Street Operations (Snow Removal, Lot Cleaning and Weed Cutting)
One of the most recognizable images of the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is that of our Snow Fighting Trucks plowing and salting city roadways during a Chicago snow storm. In fact, every time our full main fleet of Snow Fighting Trucks does just one pass of our entire route system they have traveled some 9,456 total lane miles.
Visitors to downtown Chicago might recognize our "Street Ops" personnel as the people who hand sweep street waste.
Graffiti Removal Program
Graffiti is vandalism, it scars the community, hurts property values and diminishes our quality of life.
Illegal ('Fly') Dumping
Illegal dumping, or "fly dumping," is the dumping of any waste material on public or private property without a permit from the Department of Public Health (CPDH).
Snow Clearing Winter of 2020-2021
Department of Streets & Sanitation coordinates Chicago's snow and ice control efforts from Snow Command. This high tech command center allows us to access and view a network of cameras and pavement sensors to get a quick and accurate assessment of our pavement conditions citywide.
Vacant Lot Cleanup
Crews from Streets & Sanitation's Bureau of Street Operations clean thousands of vacant lots every year.
Weed Cutting/ Weed Removal
High weeds can conceal illegal activities, obscure dangerous debris, harbor rodents, serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. That's why Streets & Sanitation's Bureau of Street Operations is aggressive about keeping overgrown weeds from becoming a problem in our neighborhoods.