City Guide: Things To Do During Winter in Minneapolis

by Haley Kaiser

It’s mid-November, and the familiar frosty bite of winter has come over one of our favorite towns in the Midwest: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Okay, it’s no lie, December through March is considered to be frigid and, even at times, extreme.

But whereas some may shy away from these wintry conditions, those in one of our country’s northernmost cities embrace the cold with pure jubilee and downright style; the winter months here are a time of celebration of what makes this area so incredibly unique. This holiday season, don’t just survive but thrive in the winter wonderland of Minneapolis.


Prepare for Winter Weather

I’m not going to pull any punches on this one; pull out your warmest clothes! Be sure to bring your wool socks, joggers, and thermal gear. With an average temperature of about 15 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the winter in Minneapolis, you will definitely need some toasty attire if you plan on exploring the gorgeous landscape of snow and ice.

Don’t overlook some of the essentials like hand warmers, stocking caps, and even scarf or two. The cold winds come directly from the North Pole here, so don’t hesitate even if you’re clad like Mr. or Mrs. Claus, you’ll be in good company.


Warm Up with a Tasty Beverage

Half the excitement of spending winter in the Upper Midwest is the opportunity to enjoy hot holiday beverages that are made only once a year. The other half of the excitement comes from adding your favorite delectable cordial. You can trust Minnesotans to offer a creative hot beverage to keep you toasty during winter in Minneapolis.

So after hitting the slopes or touring downtown Minneapolis at the best price, be sure to grab yourself a delicious drink.


Read more: Moving to Minneapolis? Read our guide to the best ‘burbs near the Twin Cities.


Winter in Minneapolis also begs moments curled up to an open fireplace with your fingers wrapped around a hot mug of creamy eggnog. Whether made with love by your fashionable grandma with a rum addiction or mixed unevenly by your partner in the twilight of a holiday party, eggnog will be a staple for as long as Christmas exists.

Be sure to check out these authentic, and frankly the best, homemade hard eggnog recipes. Not a fan of eggnog? Maybe hot chocolate better suits your style? Try out any and all of these adult seasonal beverage recipes that include cardamom lattes, Tom and Jerry’s, and Hot Ciders. All are enjoyed statewide and will herald you as either the ultimate weekend warrior with exceptional taste or the cocktail hero of any Minneapolis holiday party.


Watch the Hockey Pond Championships

One aspect of Minnesota culture that goes largely unnoticed is the focus on fun-filled, competitive activities that accentuate the area’s lively sports scene. Look no further than the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, celebrating their 13th year this January.

Atop the massive Lake Nokomis, the pond hockey championships is a time to dust off the skates and rekindle the slapstick magic of old pals for three days out on the ice. For one of the best free things to do in Minneapolis, be a spectator and head out to the lake to enjoy the upbeat atmosphere on one of the coolest natural stages around.

Need a place to store your sports equipment during the Winter in Minneapolis? We have 7 storage facilities to choose from near Downtown Minneapolis


Experience the Frozen Citywinter in Minneapolis skyline

To experience the pure magic of snowy attractions during winter in Minneapolis, one does not need to tread outside the city limits. The City of Lakes prides itself on impeccable architecture and a passion for the arts (take a glance at the Minneapolis Institute of Art website).

They invite you to explore the amazing beauty of its urban landscape during the Loppet Winter Festival. Stroll through the city’s many parks if you are up for braving the cold. If not, the Minneapolis Skyway System allows you to and cross the numerous indoor bridges to participate in a snow sculpture contest, winter carnivals, and even the world-famous Hoigaard’s Classic Marathon.

Hoigaard’s Marathon is unlike any traditional race–it takes place entirely on cross-country skis–and carries you across town on both the city streets and park trails.It’s mid-November, and the familiar frosty bite of winter has come over one of our favorite towns in the Midwest: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Okay, it’s no lie, December through March is considered to be frigid and, even at times, extreme.

But whereas some may shy away from these wintry conditions, those in one of our country’s northernmost cities embrace the cold with pure jubilee and downright style; the winter months here are a time of celebration of what makes this area so incredibly unique. This holiday season, don’t just survive but thrive in the winter wonderland of Minneapolis.


Explore the Great Outdoors

A short drive outside of Minneapolis will take you to Stillwater, home of the jaw-dropping Ice Castles. It is a majestic destination designed with glowing, twinkling lights and interweaved with tunnels, glacier slides, arches, and towers.

It’s the perfect place for kids to explore, lovers to frolic, or grandparents to gaze upon the frozen fairytale landscape. One look at the pictures online will peak your interest until your eyes rest upon the sight for themselves.

Rally the kids to the Minneapolis Zoo while you’re in the area. Home to the Amur Tiger, American Bison, and aptly named Snow Monkey, the zoo is offering free admission to military personnel and promotional pricing to their families this season.

Say you want to just grab that pair of skis taking up residence in your garage and take a non-competitive slide from the stadium to the popping urban scene of Midtown Minneapolis.

Simply sign yourself up for the easy-going Loppet Tour: a casual endeavor like a mixtape of the best sites around town while exerting minimal effort but an epic amount of adventure spirit.

Guest blogger, Haley Kaiser, has a passion for creative writing, blogging, and exploring the outdoors. Among her favorite topics are Arizona sunsets, Midwest greenery, and craft beer.


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Fun Things To Do In Chicago During Winter


If you are looking for fun things to do in Chicago this winter, you’re in luck. It turns out the Windy City is a popular destination this time of year for tourists and Chicago suburbanites alike.

Chicago offers things you won’t see anywhere else and less busy tourist attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. Moreover, the Chicago CityPASS will get you to and from the city’s top attractions at a 50%+ savings (and includes plenty of indoor activities!).

Yes, it will be cold, but freezing temperatures are why brands like Patagonia and North Face exist. So grab your coat and wool stocking cap and mittens, and get ready to enjoy Chicago in the winter.


Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

magnificent mile christmas paradePhoto Credit: Natasha Jelezkina

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is an annual wintertime holiday event. It hosts family-friendly activities like strolling down Lights Festival Lane and a grand tree-lighting parade featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks over the Chicago River.


Christkindlmarket Naperville

Naperville christkindl kiosk in Illinois

The cherished German tradition of a holiday night market is held in two Illinois locations annually: Downtown Chicago and the Subrub of Naperville located approximately 35 miles southwest of Chicago.

The main Christkindlmarket in Chicago’s Daley Plaza and the suburb of Naperville. Christkindlmarket Naperville, which runs from November 14 – December 24, 2107.  Special events include wreath making and musical performances in additions to children’s activities.  

A special treat for all is a visit from Christkind—a magical fairy-like being wearing gold and white robes and adorned with a large gold crown. Christkind folklore dates back to the 1500’s.  

Bringing international flair and local charm to Chicago, Christkindlmarket is a holiday favorite.


The Art Institute Chicago

wreathed christmas lion at the art institute of Chicago

Founded in 1879 and located in Chicago’s Grant Park, The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest art museums in the United States and was voted #1 museum in the world by Tripadvisor in 2017.  

If you are looking for fun things to do in Chicago with your family over the holidays, special events include:

26th Annual Wreathing of the Lions
November 24 at 10:00
Drop-in activity 10:30–3:00

Holiday Choirs  (December 4–8 at 11:30),
$50 adults, $20 children, $75 VIP adults, $45 VIP children
Free for children under two
Registration required

36th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party
December 10 at 10:45, 12:00, or 1:30

Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House
December 16 at 11:00 or 2:00
Family of four: $55 members, $70 nonmembers
Registration required

Holly Days
December 27–30
Drop in 10:30–3:00


Millennium Park Campus Holiday Events

family ice-skating in Chicago

People travel from far and near to visit Millennium Park during the holidays. With its collection of sculptures, Tribune Ice Rink, a glittering gigantic Christmas tree, and other amenities it’s always bustling with family and the best part? The Ice-skating Millennium Park is free!

  • See Chicago’s glittering tree set among the city’s sparkling skyline located at Wrigley Square at Michigan Ave. & Randolph St.


  • Grab a photo alongside one of the wreathed lion statues located at the Art Institute of Chicago entrance, 111 S. Michigan Ave.


  • Go ice skating with friends and family at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink located on Michigan Avenue between Washington & Madison St. from November 17 through March 4.


  • The Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks. Enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other by winding your way through a paved, rolling landscape. Located at: Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St.

Ugly Sweater Skate, December 9, 10am–10pm
Skate alongside Santa, December 16, 10am–noon

  • Looking for a free winter entertainment? The Dance-Along Nutcracker® All ages and abilities are invited to dress up as Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings and point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. There’s always something going on at this 1897 neoclassical former library, known as The People’s Palace, which has two spectacular stained-glass domes. Dance-Along Nutcracker® located at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.


  • The Gingerbread House Decorating Party gives kids of all ages a fun time decorating gingerbread house complete a hot chocolate bar, candy, and icing treats. Tickets on sale. Sunday, December 17, 10:30am–1pm & 1–4pm at The Park Grill at Millennium Park, 11 N. Michigan Ave.


  • Save the date for the Holly Days, which takes place on December 27–30, 10:30am–3pm.


  • Art Institute of Chicago, Take inspiration from the exhibition Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller and create a work of art with your family. Located at the Ryan Learning Center, 159 E. Monroe St. Admission to the Art Institute’s Ryan Learning Center is free, and museum admission is always free for kids under 14 and Chicago residents under 18.


Chicago Art Foundation Architectural Walking Tour

woman looking at Chicago skyline during winter

The Chicago Art Foundation is one of the several providers offering tours of Chicago’s famed architectural masterpieces. A visit in December means winter temperatures and wind chill factors can make being outdoors a little chilly. 

For those who don’t want to brave the cold, indoor architectural walking tours are 45 to 60 minutes long. Buildings include the Palmer House Hotel and the famed Chicago Merchandise Mart, which give you the chance to explore Chicago’s architecture while staying warm.


Museum of Science and Industry

mom and child

December is a special time of year for the Museum of Science and Industry, which celebrates by exploring holiday traditions around the globe.

From a four-story, floor-to-dome-ceiling Grand Tree, surrounded by a forest to live holiday performances, MSI offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience that brings a world of holiday joy under one roof.

If you are moving to Chicago this winter, you can count on the friendly storage teams at our self storage locations throughout the Greater Chicago Area.
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St. Charles, Illinois | Your Guide to Restaurants and Family Fun


Looking for things to do with your family near St. Charles, Illinois? You’re in luck. The Greater St. Charles area is an ideal destination for locals and tourists alike.

Enjoy hearty soups in the winter and ice cream on a hot summer day in the heart of downtown. Experience stunning sculpture gardens in the park or take an inspirational art class.

From sweet treats and delicious lunches to outside activities and family-friendly concerts in the Chicagoland area, we’ve got you covered.


Treat yourself to Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream

Graham’s FineIce cream cone at Graham's Fine Chocolate in St. Charles, IL

Photo courtesy of Graham’s Fine Chocolate Facebook page

Raise your hand if you have a sweet tooth. Then you’ll want to pop by Graham’s Fine Chocolates in the St. Charles, Illinois area for handmade chocolates and ice cream. Your kids will love watching candy being made in the huge picture window in front of the shop. Graham’s is a Downtown Geneva staple, and a must stop when you’re in the area. You’ll feel just like a kid in the candy shop.

Besides making homemade batches of ice cream, Graham’s makes custom logo chocolate bars for businesses, ships anywhere within the United States, and offers gift cards.

Located only two miles south of St. Charles, Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream is located at 302 S. 3rd Street in Geneva, Illinois.


Eat at Smitty’s on the CornerTurkey sandwich at Smitty's in St. Charles, IL

What do Don Rickles, Kevin Costner, and Eddie Money have in common? They’ve all dined at Smitty’s on the Corner in downtown St. Charles, Illinois. Smitty’s on the Corner is friendly, quaint, family friendly and family owned. Moreover, the sandwiches are to die for, especially the Turkey Berry. They claim to have the best gourmet deli sandwiches, soups, and ice cream in the Fox Valley. Find out for yourself.

Besides eating at Smitty’s on the Corner, this hometown restaurant will customize a menu for local business meetings and corporate events. Smitty’s on the Corner is located at 15 E. Main Street in St. Charles, Illinois.


Take a cruise on a St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboat

Queen River Fox paddle boat shown near St. Charles, IL Paddlewheel Riverboat

Photo courtesy of St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboat Facebook page

All aboard the St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboat. Voyage up and down the Fox River on an iconic boat that will make you feel like you’re experiencing the days of Mark Twain. Your trip will be narrated as you learn the history of the area and take in the beauty of St. Charles, Illinois.

With views of the unspoiled banks of the Fox River, the Fox River Queen Paddleboat departs daily in the afternoons. Even though the boat doesn’t operate during winter months, you can book your reservations for next season ahead of time.

To book your reservation on St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboat, call 630.584.2334.


Dine and browse at Town House Books & Cafe

Fall photo of Town House Books & Cafe in St. Charles, IL

Photo courtesy of Town House Books & Cafe Facebook page

Kids young and old will enjoy browsing titles at this independently owned bookstore in St. Charles, Illinois. When you’re done looking at books you can eat freshly made soup and sandwiches. Visit the bookstore on the first Tuesday of the month for “Town House Giving Tuesdays” when 15% of all book sales are donated to local charities. Fresh food and fresh reads, not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Town House Books and Cafe is located at 105 North 2nd Avenue in St. Charles, Illinois.


See a show at The Arcada Family Theatre at Pheasant Run

The Arcada Family Theatre at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, ILPhoto courtesy of The Arcada Family Theatre at Pheasant Run Facebook page

Remember the good old days of going to the theater when the whole family would dress up for a show and entertainment was appropriate for all ages? That’s what you’ll get at The Arcada Family Theater at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, Illinois. You’ll enjoy concerts and musicals reminiscent of the “good old days.”

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Go for a ride on the Fox River Valley Bike Trail

Friends bicycling at Fox River Valley Bike Trail near St, Charles, IL

Photo courtesy of Fox River Bike Trail Facebook page

With over 40 miles of bike trails, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible day of bike riding, fresh air, and laughter on the Fox River Bike Trail. You can also stop to fish, kayak, hike, and visit forest preserves, bird watch or visit the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.

The Northern Fox River Valley is only 30 minutes northwest of Saint Charles. If you are looking for one of the most convenient spots to access the Fox River Bike Trail, go to East Dundee, by The Depot. 319 N. River St., East Dundee, IL 60118.

Another family-friendly access point to get on the trail is in downtown Elgin. Park on the Riverside Drive Promenade. One of the greatest things about living in a Midwest town is the friendly people. Just ask a passerby who will surely point you in the right direction


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6 Reasons People Love Moving to Lubbock, Texas


Are you looking for small-city charm with big-city choices? There are many reasons people love moving to living Lubbock, Texas. The midsized city offers a diverse mix of entertainment, employment, and lifestyle opportunities.

It seems that everyone, from young professionals and growing families to retirees, are moving to Lubbock, Texas. Moving to this fast-growing Texas state might be the right choice for you too.


1. Lubbock, Big City Life (Small Town Charm)

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Some of the things that make a city livable are the ambiance and layout of the town. For example, historical towns like Lubbock enjoy a sense of history and its beautiful parks, and suburban-style layout means neighborhood parks are in close proximity.

Other attributes that make up a liveable city include noise ordinances, affordable housing, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities whether at nearby regional or national parks.


2. Buddy Holly Museum

moving to lubbock texas photo of buddy holly headstone

Credited with putting Lubbock on the map, Lubbock is the birthplace of 50’s rock n roll icon, Buddy Holly, which works out just fine for this West Texas city. Because it’s isolated from large cities, Lubbock residents have no trouble creating their own entertainment.

Not to mention, this region of Texas is the birthplace of many musicians including Waylon Jennings, Mac Davis, and many other famous musicians hail from this area.

This brings us back to the School of Bluegrass at South Plains College, where a rich musical tradition is maintained at all levels. From the to the Cactus Theater and Moonlight Musicals to the charming and historic Depot District, there is no dearth of nightly performances.

Are you and your friends’ fans of country music? You all just might be moving to Lubbock, Texas and calling it home sooner than you think. Lubbockonians can regularly see significant country musical acts on tour in Lubbock.


Related: Moving to Corpus Christi, Texas

3. Silent Wings Museum

moving to lubbock texas silent wings museum army barracks

Founded by former U.S. Army Air Force’s Gilder Pilots in 1971, the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, Texas, is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the World War II military glider program. The museum’s mission is collecting, documenting, interpreting and exhibiting artifacts and information for public education and enjoyment.

The majority of the glider pilots from World War II had trained in Lubbock at the South Plains Army Air Field between 1942 and 1945.

What are Gliders? According to Wikipedia, “  Gilders were used in military exercises in 1949, but glider operations were deleted from the United States Army’s capabilities on 1 January 1953. However, the United States Air Force continues to use sailplanes at the United States Air Force Academy to train cadets in the fundamentals of flight.”

4. Texas Tech University 

moving to lubbock texas state cheerleaders

Recent grads are moving to Lubbock, Texas for its great educational opportunities. The mid-sized city has two well-known universities. Texas Tech University (often referred to as merely, Texas Tech) is a state university offering a multitude of majors. Enrollment is around 36,000 students, which classifies Lubbock as a College Town.

Students love the campus for its beauty and solid recreational center as well as the welcoming culture and stellar academic offerings. Residents of Lubbock can enjoy the Texas Tech football, which is a hub of activity for thousands of people in the fall.

Other noteworthy Lubbock universities include Lubbock Christian University. LCU occupies 155 acres in the western part of the city and has a total graduate enrollment of around 1,471 and graduates in many different fields every year. Morevoer, Lubbock baseball fans are frequently thrilled to see their team compete at a national level regularly.

If music is your passion, be sure to check out South Plains College with a branch located near the Lubbock Center. Additionally, SPC offers music degrees in performance, sound, production, and many other ways to make money in that field.


Related: Moving to Midland, Texas

5. The Museum of Texas Tech

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The Museum at Texas Tech University in Lubbock was founded in 1929 as the West Texas Museum; it is home to more than 7 million objects at this teaching and research facility, which also offers a master’s degree in museum science.

The Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory maintains a vast collection of mammals, birds, and invertebrates. As a consequence, it attracts researchers and professors moving to Lubbock, Texas to utilize this vast network of resources.

Additionally, nearby Lubbock Lake is a National Historic Landmark and internationally known archeological and natural history preserve. The site contains a tremendous cultural record of life on the Southern Plains of Texas dating back 12,000 years.


Related:  Moving to El Paso, Texas

6. Booming Employment Opportunities

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With 0% income tax, Lubbock is a popular destination for job seekers and retirees alike. Not to mention, Lubbock’s future job growth is predicted to be 37.9% according to Sperling’s Best Places, which might make landing a job here easier than in another city.

From a career in agriculture at Monsanto to playing a prominent role in the auto industry at Reagor Dykes, career possibilities are endless. Manufacturing jobs include Warren Equipment, Tyco, UniFirst, and XFab offering a wide range of employment opportunities.

When you consider the 7-8% annual population growth, Lubbock’s economy has a promising future. As a result, according to Lubbock Online, the city’s population tops 250K, and the county breaks 300K mark in the latest Census estimate.

So many people are moving to Lubbock, Texas, it is creating explosive growth for retail stores, restaurants, and housing. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau show that “four of the five fastest-growing large cities in the U.S during the 12 months leading up to last July 1 was in Texas, including some in its sprawling suburban areas.”

Most noteworthy, a median age of 31, the sizeable part of the workforce comprises of Texas Tech and other nearby university students seeking part-time employment opportunities that serve as the backbone to many sizes and types of businesses.

While there are many fabulous cities in Texas, Lubbock is the cultural, economic, education, and healthcare hub of the South Plains of Texas. Coupled with the amazing music scene, killer food, and die-hard sports fans, they don’t call it the Hub City for nothing.

More Information on Lubbock:

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Lubbock in the Loop




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The Best Websites for Finding Short-Term Rentals and Temporary Housing


At some point in our lives, most of us will find ourselves in a situation where we need to find temporary housing. Work-related reasons for needing short-term rentals range from being between jobs to unexpectedly losing a job. Sometimes personal, or life events like a sudden breakup or divorce or maybe combining households can require us to scramble for temporary housing.

Most recently, Mother Nature has caused some serious trouble for families who were forced to vacate their homes suddenly. For many, homes were damaged due to flooding in the Southern and Eastern regions of the country or destroyed in fires on the West Coast. No matter your reason for needing temporary housing, finding a place to live has never been easier than it is today thanks to these websites. Continue reading “The Best Websites for Finding Short-Term Rentals and Temporary Housing”

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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 🙂

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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. Continue reading “Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting at Our New Storage Facility in Mundelein, IL”

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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.  Continue reading “Houston Strong! Stories of Courage, Compassion, and Strength”

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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.  

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Metro Self Storage Offers Free Storage Rental to Hurricane Harvey Victims


October 8, 2017, we are pleased to report that all of our Houston-area storage facilities are approaching full capacity. Thank you to our loyal customers—we are all #HoustonStrong together.

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.

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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.

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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. Continue reading “5 Tips To Help You Downsize in Lakeland, Florida”

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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.

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Moving to Alabama? We Now Offer 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.

While Montgomery is recognized worldwide for its historical and cultural significance and landmarks due to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s, it continues to be a city of great significance. Continue reading “Moving to Alabama? We Now Offer Storage Units in Montgomery!”

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Explore These 6 South Side Chicago Neighborhoods To Live In Or Visit


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. Continue reading “Explore These 6 South Side Chicago Neighborhoods To Live In Or Visit”

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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: Continue reading “Why Apartment Life in Brooklyn is Better”

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Moving to Illinois? The Best Chicago Suburbs for Families

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. Continue reading “Moving to Illinois? The Best Chicago Suburbs for Families”

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