Hurricane Irma: Metro Self Storage Florida Locations Close Temporarily


UPDATED September 19, 2017


We are happy to report that all Florida Metro Self Storage stores are open for business 🙂

In preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Florida, Metro Self Storage is taking steps to safeguard our staff, properties, and customers.

Effective Saturday, September 9th at 4 pm EST, all Metro Self Storage Florida stores will be closed and there will be no access to the facilities.

Florida Metro Self Storage Florida facilities will remain closed through Monday, September 11th with a targeted reopening on Tuesday, September 12th.

We will adjust our plan in the coming days as needed. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your store Property Manager.


Temporarily Closures as of Saturday, September 9th at 4 PM

Metro Self Storage | 17701 Summerlin Rd | Fort Myers, FL 33908 | 239-243-0151

Metro Self Storage | 17625 S Tamiami Trail | Fort Myers, FL 33908 | 239-243-9646

Metro Self Storage | 624 Robin Rd | Lakeland, FL 33803 | 863-393-9916

Metro Self Storage | 10501 Belcher Rd S | Largo, FL 33777 | 727-322-7480

Metro Self Storage | 1675 Starkey Rd | Largo, FL 33771 | 727-216-2815

Metro Self Storage | 13100 66th St N | Largo, FL 33773 | 727-266-0030

Metro Self Storage | 3021 Lee Blvd | Lehigh Acres, FL 33971 | 239-303-4012

Metro Self Storage | 21731 State Road 54 | Lutz, FL 33549 | 813-235-4063

Metro Self Storage | 7627 Narcoossee Rd | Orlando, FL 32822 | 407-270-1587

Metro Self Storage | 3501 Gandy Blvd N | Pinellas Park, FL 33781 | 727-322-7488

Metro Self Storage | 1231 Kings Hwy | Port Charlotte, FL 33980 | 941-623-9150

Metro Self Storage | 10813 Boyette Rd | Riverview, FL 33569 | 813-200-6208

Metro Self Storage | 619 Cattlemen Rd | Sarasota, FL 34232 | 941-256-0898

Metro Self Storage | 311 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd | Seffner, FL 33584 |813-413-4012

Metro Self Storage | 3300 Barclay Ave | Spring Hill, FL 34609 | 352-200-2589

Metro Self Storage | 4216 Gunn Hwy | Tampa, FL 33618 | 813-200-6978

Metro Self Storage | 1821 E Fletcher Ave | Tampa, FL 33612 | 813-319-3835

Metro Self Storage | 17231 Dona Michelle Dr | Tampa, FL 33647 | 813-344-2073

Metro Self Storage | 8323 W Hillsborough Ave | Tampa, FL 33615 | 813-774-4829

Metro Self Storage | 1210 W Fletcher Ave | Tampa, FL 33612 | 813-321-7311

Metro Self Storage | 19390 Bruce B Downs Blvd | Tampa, FL 33647 | 813-235-4159

Metro Self Storage | 28925 State Road 54 | Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 | 813-235-4169


Hurricane Irma Preparedness, Evacuation, and Shelter Resources for Florida Residents and Businesses

The federal government has a website dedicated to emergency preparedness, including flooding and hurricanes.

FEMA also has an online resource page dedicated to Hurricane Irma that includes emergency phone numbers, safety tips, and information on how to apply for federal assistance.

The Florida Division Emergency Management web site provides up-to-the-minute weather alerts and family disaster and tips for evacuating documents.

Florida Emergency Management Local Offices by County

State of Florida Shelter Status and Updates

Traffic Updates and Road Closures from Around the State

Florida General Population Shelters by County

NOAA Weather Radio Florida Counties

Miami-Dade County Hurricane Irma Updates

Florida Health Departments by County

Miami-Dade Evacuation Order Map


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Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting at Our New Storage Facility in Mundelein, IL


Would you like to keep your valued possessions at a modern, brand new storage facility in Mundelein, Illinois?

Come on down and join our celebration! Metro Self Storage will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration with the Mundelein Chamber of Commerce on September 14th from 4:30 PM to 7.30 PM.

The festive celebration will include delicious, catered food as well as self-guided and personal tours of our newly constructed climate-controlled storage facility.

Metro Self Storage Build New Climate Controlled Storage Facility in Mundelein, IL Open House Invitation


In addition to meeting new friends, you ‘ll also have chances to win valuable prizes!

Built from the ground up, our new storage facility in Mundelein is designed to give customers a great experience. Whether you need to rent a storage unit in the middle of winter or the height of summer, our spacious interior loading bays will keep you comfortable any time of year.

  • Ample lighting and 24-hour video surveillance
  • Friendly, on-site Property Manager
  • 100% climate-controlled storage
  • Multiple entrances and exit points for easy access
  • Sturdy moving carts to make moving bulky items easier
  • State-of-the-art security for your peace of mind


Founded in Illinois in 1973, Metro Self Storage is your locally owned and operated full-service storage provider. Our facilities offer all of the great self storage features you are looking for with excellent customer service. 

Metro Self Storage is ideally located at 1360 Butterfield Road, Mundelein, Illinois, 60060 to serve local residents and businesses in Vernon Hills, Lake County, Diamond Lake, Townline Square, Libertyville, MacArthur Woods Forest, Hawthorn Mall, and beyond. A friendly, professionally trained Property Manager is on site to answer your questions and help guide you through the self storage process.

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Houston Strong! Stories of Courage, Compassion, and Strength


Houston Strong quickly became the motto of Texans everywhere during Hurricane Harvey. Reported as one of the worst natural disasters in its history, the record breaking tropical storm landed the same week as the city’s 181st anniversary; Houston’s forefathers could never have imagined a storm like this. As people process and begin to rebuild, we look at last week’s stories that touched so many watching from afar. 

From hundreds of brave rescuers who traveled from near and far trailering their boats to Houston to the resourceful bakers who baked 2 tons of bread while trapped in their store, it would seem heroes are ready to do whatever it takes—#HoustonStrong.


The U.S Coast Guard rescues thousands

Image source: Twitter @USCG

Hurricane Harvey dumped trillions of gallons of water on Houston and surrounding cities. And some Texas and Louisiana regions are still experiencing heavy rainfall. As of August 31, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard has rescued more than 6,000 people and 1,000 pets. It is estimated that the Coast Guard will remain busy for several days to come.


Trapped El Bolillo bakers bake tons of bread

Houston Strong trapped El Bolillo bakers make bread for flood victims

The East End District of Houston is home to two of Houston’s oldest Hispanic Communities and a variety of family-owned businesses. Among them is El Bolillo Bakery that serves traditional Mexican cakes and sweets. When Hurricane Harvey hit, three of the shop’s bakers were trapped inside for two days with 4,000 pounds of flour.  

One of the baker’s family was trapped at a mobile home park and he was terrified their home would float away with his wife and three young children. They quickly decided to keep their minds and hands busy and be Houston Strong by baking hundreds of sheets of pan dulce to be handed out to people in need. 


Animal rescue heroes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Image source:  Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle.

Texas National Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion embody Houston Strong as they work with local emergency workers to rescue residents and animals from severe flooding during Hurricane Harvey. Soldiers, fire fighters, paramedics, and neighbors aided more than 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs and cats, evacuating them to dry ground and local shelters.

There are dozens of animal rescue stories going viral in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey. We love animals for many reasons, and there is little doubt that a storm of this magnitude also affects wild animals as well as beloved pets.

While some Texas ranchers struggle to get cattle out of flooded areas and to higher ground, Animal advocates from around the country are helping to rescue people’s pets in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Harvey the Hawk
A Houston-area taxicab driver filmed a hawk, appropriately named Harvey, who climbed into his taxicab to seek shelter from the storm. The video went viral. Thankfully, Harvey is now being cared for by the staff of the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Firefighter Rescue a Stranded Horse
The fire department of College Station, Texas, posted a video of how it went about rescuing a horse stranded by Harvey floodwaters. It is amazing how calm and cooperative this magnificent beast was during the rescue. Even animals can be Houston Strong.

The Lucky Rescue of 20 Dogs and Their Caretaker
After spending 14-hours in her attic, Betty Walker, a dedicated animal rescuer and the 20 dogs in her care were rescued by three men and their boat who just happened to be canvassing the neighborhood looking for people (and pets) who needed help.

Resourceful Dog Otis Goes Viral on National Media
Then there is Otis, a golden retriever mix who was spotted carrying a bag of dog food down a flooded street. His photo was posted on Facebook with the hashtag refugee and immediately went viral. As reported by Scott Stump from the news outlet, Today, “Adjusting to life in the aftermath of a cataclysmic storm like Hurricane Harvey often requires resourcefulness, and that doesn’t just go for humans.” We couldn’t have said it better.

It’s stories like these give us something to smile about in times of duress. We look at the bright side; it’s human nature to be Houston Strong in the face of a disaster.


How to help animal rescuers in Houston

  • To donate to the Humane Society of the United States, click here.
  • To donate to Wings of Rescue, click here.
  • To donate to Best Friends Animal Society, click here.


Next steps in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

The next step after rescue efforts is to begin rebuilding the homes and lives affected by the record setting flood waters. We offer some tips and resources from FEMA  on how to salvage your belongings after flood water damage.

Additionally, in an effort to help our fellow Houstonians through this trying time, Metro Self Storage is giving away 2-free months of storage at Houston-area stores while supplies last. For more details please click here.


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Salvaging Household Items After Hurricane Harvey


Preparing for a hurricane is no easy feat. Especially if you have multiple family members, beloved pets, or both in your care. In the rush of an evacuation, ensuring everyone can make it to safety is a priority. It’s entirely understandable when valued objects and things get left behind.

Before salvaging household items, the most important thing to remember is to make your safety a priority when returning after a hurricane to clean and empty out your home. While many things will disappear as a result of flood damage, others can be saved.  


Rescue the most valuable items first

Returning to your home for the first time after evacuating from a natural disaster is often heartbreaking. However, when treasured belongings sustain water damage from a hurricane, you may be able to salvage them. FEMA recommends finding and rescuing “irreplaceable” valuables such as money, jewelry, family heirlooms, artwork, photographs, and important documents first.


If you need to rent a temporary storage unit in Houston during recovering and rebuilding

After salvaging household items, you may need to store them while you figure out what to do next. Apartment dwellers and homeowners affected by hurricane floods can temporarily store their undamaged belongings at one of our Houston-area self storage locations.

Here at Metro Self Storage, we want to do our part by helping to mitigate some of your storage costs. However, it is important to note that insurance is required while your belongings are stored.

Metro Self Storage is offering 2 months free rent in addition to waiving administrative fees at these locations while inventory lasts: 

Metro Storage-Houston 43rd | 6300 West 43rd Street | Houston, TX |713-688-8700
Metro Storage-Houston Bissonnet | 9840 Bissonnet Street | Houston, TX | 713-981-7222
Metro Storage-Houston Champions | 13800 Veterans Memorial Dr. | Houston, TX | 281-880-7444
Metro Storage-Houston Gessner | 1918 Gessner Drive | Houston, TX | 832-358-3888
Metro Storage-Kingwood | 560 Kingwood Dr | Kingwood, TX | 281-348-9800
Metro Storage-La Marque | 2919 FM 1765 | La Marque, TX | 409-933-9930


How to save wood furnishings after water damage

Solid wood furniture including family heirloom and antique furniture can usually be cleaned and repaired after receiving water damage. Wood alcohol or turpentine applied with a cotton ball can help remove white mildew spots on wood. After the furniture is dried out, cream wood restorers with lanolin will help restore good wooden furniture parts. However, upholstered furniture soaked by contaminated flood waters are usually discarded due to the health concerns.


How to clean clothes and linens damaged by hurricane flood waters

Salvaging household items like clothes and linens is easier if you have working appliances. Even if your washing machine and dryer did not get wet during Hurricane Harvey, do not use either until you know that it is safe to use electricity in your house, the water is safe enough to drink, and your sewer line is working properly.

Before washing clothes, run your machine through one full cycle set on hot water and add bleach. If clothes or linens are muddy, wash them off with a hose first to avoid clogging your drain. Additionally, iIt is important to wash, thoroughly dry, and to properly prepare clothes and linens before placing them in your storage unit.


What to do with kitchen items and food after flood damage

Like the washing machine and other appliances, you will want to make sure your dishwasher is only used after you know your water is safe to drink and that the sewer line works. Go ahead and throw out plastic items exposed to flood waters because they are porous and probably absorbed the contaminants the flood waters carried into your home. Run all dishes, pots and pans, and utensils through the dishwasher and do not use the energy saving setting to ensure the hot setting is optimal.


An important note about food touched by flood waters

According to FEMA, food (even in cans and sealed jars) is highly susceptible to contamination during a flood. Call the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Hotline at 1-800-535-4555 between 10:00 am and 4 pm, Eastern Time, Monday through Friday to have a food flood expert answer your questions about whether to keep or discard food.


FEMA publishes these helpful guides on the National Flood Insurance Program in Spanish and English

Su Seguro de Vivienda de Residencia no cubre Inundaciones | If Your Homeowners Insurance Doesn’t Cover Floods

Póliza de Riesgo Preferencial para Propietarios e Inquilinos | The Preferred Risk Policy for Homeowners and Renters

Poliza de riesgo preferida para negocios  | The Preferred Risk Policy for Businesses

Programa Nacional de Seguro Contra Inundación Resumen de Cobertura | NFIP Summary of Coverage

Manual de Reclamaciones para Seguros Contra Inundaciones | Flood Insurance Claims Handbook

Reconstruya de Manera Mas Segura y Resistente. Lo Que Necesita Saber | Build Back Safer and Stronger—What You Need to Know

Seguridad alimentaria y del agua en caso de apagones eléctricos e inundaciones  | Food and Water Safety During Power Outages and Floods

Houstonians are now facing the herculean task of cleaning up the mess Harvey. Officials are switching from response and rescue mode to recovery efforts with restoration and rebuilding already underway in some parts of storm-hit areas.

Both government and private organizations recommend taking photos of every room from every angle so that you can accurately show documentation of the hurricane flood damage for insurance adjusters. Even if you don’t have flood insurance on your homeowner’s policy, disaster recovery assistance from FEMA, and other organizations will most likely require photos documenting the damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey.

If you have additional questions about how to store your recovered items after Hurricane Harvey, please call one of our friendly, Houston-Area Property Managers at Metro Self Storage.


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Metro Self Storage Offers Free Storage Rental to Hurricane Harvey Victims



If you or your loved one is affected by Hurricane Harvey, and in need of a temporary storage solution for your belongings, Metro Self Storage is offering relief. We are giving 2 months of free storage rental to Hurricane Harvey victims in addition to waiving administrative fees while inventory lasts. It is important to note that insurance is required on belongings placed in a storage unit.


We have 6 Houston-area stores ready to welcome you and your treasured belongings at our clean, dry, and friendly storage facilities.

Metro Storage-Houston 43rd | 6300 West 43rd Street | Houston, TX |713-688-8700
Metro Storage-Houston Bissonnet | 9840 Bissonnet Street | Houston, TX | 713-981-7222 
Metro Storage-Houston Champions | 13800 Veterans Memorial Dr. | Houston, TX | 281-880-7444
Metro Storage-Houston Gessner | 1918 Gessner Drive | Houston, TX | 832-358-3888
Metro Storage-Kingwood | 560 Kingwood Dr | Kingwood, TX | 281-348-9800 SOLD OUT
Metro Storage-La Marque | 2919 FM 1765 | La Marque, TX | 409-933-9930 SOLD OUT


In the rush of evacuating from a life threatening natural disaster, rarely do people have the time to gather up photographs and keepsakes much less loading up furniture and clothing. When families return to their homes, it can be devastating to see the damage. It’s why family heirlooms, photo albums, artwork, and quilts become all the more cherished.

Read more: Houston Strong! Stories of Courage, Compassion, and Strength

While many things may be lost in a flood, some are salvageable if given the right attention and care. For example, the Smithsonian Institute recommends freezing photographs and books as soon as possible and then taking them out in small batches to air dry.

FEMA’s recommendations are to find and rescue those things with the highest value such as heirlooms, artwork, photographs, and jewelry. Because you face so many priorities after a hurricane, it is important to know there are resources and people who can help you in your efforts to restore valuable water-damaged items in Houston. Many professionals specializing in conservation and restoration are willing to travel.

During the aftermath and cleanup of Hurricane Harvey, Houston residents and businesses can confidently store salvaged and undamaged items in a storage unit. Here at Metro Self Storage, we are familiar with working with people during life transitions and in the wake of natural disasters.

You can also find some additional tips and resources on restoring your belongings in Spanish and English in our “How to Salvage Your Belongings After Hurricane Harvey” blog.


Photo Credit: Brant Kelly Creative Commons 2.0


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St. Charles Self Storage Grand Opening! Metro Surpasses 21 Stores in Illinois


Chicago-based Metro Self Storage is celebrating the grand opening of its 22nd store in Illinois. The 45-year-old company is Chicagoland’s first choice for locally owned urban and suburban storage solutions.

The state-of-the-art, newly constructed building differentiates itself as one of the few modern self storage facilities in St. Charles and surrounding areas. Metro Self Storage locations offer all of the great features you’ve come to expect including superior customer service.


St. Charles Self Storage Grand Opening!

Neighbors and local businesses are invited to stop by for our St. Charles self storage grand opening at 2623 Lincoln Highway in Mundelein, IL.  The convenient location is ideal for anyone running errands, working, or living near the Geneva Commons Shopping Center.

Storage facility highlights:

  • St. Charles newest 100% climate-controlled storage facility
  • Ample lighting and 24-hour digital surveillance systems
  • On-site Property Manager to help customers
  • Large, freight-style elevators and moving carts
  • Double-bay interior loading areas for comfort and convenience


Starting today, nearby residents and businesses can now find clean, secure, and conveniently located storage solutions—all at a great value. Additionally, Metro’s user-friendly website makes it easy to reserve and rent residential and business storage units online anytime day or night 365 days a year.

Metro Self Storage serves the cities of Geneva and St. Charles in addition to neighborhoods located in Kane and DuPage Counties.  We proudly serve nearby neighborhoods including Rainbow Hills, Campton Hills, South Elgin, Fox River Estates, Dunham Castle, Elburn, Lily Lake, West Chicago, and Wild Rose.

Kane County Fairgrounds, located directly north of the new St. Charles storage facility, makes it easy for new customers to easily locate Metro Self Storage when visiting the first time.

Founded in Illinois in 1973, Metro Self Storage is Chicagoland’s premier locally owned and operated full-service storage provider. Contact your local Metro to learn more about your storage options today.


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5 Tips To Help You Downsize in Lakeland, Florida


Americans spend $10 billion dollars a year on ways to downsize, reduce, and organize their homes and businesses. It is quite possible that the art of simplicity has never before been so complex. Or expensive. For many, finding happiness is only a move away and what better place to live than a town with plenty of sunshine and easy access to sugar-white-sand beaches.

Just as the name implies, the main attractions in Lakeland, Florida are 38 lakes surrounded by verdant golf courses, shopping districts, and neighborhoods. The combination makes Lakeland a great place for families and retirees alike.

Lakeland is located just outside Tampa and whether you want to downsize your home to save money, retire to Florida, or move for a new job, now might be the perfect time to move to the sunshine state of Florida.

Here are five helpful downsizing tips to help you with the process.


1. Make a List 

Woman using laptop to make list of what to downsize

First, determine your why—make a list of the reasons why you want to downsize in the first place. Maybe you are combining households with someone, going traveling in your RV, retiring to Florida, or getting rid of an extra storage unit. 

Knowing the reason for clearing out the clutter and parting with what you once thought were necessary items will be your magic wand every time when it comes to making something disappear from your life. To help reach your goals, consider selling your items on Craigslist or donating to a local charity.

Also, don’t try to tackle the entire house and garage at once. Instead, start with one room at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed.


2. Downsize Children’s Art

Source: Wall Street Journal

Anyone with young children or grandchildren has seen firsthand how imaginative young minds can create an unlimited amount of artwork. All of which are priceless of course! Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, recently shared her tips with four parents on how to declutter their children’s’ artwork. Not an easy challenge for any parent of young children.

One parent solved her artwork storage dilemma by storing her child’s artwork in several clear plastic storage bins at her local storage facility. Kondo’s creed is to keep only the things that spark joy. However, for parents of young children, following this advice can still lead to more artwork than places to display or store it because it’s all precious.

While tossing a Picasso-like painting from a four-year-old might be doable for some parents, when it comes to properly storing family heirlooms like rocking chairs, cribs, and toy boxes, you can find clean, secure, and affordable storage units in Lakeland, FL  if your new abode is short on storage space.


3. Sell the Family Jewels 

Downsize CDs and DVDs to avoid shelves filled with jewel cases

If you want to say goodbye to old school CD and DVD jewel cases—you can. They take up valuable space. One of the advantages of living in a digital world is that you can store your music on a hard drive or upload your favorite artists on iTunes or Google Play. Old DVDs and VHS movies won’t last forever either.

Thankfully, with services like Pandora, Spotify, Netflix and Amazon Prime you can stream both music and movies from a variety of free and subscription-based sources.


4. Clear Out Kitchen Clutter

Downsize Kitchen Pots and Pans like these to make moving easier

Whether you are a fan of celebrity chefs and dream of a having a camera-ready kitchen or you simply want an efficient way to prep your meals, having an organized kitchen is the key to happiness. First, imagine what your new kitchen will look like. Envisioning living your new lifestyle will help to avoid recreating your old life in a new location.

To downsize your kitchen efficiently, keep in mind that you won’t need a wedding registry worth of gadgets and gizmos to be an amazing cook. But you do need the basics and your favorites. For example, celebrity chef Ina Garten uses baskets to store cutting boards, baking sheets, and other items that are too big to store in cabinets.

Garten also recommends these helpful kitchen storage tips:

  • Store wooden and stainless-steel utensils separately to keep a visually appealing kitchen and to find the tool you need quickly.
  • Keep a binder of your favorite recipes nearby. Covering each printout or handwritten recipe in plastic page protectors will avoid ruining your recipes with splatters while cooking.
  • Use colorful, pretty bowls to display fresh fruit on countertops. This way you will remember to eat your apples and tomatoes. Additionally, lemons give off more juice at room temperature.
  • Instead of displaying spices on a spice rack (sunlight causes spices to lose their potency) dedicate an entire drawer to spices. A celebrity chef pro tip is to store spices in matching glass jars with labels to avoid overlap and clutter.


5. Make a Floor Plan 

To downsize effectively, measure floorplans before moving

Once you’ve found your new home, take the time to measure the rooms and wall space to create your space plan. Measure it twice and move it once is the goal. With a little upfront effort moving into a smaller space will be much less stressful.

According to data on Trulia, home buying trends in Lakeland, Florida, are on the upswing with prices being the highest for the Lake Hollingsworth neighborhood but still lower than many other popular areas of the country. The median home price in Lakeland is $98 per square foot, which is up slightly from the previous year.

We won’t sugarcoat it. Figuring out how to downsize your home isn’t going to be hassle-free but it doesn’t have to be heartbreaking either. Remember to look ahead and get excited about starting your new adventure.

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6 Things To Do in Houston if You’re Dating


Are you looking for things to do in Houston with your date?

Sure, it’s easy to fall into the same old pattern of “Netflix and chill,” but wouldn’t it be fun to break free from your couch and enjoy everything Houston has to offer?

Whether it’s your first date with someone you met online or it’s your 25th anniversary, the following things to do in Houston if you’re dating are sure to give you a night to remember.


Eat Some BBQ at Killen’s

Image Source: @killensbbq via Instagram

The Houston BBQ scene is growing and if there’s one thing Texans love, it’s our BBQ. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make is where to go. Whether you chow down at Killen’s, Central Texas BBQ or The Pit Room, you’re sure to impress your date. I mean, who doesn’t love some good old fashioned BBQ? 


Catch a Show at Miller Outdoor Theatre

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Looking for something cool to do on a budget? How does free sound? It won’t cost you a cent to enjoy a concert, ballet or play at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. Even better, casual attire is encouraged, so dress comfy, bring a blanket and enjoy the fresh air. You can even score extra points with your date by bringing your own picnic.


Visit Bayou Collection and Gardens

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A walk in the park is a great date idea whether you have been dating a week or a year or longer. At Bayou Collections and Gardens, couples can roam 14 acres of gardens and art left to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston by the Hogg family.

Highly rated on TripAdvisor, you might want to book a guided tour to learn all about the vast collection of art, furniture, china, and other interesting artifacts. Located in the heart of Houston, you’ll see some of the best collections of American antiques in Texas along with some of the most incredible gardens.


Eat Dinner at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse

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When you’re looking for things to do in Houston if you’re dating, there’s nothing more impressive than eating a perfect meal at a gorgeous restaurant. Dinner at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse is a clear choice.

From the romantically lit grand entrance to the soft music coming from the bar area, this Houston steakhouse could be an ideal place to propose. So, get gussied up in your best attire, order a bottle of champagne, and enjoy a romantic evening together.



Go Out to the Ball Game

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When it comes to finding fun things to do in Houston, nothing says I love you like rooting for your favorite team together. Watch a Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park or knock it out of the park by taking a tour of the stadium. You’ll learn everything about the ballpark and the Astros. This date is sure to be a home run.



Go on a Treasure Hunt at Discovery Green Flea Market

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If you’re looking for a date that’s fun, free and unique, then you’ll love Discovery Green Flea Market. It’s like going on a treasure hunt for vintage goods, new art, and kitschy items. But you’ll have to plan for this if you’re dating in Houston. The flea market is only open on the 3rd Saturday of the month, but it’s worth the wait. Oh, and did we mention the food trucks?

Did we leave something off the list? What do you like to do in Houston if you’re dating?

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Moving to Alabama? Metro Offers Storage Units in Montgomery


Whether you are moving to Alabama or have lived here your entire life, there are great things to see and discover in  Alabama’s state’s capital of Montgomery.

Central to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s, Montgomery is recognized worldwide for its historical and cultural significance and landmarks due to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s.

Today, Montgomery is a well-traveled tourist destination as well as a desirable place to raise a family, get a top-notch education, or to become a member of the U.S. Military. With so many choices, it’s no wonder so many people are moving to Montgomery.

Here at Metro Self Storage, we understand there are times when renting a storage unit can make the difference between chaos and calm during one of life’s many transitions. We opened our first storage facility in 1973. Today, we are proud to become a member of the community here in Alabama.

Our Montgomery self storage facilities are easy-to-access off U.S. Highway 80 and feature climate-controlled units in a wide range of sizes. Moreover, all of our storage units are competitively priced and feature superior customer service state-of-the-art security.


Why do people rent storage units in Montgomery?

Renting a storage unit comes in handy for any number of life events. Sometimes planned, and sometimes a complete surprise, transitions of any kind can be hard to manage. The number one reason people rent storage units in Montgomery is no different than any other city or state in America.

Moving to a smaller home and do not want to get rid of your furniture and other personal belongings

Temporary storage during a move to a new home or city

Seeking the wanderlust life and planning to travel for several months

A member of the military deployed for duty in another country

Home renovations such as kitchen and bathroom remodels

Staging homes for resale

Collectibles requiring a clean, dry, secure climate-controlled storage unit for safe keeping

Fast-growing Montgomery businesses who need affordable storage space for inventory, business records, and office furniture


If you are looking for secure, convenient, and clean and affordable storage units in Montgomery, contact a member of our friendly storage team. From our professional on-site managers and electronic gates with coded access to climate-controlled storage units and RV and boat storage in Montgomery, Metro Self Storage is hard to beat.


With so many universities in town, thousands of students rent storage units in Montgomery each year

Montgomery, Alabama, is home to a number of universities and colleges where students come from all over the world to pursue their college dreams. Alabama State University (ASU), founded in 1867, currently enrolls approximately 4,764 undergraduate students on its 172-acre campus in Downtown Montgomery.

Home to the ASU Hornets varsity sports teams, ASU students watch their favorite teams play basketball, football, soccer, and more. Moreover, the 4-year public university is primarily a residential campus, so students don’t have to worry about living off-campus until they are ready to rent a nearby apartment.

Serving high school graduates as well as adults returning to school, Auburn University at Montgomery is a top-ranked university that enrolls more than 22,000 undergraduate students and approximately 6,000 graduate-level students. The university offers study abroad programs in 15 countries.

College students frequently use self storage to hold their belongings over summer break, during their year studying abroad, or during a gap year. We offer clean, reliable, and convenient student storage units in Montgomery on Vaughn Road and Ray Thorington Road.  


Metro Self Storage in Montgomery is near these universities:

Auburn University at Montgomery less than three miles

Alabama State University less than eight miles

Ambridge University less than six miles

Virginia College in Montgomery less than six miles

Huntingdon College less than eight miles


Here at Metro, we pride ourselves on creating relationship-driven facilities where people come first. Our well-maintained self storage facilities offer top-notch security features, great customer service, and are always clean and well-maintained.

Contact us today to learn more about your options for storage units in Montgomery in addition to parking for boats, cars, and RVs.


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South Side Chicago Neighborhood Insider Tips from Your Local Metro


These South Side Chicago Neighborhoods Offer Something for Everyone

If you are looking for a socially diverse and connected community, moving to a South Side Chicago Neighborhood could be for you. From the University of Chicago and Jackson Park to affordable housing and culturally diverse neighborhoods, this part of Chi-Town is filled with possibilities.

Whether you are a foodie, a student, a budding entrepreneur, or getting ready to retire, you can find what you are looking for in Chicago. The city has plenty to offer sports fans as well. While its two baseball teams, Cubs and White Sox, regularly garner lots of media attention, Chicago’s basketball (Bulls), hockey (Blackhawks) and football (Bears) teams are all represented.

Commuters moving to South Side Chicago neighborhoods will quickly become acquainted with the Metra train as well as a robust bus and train system. Chicago’s public transportation system is the second largest in the country.

We dive into three South Side Chicago neighborhoods to discover what they offer for locals and people moving to the area.


Located in South Side Chicago, Hyde Park is a Vibrant Neighborhood 

Hyde Park is a popular South Side Chicago Neighborhood for locals and tourists alike. The neighborhood occupies approximately two square miles. The majority of people living in Hyde Park rent their homes, and the median age of residents in Hyde Park is 33-years old with 18% having at least one child. With the University of Chicago to the west and the Museum of Science and Industry to the east, Hyde Park is brimming with opportunities for enrichment and education.

In 1893 Hyde Park hosted the Chicago’s World Fair, which introduced Americans to electricity and the world’s first Ferris wheel. The event was a grand affair that drew more than 30-million people and encompassed 600 acres of land. Today, Hyde Park continues its social and historical significance as an influential force in Chicago’s art and education scenes.


The University of Chicago is a World-Class Institution in Your Backyard

The world-renowned University of Chicago is located in the South Side Chicago Neighborhood of Hyde Park
The University of Chicago is one of the world’s leading research institutions and is located near Jackson Park in South Side Chicago


The University of Chicago got its start thanks to a donation from John D. Rockefeller, who would eventually go on to donate $35 million to the University helping it to rank as one of the world’s leading higher education institutions. From Victorian Gothic to Contemporary, the campus buildings have been designed by some of the most well-respected architects including Frank Lloyd Wright.


Hyde Park Will Keep Your Kids Entertained for Hours and Days

little girl writing at the Museum of Science and Industry in a South Side Chicago Neighborhood
The Museum of Science and Industry will keep kids and their parents engaged for hours


The Museum of Science and Industry offers families engaging science experiences meant to inspire the next generation of innovators. It’s the only remaining building from the 1893 World’s Fair and is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere. Not far from the Museum of Science and Industry is the home of former President, Barack Obama.

When it comes time to find places to get outside and play, Hyde Park is near 57th Street Beach offering fantastic views of Chicago’s skyline. The 57th Street Beach is located in Jackson Park and can be accessed from the Museum of Science and Industry via the pedestrian underpass at Lake Shore Drive.

Also located in this South Side Chicago Neighborhood is the ever-popular Chicago Playpen, an indoor all-in-one play space for families with young children. While the Chicago Playpen is widely known for planning themed birthday parties, classes are offered for babies, toddlers, children, and preteens.

If you plan to move to a South Side Chicago neighborhood this summer, you can easily find affordably priced month-to-month storage solutions with any one of Metro’s South Side Chicago neighborhood locations.


Immediately East of Washington Heights, Beverly is an Affluent South Side Chicago Neighborhood  

castle in beverly, a south side chicago neighborhood
Inspired by a real Irish Castle, The Given’s House is located in the Beverly Neighborhood


Known for its vast green spaces and incredible architecture, Beverly is a South Side Chicago neighborhood with a lot to offer in a relatively small area. The demographic makeup of this neighborhood is slightly older than Hyde Park— the median age of residents is 40, 53% are married, and 35% have at least one child. Moreover, 81% of Beverly residents own their homes.

Beverly holds the country’s largest historic districts that feature dozens of homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Because these homes aren’t known for having an abundance of closet space, residents living here often research Chicago storage costs to find cheap storage rentals with good security. 

There is also a huge Irish influence in Beverly. Anyone visiting might think they are in Ireland with its many pub-lined streets boasting more Irish-style bars than any other Chicago neighborhood.

Chicago’s only castle, the Givens House, was built for a real estate developer by an unknown architect way back in 1886. Modeled after an Irish castle, it has been the home of the Beverly Unitarian Church since 1941 and is registered as a historical landmark.


Beverly is a Foodies Paradise

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Adorable children eating ice cream cones from The Original Rainbow in South Side Chicago


There are different of types of restaurants in this area that are affordable. For a night out with friends, there is Top Notch Burger, Applebee’s, Giordano’s, Culver’s, Olive Garden, and Buffalo Wild Wings to name a few.

The Original Rainbow Ice Cream is located at 92nd and Western Avenue on Chicago’s South Side and still serves the best ice cream in Chicago (according to most Chicagoans). South Side Chicago is also the home of the Top Notch Beefburger, recently voted “Chicago’s Best Burger” in the Chicago Tribune.


The Ashburn/Wrightwood Neighborhood Ranks as the 30th Best Neighborhood in Chicago 

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The Ashburn Wright Metra Train Station located in South Side Chicago


Known for having high graduation rates and lots of nearby amenities, Ashburn/Wrightwood is ranked at the 30th best neighborhood by StreetAdvisor. The Greater Ashburn covers approximately five square miles the Ashburn/Wrightwood boundaries are 75th Street through 87th Street.

Families with children, professionals, and retirees living in Ashburn make up its diverse population. As for the demographics in the Ashburn Neighborhood, the median age is 35, 44% of residents are married, and 45% of residents have at least one child. Additionally, 85% of residents own their homes.

Residents say that Ashburn has a neighborly feel and that you don’t have to travel far to find small businesses of all types as well as small, family-owned restaurants serving up delicious food at affordable prices. For groceries and daily errands, there is an Ultra Foods on 87th and Kedzie, and a Meijers on 94th and Western near Sam’s Club.

Most of Ashburn’s homes were built between 1940 through 1969, which means small closets that can leave families scrambling for seasonal storage space. Thankfully, local neighbors and businesses can easily find a locally owned and operated W 79th Street Storage in Ashburn/Wrightwood.

While this neighborhood is great for neighborly spirit, shopping, and dining, people living there say it’s not so ideal for parking or night life and that children would greatly benefit from a community center for after school activities.

There are many other neighborhoods to explore in South Side Chicago. Finding a neighborhood that matches your lifestyle and feels like a place you can call home is certainly doable in Chicago. The city boasts 77 distinct neighborhoods, each ethnically diverse and with its own cultural flavor.

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The Best Neighborhoods in Knoxville for Lifestyle and Culture


The best neighborhoods in Knoxville have two things in common: they’re beautiful, and they have a great culture. If you’re moving to Knoxville and are worried about where you’ll live, rest assured: Knoxville is diverse and culturally-rich. There’s sure to be a neighborhood you’ll love. Continue reading “The Best Neighborhoods in Knoxville for Lifestyle and Culture”

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Moving to Georgia (Part 1): The Best Atlanta Suburbs for Education, Arts, and Sustainability


Between cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity and historical significance, Atlanta has a lot to offer people living in and moving to the area. Atlanta is made up of a complex network of neighborhoods in its Metroplex. While the urban areas of Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead are attractive for professionals and artists, the best Atlanta Suburbs attract people from all over the world. Continue reading “Moving to Georgia (Part 1): The Best Atlanta Suburbs for Education, Arts, and Sustainability”

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How Sheepshead Bay Self Storage Makes Apartment Living in Brooklyn Easy


Big city apartments are usually high on costs and short on space, especially in terms of storage space such as closets and cabinets.  The trend towards smaller apartments in New York continues to gain popularity. Prefabricated in Brooklyn, New York, these modular micro-apartments range anywhere from 260 to 360 square feet. It’s no wonder many Brooklynites turn to Sheepshead Bay self storage to make their lives more manageable.

While the idea of living in a minute amount of space may come as a shock to most, for many New Yorkers, a self storage unit often serves as their second home because it provides the extra space people need to make living the apartment life in Brooklyn more enjoyable.

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Why Apartment Life in Brooklyn is Better


Living the apartment life in Brooklyn means you are living in the center of the universe. You’re surrounded by incredible architecture, colorful personalities, and delicious food. Not all apartments are spacious though, which is perfectly okay.

Living large in Brooklyn doesn’t mean you need to live in a large space. In fact, there are many benefits to small apartment living:

              • Your home is easier to clean
              • You get to be more creative with design and functionality
              • You learn to keep only the necessities in your apartment

            However, creating a successful small space can be a challenge, so can living in one. Here are some tips to turn your tiny space into your dream home and where to go when you need a little break from apartment life in Brooklyn.


            Get Creative with Storage and Function

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            Specializing in small space design in New York, Habermann says, “Make sure you have a designated space for EVERYTHING. But seriously, everything. Down to the minutia. If you’re not organized in a small space, things get chaotic quickly.”

            It’s no secret, organizing a small space is no small feat. Learning to keep your small Brooklyn apartment in order correctly is an art as much as it is a science. Find furniture that serves more than one function and keeps everything in its place. For example, the coffee table above unfolds into a large dining table/desk.


            Display Your Favorite Items on a Gallery Wall

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            @salthousmkt in Brooklyn suggests, “Use your gallery wall to tell a story about who you are.  Think about colors that inspire you, prints of things you relate to, your own photography, or an old favorite plate…”

            Living the tiny apartment life in Brooklyn means space is tight, but it’s important your home still feels like a home. One way to keep it comfortable and familiar is to display your favorite things on a gallery wall. There’s no reason your small space has to be small on sharing what’s important to your heart.


            Design an Urban Garden

            Cutest little stoop garden.?????

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            No front yard, no problem. Create a stoop garden (or a sidewalk garden or windowsill garden). Get a few succulents, flowers or plants and place them wherever you find space. Adding plants to your living spaces not only look beautiful but they also decrease stress according to research.


            Turn Everyday Items Into Part of Your Design

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            Apartment life in Brooklyn can be tough if you don’t have a closet or enough storage space. That’s where your creativity comes in. Turn your clothing rack into part of the overall design of your home. Stack shoe boxes or books next to the bed for a makeshift side table. Have fun finding creative ways to turn everyday items into a functional part of your home.

            Keep in mind, most items should have a designated space, or your apartment can get messy incredibly fast. For those items you absolutely love but don’t have space for, try a renting a storage unit in Brooklyn. There’s no need to get rid of things you love due to lack of space.


            Take a Break From the Apartment Life in Brooklyn and Go Explore

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            Coney Island is a residential neighborhood beach that locals and visitors flock to every summer. Featuring more than 50 rides and attractions, Coney Island operates between Easter and Halloween. It’s the perfect place to go when you need to escape the apartment life in Brooklyn. Lay on the beach, ride the world-famous Wonder Wheel or grab a hotdog at Nathan’s Famous. 


            Grab a Slice of Pizza

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            It’s impossible to think of Brooklyn without thinking of its pizza. Words famous Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge is essential, proven by the long line. In recent years, the pizzeria has been rated highly by Zagat Survey and chosen as one of the five best pizzerias in the United States by Food Network.

          • If the lines are too long at Grimaldi’s (they don’t take reservations), you can head over to L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst on 86th Street. L&B’s offers a wide selection of Italian food and is known for its pizza and ice cream.
          • Other Brooklyn Italian dining options include Di Fara Pizza in the Midwood section of Brooklyn and Lenny’s Pizza, which was featured in the cult classic film, “Saturday Night Fever.” 

            Get Outside and Exercise

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          • Finding where to exercise in a big city can be challenging for some. Especially, if finding an affordable place to get in shape is at the top of your list. Save on gym memberships by going for a run or bike ride, which is especially cool under the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge. 

            Visit one of Brooklyn’s Many Famous Parks

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            you think of a city you don’t usually think of parks, but Brooklyn is full of them. Green-Wood Cemetery is a National Historical Landmark encompassing 478-acres of hills, valleys, ponds with walking paths throughout.


            Go For a Ride on Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park

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            Jane’s Carousel is located in Brooklyn Bridget Park and is open year-round. Beautifully restored, exquisitely carved horses and two chariots entertain guests for weddings and birthdays as well as mid-week escapes from the hubbub of city life.

            Keep your precious memories in storage while living the apartment life in Brooklyn

            Finding a place for all your belongings is hard when you live in a small place. There simply isn’t space for everything, but that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of items you love. Grab those old yearbooks, your kids first drawings, and those skinny jeans you know will fit again someday and put them in storage.

            You won’t have to worry about leasing more storage space than you need in Brooklyn with Metro Self Storage. Our handy 5X5 storage units feature climate control and start renting at only $19.99 per month.

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Moving to Illinois? The Best Chicago Suburbs Offer Something for Everyone

Are you dreaming about moving to one of the best Chicago Suburbs in Illinois? Beginning in May, people from all over the country start making plans to move to a new home or apartment. Some people move across town and others across the country. Here in Chicago, moving over the summer months is a million times easier than moving in Chicago during winter.

In fact, Chicagoans get through frigid winters by dreaming about summertime recreational opportunities. While Lake County has over 200 lakes and rivers, Lake Michigan boasts 40-miles of shoreline and 100 different beaches. As a result, so many vacationers flock to Chicago’s ‘burbs that tourism brings in over one billion dollars annually. However, it’s the locals who know all of the best places to eat, play, and swim.

Boating Lake County is for anyone who loves fishing, water skiing, canoeing, or all of the above. We combed through data from Neighborhood Scout,, and to find our list of a few of Chicago’s best suburbs for families, young professionals, and retirees.


1. The Village of Mundelein in Lake County

students smiling at one another at a school library in one of chicago's best suburbs

PlayScore: 79 out of 100
Average Commute Time: 28 minutes
Median Home Price: $225,00

The Village of Mundelein is a picturesque town and vibrant community located in the heart of Lake County Illinois. With a population of around 32,000 residents, Mundelein makes our list as one of the best Chicago Suburbs for its ideal location, excellent business opportunities, and top-rated schools.

Known for having a thriving manufacturing industry, Mundelein is home to Medline Industries, a global manufacturer, and distributor of medical products. Commuters enjoy being only 41-miles from Downtown Chicago and can hop on the Metra NCS to the Ogilvie Train Station.

Housing values are downright affordable when you compare Mundelein real estate prices with other Chicago North suburbs, and it’s a great place to raise a family, retire, or start a business. Residents enjoy sunbathing at Diamond Lake Beach while tourists visit Fort Hill Heritage Center.

Mundelein Private and Public Schools

There are two primary public school districts in Mundelein. The Diamond Lake School District enrolls 1,078 students and features a preschool, an elementary school, and a middle school. The Village’s other school district, Mundelein ESD School District enrolls 1,679 students and includes a preschool, two elementary schools, and a middle school.

There are four high schools in Mundelein: Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein High School District #120, Community High School District #128, Libertyville High School, and Vernon Hill High School. The Mundelein High School Business INcubator gives students the opportunity to develop their own product or service with the help from local business owners and entrepreneurs. Highly regarded neighborhoods for education in Mundelein include Ivanhoe, Sylvan Lake, Diamond Lake, and Village Center.

Are you planning a move in Mundelein, IL? You can easily find short- and long-term storage solutions at Metro’s brand new state-of-art Mundelein self storage facility located across the street from Oak Creek Shopping Center off I-94.


2. The Village of Lake Bluff, Illinois

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Average Commute time: 45 minutes Score: 9 out of 10
Median Home Price: $483,841

Rated as one of Chicago’s best neighborhoods by Chicago Magazine, Lake Bluff enjoys accolades for hosting the best farmer’s market and for being a hip and happy lakeside town. One of the smallest ‘burbs on our list, Lake Bluff boasts seven parks amongst its two primary neighborhoods.

The Village Center Neighborhood is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and consists primarily of three- to five-bedroom homes. Some residences were built before 1940, which means storage space is at a premium. Even so, buying a home in Lake Bluff is an expensive; the median list price of $275 per square foot is higher than the Chicago Metro.

Lake Bluff is an ideal Chicago Suburb for those employed in executive, management, and other types of professional occupations. Located 33-miles north of Downtown Chicago, commuters can easily hop on the Metra UP-N to get to work. However, around 10% of Lake Bluff residents work from their home offices. Anyone faced with a commute from Lake Bluff will spend between 45-minutes to over an hour commuting one-way to work every day.

Employment Opportunities Near Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff is nearby to some of Lake County’s largest employers including the area’s best hospitals: Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Northshore Highland Park Hospital. Other Lake County Leading employers near Lake Bluff, IL:

  • PCA (Packaging Corporation of America): Package, transport, and display products manufacturing
  • Tenneco Incorporated: Motor vehicle parts and accessories
  • Trustmark Insurance Company: Insurance products and programs
  • W.W. Grainger: Electrical apparatus & equipment manufacturer since 1927
  • Brunswick Corporation: Designing and manufacturing a wide variety of products since 1845.


Queen Anne and Midwestern Prairie-style homes can leave Lake Bluff residents scrambling for seasonal self storage solutions. Thankfully, residents and businesses can easily find a locally owned and operated self storage facilities located throughout Chicago’s Suburbs.


3. The Village of Deerfield in Lake County

people moving to illinois through chicago's oglivie transportation hub

PlayScore: 79 out of 100 Score: 10
Average Commute Time: 33 minutes
Median Home Price: $413,568

The Village of Deerfield is approximately 25-miles north of Chicago making it an attractive Chicago Suburb for anyone seeking respite from the hectic big-city lifestyle. The Township of Deerfield is located adjacent to Bannockburn and Highland Park, and Glencoe which is home to the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

While around 12% of Deerfield’s residents work from their home office, almost 15% of the neighborhood’s commuters ride the train to work in Chicago; it takes about an hour to get to the Ogilvie Station on the Metra UP-N line from Deerfield.

Located on Chicago’s North Shore, Deerfield is a desirable place to live for urban sophisticates who are people looking to trade in fast-paced city life for a small, tight-knit community. With a population of 19,019, Deerfield is a great place to raise kids too. The combination of good schools, low crime, and a high rate of homeownership provides a solid community for parents to raise their children.  

Deerfield Public Schools

Deerfield Public School District 109 includes two high schools, two middle schools, four elementary schools, and one preschool. The best Deerfield neighborhoods for education are Village Center, Waukegan Road/Deerfield Road, Saunders Road/Deerfield Road, and County Line Road/Pine Street. As a result, these neighborhoods are also the most expensive areas to buy or rent a home.    

When you combine senior-living and family-friendly neighborhoods with tolerable commute times for those working in Downtown Chicago, Deerfield offers a lot to individuals and families. The Village’s brand new self storage facility offers affordable Deerfield residential and business storage solutions.

Deerfield gets our vote for one of the best Chicago Suburbs for all of these reasons. Plus it boasts a fairly decent WalkScore of 69, which is pretty impressive for a suburb.


4. The Village of Palatine Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

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PlayScore: 68 out of 100 Score: 10
Median Home Price: $309,286

“A real hometown” motto and a population of almost 70,000 people make Palatine one of Chicago’s medium-sized suburbs. Moreover, it has a reputation as an amazing town with friendly, helpful people. The Village recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Most notable community-based events were a family-friendly bike tour of historical sites and burying a time capsule. Palatine’s two high schools, the community college, and the town’s library have all received special national honors.

Located approximately 30-miles from the Ogilvie Transportation Hub in Chicago, many Palatine residents get to work on the Metra UP-NW Line. Other residents work in Palatine or nearby towns in manufacturing, retail, and healthcare, scientific, and technical services.

Palatine Neighborhoods

There are ten primary neighborhoods in Palatine. Because of its proximity to Deer Grove and Paul Douglas Forest Preserves, the Colfax/Northwest neighborhood is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. 

Palatine offers plenty of housing options including small studio and two bedroom apartments to larger three- and four-bedroom apartments and townhomes. Consequently, Palatine apartment dwellers looking to create a little more space in their homes can turn to Metro Self Storage conveniently located on Colfax Road. This new, climate-controlled self storage facility features state-of-the-art security as well as fully illuminated buildings and parking lots.

Like many of the best Chicago Suburbs, Palatine has a rich historical past. The George Clayson House located on Northwest Highway cost about $2,300 to build in 1873. Today, the home is on the National Register of Historic Places. As a result, it serves as a grand reminder of the Palatine’s rich historic culture and Victorian Italianate past.


5. The Village of Lake Zurich

lake zurich illinois family fishing in one of chicago's best suburbsLAKE ZURICH STATS
PlayScore: 79 out of 100 Score: 9 out of 10
Average Commute Time: 33 minutes
Median Home Price: $413,568

The Village of Lake Zurich is a family-friendly community located 38-miles north of Downtown Chicago. This Chicago Suburb is famous for its festivals, Fourth of July celebrations, and marathons. Another fun fact is the Village shares its namesake with a 228-acre lake bordered by Paulus Park. So it’s no surprise that Lake Zurich is a popular summer destination for locals and visitors who love fishing here.

Commuters can hop on the Metra to get to other cities for work, and the majority of the town’s residents work in computer-related fields. Employment opportunities in Lake County are plentiful and Lake Zurich’s workforce primarily comprises of managers, sales and office workers, and healthcare professionals.

Lake Zurich’s School District

The Lake Zurich CUSD 95 School District enrolls 5,738 students and features eight schools. The best schools in Lake Zurich are Sarah Adams Elementary School, May Whitney Elementary School, and Lake Zurich High School.

Most noteworthy neighborhoods in Lake Zurich are homes surrounding the Cuba Marsh Preserve and the Village Center. Many Lake Zurich residents are within biking or walking distance to the center of town.


The Best Chicago Suburbs Offer Something for Everyone

Chicago ranks as one of the most exciting cities to be single, start a career, or for entrepreneurial development. However, when it comes time to raise a family or retire, a big city can present challenges. The best Chicago Suburbs offer a range of lifestyle options for families. Whether you’re looking for an urban enclave or to spend a little less on your house payments, moving to the ‘burbs can increase your quality of life.

Metro Self Storage helps people just like you find reliable, affordable storage solutions. Headquartered in Lake Forest, IL, it is the 5th largest privately-held self storage company in the United States.

The professionally trained Property Managers at Metro have years of experience and can offer tips designed to help you with every step of your storage experience.

Here at Metro Self Storage, we understand that self storage is a reliable partner for many people’s life stories.  


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6 Reasons People Like Living in Southwest Philadelphia

With a population of 1,567,442 and growing, Philadelphia has come a long way since the Founding Fathers gathered here to sign the Declaration of Independence. Today, it is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. This can can make choosing where to live within the 136-square-mile city a daunting task. If you are looking for more affordable housing options in proximity to the airport and public transportation with a nature preserve as your backyard, living in Southwest Philadelphia could be the right location for you. Continue reading “6 Reasons People Like Living in Southwest Philadelphia”

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Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business

To celebrate National Moving Month, we questioned storage managers from 10 Metro Self Storage locations to bring you the top 10 tips from over 40 years in the storage business.

Founded in 1973 by Karl F. Nagel, Metro Self Storage has grown to over 100 storage facilities in 11 states and continues to help people just like you find the perfect storage solution when moving or experiencing another type of life transition. Continue reading “Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business”

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Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? Bloomington Ranks as Best City to Live

Minneapolis continues to rank as one of the best cities to live in the US, and its suburbs regularly rank in top publications like Money Magazine and Forbes as the best places to move to for anyone looking for a high quality of life and above-average income. If you are moving to Minneapolis suburbs, Bloomington ranks as the best city to live in due to its alluring combination of small-town charm and big-city amenities.

Bloomington is a culturally diverse community with neighborly residents who graciously host over 42 million visitors who travel from near and far to see the Mall of America. Many of the reasons so many tourists travel to Bloomington are the same reasons why people love to call Bloomington home.

Ideally situated on the north bank of the Minnesota River and only 10 miles from Downtown Minneapolis, retirees, professionals, and families with kids of all ages are moving to Bloomington, MN.

Furnish Your New Home for Cheap

Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs

When it comes time to furnish your Bloomington apartment or home, there is always a budget to consider, and Ikea fits the bill for spending less on furniture so you can spend more to watch your favorite Minnesota sports team at Target Field.

Shopping at Ikea for furniture basics, like a bed, sofa, dresser drawers, and tables is cost-effective and will save you time and effort. You can furnish an entire home after less than a day of shopping at Ikea—yes, this is possible because I have done it—and then enjoy cafeteria-style Swedish fare that includes savory meatballs and delicious chocolate fudge cake.

But go after the crowds subside to avoid long lines, and grab a seat next in front of one of the large picture windows. Pick up everything else you need to furnish your new home such as artwork and other household items, over the coming weeks and months from one of Bloomington’s numerous top-rated thrift, vintage, and consignment shops.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Bloomington MN Mall of America

The world renown Mall of America boasts 520 stores, and with no sales tax on clothes and shoes. As such, it is the perfect destination if you like to shop until you drop.

More than just a shopping destination, Mall of America offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment from Toddler Tuesdays to Nickelodeon Universe. You can try out for Minnesota Vikings cheerleader or be on the Skol Line, the official drumline of the Minnesota Vikings.

Hitch a Ride

Moving to Bloomington MN

One of the things that make Minneapolis a great place to live for people who want to ditch their cars and reduce their carbon footprint is the Metro Transit. It combines a light rail and bus system to connect Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul with Bloomington and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with two lines to Mall of America in Bloomington.

While Minneapolis offers exciting sports and a vibrant nightlife, by choosing to live in a less expensive neighboring suburb like Bloomington, you will never be more than 15 minutes away from a museum, the theater, a sports event, farm-to-table dining, or tax-free shopping thanks to the Metro and 35W and 394.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Moving to Bloomington

What keeps everyone from going stir crazy in Bloomington during the famously frigid Minnesota winters? Places like the thrilling indoor Water Park of America. Anyone living in a Mediterranean climate might find the idea of a water park indoors a little odd; however, when you live in Minnesota where temperatures routinely drop into the single digits in the wintertime, an indoor water park is not an oxymoron.

In fact, Downtown Minneapolis has over 11 miles of enclosed pedestrian footbridges or skyways, over 69 city blocks allowing people to live, work, and shop without ever having to leave climate-controlled comfort.

Overall Bloomington gets high ranks from its residents according to the National Business Survey, and it offers more jobs per capita than any other Minneapolis Suburb in Hennepin County. Whether you are moving to Bloomington to work at one of its major employers—Mall of America, Ceridian, Donaldson Company, Toro, or Seagate Technologies—or to attend school at Normandale Community College or University of Minnesota, it promises to offer an enviable lifestyle.

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3 Reasons Why People Love Moving to Corpus Christi, TX

Moving away can be sad and stressful. When you move somewhere awesome, though, the change is much easier. Instead of being a source of anxiety, a move can be the most exciting event of the year.
Corpus Christi is a place you can be excited to move to. It combines Texan charm with a beautiful coastline, offering plenty of things to do and see. Here are three reasons why moving to Corpus Christi would be a great place to go.
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Why People Love Moving to El Paso, Texas



Are you thinking about moving to El Paso, Texas?

The sixth-largest city in Texas and locally known as “Sun City” due to 297 days of sunshine, El Paso has a lot to offer current and new residents alike. From leading universities and the world’s largest military base to a thriving economy and restaurants dishing up delicious Texas barbecue and Mexican food, who wouldn’t love moving to El Paso?
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