City Announces Six Winning Names for Chicago's Second Annual "You Name A Snowplow" Contest

February 5, 2024

Signage with the winning names will be installed on six snowplows operating citywide.

CHICAGO –The Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) today announced the six winning names for the City’s second annual “You Name a Snowplow” contest. On January 22, the City posted 50 finalists from the initial pool of names received from Chicagoans, and residents were able to vote for up to six names through February 2.  

The six snowplow names that received the most votes include: 

  1. Skilling It
  3. Casimir Plowaski
  4. Ernie Snowbanks
  5. Mies van der Snow
  6. Bad, Bad Leroy Plow

“We are so appreciative of the many Chicagoans who submitted their creative and entertaining snowplow names, many of which reflect the Chicago pride we know so well,” said DSS Commissioner Cole Stallard. “We enjoyed managing this contest again in 2024 and tallying up the thousands of voting responses we received for the 50 finalists.” 

The City received nearly 10,000 voting responses from Chicago residents. 

Signage for the winning snowplow names will be installed on one snowplow in each of the City’s six snow districts, joining the named snowplow fleet announced in 2023. Once the signage is installed, residents who first submitted the winning names (earliest time stamp when there are multiple submissions) will be offered a photo opportunity with the named snowplow in the next few weeks, along with city swag.  

DSS manages more than 9,400 lane miles of roadway with a fleet of over 300 salt spreaders that are fully prepared to respond when needed, along with more than 400,000 tons of salt stationed at salt piles throughout the city. The City’s full snow fleet can be viewed in real-time during winter storms via the City’s plow tracker.  


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