Department of Streets and Sanitation Reveals 50 Finalists for City's Second Annual ‘YOU NAME A SNOWPLOW’ Contest

January 22, 2024

Residents may vote for up to six names by Feb. 2 at

The Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS) today announced the 50 names chosen in Phase I of the City’s second annual ‘You Name A Snowplow’ contest. In the next phase, starting today, Chicago residents may view the list of finalists and vote for up to six names at by February 2, 2024. Once the votes are tallied, the top six names will represent one snowplow in each of the City’s six snow districts, joining the named snowplow fleet announced last year. 

“Once again, we’ve had a great time reviewing all the innovative and unique names submitted by residents, many of which were Chicago-themed,” said DSS Commissioner Cole Stallard. “Now the race is on, and we would love all Chicago residents to vote for their favorite snowplow names which, if they win, will be featured with signage on city snowplows.”

Once the names are chosen, signage for the winning snowplow names will be installed on the snowplows, and residents who submitted the winning names (earliest time stamp when there are multiple submissions) will be offered a photo opportunity with the named snowplow along with city swag. 

Due to a near-tie for sixth place, seven winning names were chosen for the first contest.

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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