Chicago 'dibs': Items from wintertime parking spot tradition to be cleaned up

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
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Bring those "dibs" chairs inside, or the city is gonna haul them away.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many who drive and park on Chicago's streets are familiar with the wintertime tradition known as "dibs."

The video featured is from a previous report.

When the snow comes, and drivers spend time and energy shoveling out their parking spot, many will claim "dibs" by putting random and sometimes funny objects to reserve the freshly-cleaned space for when they return. While the practice is not technically legal, it's not uncommon to see the objects scattered up and down side streets.

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So if you're one of those who claim "dibs," be aware that starting Friday they will be getting cleaned up.

Workers with the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be picking up those parking space savers along regular garbage collection routes.

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So if you want to keep that folding chair, traffic cone or old lamp, you better grab it.