LifeStorage just got an early Christmas present!

Just days ago we learned that our South Loop (State & 24th) facility was named 2010 Facility of the Year (Conversion Category) by Mini Storage Messenger, the leading international self-storage trade magazine published by MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC.

A full-length article profiling the State Street facility ran this week in the

December 2010 issue of Mini Storage Messenger.


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The entire LifeStorage crew was thrilled with the news.

“It is an honor to be chosen as Facility of the Year by MiniCo,” said founder Chris Barry. “Their publication is the industry leader in self-storage, and we are very gratified that they recognized the extensive and detailed work we put into creating the beautiful LifeStorage facility on State Street.”

Historic Building, Extensive Renovations


The store was chosen by MiniCo in the Facility of the Year Conversion category to honor the extensive renovations that LifeStorage completed on the building prior to its opening in 2009. The historic building was originally constructed in 1911 and has undergone multiple owners and renovations over the past century.

“We knew the building had potential when we purchased it,” added founder Jean Jodoin, “but we also knew that there would be a great deal of structural and architectural work involved in the renovations. The building had been abandoned for many years, and so it needed a lot of attention.”

The facility resides in a regentrifying area of Chicago’s South Loop. Where drug dealers once ruled the streets, smaller businesses and shop owners have begun to open for business, attracting middle-class apartment dwellers — many of whom need storage. With the help of architect David Wytmar of Groundwork, LTD, Chris and Jean created a plan that would honor the vintage charm of the original building, yet modernize it into the 21st-century self-storage brand that LifeStorage has created across the Chicago area.

Helping Transform a Neighborhood

“We are excited to be a part of this neighborhood’s transformation,” said Chris. “We really enjoy working with our neighbors and friends in all the communities where we have stores, and the historic building in the South Loop definitely makes it a special location.”

Today, the State Street store, located at 2361 South State Street, is one of LifeStorage’s busiest storage facilities in all of Chicago.

Congratulations, South Loop!

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