The Ultimate Moving Checklist

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Moving can be a hugely stressful event. In addition to going to a new location, there is so much to think about! So many things to do, so many people to contact, so many items to be packed.

One thing that can massively simplify the process is making a list. Lists bring everything together in a simple, easy to follow process.

To save you time, we created the ultimate moving checklist for you. Each of the items below is a question you need to answer. Once you’ve answered the question, you can move on to the next one. We’ve arranged it by descending order, starting with the things you need to do 2 months prior to your move and ending 1 week after your move.

60 Days Prior To Move

  1. Have you gotten quotes from at least three moving companies?
  2. Will they come to your home and estimate so that your quote is accurate?
  3. Have you talked to family and friends to ensure that these companies are reliable?
  4. Have you read reviews of the companies online?
  5. Have you determined how much packing supplies you need? Do you have a specified spot to store all your packing materials so that you don’t need to hunt for them?
  6. Have you researched your new community to prepare you for the move?
  7. Do you know which schools are the best?
  8. Do you know what restaurants there are?
  9. Do you know what grocery stores are close to your new home?
  10. Do you have people to drive your cars to your new home?
  11. Have you had all your expensive items appraised so that they can be properly insured prior to your move?
  12. Is your move related to your job? If so, have you researched your company’s moving policy? Are any subsidies available for moving costs?
  13. Have you gotten rid of all unnecessary items either by a yard sale, recycling, or simple purge?
  14. Do you have a record of all the items in your household (your phone makes it easy to record a video or snap photos)?
  15. Have you transferred all your insurance policies to your new address (this includes your medical, property, auto and fire insurance)?
  16. Do you have a designated folder where all expenses related to the move can be recorded and stored (moving expenses are tax-deductible, which means you’ll want to keep all the records in a single location)?
  17. Have you notified old schools regarding your move?
  18. Have you transferred records to the new schools?
  19. Have you registered at new schools?
  20. Have you alerted all your doctors and dentists regarding here move?
  21. Do you have medical referrals for your new community?
  22. Have you obtained all necessary medical records that you’ll need in your new location?
  23. Have you transferred all necessary membership associations to your new community?
  24. Have you arranged for family members and pets to be transported to your new location?
  25. If flying, have you purchased tickets?
  26. Have you reserved hotel rooms (if necessary)?
  27.  Do you have referrals for veterinarians in your new community?

30 Days Before You Move

  1. Rent plastic moving boxes and supplies to make your move easier and quicker.
  2. Have you hired a mover yet?
  3. Have you confirmed all the necessary details with the mover?
  4. Have you begun any packing that you are personally responsible for?
  5. Have you disconnected your internet, cable, electric, and any other services?
  6. Have you arranged for these services at your new location?
  7. Have you started planning the layout of your new home, including where all items will be going?
  8. Have you created a complete inventory of all things that will be moved (this inventory will be compared against the inventory of the moving company)?
  9. Have you arranged for child care on the day of your move? If not, do you have a place for your children to be so that they will be out of the way of the movers?
  10. Do you have an unpacking plan for the movers (they will not rearrange furniture once they have unpacked it)?
  11. Have you obtained a change of address form from the Post Office?
  12. Have you alerted the following to your change of address: schools, banks, friends and family, doctors, insurance companies, cell phone companies, credit card companies, and magazine and newspaper subscriptions?
  13. If you need to switch banks, do you have referrals?
  14. Do you need to get a new driver’s license when you move?
  15. Do you need to complete an auto registration at your new location?
  16. If your move is international, have you updated your passport as necessary (this usually takes a minimum of 3 weeks so be sure to do this on time)?
  17. Have you alerted all service providers, such as landscapers and cleaning services, that you’re moving?
  18. Have you had final check-ups and dental visits prior to your move (this will greatly simplify things when you arrive in your new community since it can take a significant amount of time to find the right medical professionals)
  19. Do you have contact information for the friends of your children so they can keep in touch when they move?
  20. Is your car ready for the move?

14 Days Before You Move

  1. Have you cleaned all rooms that have already been packed?
  2. If packing yourself, have you ensured that nothing has been left behind in rooms?
  3. Have you prepared all your plants for the move?
  4. Have you made the necessary arrangements to have your new house cleaned  prior to your arrival (this will greatly simplify your arrival)?
  5. Have you found pharmacies in your new location that all prescriptions can be transferred to?
  6. Do you have enough medication to hold you over until all prescriptions have been transferred?
  7. Have you made copies of important documents such as your will, financial statements, and deeds?
  8.  Have you secured transportation for your pet?
  9.  Are all shots for your pets up to date?
  10. Have you packed valuable items, such as jewelry, separately so that it’s not lost and is protected?
  11. Have you returned all borrowed items, such as library books and videos, to their respective locations?

One Week Before You Move

  1. Pack your plastic moving boxes by room and label which room the boxes will be moved into.
  2. Have all items been labeled appropriately (fragile, do not load, load last, etc.)?
  3. Have you confirmed all details with your mover?
  4. Have you made special arrangements for large items such as a piano?
  5. Have you arranged for payment with the mover?
  6. Do you have the usual $25 per mover tip on hand?
  7. Have you confirmed all dates (closing date, move in date, etc.) with your real estate agent?
  8. Do you have a backup plan if the movers are running behind?
  9. Have you properly stored your computer and other sensitive electronic items to protect them against extreme elements?
  10. Have you disposed of toxic substances such as paint, oil, weed killers, and fuel?
  11. Have you drained fuel out of lawn maintenance equipment?
  12. Have you discarded all propane from grills?
  13. Have you opened a new bank account in your new location?
  14. Have you updated all address information with your current bank?
  15. Have you gathered all house keys, alarm codes, and garage door openers so that they can be given to your new owner or real estate agent?
  16. Have you prepared your children for the move?
  17. Have you emptied all the lockers school, work, and the gym?
  18. Have you prepared simple meals that will be easy to prepare when you move and arrive?
  19. Do you have food ready for the drive or flight?
  20. If you will be eating on the road, do you know where you want to eat?

On Moving Day

  1. Have you put together a moving date kit with all the items you’ll need when you arrive at your new home (the kit should include toilet paper, snacks, bottled water, toiletries, dishes, and necessary clothes).
  2.  Do you the necessary items if the movers are late or running behind?
  3. Have you prepared all the necessary information for the movers, such as phone numbers, the address of your new location, and any necessary directions?
  4. Have you sign the inventory list prepared by the movers?
  5. Do you have the contact information of the moving company?
  6. Have you prepared a layout for the movers to follow in your new home?
  7. Have you prepared your new home as much as possible to prevent damage by the movers?
  8. Have you cleaned your old home as much as necessary?
  9. Have you packed food and litter for your pets?
  10. Do you have cash on hand?
  11. Are all your utilities hooked up at your new location?
  12. Have you done a walkthrough at your new location with your realtor?
  13. Have you emptied and defrosted your refrigerator and freezer?
  14. Have you notified local police that your house could be unoccupied for a significant amount of time?
  15. Have you discarded all trash properly?

One Week After You Move

  1. Unpack your moving boxes by room and confirm pick up date of your moving boxes with your plastic moving box company
  2. Did you get your moving deposits back?
  3. Do you have fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in your new home?
  4. Are there any quick repairs that need to be done before a room is filled with items?
  5. Have you started to get acquainted with your new location?
  6. Have you replaced all the locks on your new home if you feel it is necessary?
  7. Have you gotten all necessary licenses for your pets?
  8. Have you updated all necessary addresses such as voter registration, driver’s license, tax forms, and your bank account?

Move Furniture to Your Chicago Home

 Move Furniture Chicago


When moving to a new neighborhood in Chicago, it’s always a hassle to move furniture. They’re big, heavy, and take up a lot of space inside the house. Some of them don’t even fit in the door—so how do you deal with large, heavy furniture?

Like they say, it’s easier to put furniture inside the house than taking them out. We know you’d like to move them to your new home without breaking them. That’s why we’ve written this article!

Here are some tips on how to prepare your furniture for the move!

1. Be Prepared

Moving furniture is the most difficult part when it comes to moving. Don’t go and pack up all your furniture in boxes and cover them with blankets or cardboard cushions. It’ll increase the risk of damaging or breaking them during the move. Drop by the local hardware store and grab some packing tape, bubble wrap, sofa covers and plastic bags.

These things can help protect your stuff while you stow them away inside the moving truck. A few bucks to spend for preparation is always good rather than spending hundreds of dollars replacing damaged furniture due to the move.

2. Ask People in Chicago for Moving Help

Have your local friends and family in Chicago to help you when moving furniture to your new home. Dressers and sofas will require extra hands unless you wish to break your bones in the process.

If relatives and friends are not available, you can use Chicago movers to help you with your move. Sometimes, it’s unavoidable in cases where you have no assistant but it is still important to have helping hands ready to help you on your move.

3. Take Them Apart

If the furniture can be disassembled, disassemble them. Prepare the furniture’s manual so that you can easily reassemble them into your new home. If you can’t find its manual, be sure to take a photo of it assembled before taking them apart so that you’ll have a reference when it’s time to put them back together again.

Disassembled furniture makes it easier to transport from one place to another. It also prevents scrapes, damages, and loss of tiny parts while on the move.

4. Securely Wrap Your Furniture

For furniture that can’t be disassembled, wrap them with bubble wrap or plastic covers. Use bubble wrap to protect fragile furniture such as glass tables and mirrors. For upholstery things such as the sofa and cushions, use plastic sofa covers to protect them from dust and damages.

If you are short on budget, old blankets can be a substitute for bubble wraps and sofa covers. They’ll provide some sort of cushion in case the moving truck goes through a bumpy road, preventing breakage along the way.

5. Place All the Heavy Furniture First Inside the Truck

Make sure to arrange them neatly inside the truck. You wouldn’t want something to topple over or shatter while traveling to your new home, right? While loading heavy furniture first, it gives some sort of cushion to your other things that you can place on top of them. Saves on a lot of space, right?

6. Label Boxes That Contain Fragile Furniture

Be very attentive in dismantling your furniture and packing them in boxes. Label those boxes fragile if its contents are breakable and would require a delicate mode of transportation. Inform the movers if there are boxes with fragile contents loaded in the truck so that they’d be mindful of it during the transport.

Use these tips to safely move furniture to your new home. Trust us, you won’t want expensive furniture damaged—or worse broken. So, it’s better safe than sorry.


Why You Shouldn’t Use Cardboard Boxes

Moving soon? We have all been there. For many people, making a move from one place to another gives them a chance for a new beginning. It is a very exciting time. For others, well, it may not be all that exciting especially if it is unwanted or forced on them. Either way, the items in your house have to be packed properly before the moving takes place. Generally, people use cardboard moving boxes in which they place their belongings in to stay organized. However, we are going to tell you why you shouldn’t use cardboard boxes during your next move. Here are the main reasons why:

Why You Shouldn't Use Cardboard Boxes

Time Consuming

When moving, time is of the essence. You only have limited amount of time to pack, move, unpack and get on to other things. Using cardboard moving boxes will have you at a disadvantage because the amount of time that it takes to assemble the cardboard boxes and then to break them down again really adds up. Even after the cardboard boxes are broken down, you have to take time out to find somewhere to properly dispose them.


A lot of heavy items get moved during the moving process. When moving heavy items, you want a box strong enough to hold them. No one wants to keep picking up things that fall from the broken cardboard boxes held up with tape. Also weak cardboard boxes can cause havoc on glassware, dishwater or anything else you may have that is fragile since the boxes are soft and do not always hold their shape. They crumble, fold and tear way too easily. Not only are they weak, cardboard soaks up moisture which makes them even weaker.

Don’t Stack Well

The number of boxes stacked during moving is very important because it has a direct effect on the amount of space you can utilize. Most likely your moving truck will have limited space and you will need to maximize the space by stacking boxes. Cardboard boxes simple are not strong enough to stack in higher quantities. This, coupled with the heavy items that are in them, makes it very difficult to stack them together without the whole stack eventually crumbling on itself or falling over due to the different sized boxes.

Bad for Environment

Due to their tendency to tear and crumble, cardboard moving boxes are often used only for one move and then disposed of after the move. This means that the resources are used to create single use cardboard moving box simple goes in the landfill after one use. In an age where taking care of our environment is very important, there is no reason to move with single use cardboard boxes.

Plastic Moving Boxes StackedSolution

The good news is, there is a better solution, reusable plastic moving boxes. Plastic boxes do not require you to assemble or tape them. They come prebuilt and are ready to go. This saves a lot of valuable time.  Your items will be safe since they are very strong so they do not crumble or tear and do not soak up moisture at all unlike cardboard.  Plastic moving boxes are efficient because they are much stronger and rigid enough to be easily stacked on top of each other. This makes movement easy and saves valuable time.  Don’t forget since they are durable, they can be reused up to 400 times! This makes them incredibly environmentally friendly.



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Cheap Moving Boxes in Chicago

Are you in Chicago and looking to relocate your home or office? If yes, then the first set and most important moving supplies you must get is moving boxes. Often people in Chicago struggle to find moving boxes for a reasonable price because they are not aware of where they can get moving boxes locally. Below, you will find the list of places offering cheap moving boxes in Chicago.

Cheap Moving Boxes in Chicago

1. Craigslist: It is one of the most popular source when people are looking for cheap moving boxes. If you are lucky, you can even get some boxes for free through this platform. There are two ways of finding moving boxes through Craigslist. You can look for ads posted by people looking to give away boxes for free or sell them for cheap.  The best time to look for good deals on boxes is around the weekends or Mondays.  The other way of getting hold of cheap moving boxes through Craigslist is by posting ads in the site’s wanted section.

Use Craigslist’s search box to find cheap moving boxes. Once you get connected to the sellers, you will have the option of negotiating with them. If you want, you can swap items you already own, but don’t want any longer for getting boxes at an even lower price.

The problem with craigslist is that it is time consuming to find boxes, and the boxes you do find are already going to be used and damaged from the previous move.

2. Freecycle: The Freecycle Network, as its name suggests is an online platform you can use for getting free items or giving away your belongings for free. The website is not only a great place for getting useful stuff without paying anything but is also a community around reuse instead of throwing things in landfills.

First, go to Freecycle and enter Chicago,Illinois into the location.  This will redirect you to a list of Freecycle groups. The list would include both groups in your town and in its surrounding regions. For finding free boxes on Freecycle, you will have to join one of those groups. Just click on the name of the group you want to join and look for boxes.

The problems with Freecycle are similar to craigslist.   It is time consuming to find boxes, and the boxes you do find are already going to be used and damaged from the previous move.

3. Liquor store dumpster: This is another way of getting hold of some free moving boxes. Just dive into a liquor-store dumpster and pick as many moving boxes as you want!

Since the boxes are made to carry liquor, the boxes are usually durable and sturdy boxes. However, there is a hitch too. The boxes carrying bottles of booze tend to be slightly smaller in size; so, you cannot expect them to be suitable for packing all kinds of objects.  Not to mention that it is gross diving into a dumpster to find boxes.

4. U-Haul: You can get moving boxes from your nearest U-Haul.  U-Haul has a variety of box sizes to choose from.  However, since they are made of cardboard, they are still not the strongest of boxes.  U-Haul is also on the expensive side of the cardboard box options.  Make sure to keep your receipt because you can return any items that you do not use and get a refund.

5. Rent Moving Boxes – Redi-Box: While it is true that each of the above options can supply the boxes for your next move, none of them can measure up to a plastic moving box. You can use these options for getting hold of free or cheap moving boxes in Chicago, but it would be difficult for you to ensure that every thing inside the boxes are going to be safe. This makes Redi-Box the best place for moving boxes that are cheap, high quality, durable and easy in Chicago.

Redi-Box is the most popular moving box rental company in Chicago. Redi-Box will deliver all the boxes to your place, and once you have successfully moved, Redi-Box will pickup the boxes from your new location.

The rental moving boxes are very sturdy and easy to carry. They come equipped with strong, built-in handles, which make handling them easy. All boxes offered by Redi-Box are modular, stackable, and nest inside each other when empty. These features allow you to save a lot of space during the move. Our boxes are 12.5 inches tall, 17 inches wide and 27 inches long.

For making the move even easier, Redi-Box offers four-wheel dollies. These dollies have been custom-designed for fitting the plastic moving boxes. Each of these dollies possesses a capacity of 500 lbs. You will be able to stack up as many as four fully-loaded moving boxes on it at one time.  Makes packing a moving a breeze.

There are many places to get your boxes, but after reading this list, there is no question that Redi-Box is the easiest, most convenient and best solution when it comes to moving boxes.

Hiring a Chicago Mover

Moving? How to Hire a Chicago Mover

So you’ve just landed your dream job to another place and you are required to move in Chicago; what do you do? If your answer is hire a Chicago mover then you are 100% right. The moving process can take a toll on you and finding the right Chicago mover is almost like looking for a needle in a haystack. To avoid having the worst moving experience, here are a few pointers for hiring the right Chicago moving company.

Chicago Mover

Find a quality moving company

Google reviews and Yelp reviews for instance are a great place to find a Chicago mover. Once you identify a potential company, look at their Google reviews and Yelp reviews and see what others are saying about them. Was their experience good or bad? Also, look and see if anyone has written any tips or suggestions for working with the movers. Google and Yelp reviews usually give a good understanding of what the company is like and if they are a reliable mover.

On-site moving quote

An easy way of identifying a lower tier company when hiring a Chicago mover is if they offer quotes over the phone or via email. It just doesn’t make sense for a mover to give you a quote off-site when they haven’t even seen the amount of items and the required work it will take to move the items. Only after seeing the items that need moving will they be able to give an accurate quote.

Licensed and insured in Chicago

How else would you know if a moving company is authorized to carry out moving tasks if not by asking them for their license? What if something happens to your goods during the moving process only to find that they aren’t licensed to operate? Everyone deserves a smooth moving process and confirming the license will put your mind at ease.

Storage options

Sometimes you may be on the verge of moving but your new place isn’t ready yet. At that point you will need the best storage option to store your belongings until the place is ready for occupancy. Additionally, instead of having to look for storage options elsewhere, why not look for a Chicago moving company that provides storage services.  This way you can be more relaxed and ready for the big day.

On demand moving labor services

If you are just looking for labor, you will need demand moving labor services from companies like Dolly, elite moving labor. On demand moving services are very efficient and takes 2 hours at most. After you request their service, they will come to your place, move the items into a truck, van or SUV.

Prepare for movers to arrive

After all the above have been said and done, your final step is to prepare for the movers to come in and start the moving process. How do you do that?

  1. For starters, dejunk your home by selling or donating stuff you no longer need or use. This saves a lot of packing time and reduces cost used on shipping.
  2. Avoid embarrassments by cleaning and dusting all your items on time.
  3. Also have a list of all your items for proof should anything get lost. Do not forget to insure all your valuables.
  4. Label everything including your Redi-Boxes for easy identification. Set aside items that you don’t want loaded into the moving truck like your personal documents, jewelry, small electronics like cameras.

Benefits Of Office Moving Crates

Over the years, office moving crates have taken the industry by storm for their amazing ability to store items in a protected box and allow them to move them from one location to another safely. Without a doubt, they have been growing in popularity over the years. Renting moving crates for your office is one of the most efficient methods of transporting items since they don’t require tape to seal them.

Rent Office Moving Crates

The items in your office are placed in the moving crates which are stacked on top of each other where they are then loaded onto a truck and moved to the new office. The office moving crates are great for moving your office supplies, equipment, records, etc. from one location to another.


Why you need to use office moving crates:

Convenient to use

These rental crates are designed to be identical to each other; hence, can be easily stacked on top of each other which saves on valuable floor space and cost of moving the crates as well. Moreover, they are strong enough to handle your heavy office records due to their commercial grade plastic construction.

Easy to use

They are lightweight, durable, and have comfortable handles making it easy for them to be handled by your employee. They also pop open easily when needed.

Good protection

Plastic moving crates for your office are crush proof and this enables the protection of fragile and delicate items which need to be handled with care. So, you don’t have to fret over the breakage of your fragile office items.

Reduces waste

Plastic crates reduce waste since they are durable and can be re-used since they are rented. This makes them more popular than other varieties as a means of moving office items which reduces the need for less durable cardboard boxes. These crates can last for over 18 years and at the end of their shelf life they can be recycled.

Saves money

Plastic crates are recyclable and this cuts down on the cost of disposing waste products. Since they are rental crates, you do not have to buy them to use them. They also cut down on purchasing costs of plastic crates since they can be re-used over and over again. This eliminates the need to keep on buying cardboard boxes for every move. Plastic crates are the most cost effective crates since they last 15 times longer than their cardboard counterparts. Not only are they quite efficient, but are also returnable thus saving on cost.

Saves time

They rental crates are delivered right to your office. They are easily stacked on top of each other which reduces the time taken to pack up things and load them on to the moving truck. In addition, they don’t need any assembly or tape to secure them, so they save on moving time as well.  When you are done with your rental, we will pick up the plastic crates.

Conserves the environment

Since plastic crates were designed to replace wooden crates and cardboard boxes made by processing of wood, this has helped to conserve trees. Due to the reusable nature and renting the plastic crates, it helps to prevent global warming since trees are not being cut down.


Plastic crates are more durable than cardboard boxes. Also, they have a life span that is many times longer than cardboard counterparts.

Weather proof

These plastic crates are water proof and resistant to some of the elements allowing to move items that need to stay dry. Moreover, they are resistant to sun and can be stored in open areas unlike cardboard boxes.


In view of these numerous benefits of office moving crates, there is no need to gamble with your most precious and fragile office items by settling for less. Go for office moving crates and enjoy the convenience they provide. Moving shall never be a hassle again.

Moving Supplies for Packing

When you’re getting ready to move in Chicago, you’ll probably have a hundred different things on your mind. Save yourself some stress by preparing before you begin packing. Below, we’re sharing a quick list of the moving supplies we offer in Chicago that will help make packing and moving a breeze.

Moving Supplies

Our list of Moving Supplies:

Moving Boxes

Moving Boxes

This one might be a given, but moving boxes can’t be left off of the list. Be sure that the moving boxes you choose are strong enough to hold up during packing, loading, and unloading. Sometimes, flimsy cardboard boxes just won’t cut it. Instead, choose plastic moving boxes with secure lids. Plastic moving boxes are much more sturdy and will also help to protect your belongings from the elements. Moving boxes with handles will also make it easier to lift and transport the boxes on moving day.

Zip Ties

Zip Ties

If you’re concerned about losing items during the move, grab a pack of zip ties. They can secure your plastic moving boxes and bags more effectively than using tape. Closing boxes and bags with zip ties means that your items won’t spill and scatter during the move. It also reduces the risk of anyone opening up your boxes and bags before you’re ready to unpack.

Wardrobe Boxes

Wardrobe Boxes

You can absolutely choose to move your entire wardrobe by folding each piece of clothing and stacking them in our plastic boxes. The other option is to use wardrobe boxes which will be quicker and easier. Wardrobe boxes include a bar that is made for hanging clothes. That means that there’s no removing or folding required when packing, and that unpacking at your new place will take no time at all.

Packing Paper

Packing Paper

Most of have will have a few breakable items to pack and you’ll want to have moving supplies to keep those items safe on moving day. Packing paper is ideal for wrapping fragile items before putting them into boxes. Don’t take chances when it comes to getting things like dishes, vases, and picture frames to your new home in one piece. Be sure to have plenty of packing paper on hand. Use packing paper for extra padding around the breakable items to give yourself some piece of mind while boxes are being transported.

Mattress Covers / Mattress Bag

Mattress Cover / Mattress Bag

There’s nothing worse than getting to your new apartment or house and finding that your mattress has been damaged. It’s easy to get stains, rips, and tears on mattresses between your old place, the moving truck, and your new home. Mattress covers can help minimize that risk. Some people choose to use blankets or sheets to cover their mattress when moving while others prefer to use covers made specifically for each different size of mattress. A mattress cover will also prevent dirt and water from ruining your mattress before you get moved in.  No one wants a dirty mattress during their first night in their new home.

Hand Trucks and Dollies

Hand TruckRedi Wheels

Once all of your items are packed and ready to move, how will you get them where they need to go? The answer is hand trucks and dollies which we refer to them as Redi-Wheels. These lightweight and sturdy dollies provide an excellent moving system and are the all-stars on the list of moving supplies. Using hand trucks and dollies makes it easier to stack several moving boxes at a time, which is faster and more efficient.  Dollies are great when there are no steps or stairs involved.  Anyone can push the plastic boxes around with ease on the dollies.  The hand trucks are preferred when you have a few steps to go over.

When you begin to pack, you will want to have all of the right moving supplies on hand. Being prepared will make the moving process less overwhelming and you’ll be in your new place in Chicago in no time.

Top 30 Things To Do In Chicago

Chicago is a fantastic city that attracts over 50 Million visitors a year!  Whether you are a visitor or a local, we put together a list with enough excitement to satisfy everyones needs.  Chicago has great shopping, food, weather (just kidding), people, parks, lake activities, architecture, and history.  Chicago also has the largest convention center in North America, McCormick Place.  For whatever reason you may be here in Chicago for, we got you covered.  Here are the top 30 things to do in Chicago:

Top 30 Things to do in Chicago

Touristy Activities in Chicago – Family Friendly

  1. Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)
  2. Navy Pier
  3. Shedd Aquarium
  4. Field Museum
  5. Museum of Science and Industry
  6. Maggie Daley Park
  7. Legoland
  8. Art Institute Chicago
  9. Deep Dish Pizza
  10. Architect River Tour
  11. Lincoln Park Zoo
  12. Wrigley Field
  13. Lake front Path

Chicago Restaurants(More than Pizza)


  1. Portillos
  2. Big and Littles
  3. Franks N Dawgs
  4. XOCO


  1. Little Goat
  2. Purple Pig
  3. Green St. Meats


  1. Alinea
  2. Girl and the Goat
  3. Frontera Grill

Adult Fun

  1. Second City
  2. iO (Improv Olympic)
  3. Bye Bye Liver
  4. Beercade


  1. Taste of Chicago
  2. Lollapalooza
  3. Renegade Craft Fair

We hope you enjoyed this list.  If you have anything to add please email us at

Green Moving Boxes

Although our green moving boxes are red in color, they are very GREEN when it comes to the environmental footprint. Since we all want a better environment for us and our future generations in Chicago, it is everyone’s responsibility to take action on making this planet clean and healthy.  Not only are our moving boxes green, they are convenient, more durable and economical.

When trying to make a positive impact on Chicago’s environmental footprint, it is important to have good eco-friendly habits.  The most adopted and catchy approach is using the 3 R’s.

Eco-Friendly Green Moving Boxes

Eco-Friendly Green Moving Boxes

The 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)

  1. Reduce – The first step is to reduce consumption of anything material that results in waste or pollution. The less physical products on this planet, the less impact on our environment whether that be, pollution, waste, toxic byproducts, etc.
  2. Reuse – The second option of the the 3 R’s is Reuse. Instead of using a single use throw-away item like cardboard moving boxes, try to use reusable products like Redi-Box green moving boxes.  Our green boxes get used over and over again up to 400 uses with one box!  Now try that with cardboard J
  3. Recycle – The 3rd and final option if you can’t reduce or reuse, you should try to recycle. Recycling will turn whatever material you have into another product.  Recycling is much better than throwing something in the trash that will sit in the landfill for many years. You can recycle many different materials, some being plastic, paper, glass, aluminum etc. The great thing about using our Redi-Box green moving boxes is that they are reusable and they also get recycled after about 400 uses.

Eco-Friendly Green Moving Boxes

Each Redi-Box green plastic moving box will be re-used hundreds of times before being recycled. They are made of easy to recycle plastic, that is strong, sturdy and all around the best choice when it comes to using a green moving box.

Cardboard Moving Boxes

However, Cardboard moving boxes are used on average less than two times before being recycled or disposed of. The EPA also agrees with the 3 R’s and states that re-use is much better than recycling because recycling takes a lot more energy and is not 100% efficient. Therefore, using Redi-Box green moving boxes greatly reduces your environmental footprint in Chicago.


We think the choice is easy by going with Redi-Box and using our green moving boxes.

Rentacrate vs Redi-Box Moving Crates

Are you thinking Rentacrate or Redi-Box? We have you covered.  We know that deciding on a moving crate rental provider can be a daunting decision! We’re here to lay out the facts, and assist you in your search for a rental moving crate service.

You’re already here looking at our site, so let’s start with a little information about Rentacrate


Rentacrate is a moving crate rental provider based in Waltham, MA.  They have multiple locations and the company was founded in 1991.

Redi-Box Moving Crates

Redi-Box is a locally owned and operated in Chicago, IL and was founded in 2010.

Rentacrate vs Redi-Box Comparison Chart

Rentacrate vs Redi-Box Crates Comparison Chart



For moving crate rentals, you can request a quote on their website using their online form.


Redi-Box pricing starts out at $99 and that includes delivery and pickup!  Please click on the appropriate link below to see pricing.

Office Pricing

Residential Pricing


In short, if you’re looking for a moving crate rental service, you can’t go wrong with either company.

We can’t speak for Rentacrate, but we take tremendous pride in not only the value our moving crate service provides, but also the customer service we strive to achieve everyday to make your move go smooth.

Rentacrate® is a registered trademark owned by our competitor, Rentacrate, LLC and Redi-Box is not affiliated with them.

Small Business

1-10 Employees
$299/3 weeks
  • 75 Crates
  • Free Delivery
  • Free Pickup
  • Labels
  • $40 per additional week

Large Corporation

20-40 Employees
$999/3 weeks
  • 300 Crates
  • Free Delivery
  • Free Pickup
  • Labels
  • $150 per additional week

XL Corporation

40-80 Employees
$1799/3 weeks
  • 600 Crates
  • Free Delivery
  • Free Pickup
  • Labels
  • $300 per additional week

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