Thanks for the ‘freight forwarder’ search term and link. I don’t know any reputable antique dealers. I agree, it should be on a skid, padded, with a box built around it. I’m just not sure how to contact a shipper that does those things in Chicago. Thanks for your response.
Check the UPS store for it’s crating services. They did a fantastic job on a tall dresser I shipped from Fla to Michigan. It was on a pallet with styrofoam blocks snug and secure and expertly wrapped. Not a ding or scratch. Only snag was I had to meet the truck at the entrance to my neighborhood where they off loaded it. We uncrated it in the street and slipped it into my suv to take home. The semi truck was too big to make it back to my house on narrow winding streets. I paid dearly but it was worth it.
FWIW, Here’s the go-to service for arcade game shippers. They pick up as-is and blanket and shrink wrap the shipment for you: NAVL, North American Van Lines / STI - Contact Michelle Bianchi (email@example.com)
The OP says their washstand doesn’t have the backspash, so perhaps it would safer to leave it in place, assuming of course that it’s attached well. I agree that putting it on a pallet, wrapping it well and strapping it down is the way to go.