It's DIBS Season In Chicago - Here Are The Rules!

January 22, 2019

All these winter storms reminded us that we the folks of Chicago might need a refresher on the sacred practice of 'DIBS.'

It may be a little trashy looking when you have lawn furniture and other random personal items lined up on the street all winter, but it is necessary for Chicago!

Keep in mind, there's a set of unwritten rules when it comes to securing your unshoveled parking spot through 'DIBS.'

Keep these in mind and you won't be the most hated neighbor on the block! 

  • RULE #1 You dig it's yours!
  • It needs to be in front of your house.
  • Don't you dare shovel the snow out and into your neighbors already shoveled out spot.
  • There needs to be a decent amount of snow. Don't try to claim a spot unless there was actually enough snow to shovel.
  • Acceptable personal items to claim DIBS: lawn furniture, household items like vacuums or iron boards, trash cans, large kid toys, inflatables. Unacceptable items: cardboard boxes, trash, your Nana's walker.

Retaliation is to be expected if you park in a space someone else shoveled out and claimed. You have been warned.