While we have experienced an extremely mild winter so far, the City of Chicago is prepared to respond to major snowstorms.
All business owners and buildings owners are required by ordinance to keep the sidewalks around their properties free of snow and ice. Please report any un-shoveled sidewalks to our office by phone (773.338.5796) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org), so that we can ask our Streets and Sanitation superintendent to investigate.
In the event of a significant snowfall, the City will activate the Plow Tracker site. Every snowplow and salt truck is equipped with GPS, allowing us to see deployment of these vehicles in real time.
Streets and Sanitation will first deploy snow removal vehicles along arterial streets, making sure people and emergency vehicles can move safely around the city. Smaller residential streets will then be plowed.
View the Plow Tracker page for real-time locations of city plows and salt spreaders.
2″ Snow Ban & Winter Overnight Parking Ban
Annually, from December 1 through March 31, the City implements a winter overnight parking ban on critical arterial streets, regardless of whether snow has fallen. Parking restrictions are enforced from 3 – 7 a.m., and vehicles parked in violation of the ban will be towed to the City’s impound lot at 701 N. Sacramento. The ban is designed to allow snow to be removed quickly, curb to curb, during storms.
In the 49th Ward, the winter overnight parking ban affects Clark, from Howard-Devon, and Devon, from Sheridan-Clark.
There are also parking restrictions which go into effect when 2″ of snow has fallen. Streets affected in the 49th Ward include: Devon, Clark, Sheridan, Touhy, Howard, Pratt, Ashland, Rogers, Ridge, and Western.
According to Chicago municipal ordinance, all residential units must be heated to 68º during the day (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.) and 66° at night (10:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.). This “heat season” runs from September 15 to June 1. Please alert our office if your building is not providing adequate heat despite being notified by tenants.