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Well, it looks like I'm finally moving to Lisle. The apartment I want is in the Arboretum Villages complex - conveniently located less than 100 yards from my office building - and is a pretty nice one-bedroom. I took the smallest floor plan since utes are not included in the rent, and I want to make sure I leave myself plenty of room to have fun in town. Since my girl is not coming with me :)nono:), it's just me and my Caddy. Actually, I'm probably not going to have my car out there right away.

The company is flying me out on the 29th of June, because ops shift from our NY office to the Lisle office on July 1st. The apartment doesn't open up until July 10th, so my company will put me up in a hotel for that time. I'm not keen on driving my car full of my stuff out there only to park it at the hotel for over a week, so the plan is to have my father drive it up on July 9th, help me move in on July 10th and the next day, and then for him to fly back to Albany on the 12th.

Or, that was the plan. My father is desperately afraid of flying - so now it looks like my father will be borrowing my grandmothers SUV to bring (more) of my stuff with him when I move in, and then a few weeks later, my mother and sister will drive up to visit me in a two-car convoy. My mother will drive my Caddy, and my sister will drive my mother's Ford Focus in trail. Then, they both drive back to NY in the Focus and leave my ETC. Fortunately, my company will pay for me to take a cab to and from work, supermarkets, and other places for a few weeks until my car arrives. It's disappointing, but the only other option for my father would have been taking the train, and he's not too keen on that.

It'll all work out - and the good thing is, my morning commute from the apartment to work is a five-minute walk down a conrete path, across the grassy divider between the complex parking lot and the office parking lot, and then I'm there. I took pictures, but I'm at work right now so I have no way of posting them; standing twenty feet from my office building, I took a picture of the building, then pivoted and snapped a picture of the apartment complex through the trees that seperate them. I could, quite literally, stand on my balcony and wave to my coworkers as they toil away.

Anyway, it's a second floor one-bedroom apartment, central air, plenty of closet space, cable ready, and the complex has a pretty decent list of amenities like a pool, health club, etc. I'll probably opt for garage parking. Combined utes should run about another $60-$80/month, which is reasonable.

So, thanks to everyone who gave me helpful information about the area and what is has to offer, and thanks especially to Dirt_Cheap_Fleetwood and 96Fleetwood for taking me around a little and showing me the area. Much appreciated guys. Oh, and if anyone knows any cheap furniture places (I'm buying my bed and mattress new, but couches, lounge chairs, kitchen tables, end tables, and related items I'm looking to pick up cheap as long as they are in decent condition) or anyone selling or getting rid of anything, let me know. I'll be looking for some stuff to start my furnishings with starting the 9th or 10th of July.
 

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Your father might consider renting a car to drive back. I don't know what kind of costs would be involved though.
 

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Your welcome! Thank you for dinner! It is always good to meet another enthusiast and chat cars.

Give me a call when you get back. Your new place is ~3-4 miles from me.
 

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Nice. Your father should consider taking the train. My Dad and my Sister took a train to Pennsylvania last year and again to Texas this year and they really liked it. Both of their trips left in the evening so most of the journey was in the night while they are sleeping. If you have never slept on a train, its very nice. There is a gentle rocking that is like sleeping on a boat. Best nights rest you will ever have.

Anyway, if you are looking for furniture, try Ikea. There is one in Bolingbrook (about 10 miles away but just off I-355). They are a Swedish company that makes tons of furniture for great prices. You have to put it together but it is totally worth it. The best part is a lot of the furniture they make is designed for the smaller apartments they have in Europe, so they have all sorts off cool tables that can fold out to twice their size and such. The store is HUGE and has just about everything you could imagine. I could borrow my Dad's van or my Mom's Blazer if need be to tranport it to your apartment, just give me a call. I can also get you a 10% discount at Wal-Mart but our furniture pretty much sucks.

You will be here in time for Eyes to the Skies and Ribfest, two huge Fourth of July festivals in the area. Eyes to the Skies is held in the park area around Lisle High School, well within walking distance from your apartment but not so much if you are in a hotel 2 miles away at the time. Ribfest is held in Naperville and is also fantastic.
 

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Shame I missed you needing all of this information Corsair. I live in Barrington, a ways north from you guys but summer for me is rapidly approaching and I am in search for something to do other than work out, eat, sleep, chill with friends, and surf the web.

If you wanna head over to Ikea I can nab my moms GMC Enovy XL, if Fleetwood cant nab one of his cars for ya. I need to find a new desk anyways.... (3 monitors on this small desk just isnt quite cutting it) :D

Id love to have a chance to meet you, dirt cheap, and fleetwood. I may be a little younger than you guys, but I love Cadillacs just as much as you guys. :)

Hopefully you guys can teach me something about em I don't know, which is alot, Ive been trying to read and absorb as much as I can. But nothing beats chatting with people that know what they are talking about and actually seeing it being demonstrated/taught to you.

Are you going to head over to the Chicago meet in August? I know I am going to try to with my baby...

Anyways, dont mean to intervein or invite myself along with you guys, just giving ya the heads up that I am here and looking to get together with some guys from here just to chat and get some information on my car. Let me know how the moving works out and if there is anything I can do to help. You are a little drive from me but I will do what I can to help you out, glad to hear/see you weren't laid off and rather just got to move. A shame your girlfriend couldn't come with, but, you can still enjoy your time here. :p

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Anyway, if you are looking for furniture, try Ikea. There is one in Bolingbrook (about 10 miles away but just off I-355). They are a Swedish company that makes tons of furniture for great prices. You have to put it together but it is totally worth it. The best part is a lot of the furniture they make is designed for the smaller apartments they have in Europe, so they have all sorts off cool tables that can fold out to twice their size and such. The store is HUGE and has just about everything you could imagine.
Ikea is a great idea. I bought a leather sleeper sofa and recliner last fall for just under $1,600. Both are very comfortable, as is the sleeper bed according to my holiday guests. For the price, Ikea is very hard to beat.
 

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I second the Goodwill/Salvation Army idea and I also second a couple of the suggestions above for your father.

Budget and Enteprise BOTH do one-way rentals. Ironically I MIGHT be moving up to Saint Louis on the 29th as well, and I had secured a 2 day one way rental of a Jeep Grand Cherokee from Tampa to STL for all of 55.00 through Budget. It would be 21.00 if I just wanted 1 day. Now, generally it depends on where they NEED cars, and since the winter vacation season is over, Budget is trying to move cars from the southeast back to the north right now. In any case, it is an option.

If your dad has plenty of time, the train is also a FANTASTIC idea. I JUMP at the chance to take Amtrak whenever I can, it is such a relaxing ride. You get to meet great people (if you want to), and experience the countryside and cities from a passenger's perspective. It's really great and alot less hassle than flying.
 

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Ian, does this mean you are riding shotgun with Jesda to the Chicago meet?
 

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Sorry I've been sort of neglecting my thread - my computer broke on Saturday and I am having it fixed, so I've only been able to use the Internet at work. All of these are good ideas - I'll check out that IKEA on the web and see what they've got. I was also thinking Craigslist would be helpful for cheap furniture. As for taking the train, that is a possiblity I never even considered, but I'll see how much a ticket costs and figure out if it's doable. It probably will be. I guess if I end up needing help moving, I know who to call. I really appreciate the offers - depending on how big the inside of the car is (it's a Saturn Vue), that help could be a real time-saver.
 

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I would 2nd the comment about Ikea, I moved out to northern Cincinnati for work for 3 months last summer and I got a couple small things to add to the place that furniture rental didn't cover for almost nothing, at the end of the summer I brought some back with me or donated them depending on what it was/size. And even if you don't get anything if you've never been to an Ikea you've got to go just so see the store cause its a completely different shopping experience than you'll ever get anywhere else.

Far as the car goes you might check in with the company as when we move for work they'll ship so many cars for you for free as part of the relocation package, so that might make things easier if your company will do that.
 
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