Finding Storage in Chicago, IL
Home to roughly 2.7 million people—not including the 50 million tourists who visit throughout the year—Chicago is the third most populated city in the United States. With Millennium Park and Navy Pier, as well as professional sports teams like the White Sox, Bulls, and Bears, Chicago is a popular place to live, work, and play. But because it's so popular, Chicago residents often run into issues with finding enough space.;
Many residents opt for smaller apartments and homes since the cost of living in Chicago is so high, which usually means downsizing is a necessity. With the help of a Chicago storage unit, however, there's no need for residents to downsize their possessions just to live in a more affordable home.
At Storage.com, it’s easy to find a Chicago self storage unit that will help you get back some much-needed space. Not only can you find and compare storage facility locations, pricing, unit sizes, availability, and special features, but you can also reserve a unit directly from our website!
Finding the Best Storage Location
In such a populated city, getting anywhere quickly can be tricky, even if you choose to walk or take the L. This is why it's important to take storage facility location into consideration when looking for your storage solution.
For example, if you’re renting a downtown apartment and need to store a bike, you’ll want to Chicago self storage that's close to your apartment in the downtown area so you don’t have to trek across town in traffic. The same is true if you’re running a business and storing supplies, equipment, or files. You don't want to keep clients or customers waiting all day while you drive into the suburbs to grab what you need.
Pricing can affect your location needs quite a bit, too. Usually, the closer to Downtown Chicago a storage facility is, the more expensive the rent will be. If your budget is tight, look for Chicago storage units outside of the downtown area—maybe even on the outskirts of the Chicago city limits near suburbs like Garfield Ridge, Little Village, Jefferson Park, or Morgan Park. These locations might not be nearly as convenient as others, but the cost of a storage unit is significantly lower in these areas. Think about how often you’ll need to access your unit though, as frequent, long-distance drives to your facility can cancel out your saving through fuel costs.
Once you’ve determined your location and pricing needs, you can search for locations on Storage.com by using your zip code—such as 60607, 60605, 60616, or 60622. From there, we’ll provide information for the Chicago mini storage locations closest to you.
Storage Unit Sizing
With Storage.com, you can narrow your storage search for specific Chicago storage unit sizes using our advanced search filter. However, sometimes determining what size you need can be difficult.
In most cases, a 5x5 or 5x10 unit will do the trick. Roughly the size of a large closet, these Chicago storage units are commonly rented by people who need to clear a few items out of their homes, such as mattress sets, boxes, small furniture, sporting gear, lawn equipment, or seasonal decorations and clothing.
For larger storage needs, such as vehicle storage or storing the contents of an entire home during a move, a 10x20 or 10x30 unit will better accommodate your larger or more numerous items.
If you’re still unsure of what unit size you need, Storage.com is here to help! You can use our interactive size guide to see visual representations of our most popular unit sizes and what can fit into them. Still have questions? Just call one of our storage advocates, who would be happy to provide further assistance.
Chicago Vehicle Storage
While millions enjoy living the city life, many still look for a break in the great outdoors, whether it’s hitting the water of nearby Lake Michigan or the road in an RV. While boating or camping can be a great way to get out of the city, finding a place to keep these recreational vehicles at home can be a hassle.
A boat either takes up valuable garage space or is left in your driveway where it’s vulnerable to weather, vandalism, or theft, and an RV’s massive size forces you to keep it outside on the street. Fortunately, Chicago RV and boat storage is available to take in these larger vehicles.
When looking for Chicago vehicle storage, be sure to consider a facility with wide-drive aisles and drive-up access. Drive-up access allows you to pull your car or truck right up to your boat, hitch up, and take off from there, and the wide-drive aisles make it easier for you to drive your larger RV or boat trailer into the facility.
Other features to look for with Chicago RV and boat storage is protection from the weather, such as indoor or covered storage. Indoor and covered storage cost a bit more than outdoor vehicle storage, but they provide the most protection against Chicago winters.
Storage for College Students
Chicago is home to a number of prestigious colleges and universities, including University of Chicago, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, and University of Illinois-Chicago.
With so many students in an already crowded city, it’s no surprise that many students who attend these colleges live in dorm rooms or residence halls, where living spaces aren’t much bigger than the smallest apartments in Downtown Chicago. This is why Chicago mini storage is a great option for students.
While a dorm room is too small for additional seasonal clothing, furniture, or even a bicycle, you can use a nearby Chicago storage facility to store these items when you're not using them. Not to mention, temporary self storage in Chicago can be used when it’s time to move out of the dorms at the end of the year. For students who live in the suburbs, outside of Chicago, or even out of state, this is a great way to keep dorm furniture and belongings close to campus so you don’t need to haul everything home for the summer just to bring it all back again in the fall.
Renting a Storage Unit
Renting a Chicago mini storage unit is quick and easy! You can either reserve your unit directly online, or, if you have any further questions, you can call in to speak with one of our storage representatives.
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For more information on Chicago visit the city website: http://www.cityofchicago.org