The City of Chicago is always 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 (email@example.com), 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.
Each holiday season, we take home over $1 billion dollars worth of fresh cut trees in the U.S. They brighten our homes, infuse the air with merriment, and after a few days or weeks, out they go. By recycling trees, we can salvage their valuable nutrients, conserve landfill space, and give some nutrients back to nature.
Christmas tree recycling ends mid-January. The trees collected will be shredded and turned into mulch that’s used by the Chicago Parks District and also made available to Chicago residents free of charge.
The closest location to Rogers Park is at Warren Park, 6601 N Western. Only natural trees without flocking are accepted. All tinsel, lights, and ornaments must be removed. Residents may pick up mulch, free of charge, from the Warren Park location on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visit the City’s recycling website for the complete list of tree recycling locations.
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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.