Just had an extended "how on earth do I get my shit to chicago" conversation with my mother. It came down to three things:
1)Throw away all the things. Everything but clothes and books, basically.
2) Ship all non-essential clothes and books to the parents.
3) find an apartment, drive all my stuff to Chicago, move in June. Pillage Ikea.
4) parents drive my other stuff to Chicago at their leisure during the summer.
Does this seem... logical? I think it does. I've never moved into a big city before 0_o
Seems logical to me if you are taking a car. I am not taking a car unless I can find a unicorn (Streeterville apartment with free reserved parking).
I'm trying to figure out how to move a TV without hiring movers or driving myself. I don't think it can be done. I won't be shipping a lot (just kitchen stuff, computer/stereo/TV), but I think I'm gonna have to use movers. I also really do not want to have to park in the street and move shit up a service elevator or whatever one does in the city. Better to let the pros do that.
I will recommend freight shipping if you have a decent amount of stuff that you can stack neatly. I shipped around 600 lbs worth of stuff for $600. There was some fragile stuff in there (kitchen appliances, speakers, computer, ceramic dishes, pots/pans, etc, but no TV/monitor) as well as other stuff like clothing. Having it all stacked together and wrapped with movers wrap made it pretty protected than if each had been shipped individually (since nobody is picking up boxes with the possibility of dropping them, rather everything's being lifted at once on a pallet jack).
All I had to do was cop a pallet from a local business that gave me one for free and then prepare the pallet myself, they then picked it up from my parents' house and dropped it off at my apartment in Chicago (I used http://www.freightcenter.com/
). It was definitely cheaper than shipping the things individually and safer imo. I guess the only risks you have is a forklift accidentally skewering your pallet in a warehouse or it falling off the liftgate when they put it on the truck (which I was irrationally worried about when they put my 600 lb pallet on the liftgate).