Whether you’re new to the Windy City or you just want to get a different perspective on the place you call home, checking out local blogs can open up a whole new world. Even if you’ve lived in Chicago your whole life, seeing it through the eyes of someone else can change your whole perspective.
From seeking out critics with blogs searching out the best Chicago-style hot dogs or where you can get the best mango sticky rice to promoting the next labor day weekend and the Chicago marathon or what live music is going down in Lincoln Park or Wicker Park this week, here are some of the best blogs in Chicago, divided into several popular categories.
There are a lot of great things about fashion blogs: the clothes, the shoes, the style. One of the best things that these fashion blogs have to offer are the amazing photographs. Shot at various places around the city, you might see some views you’ve never seen before.
- ChiCityFashion. Blogger Jena Gambaccini started ChiCityFashion to expand beyond the then-140 character limit of her fashion Twitter account. Her look can be summed up as simple with a statement. Bonus: a lot of her photos are taken in front of awesome local street art.
- Natalie in the City. A self-described Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, Natalie Craig fell in love with fashion in elementary school. A recent college grad, Natalie is embracing her curves and love of putting together the perfect outfit. Natalie is relatable, genuine, and a bonafide fashionista.
- Blake Von D. Blake Von D’s background is beyond impressive. She completed her masters at NYU and then obtains her law degree from Tulane University. All that while building her online presence and becoming an influencer and brand ambassador. When you see her style, you’ll understand why.
Want more? Check out Bright and Beautiful, Kiko Speaks, and Sequins & Stripes to get more fashion inspiration and take in some stunning fashion photography.
There are so many places to eat in Chicago. You’ll find everything from Michelin Star-worthy fine dining to hidden neighborhood gems. These food blogs take you through them all—and even give you some great ideas for how to cook delicious food at home.
- Fab Food Chicago. Soo Park was born in Korea and moved to Chicago with her parents when she was only 3 years old. It’s safe to say she was a foodie even back then. Today, Soo writes about all kinds of food, from fine dining to fast casual, established eateries to hidden hot spots.
- Chicago Foodie Girl. Starr Nordgren is a writing professor by day, food blogger by night. She writes about restaurants both in the city and surrounding suburbs and shares recipes and cooking tips for eating in. She also travels a lot and takes her readers along for the journey.
- Make It Like a Man! Jeff the Chef is not playing around. His goal? Encourage men to cook at home. He offers an extensive list of recipes and even has good tips for how to entertain at home. Warning: the photos on Make It Like a Man! will make you seriously hungry.
Still hungry? For a second helping, make sure to visit Chicago Alphabet Soup, But I’m Hungry, and West of the Loop for more great recipes, restaurant recommendations, and maybe a cocktail or two.
Health and Fitness
This next set of blogs varies in scope a bit but they all aim to help make you happier and healthier. Whether you’re looking to get advice from a professional trainer, gain knowledge from a nutritionist, or gather inspiration from someone who’s worked her way out of tough times, these blogs will help you live your best life.
- The Four Percent. The idea behind Kate Lemere’s Four Percent blog is that a one-hour workout only makes up 4% of your day. She gives ideas for workout routines that anyone can do to get their whole body in shape. She also gives you recipes and product reviews to keep you on the right path.
- Nutrition Unplugged. Blogger Janet Helms is a registered dietitian who takes the science behind good eating and makes it easier to understand. She also addresses the confusing food and diet recommendations that are always changing to help you gain more control over your health.
- Erin’s Inside Job. Erin Bahadur’s blog is deeply honest. She’s a recovering addict who worked through her addiction and, once in the other side of it, learned how to make food and exercise her friends. She shares recipes and other resources as well as brutally honest looks at staying motivated.
Chi Organic Girls, Life Half Full, and the Yoga Life Chicago will give you even more great tips and tricks.
No sanctimommies here! The women who run these blogs are down-to-earth, no-nonsense mamas who write about home and family to try to help spread their knowledge. You’ll find general tricks, practical advice for everything from Halloween costumes to birthday party venues, and travel tips to make your next vacation all that more relaxing.
- Making It Lovely. Nicole Balch didn’t start out as a mommy blogger. She began her blog in 2007 and the kids just kind of happened, as they do. Today, Making It Lovely is a mix of home renovation and decorating tips and ideas thrown in with brilliant ideas about parenting. Oh, and photos of her adorable children.
- Queen of the Land of Twigs and Berries. Amanda Simkin has 2 little boys and the perfect blog name. Her blog is a wealth of information and advice. Need ideas for a birthday party venue? Don’t know where to go for spring break? She even provides family-friendly trip ideas, tips, and destination reviews.
- Second City Mom. Leyla says that she wasn’t sure of the direction of Second City Mom when it started. Regardless, it ended up as one of the go-to places for Chicago parents looking for things to do or places to eat. Her Chicago guide is simply brilliant whether you’re in town for a visit or have lived in Chicago all your life and are looking for a fresh perspective. Plus, she shares photographs of her family’s daily lives that are just beautiful.
Want more? Head on over to Lollygag Blog, Baby Sideburns, and O the Place We Go for more mommy madness.
Movers have received a bad wrap over the years, and sometimes that is rightfully so. However, that has been changing over the years. With the increase in information and social sites: Facebook, yelp, angieslist, twitter, etc., it has been much more difficult for the crappy moving companies to stick around. The information age and the social media sites ultimately make the cream rise to the top.
You do not want these movers showing up on moving day!
However, even with all of the information out on the web, there sometimes can be too much noise. That is why we have done the homework for you and put together a list of the 5 best movers in Chicago. These movers have been proven to be trustworthy and know how to move with our rental moving boxes very efficiently.
Top 5 Movers in Chicago
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
- Have you gotten quotes from at least three moving companies?
- Will they come to your home and estimate so that your quote is accurate?
- Have you talked to family and friends to ensure that these companies are reliable?
- Have you read reviews of the companies online?
- 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?
- Have you researched your new community to prepare you for the move?
- Do you know which schools are the best?
- Do you know what restaurants there are?
- Do you know what grocery stores are close to your new home?
- Do you have people to drive your cars to your new home?
- Have you had all your expensive items appraised so that they can be properly insured prior to your move?
- Is your move related to your job? If so, have you researched your company’s moving policy? Are any subsidies available for moving costs?
- Have you gotten rid of all unnecessary items either by a yard sale, recycling, or simple purge?
- Do you have a record of all the items in your household (your phone makes it easy to record a video or snap photos)?
- Have you transferred all your insurance policies to your new address (this includes your medical, property, auto and fire insurance)?
- 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)?
- Have you notified old schools regarding your move?
- Have you transferred records to the new schools?
- Have you registered at new schools?
- Have you alerted all your doctors and dentists regarding here move?
- Do you have medical referrals for your new community?
- Have you obtained all necessary medical records that you’ll need in your new location?
- Have you transferred all necessary membership associations to your new community?
- Have you arranged for family members and pets to be transported to your new location?
- If flying, have you purchased tickets?
- Have you reserved hotel rooms (if necessary)?
- Do you have referrals for veterinarians in your new community?
30 Days Before You Move
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 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:
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. (more…)
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.
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. (more…)
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.
Find a quality moving company
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.
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
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.
Our list of Moving Supplies:
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.
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:
Touristy Activities in Chicago – Family Friendly
- Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)
- Navy Pier
- Shedd Aquarium
- Field Museum
- Museum of Science and Industry
- Maggie Daley Park
- Art Institute Chicago
- Deep Dish Pizza
- Architect River Tour
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- Wrigley Field
- Lake front Path
Chicago Restaurants(More than Pizza)