South Loop's Changing Skyline

by Admin 15. June 2017 13:00

construction workers looking up at new buildings going up

That amazing boom you hear coming from South Loop is the sound of economic growth elevating the historic neighborhood's skyline. High profile high-rise projects are transforming the cityscape with extra space for living, entertaining, and doing business. Now's the time to make your move to this influential part of Chicago, IL, where self storage and skyscrapers serve you in tandem.

Dynamic Evolution and Growth

The old and the new have always coexisted in harmony here in Chicago's commercial center. Originally built as a U.S. Army fort in 1803, the dynamic business district's past was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. As the seat of Cook County government, the Loop has evolved with its lovely architectural past intact. As the heart of our city's economy, it's growing every day with the promise of a very bright future.

Booming Residential Options

From the Marriott Marquis anchoring McCormick Square to a 22-story tower on Cermak, business in the Loop is booming and so are residential opportunities. Would you like to be a part of this exciting scene? You have these options and so many more:

  • Essex on the Park boasting 479 units on Michigan Avenue
  • A 26-story tower on Wabash Avenue opening with 320 apartments
  • One Grant Park offering 729 rental units on South Indiana

It's all wide open, whether you're looking at SoMi, the Chicago River, or Lake Michigan. South Loop is the fastest growing place to live, work, and play in Chicagoland.

Self Storage Convenience

When relocation brings you here to the Loop, keep in mind it's an apartment-living lifestyle. These are just a few of the conveniences that storage units offer before and after you make the big move:

  • Plenty of space for seasonal clothes and bedding
  • Extra room for anything anytime
  • Easy online account management 

Feeling Right at Home

Whether you set your sights across Grant Park or Monroe Harbor, this part of Chi-Town is the hottest place in Chicago, IL for planting new roots. We're in the middle of the action on Wabash Avenue ready to help you settle in with the best storage units in South Loop. It's our pleasure at Safeguard to welcome you and help you feel right at home.

 

Sea Life at City Island

by Admin 8. June 2017 13:00

image of dawn rising over a fishing dock

Whether you cruise along East Tremont and Pelhelm Parkway or sail a skiff across Eastchester Bay, City Island is waiting to brighten up your summer. Beat the heat with cool fun, fill your plate with fresh seafood, and get your feet wet. Retrieve your favorite water gear from self storage in Bronx, NY, and head for our borough's fishing village.

Sail Back in Time

Here at the far western end of Long Island Sound, it's easy to picture a rich history built by fishermen, sailors, and dockhands. City Island treasures its colorful past, and you can stroll right through it at the Nautical Museum. Located in the island's original public school building, this venue is a special step back in time. Carefully curated exhibits include old photos, original maps, and models of different ships that sailed the harbor more than 100 years ago. Museum staff also host wonderful walking tours around the island. 

Dine Deliciously Casual

It's easy to feel right at home when you're dining with locals who love to share the borough's freshest seafood. Set your sights and your appetite for any of these island specialties:

  • Lobster rolls
  • Sauteed scallops
  • Fresh stuffed flounder
  • Crab cakes
  • Deep fried shrimp
  • New England clam chowder

 Local fishermen keep the island's restaurants stocked with the freshest catch every day, so you can always find seasonal favorites on the menu. It's casual, delicious dining – especially when you enjoy it at a shoreside table.

Launch Summertime Fun

Do you like to sail, kayak, or ski? Or are you happier on the shore casting your luck into the bay? Folks who love it all stay prepared for everything with nearby storage units. Water sports around City Island range from high-end yacht races and competition rowing to boat rentals and pier fishing. Just keep your gear in self storage, and grab what you need before you head over the bridge. It's summertime, as well as time to become a part of the cool sea life here on City Island.

Stash Your Skiff

When you have a summer destination surrounded by a scenic shoreline, you have a great escape from busy city life. When that sweet spot is City Island just a few miles away, your gateway to warm-weather fun is always wide open. We're nearby, too, on East Tremont with top-notch storage units in Bronx NY. Whether you want to stash your skiff or park your poles, Safeguard is just around the corner.

Lilacia Park After Lilac Time

by Admin 1. June 2017 13:00

hand holding mug of coffee above table with lilac clippings

The wine tasting was wonderful, and the parade was perfect. Lilac Time came to a lovely close, but beautiful Lilacia Park always stays open. The serene setting inspires year-round fun and energizes home gardeners. Supplies emerge from storage units across Lombard, IL as we head into another season for cultivating blossoms in our backyards. 

Summertime Plans at Lilacia

There are many ways to enjoy the flowers in our park, including a stroll back through its history. Did you know the original lilacs here were cuttings brought over from France? Learn more about the park’s miniature great outdoors at the Helen Plumb Library just to the south, and then put these ideas on your list of things to do at Lilacia:

  • Tweet, pin and share pictures of your favorite blooms
  • Commemorate special events with outdoor photo shoots
  • Have a family reunion around the picnic tables
  • Plan an outdoor summer wedding right here in Lilacia 

Gardening Inspiration and Tips

As the park's lilacs give way to summertime blossoms, take inspiration from the hard-working folks who keep Lilacia's 8.5 acres looking so beautiful. Simple strategies like pinching back flowers help promote well-balanced growth. If you remove blooms before they fade, you can prevent them from setting seed and slowing down production. Give container plants plenty of water to weather our Illinois summer, and consider nurturing hardy annuals like geraniums, begonias, impatiens, and marigolds. 

Storage Strategies for Green Thumbs

Home gardeners and storage units are natural partners in this part of Illinois. Climate-controlled self storage helps you take care of equipment and supplies. It's a great way to: 

  • Protect bagged fertilizer from summer rains off Lake Michigan
  • Stack extra flower pots and containers for easy access
  • Keep gardening equipment from taking over the garage

Smart organizing strategies free up your green thumb for bringing out the best in your garden. Plant your seeds just right, and they might rival the beauties featured on next year's Lilac Heritage Tour. 

Always Here for You

We're lucky to have such a unique green space here in the heart of our village. Lilacia Park is our own little getaway, so enjoy its special tranquility all summer long. Enjoy your home garden too, and keep the tilling easy with Lombard, IL self storage, located a few miles east of the park. Just like Lilacia, our Safeguard facility on St. Charles Road is always open and here for you year-round.

From Golf to Cricket, Do It All at Warren Park

by Admin 25. May 2017 13:00

family playing soccer outdoors at a park

When spring weather makes West Rogers Park natives restless, what do they do? They stop by their Chicago, IL storage units, grab their favorite outdoor gear and head east. If you're a part of this annual tradition, you know how much fun it is to celebrate spring by doing it all at Warren Park.

Play Your Best Game

When you tee off at Robert A. Black Golf Course, you're watching that ball fly across fairways that are part of Illinois' urban state park system. When you attack a shot at the Warren Cricket Field, you can team up with the Illinois Premier League Cricket Conference. From the baseball diamond to football and soccer fields, you can play your best game and still be within throwing distance of all your sports gear. Convenient Safeguard self storage on California Avenue is located just southwest of Warren Park.

Kids Can Be All-Stars Too

Your junior athletes are always welcome at this urban expanse of 90 beautiful, green acres. The Chicago Park District organizes and runs programs designed for children of all ages who can choose from these activities and more.

  • Beginners' basketball classes for kids, ages 6 through 9
  • Dance lessons for future ballerinas, ages 3 through 6
  • Dodgeball fun at the Warren Gymnasium
  • Kid-centric game activities at the park's Cultural Room

You can sign up your smallest sports stars and budding ballerinas through the Warren Park website.

Set Your Own Pace

When springtime inspires you to stop and smell the flowers, do it with a visit to the park's community gardens. Relax, and join the “Walking Club at Warren” gang for a stroll, or tag up with folks breaking their running gear out of storage units. Whether you take your time or time your sprints, this park lets you set your own pace. Warren's urban green and paved paths are some of the city's favorite gateways into spring.

We're Right Behind You

As you head outside and take in all there is to do at Warren Park, we're right behind you. Springtime serves up our city's very best weather, and Safeguard serves you with the best self storage in Chicago, IL. Our West Rogers Park facility is just around the corner where we're ready to help you celebrate your favorite spring traditions.

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Take the Farm-To-Table Trend Into Your Own Hands

by Admin 18. May 2017 13:00