Moving to Chicago, IL in a U-Haul truck? First learn about your new city!

U-Haul has named Chicago the #2 Top Destination City in our 2014 Migration Trends Report 
Read more about things to do while living in Chicago

Chicago is a bustling city with a gorgeous downtown skyline that overlooks Lake Michigan. It is the third largest city in the United States and harbors nearly 3 million residents. Many individuals know Chicago to be 'The Windy City,' but locals often refer to it as 'Chi-Town.' Regardless of what you call it, Chicago is a desirable city and was even ranked the #2 Top Destination City on our 2014 migration trend report. Whether you are moving here temporarily or for long-term, there are many must-see attractions. These include Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Cloud Gate AKA the Bean, Shedd Aquarium, the Skydeck and much more.

 

This creative city has so much to offer, making it a great place for artists to explore their talents. If you are looking for a studio in the city that focuses on creating a closer community of artists U-Haul Artist Lofts of Chicago is the place to be. It offers luxuries such as high vaulted ceilings, smooth wooden floors and exposed brick walls. It even has views of the Chicago River for you to draw inspiration from. The urban lofts come in many sizes, so you can choose the loft that is right for you or your business. Welcome to our city!

                                         

 

Helpful Tips for Moving to and Living in Chicago, IL

Thousands of people move to Chicago each year, and with more than 90 truck rental locations in the city, U-Haul has you covered! Here are some helpful tips to assist you on your journey of relocating to Chicago. 

 

  • When to Move - Although you're probably going to move based on when you "need" to or when you can get a new house/apartment/etc., try to avoid moving around April 1st and October 1st. In Chicago, these are traditional "moving days" and traffic can be especially busy.
  • Neighborhoods and street layouts - When moving to Chicago, consider what neighborhood will fit you best. There are many diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, the cleaner and safer ones typically near the downtown area. After you have decided on a neighborhood, make sure you are aware of the navigation in the city. The roads are based on a grid system around W Madison and N State St, which means roads typically go either north/south or east/west. Addresses are based off of how far they are from these two streets. Aside from the grid system, there are a few streets in northern and southern Chicago that run diagonally, creating "six corner" intersections which can be confusing. Try to avoid driving your large moving vehicel on these diagonal streets if you aren't familiar with them.
  • Plan for parking - Many communities sport 'no parking' signs during specific hours. If you are moving to a community where parking is limited, request or reserve a spot prior to your move-in date. Also, much of the city relies on parallel parking. If you need to brush up on your parallel parking skills, you might want to do so before you are behind the wheel of a 20 ft moving truck
  • Transportation once you're here - After the big move to Chi-Town, you can often do away with having a vehicle. Chicago has one the best public transportation systems in the country. With that being said, it is also wise to avoid travel and moving during major events, such as Cubs games, since the city will be especially busy then.
  • Did you know - Chicago has more than 550 parks and over 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths. This is the perfect way to get some fresh air, stay in shape and maybe even make some new friends. Enjoy it while the weather is warm!

 

U-Haul locations in or near Chicago, IL

1
The Hall Self Storage (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3001 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
2
Sunshine Movers & Truck Rental Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2324 N Elston, Chicago, IL 60614
3
Harlem & Addison Tire & Auto (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
7200 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60634
4
Don D Fashions 2 (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5940 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60636
5
Mikes Service Ltd (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3514 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
6
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Midway
4705 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632
7
U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Shore
1650 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649
8
Johns Hardware (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
7350 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60621
9
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Lincoln Park
1200 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
10
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Up-Town
4055 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60613
11
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Portage Park
4301 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
12
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Westside
1700 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
13
City Suburban Auto (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5674 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60646
14
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Logan Square
4100 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
15
Hyde Park Self Storage (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5155 S Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60615
16
South Shore Self Storage (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
7843 S Exchange Ave, Chicago, IL 60649
17
Triangle Auto Service Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4060 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
18
83rd & Halsted Storage (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
8316 S Birkhoff Ave, Chicago, IL 60620
19
Wf Halls Self Storage Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1919 W Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60609
20
East Bank Storage On 35th St (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
21
Lite Site Express Ltd (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
6415 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
22
Midway Storage LLC (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5660 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638
23
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Brighton Park
3401 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632
24
Circle R Auto Sales (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
10106 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
25
AJ Auto Solutions (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2801 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
26
Panos Auto Service Center (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4744 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
27
Dollar & Drapery (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1015 W 87th St, Chicago, IL 60620
28
Midway Storage III (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4906 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60644
29
Better Life Entertainment (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1719 W 79th St, Chicago, IL 60620
30
Green Discount (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
400 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628
31
Mr Flower & Mr Ping Pong (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1647 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
32
First Impression (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
218 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60619
33
ORI Brothers Flooring Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
6010 N NorthWest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631
34
The PC Detectives (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
16 S Kostner, Chicago, IL 60624
35
American Self Storage of Illinois (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5509 S Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60636
36
Sanchez Financial Services (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4235 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
37
Pieza Automotive Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5344 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
38
Rons One Stop Auto Shop (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
9934 S Halsted Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
39
Little Deetailing Auto Spa Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2855 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60612
40
Elar Auto Rebuilders Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1846 S Canalport Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
41
High Point Auto Service (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4922 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
42
Allure (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2341 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608
43
Southside Auto Spa LLC (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5839 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60621
44
Motor Gallery 2345 (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2345 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
45
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Avondale
3250 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
46
Englewood Used Auto Parts (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
620 W 59th St, Chicago, IL 60621
47
Balmoral Auto & Body Werks (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1122 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
48
S D S D Auto Glass Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1700 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
49
Garifuna Flava Caribbean Restaurant (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2518 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629
50
East Coast Pantry (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
611 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607
51
Top Value Auto Repair (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4857 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60651
52
G&G Service Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
7320 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
53
E B Tours & Charters Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2253 S Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60623
54
C James Autobody Service (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3452 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
55
Prepaid Exchange (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1484 W 115th St, Chicago, IL 60643
56
Lawrence Shell (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4800 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
57
Laramie Shell (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4001 N Laramie Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
58
Transportes Guerrero (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4630 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60651
59
U-Haul Storage of Marquette Park
2540 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629
60
J&H World of Tires (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
646 W 95th St, Chicago, IL 60628
61
2Wice As Nice Resale (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4757 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60644
62
Division Noble Service Station (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1400 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
63
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Bronzeville
2601 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60616
64
Division Auto Clinic (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2639 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
65
Value Home Furniture (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5917 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60636
66
One Stop Food Market (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
8222 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60619
67
Autotecx (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1775 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
68
Mr Flower & Mr Ping Pong 2 (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2211 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
69
U Stor It (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
8737 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60620
70
Erie Collision Center (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
629 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
71
Second Chance Barber Shop (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5744 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
72
U-Haul of Bridgeport
431 W Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60609
73
All Weather Specialist Hvac R (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
214 W 119th St, Chicago, IL 60628
74
International Auto Design (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4943 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
75
Midwest Restaurant Equipment Supply (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3500 S Morgan St Floor 1, Chicago, IL 60609
76
Chatham Food Market (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
327 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60619
77
Mattress Warehouse Outlet (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3067 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
78
Citgo Gas (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1958 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60609
79
C&B Auto (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
10855 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60628
80
Barnes Bus Transportation (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1135 W 115th St, Chicago, IL 60643
81
Sun Auto Service Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3201 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
82
U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Loop
500 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616
83
Jan Enterprises Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5921 W Dickens Ave Unit 203, Chicago, IL 60639
84
Olveras Fender Bender (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1516 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
85
Tip Handcarwash & Detail Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
815 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
86
L A Motors Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4034 N Tripp Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
87
Tico's Auto Repair Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2844 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
88
Quick Service Auto Center (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4501 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
89
Quick Service Auto Center (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4154 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
90
Riteway Construction & Management (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
151 W 69th St, Chicago, IL 60621
91
All Time Wrecking & Hauling Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5351 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60644
92
MSS Delivery Services Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
9336 S Jeffery Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
93
Car Care Center ASA Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3447 51 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
94
American Lube Plus (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3455 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
95
C&D Towing Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3333 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
96
Jan Enterprises Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1040 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60610
97
CHICAGO NORTHSIDE STORAGE
5035 W. FOSTER, CHICAGO, IL 60630
98
AARON BROS. SELF STORAGE, INC.
4034 S MICHIGAN AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60653
99
Chicago Northside Storage - Lakeview
2946 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618