Chicago removes items to save city parking lots on Friday

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Now that warmer temperatures and the city’s snow clearance have helped clean up Chicago’s back streets after our recent snowstorm, the city says it’s time to get your dibs moving.

That doesn’t lessen the hard work many local residents put in to clear parking spaces.

But no snow means no dibs, and starting Friday, the city’s Roads and Sewerage Department will be collecting any patio furniture, buckets and stools that have room left.

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It’s not a moment too soon for Tiberiu Stefan from the North Side. On Wednesday morning, he said he waited 15 minutes to find a parking space. Dibs called the recent California transplant “stupid.”

“I’m wasting my time, I’m late for my job. People put the chairs out for days. That’s stupid of me. The snow is clear now, you know,” said Stefan.

“I made the big mistake and moved to Chicago from California … now I’m moving back,” he said.

Gale Steele has dibs on a spot she shoveled outside her North Sawyer home.

“I feel a little guilty about that, as you can see, there’s not that much snow out there now.”

Steel said it’s time to clear the street of barstools, but only until the next snowfall. She thinks dibs are a fact of life.

“I think we should keep dibs. It’s a Chicago thing. They dig up this space and when parking is expensive like when you are in a zoned lot it is really difficult to get a parking space and who wants to walk three or four blocks when you are after a long day coming home from work?”

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Someone on Steele’s block called the Chicago Police Department to report that she was threatened when she took it upon herself to move someone’s dibs.

This Friday, you can let roads and sanitation do the dirty work. Your neighbors will have to move it or lose it.

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