Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation to Begin Clearing Streets of "Dibs"

February 25, 2021

Residents are encouraged to remove chairs, cones and other objects used to hold shoveled parking spaces

CHICAGO – The Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) announced that given the melting snow and extensive snow removal efforts that have taken place over the past weeks, crews will begin clearing objects used by residents to hold shoveled parking spaces, also known as “Dibs,” beginning Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Crews will pick up any unclaimed items along their daily garbage collection routes, with special attention given to address all 3-1-1 complaints.  

“Our crews have been working around the clock to address snow and ice and ensure Chicago’s streets are safe and passable for residents,” said DSS Commissioner John Tully. "At this time, we ask residents to be neighborly and help our crews clear streets of debris by picking up any items they may have on the street." 

Residents are encouraged to remove their chairs, cones and other objects, particularly items they want to keep, to avoid being thrown away.  

In addition to the Department's street clearing efforts, crews continue daily work to collect garbage and recycling.  Garbage collection remains delayed across the city due to the heavy snowfall experienced over the last week. DSS crews worked extended hours last week (including Saturday) and will continue to work extended hours throughout this week.  Residents are advised to treat response times as they would during a holiday week and keep their carts out and ready for pick up.   

To find out your daily garbage collection route or to report a concern about debris on your block, call 3-1-1 or visit


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