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Category Archives: Winter Parking

Curbed Chicago Creates Dibs Bingo Card For Winter Parking Fun

Curbed Chicago published this fun dibs bingo card for drivers to play all winter long. Image copyright and courtesy Curbed Chicago.

Curbed Chicago published this fun dibs bingo card for drivers to play all winter long. Image copyright and courtesy Curbed Chicago.

Local real estate news website, Curbed Chicago wants to add some levity to the often serious business of winter parking in Chicago with their publication of a dibs parking bingo card.

With winter snowfall all but inevitable in Chicago, the lawn chairs, lumber, children’s toys and other junk will be soon be coming out to reserve neighborhood street parking spots. Hence Curbed Chicago’s entertaining dibs bingo card.

Dibs is the quaint tradition some Chicago residents engage in by using junk to save a parking spot on their street after they spent some time and energy digging out.

Tips For Drivers To Survive Chicago’s Cold Winter Weather

Add some Heet or other products which keep your fuel lines from freezing up in this cold weather.

Add some Heet or other products which keep your fuel lines from freezing up in this cold weather.

I was reminded last night while standing in sub-zero weather pouring a bottle of Heet into my wife’s car, we haven’t posted our annual “get your car ready for winter” story. It’s belated–for which we sincerely apologize.

Here’s some tips and reminders to make sure your car starts on the coldest mornings and you get from here to there and back safely.

Keep Your Gas Tank Full

The first thing I did was top off each vehicle’s gas tank. Keeping your tank at least half full or more will make starting your car on mornings easier on your battery.

Use Fuel Line Anti-Freeze Treatment

Car Stuck In A Snow Bank? Hire A Professional Shoveler

Paul Hook is promoting his car shoveling services with posters around the Ukranian Village neighborhood. Photo credit: Alisa Hauser/DNA Info.

Paul Hook is promoting his car shoveling services with posters around the Ukranian Village neighborhood. Photo credit: Alisa Hauser/DNA Info.

Car trapped under a blanket of snow?

You may want to “Book Hook.”

While Chicago has avoided any significant snowfall so far this year, one man, armed with a shovel is ready to aid Chicago drivers in digging out their cars when the snow finally arrives.

According to DNA Info, the 24-year old Hook is a waiter and an actor who came up with the idea during last year’s extra-challenging winter.

“Last year, when we had a bunch of snow I was in the shower and had a random idea to shovel snow off of cars,” Hook told DNA Info.

Time To End Winter Overnight Parking Ban? Aldermen Plan Review

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti. (Photo credit: DNA Info).

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti. (Photo credit: DNA Info).

After more than 30 years on the books, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) says it might be time to freeze the city’s winter overnight parking ban.

The mayoral candidate introduced a resolution at Wednesday’s City Council meeting calling for a hard look at the 34-year-old practice to see if it needs to be revised or even eliminated altogether.

Fioretti’s resolution had four other signers including aldermen Scott Waguespack (32nd), John Arena (45th), Nick Sposato (36th), Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Roderick Sawyer (6th).

Beginning every December 1st and continuing until April 1st, parking is prohibited on 107 miles of what the city considers “vital arterial streets” every early morning from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. — whether there’s snow on the pavement or not.

Thousands of unwary motorists every winter end up at one of the city’s auto pounds to pay the $150 in tow fees and a $20 per day storage fees to retrieve their vehicles, in addition to the $60 parking ticket for violating the ban. Historically, the city tows 8,000 to 9,000 vehicles every season, generating nearly $2 million in fees and fines for the city.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Tow Trucks Snag 239 Cars On First Night Of Winter Overnight Parking Ban

A towed vehicle exits the Auto Pound at 701 N. Sacramento last year after the first night of Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

A towed vehicle exits the Auto Pound at 701 N. Sacramento last year after the first night of Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

A steady stream of upset drivers flowed into a city auto pound in Humboldt Park Monday morning to shell out $170 to get their cars back.

“I thought someone stole the car,” said Jose Yanqi at City Auto Pound #6, 701 N. Sacramento Ave. “I didn’t see the sign to move the car.”

Yanqi was in a long line of motorists who had their cars towed on the first night of the city’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban, which went into effect overnight Monday.

According to the Department of Streets and Sanitation, 239 vehicles were towed overnight — the exact number of cars towed last year.

“It’s a big headache,” said Juan Comacho, who lives in Portage Park. “My kids got to school late. Where are people supposed to park on a busy street? I have to drive around for an hour to find parking. This is just going to make it worse.”

Read more at DNA Info.

Local Shop Sells Custom Made Dibs Christmas Tree Ornament

Replica Chicago's dibs Christmas tree ornament. Photo credit: DNA Info.

Replica Chicago’s dibs Christmas tree ornament. Photo credit: DNA Info.

In a tribute to Black Friday we bring you the perfect Christmas gift for the hardcore Chicago driver in your life–the dibs Christmas tree ornament.

This iconic folding chair ornament design will look great saving space on any Christmas tree and successfully keeping other ornaments from finding parking space on that particular branch.

And don’t even think about moving it out of the way and replacing it with another decoration!

The ornament is available for $12 from Replica Chicago located at 4425 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

H/T to DNA Info’s Chicago’s Ultimate Neighborhood Gift Guide.

City’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban Starts At 3 AM Monday

Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban SignIt’s that time of year again.

Every December 1st, hundreds of drivers will be surprised to find their car has mysteriously disappeared overnight.

No, their vehicle hasn’t been stolen or repossessed but towed away by city tow trucks for violating the city’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban which starts at 3 AM on Monday, December 1st.

The ban effects 107 miles of what the city considers “critical arterial streets” from December 1st and April 1st each year and is in effect between the hours of 3 AM and 7 AM each early morning–regardless of snow on the ground.

Car owners will have to pay a minimum $150 towing fee, $20 storage fee per day to get their car released from the city auto pound and still have to pay a $60 parking ticket. Towed vehicles will be brought to either Auto Pound 2 located at 10301 S. Doty or Auto Pound 2 located at 701 N. Sacramento.

Move Your Crap, City Starts ‘Dibs’ Junk Removal Monday

Dibs--RefreshingGet your crap off the street or the city will remove it for you starting Monday.

With the weather warming up and much of the snow melted from city streets, Streets and Sanitation crews will start collecting the junk people use to “reserve” street parking spaces according to DNA Info.

With the extreme amount of snow piling up on streets this winter, this practice or reserving spaces or ‘dibs’ has grown more pervasive than in normal winters.

Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Molly Poppe told DNA Info crews will hit the streets Monday morning to start collecting the chairs, buckets, tables and many other items littering city streets.

Dibs ‘Thief’ Rids Chicago Neighborhoods From Street Junk

The Dibs "Thief" calls this photo "Chicago Dibs Sculpture Garden #1". Photo credit: Curtis Locke/Flickr.

The Dibs “Thief” calls this photo “Chicago Dibs Sculpture Garden #1″. Photo credit: Curtis Locke/Flickr.

A man, a van and a camera.

According to Curbed Chicago, an upright citizen is doing the job the Department of Streets and Sanitation should be doing.

And that’s removing the junk from residential streets that’s being used to save parking spaces after a big snow–in other words “dibs.”

The Dibs “Thief” collects the chairs and other stuff and assembles them in his yard and other locations around his residence as quasi art installations.

Fight Back Against Dibs & ‘Dump The Junk’

Are you sick of all the junk on your street?

Are you tired of the lawn furniture, milk crates, buckets, two by fours and other random crap neighbors are placing on the street to “reserve” the parking space they dug out for their car?

Do you hate the idiotic “tradition” of dibs?

Us too.

So The Expired Meter is resurrecting our  “Dump The Junk!” campaign.

It’s our effort to try and cure Chicago of this queer “tradition” of using and other junk to save a parking space in front of your house after digging out from a snowstorm.

This winter has been so rough, and side streets are still snow packed and difficult to park that more drivers than ever are embracing dibs.

This practice is selfish, filthy and idiotic–and needs to stop.