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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The White Glove Treatment

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

So you've decided to leave New York for the central U.S. Life in Illinois will feel a bit different. Be sure to start out on the right foot by pronouncing the state name correctly. The "s" is silent, as in "il-uh-noi," not "il-uh-noiz." Your next priority is to let go of your pizza allegiance. Chicago deep dish pizza makes New York-style pizza look sad. Save yourself some angst and give in on this one now.
To prepare you for your move to the Land of Lincoln, here is a list of important things to know before you go:

Expect High Taxes

Homeowners in Illinois pay the second highest property taxes in the country, behind only New Jersey, with a statewide average rate of 2.16%, which is nearly twice the national average. The state’s income tax rate of 5% is also above the national average of 4.6%. Retirees can take advantage of some tax benefits, but on the whole the state is not considered a tax-friendly state.

Illinois Enjoys

Positive Job Growth

Unemployment rates are currently dropping and job growth is increasing throughout Illinois, according to the state Department of Employment Security. Statewide, 410,600 jobs were added between April 2020 and April 2021, with a growth of 7.7%. There are 1,602 companies headquartered in Illinois, with the largest employers including Walgreens, McDonald’s, Boeing, Caterpillar, Abbott Laboratories, United Airlines, and Sears.

Travel is Tricky

Dubbed the “Mother Road,” Route 66 starts in Chicago and stretches all the way to California. The famous road cuts directly through Illinois, and offers a big draw to area tourists. There are lots of other roads in the state that are not as famous, and most of them seem to be under a constant state of construction thanks to the damage that occurs from the harsh winter weather. To pay for these repairs, there are over 250 miles of toll roads operating in twelve counties in northern areas, so be sure to purchase an I-pass or carry change with you when you drive.

There's a lot of Cultural Diversity

If cultural diversity is something you’ll miss about New York, you will be pleasantly surprised by Illinois. With an increase in Hispanic/Latino residents over the last forty years, the state is home to the 10th largest Hispanic population in the nation. The demographic breakdown includes 60.9% White, non-Hispanic, 13.8% Black or African American, 10.8% Hispanic, and 5.59% Asian. 23.5% of Illinois households claim a primary language other than English.

Illinois Boasts Impressive Attractions

Outdoor attractions include boating, fishing, swimming and watersports in Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and an extensive network of smaller lakes and rivers. There are also ample opportunities for walking and biking in the many state parks, forests, and prairie preserves across Illinois. Chicago is the state’s most popular tourist destination, with world-class restaurants, shopping, museums, and architecture. The Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower), Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, and Millennium Park (home of Cloud Gate, or “The Bean”) are must-see attractions. Not to be outdone, the state capital of Springfield is home to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Enjoy Fantastic Food

Illinois is known for some creative food options, with unique spins on popular dishes. Italian beef sandwiches are a popular staple, topped with giardiniera and lots of juice. Springfield is known for its horseshoes: an open-faced burger on thick bread topped with fries. Popcorn is the state snack food. Be sure to try it Chicago-style, featuring a blend of caramel and cheese popcorn. You can also try a Chicago-style hotdog, made with tomatoes, sport peppers, and mustard – but don’t even try to put ketchup on it; that practice is highly frowned upon!

You'll Have Many Sports Options

Illinois residents rival Canadians when it comes to love for hockey. With Chicago residents supporting the Blackhawks and the southern part of the state supporting the Blues, you will need to claim a side if you want to fit in. Similarly, you’ll be required to support a baseball team; the state is split between the Cubs in the north and the St. Louis Cardinals in the south, with some Chicago outliers pulling for the White Sox. Another division exists for football supporters: choose the Bears if you are living in Chicago or northward. As you move south, support for the St. Louis Rams becomes more pronounced.

Get Ready for Cold Weather

In the heart of the Midwest, weather can be crazy. Every season seems to be amplified to the max. Summers are hot, winters are bitter, and you can sometimes experience multiple seasons in a single day. Pack your snow boots and bring your New York cold-weather knowledge with you; you’ll definitely want chains on your tires and a bag of salt in your trunk. The biggest weather hazard to worry about is flooding. Increasing precipitation that has steadily occurred over the last eighty years have increased the flood peaks on Illinois rivers, leading to the third-highest flood losses in the nation, with an annual average loss of $257 million.

Illinois has Top-Notch Education

Illinois is home to quality education, with K-12 schools ranked #6 nationally. The high school graduation rate of 86.5% surpasses the U.S. average of 85.3%. The top school districts in the state are Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, which boasts a graduation rate of 98% and 85% of students moving on to college education. Other leading school districts include Community High School District 155 and Hinsdale Township High School District 86. The state is also home to highly competitive secondary educational institutions, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.

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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