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No More Marking Territory in Front of Chicago Real Estate

February 16, 2011

With the warm temperatures we are experiencing, there will probably be no snow in the streets by Friday.

There still might be some pieces of furniture, however.

The City of Chicago announced that “dibs” is ending on Friday, so get your stuff out of the street or any Chicago homeowner will get dibs on it.

chairs blocking spots in the street“Dibs” refers to the practice of saving your shoveled-out parking space by placing furniture on a city street.

There is no law against the practice, but Chicago’s Streets and Sanitation Department released a statement declaring Friday as the last day to remove your belongings.

“Given this extended period of warmer weather, we are asking residents who have placed items in the street to save parking spaces to please begin removing those items. As snow melts, these remaining items add clutter to the public way.”

The Streets and Sanitation Department said it will begin removing all dibs from the street by the end of the week.

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With the end of the bitter cold comes another fun season in Chicago: Pothole season.

big, ugly potholePotholes are caused by the freezing and then thawing of pavement. The more times a road goes through that cycle, the more potholes appear. The worse the street’s condition, the more likely it will be affected.

The City of Chicago is asking residents to report potholes and has between 17 and 20 crews ready to respond to pothole calls. There are also four weekend crews and one overnight crew.

*Illinois streets: To report a pothole outside the city, call the Illinois Department of Transportation at (800) 452-4368. You can visit dot.il.gov/claims to report a pothole or damage from a pothole.

*City streets: To report a pothole sighting in Chicago, call 311 or visit cityofchicago.org. If your car was damaged by a pothole, file a complaint at chicityclerk.com.

“Every pothole reported to 311 is important to us, and will be repaired,” said Chicago Department of Transportation Bobby L. Ware. “311 is a great tool that allows us to track the thousands of requests we receive.”

Ware said that since December 1, 2010, CDOT has filled over 84,000 potholes on the City’s more than 3,900 miles of streets.

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