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!

 

Find nearby storage units, Moving Help®, and truck rental locations in Chicago.

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
Midway Storage LLC (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5660 W 55th St, Chicago, IL 60638
22
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Brighton Park
3401 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60632
23
Circle R Auto Sales (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
10106 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
24
AJ Auto Solutions (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2801 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
25
Panos Auto Service Center (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4744 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
26
Dollar & Drapery (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1015 W 87th St, Chicago, IL 60620
27
Midway Storage III (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4906 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60644
28
Better Life Entertainment (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1719 W 79th St, Chicago, IL 60620
29
Green Discount (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
400 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628
30
Mr Flower & Mr Ping Pong (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1647 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
31
First Impression (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
218 E 79th St, Chicago, IL 60619
32
ORI Brothers Flooring Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
6010 N NorthWest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631
33
The PC Detectives (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
16 S Kostner, Chicago, IL 60624
34
American Self Storage of Illinois (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5509 S Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60636
35
Sanchez Financial Services (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4235 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
36
Pieza Automotive Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5344 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
37
Little Deetailing Auto Spa Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2855 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60612
38
High Point Auto Service (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4922 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
39
Allure (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2341 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608
40
Southside Auto Spa LLC (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5839 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60621
41
MG 2345 Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2345 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
42
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Avondale
3250 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
43
Englewood Used Auto Parts (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
620 W 59th St, Chicago, IL 60621
44
S D S D Auto Glass Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1700 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
45
East Coast Pantry (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
611 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607
46
G&G Service Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
7320 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
47
E B Tours & Charters Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2253 S Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60623
48
C James Autobody Service (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3452 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
49
Prepaid Exchange (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1484 W 115th St, Chicago, IL 60643
50
Lawrence Shell (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4800 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
51
Transportes Guerrero (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4630 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60651
52
U-Haul Storage of Marquette Park
2540 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60629
53
J&H World of Tires (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
646 W 95th St, Chicago, IL 60628
54
2Wice As Nice Resale (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4757 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60644
55
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Bronzeville
2601 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60616
56
Division Auto Clinic (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2639 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
57
Value Home Furniture (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5917 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60636
58
Autotecx (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1775 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
59
Mr Flower & Mr Ping Pong 2 (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2211 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
60
U Stor It (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
8737 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60620
61
Erie Collision Center (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
629 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
62
Second Chance Barber Shop (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5744 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
63
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Bridgeport
431 W Pershing Rd, Chicago, IL 60609
64
All Weather Specialist Hvac R (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
214 W 119th St, Chicago, IL 60628
65
International Auto Design (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4943 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
66
Midwest Restaurant Equipment Supply (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3500 S Morgan St Floor 1, Chicago, IL 60609
67
Mattress Warehouse Outlet (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3067 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
68
Citgo Gas (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1958 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60609
69
Sun Auto Service Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3201 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
70
U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Loop
500 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616
71
Olveras Fender Bender (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1440 N Kilpatrick Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
72
Tip Handcarwash & Detail Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
815 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
73
Tico's Auto Repair Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2844 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
74
Quick Service Auto Center (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4501 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
75
Quick Service Auto Center (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4154 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
76
All Time Wrecking & Hauling Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5351 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60644
77
MSS Delivery Services Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
9336 S Jeffery Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
78
Armando's Auto Repair Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5310 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
79
Car Care Center ASA Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3447 51 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
80
American Lube Plus (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3455 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
81
U-Haul Moving & Storage of Jefferson Park
5035 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
82
Jan Enterprises Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1140 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60610
83
C&B Auto Sales (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
10855 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60628
84
Priority Tires & Service LLC (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3353 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60651
85
Joy Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
10001 S Halsted Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
86
Infinitech Auto (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1850 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
87
KDO Enterprises (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
6510 S Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60637
88
Apple Farm Foods (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
305 E 115th St, Chicago, IL 60628
89
SSS Auto Repair (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2815 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
90
Rental Paradise (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
9449 S Loomis St, Chicago, IL 60620
91
Aberdeen Auto (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
355 N Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
92
Midwest Car Care (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4543 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60630
93
Max Allen Auto Sales (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
4216 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
94
Vill Galleria LLC (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
6522 S Ashland Ave Floor 1, Chicago, IL 60636
95
CP&R Automotive Services Inc (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
6358 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
96
Priceless Auto (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
105 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60624
97
MRPM Repair Bodyworks & Auto (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
6257 N Western Ave Unit A, Chicago, IL 60659
98
Mini Dollar Plus (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
412 W 71st St, Chicago, IL 60621
99
Vans Carwash (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
5940 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60636
100
Get Connected (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
358 N Laramie Ave, Chicago, IL 60644
101
B&N Services (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
11102 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60655
102
Logan Auto Fix (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
2333 N St Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
103
ABM Auto Repair (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
3044 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
104
U-Haul Storage of Gage Park
3206 W 61st St, Chicago, IL 60629
105
All Day Tire Shop (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
1900 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
106
Grand & Ashland Station (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
505 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
107
Namaste Shipping (U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer)
6415 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
108
AARON BROS. SELF STORAGE, INC.
4034 S MICHIGAN AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60653
109
Chicago Northside Storage - Lakeview
2946 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618