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With a population of almost 3 million, Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. after New York and Los Angeles, and its metropolitan area places it in the World's Top 40.
With plenty of business opportunities, well-paid jobs, and dozens of top-rated colleges and universities, Chicago attracts newcomers all year round. If you are one of them, it is worth taking a look at what the city has to offer both economically and in terms of neighborhoods before making your move.
The University of Chicago is ranked 5th in the United States and Top 10 worldwide, covering a range of arts and sciences, medicine, business, and public policy studies. Other notable universities in the area include Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and the Illinois Institute of Technology, better known as Illinois Tech.
The top 3 employers in Chicago are the U.S. Government, Chicago Public Schools, and the City of Chicago, and the largest corporations with headquarters here include Boeing, Walgreens, United Continental, and Sears. The tech industry has the most open jobs, followed by health care, transportation, food services, and retail.
The City of Chicago offers free support to start-up entrepreneurs and business owners via Neighborhood Business Development Centers (NBDC). Economic development initiatives under DPD u2014 the Department of Planning and Development u2014 include funding opportunities like the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF), Chicago PACE, and Tax Increment Financing (TIF).
Lincoln Park and Old Town
A great area for live music, entertainment, and recreational activities, these neighborhoods are ideal for young professionals and indie businesses. With great schools and plenty of green space around, it is also a top choice among young families that love the big city vibe.
Chicago's official downtown area is dynamic and filled with cultural attractions, parks, shops, and restaurants. Less affordable than the old town, it is still a safe area, very well connected with public transit, extremely walkable, and with good schools.
This wealthy historical neighborhood is the home of the original Playboy mansion and the famous Magnificent Mile. It is the place to go if you love luxury, designer boutiques, praised restaurants, and gorgeous beaches. And if you can afford it, of course.
Located north of downtown Chicago and home to the iconic Navy Pier, you can be in the middle of the city and still feel connected to nature here. It is popular among business professionals that like to balance nightlife with lakefront views, sandy beaches, and green parks.
Whether moving homes for a better job, looking to open a small business, or attending one of the prestigious universities in and around Chicago, you will find extra storage space extremely handy. Public transportation is very reliable and you can use it to get around the city daily, so it makes sense to opt for car storage if you own a car and only need it for occasional trips.
Given the cold winters and frequent heat waves during summer, climate-controlled storage units are a must, and boat storage pays off if you enjoy exploring Lake Michigan on your own. Check out all the Chicago storage units available and choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.
Check out our full Chicago Moving Guide on the SelfStorage.com blog!
What is SelfStorage.com?
SelfStorage.com is a place to easily search and compare local storage facilities in Chicago to find the right storage unit at the cheapest price. You can reserve a self-storage unit online without the hassle of calling around to different storage facilities. SelfStorage.com has over 20,000 facility listings in all 50 states, providing one of the largest selection of storage unit inventory.
How do I use SelfStorage.com?
SelfStorage.com makes finding a storage unit near you less stressful. You can search for storage facilities by city, zip code or address to compare all available storage units in Chicago. Use advanced search filters to compare unit sizes, prices, amenities (like drive-up access or climate control), contactless move-ins and exclusive online specials.
How do I reserve my storage unit on SelfStorage.com?
When you find the right storage unit in Chicago for your needs, you can reserve online for free with no credit card required. You can also call to reserve your storage unit by phone. There are never any obligations, with the option to cancel your reservation for free at any time.
Is it really free to reserve a storage unit?
Yes, Selfstorage.com is completely free to use with no strings attached. You won’t pay for your storage unit until you arrive at the facility to complete your paperwork and move in.
A storage unit’s price is based on several factors, including the facility’s amenities (such as 24/7 access, free use of truck), the storage unit’s amenities (such as climate control, electrical outlet), facility location, unit location (a ground floor unit will be more expensive), and overall demand in your area.
When looking at pricing for storage units in Chicago, it’s important to think about rental rates in terms of price for value. Sometimes, the cheapest storage unit doesn’t always mean it’s the best unit for YOUR needs.
If you're looking for a cheap 5x5 unit in Chicago, you'll get the best value by renting a $29.00 unit at Life Storage - Chicago - 5860 North Pulaski Road.
If you're looking for a cheap 10x10 unit in Chicago, you'll get the best value by renting a $80.00 unit at Public Storage - Chicago - 2351 N Harlem Ave.
If you're looking for a cheap 10x15 unit in Chicago, you'll get the best value by renting a $154.00 unit at Life Storage - La Grange Park.
If you're looking for a cheap 10x20 unit in Chicago, you'll get the best value by renting a $212.00 unit at Public Storage - Niles - 7300 N Lehigh Ave.