Congratulations on your big decision to move to Illinois!

Since White Gloves Genesis in 1988, We’ve performed over one-thousand long distance moves to Illinois. We hope to see you on moving day!

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We are licensed to perform local moves in New Jersey to relocate customers to any location in the continental United States, including Illinois.

White Glove is also happy to offer a flat price on your long distance move. Our prices are based on your inventory rather than charging based on factors like weight or cubic feet. This helps eliminate variable on the move day and gives our consumers complete control over your price and removes all surprises.

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Benefits of Living in Illinois

Illinois is best known for Chicago, but it has a lot to offer its residents other than one big city. The state is centrally located in the midwest and so it has several distinct areas based on their neighboring states and their relative distance to Chicago. Southern Illinois is distinctly more ”southern” compared to Northern Illinois that borders Wisconsin. Southwest Illinois shares a border with Missouri and actually contains all of East St. Louis. Each of these areas has its own style and charm. Here are the most important things to know when moving to Illinois!


Chicago is King

Chicago is the crown jewel in Illinois. Chicago is the third-largest US city with over 234 square miles of land broken up into 77 community areas. The city is right on Lake Michigan, and it has the Chicago river running through it. There is a network of overhead bridges, underground tunnels, and double-decker streets that link over 40 blocks downtown. The city is teeming with shops, restaurants, hotels, and most any other kind of businesses that you can think of.



Illinois has a Fascinating State History

Illinois became the 21st state in 1818. This was about 40 years after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable built the first trading post in the area that eventually became Chicago in 1837. Chicago gained prominence as a great port city and railway hub around 1850.

The Great Chicago fire destroyed roughly a third of the city and it left over 100k people homeless in 1871. There were significant rebuilding and restructuring plans for the city. Chicago held the World’s Fair in 1893. The fair, in part, was to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus sailing to the west. This event also was the first fair to be completely lit electrically and it also introduced the first Ferris Wheel.


The Economy is Cutting Edge

Corn, soybeans, and swine are Illinois’ three main agricultural exports. Although corn vastly outmatched the other two. Illinois is 85% covered in corn. The state is more well known for its industrial exports such as machinery, food processing, electrical equipment, chemical products, and transportation equipment.

The renewable energy industry is rapidly growing in Illinois after a $15 billion investment from the Future Energy Jobs Act of 2016. They are ranked fifth in the country for installed wind power capacity, and they have created over 100k jobs and counting.


Education is a Priority

Illinois has several impressive colleges and universities throughout the state. In addition to top-notch state schools, Illinois also has Northwestern, Loyola, and Depaul universities.

Illinois schools have had significant problems in the past, but recent developments are hopefully changing that trend to a more positive outlook. They are now addressing problems like teacher shortages, low wages, and unreasonable requirements. For example, teachers in the Chicago Public School system now make an average salary of $75k. This is the highest of any US city.


You'll Love the Natural Beauty

The entire western border of Illinois is made of the Mississippi River and it’s lined with stunning parks, nature trails, fishing spots, and beaches. Illinois has 309 state parks that cover almost half a million acres of land. Illinois is also known for its winter activities. Sledding, snowmobiling, and hockey are very popular for a large part of the year.

Chicago has 507 city parks covering 8.2% of the total area. Chicago’s official motto is “Urbs in horto”, which means “City in a garden”. It also has 28 miles of beachfront on Lake Michigan and 24 beaches.


Culture and Art Abound

Illinois is famous for its contributions to the music industry. Electric Chicago Blues developed in the 40s and 50s when Mississippi blues legends migrated to Chicago. House music developed in the south side in the late 70s. Chicago opened the first planetarium in the western hemisphere in 1930, and it has the world’s tallest structure designed by a woman.

Illinois also has several famous museums like the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, the Chicago History Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and the Museum of Science & Industry. You could spend weeks just visiting museums.

Chicago food is also known for its food. It’s definitely a meat town, and the variety rivals almost any other city in the world. Everyone has their own favorite whether it be Italian beef, deep-dish pizza, or any one of a million types of sausage.


Root for the Home Team

Illinois is home to the Chicago Bears football team and the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. The state has two major league baseball teams, the Cubs and the White Sox. Arguably, their most popular franchise is their basketball team. The Chicago Bulls had a legendary team back in the 90s, and they still maintain many of those fans.


Getting Around is Easy

Chicago has the second largest public transportation system in the nation. “The Loop” is the area encircled by the Chicago Transit Authority’s L train. This loop transports over 1.6 million passengers on the average weekday. The city is also known as the nation’s railroad capital due to having more major railroads operating in the city than any other place in the US. The city also has taxis, busses, scooters, segues, and city bikes. Getting around in Chicago isn’t really challenging. Especially because you won’t need to go far to find what you’re looking for.

Illinois has 63 public transit providers across the state. The bus system alone transports over 400 million passengers over the course of the year. There is some type of public transportation in 96 out of Illinois’ 102 counties. The more rural areas of Illinois also rely on the railroads that come out of Chicago. There are 242 miles of rapid transit rail track with 11 lines and 241 stations, and over 80 million passengers each year. You’ll still likely need a car if you live in the more rural parts of the state, but there are plenty of options compared to other parts of the country.

White Glove’s Long Distance Price Lock Guarantee

White Glove is proud to be the only Long-Distance mover in New Jersey & New York to offer, “Long-Distance Price Lock.

This means the price we quote you before your move is always the price you pay after the move. 

No hidden fees, no circumstantial costs, no nickel or diming you for things you didn’t agree to. That’s one of the ways we make your moving day a White Glove experience. Learn more about other commitments we make to our customers.

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