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The holidays are here, you can hear the Christmas music and see the decorations popping up everywhere. There are some amazing and fun holiday events happening around the city as well as other non-holiday-related ones if you want a change of pace. Here are some events in Chicago that are worth checking out.


Randolph Street Holiday Market

November 23rd – 24th

1341 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607

If you’re looking for a unique place to get holiday gifts or just love vintage clothing and home decor, then make sure to head over to the Randolph Street Holiday Market. The two-day event will also feature food and drinks.


Romeo and Juliet

October 31st – December 22nd, 2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

800 E Grand AveChicago, IL 60611

Romeo and Juliet is a classic, one that is continuously retold and reshaped to fit the times and this production follows that tradition. This incredibly modern performance is also getting a lot of buzz. If you’re looking for something new and noteworthy to support this season, be sure to check out this retelling of Romeo and Juliet.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert

November 29th – December 1st

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

220 S Michigan AveChicago, IL 60604

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter then you’ll love this annual concert series event by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. You’ll be able to enjoy the film with orchestra performing the score live. If you haven’t been before, make this the year to do so.

Maybe you’re not the most organized. Or maybe you always plan ahead. Regardless of how well you prepare (or don’t), moving is a really stressful experience that will throw you more than a few curve-balls. It’s crucial to be as prepared as possible to ensure your move goes smoothly. Here are some tips the most organized among us swear by. While you just never know what will happen, these tips will give you a good foundation to take on any challenge.

Use a notebook and stay organized
Whether it’s a notebook or a folder, get something to keep all of your important paperwork related to the move. It can be the central hub where you can place any inventories, checklists, budgets, and quotes for movers. If you consolidate all the moving parts, it’ll help you from feeling overwhelmed. If you’re more comfortable with a digital platform, the Moved app can also help keep everything organized.

Get boxes and start labelling
It’s never too early to start getting boxes. The sooner you start preparing, the less you’ll have to do towards the end. If you’re a procrastinator, we suggest jumping right in. It will definitely feel strange but you’ll be much more relaxed throughout the whole process. Get boxes, start placing them in each room, and label accordingly. It’ll help you remember what’s inside and it will also let the movers know where they go at the new location. Computer labels, stickers, and even just a marker will work just fine.

Plan the layout
If you’ve found your next home or apartment, make sure everything you have fits by pre-planning the layout. You’ll need a tape measure to make sure you have all the correct measurements. While it might sound like a lot of work, it’ll pay off in the end. It’s better to know you’re couch doesn’t fit ahead of time rather than on move day.

Winter has come early. Earlier than anyone expected. But Chicago is tough and we know how to stay active and have fun well into the winter months. You’ll have plenty of time to hibernate in January so make the most of the festivities and get into the holiday spirit.


Christmas Around the World

Until Jan 5 2020

Museum of Science and Industry – 5700 S Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60637

This annual exhibition at the Museum and Science and Industry is a Chicago favorite. The museum puts up more than 50 trees decorated to represent different communities and their holiday traditions. During the weekends there will be live performances to accompany the holiday showcase.


The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

Until Dec 15 2019

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts – 9501 Skokie BlvdSkokie, IL 60077

If you love Jane Austen as much as I do, then you have to check out this Christmas rendition. It’s a continuation to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice focusing on the Wickhams and the servants perspective. Take it as an opportunity to go to the theater this winter for some drama, scandal, and fun.


Christkindlmarket

Until Dec 24 2019

Daley Plaza – 50 W Washington StChicago, IL 60602

If you want to truly experience the holidays then you have to check out the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza. Inspired by German holiday traditions, its an open-air market filled with food, ornaments, and other handmade items. While there are other iterations throughout Chicago, this location is by far the most popular. Since its located downtown, be sure to enjoy the city, the architecture, and the festive atmosphere.

In an ideal world, you have plenty of time to pack and coordinate a move. But life isn’t always that simple. Sometimes apartments don’t work out or new job opportunities force you to relocate quickly. While moving on short notice is difficult, it’s not impossible. So here are some tips to help you prepare and execute a last minute move.


Book the movers or a truck immediately


Whether you’re hiring movers or just renting a truck, do it quickly. As soon as you know you have to move, call around. If it’s short notice, finding availability at a moving company might be rough so any bit of time helps. Movers are usually just as eager to fill a spot as you are to move. In any event, secure a truck just in case you can’t find movers in time.


Start packing, be ruthless


Last minute moves can be stressful, especially if you’re a procrastinator. You won’t have the time or the luxury to contemplate what you will and won’t take. Be ruthless, as much as you possibly can. If you don’t need or want it, toss or donate. The smaller, more contained your move is, the less daunting it will feel. Then start packing immediately. Don’t think too much, just place items into boxes where they fit. Be diligent and organized, and always remember to label boxes.


Be honest and request packing if needed


If you’re really strapped for time, hire movers to do the packing as well. They will make sure furniture is taken apart and properly wrapped. Frames and pictures will be taken down and packed securely. Boxes will be labeled and sorted according to room. They will handle everything. Just be sure to be open and honest with your movers. Be upfront and let them know you need packing services so they don’t show up unprepared. While packing services are an additional expense regardless, it will be less stressful and more efficient if everyone knows the job ahead of time.

While this weekend is sure to be a cold one, the fun doesn’t have to stop yet. Explore Chicago and all the festive Halloween and Day of the Dead activities.

 
Day of the Dead Parade and Celebration

November 2nd

Dvorak Park – 1119 W Cullerton St Chicago, IL 60608

The is one of the longest running Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Chicago. You can have your face painted, listen to live music, and participate in the parade. There will also be hot chocolate and pan de muerto as well. So head out to honor those who’ve passed in this magical celebration of life.


Taste of Donuts

November 2nd

Morgan’s on Fulton – 952 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607

If you love desserts as much I do, then you have to go to the Taste of Donuts this weekend. There will a photobooth, a donut wall, and other fun activities to enjoy. Donut staples like Stan’s Donuts and Roeser’s Bakery will also be present.  


Pier Pumpkin Lights

November 2nd

Navy Pier – 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

If you’re still looking to celebrate Halloween, then head over to Navy Pier for pumpkin installations. Be sure to go at night to enjoy the light displays and admire the always  impressive Chicago skyline.

If you live in an area where all four seasons make an appearance, most people take the opportunity to move in the summer. While no one likes moving in the winter, sometimes it’s necessary. Moving is already a stressful task but the winter months can bring on unexpected weather and of course, snow. It’s important to be prepared so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Preparing Your new Home

Make Sure Utilities are Set Up
While this is a good general tip regardless of the season, be extra sure that they are set up if you’re moving in the winter. If you have access to your new location ahead of the move day, stop by and make sure your everything is working, especially your heat and water. Winter days are colder, shorter, and get darker sooner so be sure you’re ready to go when you move in.


Clear the Snow
Make sure the sidewalks, driveways, and alleys are clear at your new home. If possible, stop by the new place to make sure snow is removed and free of ice. Be sure to salt before the move day as well.


Check for Parking
Always make sure there is parking available for the moving truck. This is a good general tip but can be more cumbersome during the winter. It may mean you have to coordinate with your neighbors so be sure to give them plenty of time to adjust on their end.

Preparing Your Old Home

Clear the Snow
Don’t forget to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, walkways, and driveways of your move out location. Salt thoroughly to avoid any accidents and damage to your home, furniture, or movers. The parking area should be clear as well. Let this be the first thing you check on move day.


Protect the Inside of Your Home
Moving in is generally a fast process but the move out will take a bit more time. Be sure to prepare the inside of your move out location and new place by putting cardboard or plastic in high traffic areas to protect from snow, ice, and water. Secure whatever you do place on the floor to avoid anyone from tripping.


Stock up on Winter Supplies
Keep shovels and salt on hand in case it starts to snow. You might have these items already so just make sure they don’t get packed. In any case, keep an eye on the weather so you can act accordingly.


Have Hot Drinks Available
Moving is rough regardless of the weather. If you’re moving yourself or have hired movers, make sure you have hot drinks available for everyone. It’ll help keep morale up and get the job done, especially is we approach the dreaded winter months.

Embrace your creativity and imagination this weekend by checking out some of the events below. Halloween is coming up so head over to the zoo for some Halloween fun, stop by the street market to find costume ideas, and travel to a different world at Nevermore Park.


Spooky Zoo

October 26th

Lincoln Park Zoo – 2001 N Clark StChicago, IL 60614


If you’re looking for something fun to do for Halloween, make sure you head over to the Lincoln Park Zoo this weekend. This annual free event is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating and provides entertainment for the whole family. It coincides with the five-weekend fall festival hosted at the Zoo so stick around for the Ferris Wheel rides, corn maze, and pumpkin carvers.


Randolph Street Market

October 26th & 27th

1341 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60607


Check out the Randolph Street Street market this weekend for great vintage finds, local designers, and anything holiday related (find your perfect costume here!) . It will be set up indoors and will feature food and drinks as well.


Nevermore Park

Through December 1st

949 W 16th Street Chicago, IL 60608


Whether you’re familiar with Flyboy or not, be sure to support the local Chicago artist Hebru Brantley and his exciting Nevermore Park. It is an immersive 6,000sq foot art experience based in a fictional neighborhood. You can walk, touch, and explore Brantley’s imagination steeped with history and storytelling.

I think we first have to admit the truths in order to address them. I have to admit, moving is a terrible thing for the planet. Most movers won’t tell you what happens to all the waste. The plastic film we use to wrap the furniture, the endless boxes, and the trucks to carry it all back and forth. Most of the waste ends up in landfills. It’s expensive to recycle, moving companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and unfortunately, it’s often at a great cost to our planet. There is always something we can do. Small steps that add up to a wave of change. We recycle all the materials we can and hope as we grow to be able to transition to biodegradable products as well, doing what we can to off set our carbon footprint. The best customers can do is ask the questions. Chicago movers need to be held accountable. Ask them what they do to help our children’s future. It may feel like a drop in the bucket or it could be the start of change.

Happy Earth Day!

606 Movers Inc

https://606movers.com/eco-friendly-materials/

For the artistically inclined, Ravenswood is a hub of creativity and talent. Filled with artist workshops and retail shops featuring handmade products, it is a beautiful place to be inspired by. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods, and just walking around can be a pleasure. Here you can find refurbished industrial buildings and factories mixed with impressive victorian houses, all along tree-lined streets. When Ravenswood was first founded, it was advertised as a suburb outside the city, where people could relax and escape. Much of that sentiment never really went away and you can feel it. It’s a peaceful neighborhood filled with families, coffee shops, and artists. People truly and work and play within Ravenswood in way that just doesn’t happen anywhere else, creating a really unique community-driven atmosphere. Ravenswood has a “handmade” quality to it and it makes sense as so many local printmakers, iron workers, and beer brewers have settled here. Take a class at Lillstreet Art Center or just walk around to enjoy everything Ravenswood has to offer.


Lillstreet Art Center – 4401 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

If you love art and want flex your creativity, go to Lillstreet Art Center. They have so many classes from jewelry making to pottery to photography. Lillstreet is a staple in the community, where people work and make amazing things. They have artist residencies and features a gallery space as well. So take a class or two and maybe fall in love with a new craft.

Ravenswood Used Books – 2005 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

One of the many joys of going to a used bookstore is that you’ll never know what you’ll find. Filled with an enormous selection, Ravenswood Used Books is a small space but it never disappoints. So head over to get your book fix and support a local business.

River Valley Farmer’s Table – 1820 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

If you’ve ever been to one of the many Chicago farmer’s markets, you’ve probably seen River Valley’s table. They are a staple, always providing fresh and flavorful products. Their brick-and-mortar location is in Ravenswood and features a cafe so be sure to check them out.

Marmalade – 1969 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

I can’t say enough great things about this place. It’s a small, unassuming breakfast and lunch spot that you could easily miss driving or walking down the street. But don’t! They have some of the best biscuits and gravy that I’ve ever had and their service is really great. I’ve been coming for years and will continue to do so as long as they’ll support my biscuit habit.

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria – 1769 W Sunnyside Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

This is another casual restaurant that is truly underrated and will thoroughly surprise you. They have some of the best Neapolitan-style thin crust pizzas in the city. Beloved by Ravenswood, it has slowly been winning over the rest of the city. While you’ll likely have to wait for a seat, it’s absolutely worth it. Be sure to swing by during the summer months to really enjoy the space and atmosphere out on the patio.

While Chicago is certainly cold in October, it shouldn’t stop you from exploring and experiencing all the events this city has to offer. We’ve listed just a few below but there are so many more. If you have some free time, check these events out this weekend.

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park

October 18th – October 27th

Lincoln Park Zoo – 2001 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60614

If you love fall as much as I do, you have to check out the Fall Fest at Lincoln Park. While Lincoln Park is a beautiful destination on it’s own, you’ll have a chance to experience it in a whole new way. There will be live music, a corn maze, a ferris wheel, and a pumpkin patch. It’ll be up and running for the next few weeks, so be sure to check it out.

Chicago International Film Festival

October 16th – October 27th

AMC River East – 21322 E Illinois StChicago, IL 60611

Chicago is an amazing city, it’s the home of countless unique and interesting festivals including the International Film Festival. If you love films and want to get a first look at the ones most people will be talking about, check out their website for films and showtimes. It’s a great festival to learn and experience stories from around the world.

Open House Chicago

October 19th – October 20th

*Various Locations

If architecture is your thing, then you’re in luck. This weekend, the Chicago Architecture Center is having their annual Open House Chicago, where they offer access to over 350 buildings all over Chicago. Look at their website to explore architectural gems from countless Chicago neighborhoods and all for free.