During this time of year, many young adults will be leaving home and going away to college. It’ll be an important time filled with new experiences. If you are moving away to college or helping a student get ready for the next chapter in their academic life, here are some tips for the transition.

What’s Your Dorm or Apartment Like? 

Before you even start the packing and buying process, consider what your dorm or apartment looks like. Take into consideration how big the space is, is there a kitchen, do you need to get furniture. If you’re moving into an apartment you might need to expand this list. 

What should I take, or not take? 

After having a clear picture of what your new space looks like, make a list of things you’ll need. 

Think of clothing, along with towels, bed sheets, blankets, and other toiletries as essentials. Also consider if there is a kitchen and what you need if you’ll actually be using it. 

Consider Storage Bins 

If you’re moving into a dorm, it will probably be smaller than you bedroom, especially if you’re sharing it with a roommate. Storage bins will be essential to keep your items organized in your new space. 

Organize and Pack

Mark everything as you pack. While you won’t be taking much, it will make the unpacking portion that much easier as the move in day will likely be hectic.  

Make the New Place Feel like Home

Moving out will be hard, especially if it’s the first time you’ll be on your own. Be sure to bring some things to make the transition easier. Take pictures and stuffed animals, anything that reminds you of home. 

Hire a Moving Company

If your not sure where to start, consider hiring a moving company. Whether you’re moving within Chicago or beyond, a moving company will get you ready and where you need to go. They can help safely pack and wrap everything that needs to be moved and move you into the new location with ease. 

Moving can be hard under any circumstances but hopefully these tips help you or the student in your life. College will be filled excitement so be sure to plan ahead and pack accordingly so that once you get to campus, you can dive right into your new life and have those great experiences. 

While school is back in session and summer has ended, it’s important to note that Fall hasn’t officially started. There are still plenty of events taking place throughout the city this weekend so take advantage of the sunshine and enjoy the cool temperatures while they last. Isn’t nice not to be melting in the sun. 

Renegade Craft Fair

Saturday 9/7 – Sunday 9/8

Division St between Damen Ave & Ashland Ave 

Wicker Park Chicago, IL 60622

Want to be surrounded by beautiful hand made art this weekend? Swing by the Renegade Craft Fair to browse the wonderfully curated booths featuring art, jewelry, accessories, and much more. There will also be food trucks, creative work-shops, and live DJ sets to keep you busy and entertained. 

Taste of Serbia Chicago 

Saturday 9/7

Serbian Orthodox Church Holy Resurrection

3062 W Palmer Square, Chicago, IL 60647

Explore Serbian culture at this year’s Taste of Serbia. There will be food, live music, and folk dancing. 

26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade

Sunday 9/8 at 12pm 

26th St from Albany Ave to Kostner Ave

Little Village 

Come celebrate Mexican Independence in the heart Little Village this Sunday. The parade will kick-off at noon, featuring colorful floats and ends with food, music, dancing, and carnival rides. Support this wonderful neighborhood this weekend!

Ethiopia Fest

Sunday 9/8

Artifact Events

4325 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 

If you’re curious about Ethiopian cuisine and culture, be sure to check out the Ethiopia Fest this Sunday. There will be food, live musicians, and art vendors. 

As a northsider, they don’t tell you that a place like Hyde Park exists. With its impressive architecture and college town feel, it’s very different than the Chicago that’s always presented on the news or on TV or in movies. While it may be further south than most venture to, just go. For many, Hyde park is an entry point to getting to know the southside. One of the city’s most historic and popular destinations is in fact Hyde Park. Not only did it host the Chicago’s World Fair in 1893, also known as the Columbian Exposition, but it is also the home of the University of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry. Touted as one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city, it is clear to see why it’s become such a cross section for so many different people. That isn’t to say Hyde Park isn’t without it’s ‘ivory tower’ institutions and privileges but it is a model for a cohesive and diverse city. It’s no wonder President Barack Obama lived here, with cultural institutions and people breathing life into the local community and beyond. 

Here are just some places to consider, although you’ll find so many more. 

DuSable Museum of African American History

740 E. 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

One of the first independent museums focused on the study and preservation of African American history.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House

5757 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

An amazing example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential architecture. 

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

Contemporary Art Space and local artist hub. 

57th Street Books

1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Because, books!

Hyde Park Records

1377 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

Such a cool spot to browse and find something unexpected. 

Fabiana’s Bakery

1658 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

The deserts are incredible, a very cute place, and a woman owned business!

Moving is already a tricky balancing act, from the packing to finding a new home to everything in between. When you factor in the kids, it can make a difficult job that much harder. It comes down to keeping them entertained and content while you handle the logistics. While kids will always be kids, here are some tips to make the process a bit easier and allow you to breathe, even if it’s just for a moment. 

Do the packing when they’re not home

If you’re able, be sure to pack when they’re not home. If they’re in school or you have friends of family that can take them for the day, utilize that time to get a head start. You’ll need all the peace and quiet you can get in order to organize and pack everything away efficiently. Just be sure to pack the toys at the very end, so they always have something to play with. 

Have them help

If they’re a bit older, have them be apart of the process by giving them small jobs to help. You can have them pack or pick a color for their new room. It’s a good way to have them feel invested in the project and determined to see it followed through. It will give them a sense of control at a time where so much change is happening all around them.

Ask for help on move day

If you know move day is going to be tough, have a friend or family member take them off your hands for the day. Have them keep the kids busy during the move while you handle the hard parts. Kids might benefit from a bit of distraction at this time, given that their home might not be their home for much longer. 

Keep them entertained

If you don’t have anyone to take them, be sure to have some entertainment to keep them busy. Whether its a movie or other activities like coloring, it’ll help them pass the time without them getting in the way or even getting hurt. It might be a good idea to keep them surrounded by familiar items such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animals, to comfort them during the move. 

Alway Communicate

If the little ones are old enough to remember the move, there is likely to be some stress and tension associated with it. It can be a disorienting time, especially if your changing schools and neighborhoods. Let them know they can always keep in touch with their old friends but encourage ways to make new ones as well. Above all, be positive by letting them know that life can be a great adventure and that while change might not always be easy, there is always joy to be had. 

Keep these tips in mind throughout the move process and move day to keep your kids safe and entertained. It’ll keep everyone happy, and most importantly give you some peace to handle this new transition as well. 

Chicago has erratic weather all year around and this September is no exception. While cooler temperatures made an appearance at the end of August, they didn’t stick around. Now it’s warm once again and while we don’t know how long it’ll last, make the most of the summer-like weather by heading out and exploring some wonderful neighborhoods and events around the city. 

World Music Festival Chicago

September 13th – 29th

Various Locations, including: 

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St. 

Chicago, IL 60602

This weekend kicks off the 21st Annual World Music Festival and will continue over the next few weeks, ending September 29th.You’ll be able to listen to and experience a wide variety of international music taking place at multiple venues around Chicago. It’s a great way to explore the city and support extraordinary musicians. 

Dessert Fest at the Zoo

September 14th

Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60614

If you love dessert as much as I do, be sure to check out this fun event at the Lincoln Park Zoo. There will be dessert tastings, champagne and beer, and fun animal programming. Chicago favorites like Stan’s Donuts and Bittersweet will be providing delicious treats. It’s also important to note that a large portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lincoln Park Zoo as well. 

Ravenswood Art Walk

September 14th – 15th

Ravenswood Ave from Irving Park Rd to Leland

The 18th annual Ravenswood Art Walk will highlight the artists that call this creative neighborhood home. Swing by enjoy the outdoor market, beer garden, live music, food trucks, and much more. 

So you’ve decluttered, packed, and are ready to get moving. With the move date around the corner, we’ve included some helpful tips for the day of. These will help prepare you and the movers so that it goes as smoothly as possible. 

Make sure you’re packed

If you didn’t request packing services, be sure to be packed prior to the move date. Chances are if you have a few small last minute items that still need to be boxed, it won’t make much of a difference. But, it is important to be as ready as you can be. If not, you run the risk of going far longer than expected, which could affect how much you pay at the end. It also makes it easier for the movers to asses you items and arrange them into the truck. In the end, it will save you time and money if you are packed ahead of time. 

Be sure not to overpack your boxes

While you might think that having the least amount of boxes will speed up the process, often times it doesn’t. If they’re too heavy, they might require two people to carry them or they might need to be repacked into several lighter boxes, which will definitely take more time. While it’s tempting to pack all of your books or other items into a single box, try spreading them out to redistribute the weight. If they’re too heavy for you to maneuver, they’ll likely be too heavy for the crew. 

Don’t pack the valuables

If you have jewelry that has sentimental or monetary value, keep them separate and take them with you. Same goes for any cash or medications, things you’ll likely need or want in the near future. It’ll alleviate some stress from the movers as well as yourself if valuables are kept with you at all times. 

Label your boxes

This step is key to an efficient move. Make sure you’ve labeled any boxes that contain fragile items to ensure that extra precaution and care is taken. Also label what room the boxes should be going into so that the movers can leave them in the designated areas. It’ll be easier for you as well when it’s time to unpack. 

Remove items from drawers

This is probably one of the most popular topics of moving day etiquette. While each mover will have different requirements, you can typically leave drawers inside dressers or tables. Most will request that they be emptied of the contents. This will make it easier to move the items and safer for the crew and furniture piece. 

Prepare your home for the move day

This can include a number of things. For instance, if you live in an apartment be sure to reserve the elevators. If possible, secure a spot in the driveway, loading dock, or street to ensure the movers park as close to your home as possible. This will speed up the process as well. 

Try not to get in the way

You’ve hired movers, so relax and let them handle the hard stuff. Most crews have a system and interference might slow things down. That being said, be present for any questions or concerns they might have. For everyone’s safety, make sure pets and kids aren’t in the way either. 


While not necessary, tipping is common and usually very appreciated. It’s like any other service, standard tips are about 20% of your final total. If possible, having drinks and snacks available for the movers will also keep up morale and it’s a nice gesture overall. 

We hope this guide provides some insight on move day etiquette, ensuring that it all goes smoothly and according to plan. Be sure to check out our FAQ sections for more relevant questions.