Dibs: A Chicago Tradition Or An Eyesore That Needs To Be Abolished?

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Get your folding chairs ready. Flickr
dibs
Get your folding chairs ready. Flickr

Dibs: A Chicago Tradition Or An Eyesore That Needs To Be Abolished?

We’re expecting to see some snowfall around the Chicago area today and tomorrow — not too much, but enough to get some of us wondering about that most Chicago of debates and arguments: dibs.

Every winter, from the first major snowfall until the last of the slush melts, neighbors face off in a battle for a clear parking spot on a snowy street.

And we’ve all seen the main weapon in the dibs arsenal: the folding chair.

So we’re asking Chicago: Is dibs a time-honored local custom, or an eyesore that needs to be abolished once and for all?

And with me to help dive into everything we need to know about dibs is Curious City reporter Monica Eng.