City to start cleaning up dibs markers Monday

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By Jonathan Bullington

Tribune reporter

Those beat-up lawn chairs, milk crates and other items used by so many Chicagoans to claim shoveled out parking spots will become garbage come Monday, when Department of Streets and Sanitation crews plan to start clearing any lingering dibs markers from city streets.

“We want to give folks the weekend to remind them our crews are going to come through,” said Streets and Sanitation spokeswoman Molly Poppe.

Love it or hate it, the practice of blocking freshly shoveled street-parking spaces has become something of a tradition in many Chicago neighborhoods.

For its part, the city rarely picks up dibs markers during the winter, Poppe said, unless they obstruct traffic or sidewalks.

But as one of the city’s snowiest winters on record winds down, department crews can now turn their attention toward collecting such “obstructions” as part of their regular duties, said Streets and Sanitation spokeswoman Molly Poppe.

“This is something we do every year toward the end of winter, once we start to get decent weather heading our way,” Poppe said.

jbullington@tribune.com

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