture. My immigrant parents went there on the weekends to find ingredients, table cloths, the essential tortillas warmers they couldn’t find anywhere else. It gave us a community comprised of others who’d also made the long journey to a better life in Chicago. We went there to be inspired and to be comforted all at once. It was and continues to be a home for newcomers, both near and far.

Pilsen is a neighborhood that defines what it means to be a Chicagoan. With its working-class roots, it’s been the home of a wide variety of immigrants spanning across the globe. From the Irish and Czech, who gave this neighborhood its name, to the most recent wave of Mexican and Central American populations. There are many ways to be mindful when moving here and appreciating this vibrant part of the city begins with supporting local small businesses and learning about its rich history. While the effects of gentrification are real, becoming a new member of a community means supporting our neighborhoods in the hopes of making Chicago that much better.

Below are some of my favorite places in Pilsen!

Frida Room
1454 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
For an amazing blend of Mexican and American breakfast and lunch food.

Carnitas Don Pedro
1113 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
I’m that kid who’d only eat carnitas every Sunday after Church, so I know when it’s good and Pedro does good.

1523 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
An eclectic and charming shop of Mexican-American art and gift items made by local artists and vendors. Entering here is reaffirming, as someone who is from both here and there.

Pilsen Community Books
1102 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Just about the most beautiful bookstore I’ve ever been to. I love this place so much I went in the middle of a Chicago winter despite living on the northwest side. But above all they support local Pilsen schools and literacy programs.

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Go, please go. It is an incredible, well curated, humbling space. And their free, with events and new exhibitions happening all the time.

Moving day is stressful but there are always a few things we can do to relieve some of the pressure.

Here are my top suggestions:

  1. Get a goodnights sleep and have a few protein bars and snacks on hand for move day. Having enough sleep and full stomach will affect our moods and ability to adapt to all the challenges moving can present.
  2. If you have pets my best suggestion is to either move them ahead or have them taken care off by someone else. There is already a lot of change and all the people in your home will not only make it dangerous and stressful for them. Plus you don’t know what allergies your movers may have so the safe thing is to keep them out of the way.
  3. Do a walk through with your foreman on arrival. This will ensure that you are on the same page with regard to the estimate, rates and policies. It will also give you the chance to make sure you point out and concerns you have to your crew.
  4. Ask questions so that you are comfortable but be sure to give your movers the space they need to work. As long as you have chosen a professional moving company their experience should overcome any challenges.

Ok so packing isn’t a load of fun. You have two option, you can sit back and let the movers do all the work or do it yourself. Honestly the best advice I can give you as someone who has moved their fair share is let someone else do it 🙂 . Realistically though, the wallet takes a big hit with this option so most of us pack ourselves. These are my best tips when prepping for a move.

Boxes – Ask your movers about reusable totes. They’re pretty much industrial bins you can sometimes order ahead to do your packing. You don’t have to worry about crushed boxes as they plastic makes that pretty much impossible and you don’t have to worry about disposing of tons of materials. They’re also a greener, eco-friendly option. If available it’s a great choice.

Emergency Box and Valuables – I highly suggest packing valuables yourself and moving them ahead of time. Any documents and the like to be safe. We also recommend an emergency box. We all plan on unpacking the moment we get to the new place but at times it gets to much to handle and we end up doing it over time. The best bet is to pack a box with your essentials. Everything you would need to stay in your new place if you decide not to unpack, it will save you a headache. I mean after a long move the last thing you want to do is track down the box with your toothbrush, bathroom tissue and drinking glasses.

Furniture -This is where the movers come it. Leave this to them and perhaps any odds and ends you don’t know how to pack. They typically carry extra materials to get the job done.

Wardrobe Boxes – Ask about these. They can handle any hanging items in your closet without you having to take them off the hangers and many movers will provide these as a perk or for a minimal fee. Not having to pack and unpack a closet, trust me you will thank me.

Most of all relax. If you’ve chosen a professional mover let they can always pick up the slack. Moving usually is a change that opens a new chapter weather it’s your first apartment, first home or a new city. Take a moment to enjoy your new start.

Whether you move every year or haven’t moved in years, there are 3 tips I always recommend.

1. Declutter- The first thing I always recommend is getting rid of items you really aren’t using. Old books, nonperishable foods, and lightly worn clothing is always where I start. Often we get in the habit of lugging around things we don’t need. Not only is it extra work but it can add to the cost of your move. My best suggestion is take inventory of the things you can do without and reach out to local donation centers and see what they can accept. Some centers will even arrange to pick up furniture pieces you may be looking to replace. Best part is you can feel good knowing you did something to help others.

2. Plan ahead- Moving season typically runs from spring to fall with peaks in the summer months. Take a look at your lease and make sure if you are moving around this time that you are requesting estimates from movers as early as you can to avoid scrambling last minute.

3. Pack a clearly labeled box with essentials. Some of us take a lot longer to unpack than others. That can mean a bit of a shock when we realize we don’t know where our toiletries are, coffee maker or other must haves ended up. The easiest way to avoid is with a box I often move myself with everything I need to survive a few nights without unpacking.

If you’re thinking of moving to the neighborhood I must congratulate you on making a great choice. I am a lifelong resident of Logan Square and Avondale so I have to admit I’m a bit partial. From the Logan Square Boulevard to all the shops and ethnic restaurants, it’s really hard for me to imagine a better place to call home. The recent addition of the Bloomingdale Trail or “The 606” as it’s known has helped me rediscover the unique qualities of the area. It so inspired us that we named our company 606 Movers, Inc.

Nordic and Polish roots were the foundation and over the years latino influences have really come to shape the neighborhood we know today. As I see more and more people starting to discover our small corner of Chicago I hope you have the chance to experience and embrace some of my favorites.

The Food

Cafe Con Leche 2714 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

They have been around as long as I can remember. In fact all through high school I worked at The Gap just down the street and part of my Sunday routine was stopping by for an egg sandwich…omg and the empanadas so good. This takes me down memory lane.

Buona Terra 2535 N California Ave, Chicago IL 60647

Neighborhood Italian Restaurant.

Miko’s Italian Ice 2236 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60647A true sign summer is coming is when Miko’s opens for the season. It’s tucked away and pretty much looks like someone’s apartment from the street but you won’t regret stopping by. They do seasonal flavors so there is always something new to try.

The Places

City Lit Books 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd. Chicago, IL 60647

Great local bookstore

Logan Square Farmers Market At the intersection of North Milwaukee Ave and North Logan Boulevard Opens at 12:00PM on Sundays and gets bigger every year. There is no better way to end the weekend.

Fun Fact……Did you know statue of the eagle perched on the column in the center of Logan Square was designed by same man who did the Lincoln Memorial in DC. His name was Henry Bacon. Now you do 🙂

This is just a very small sample of all Logan Square/ Avondale has to offer. I hope you enjoy and I’ll be sure to add more in the coming weeks, feel free to tell me your favorites so I can share them too.


Ana Hernandez

606 Mover’s Inc.