My Chicago Snow Parking photo project has been an idea I’ve had since experiencing my first Chicago winter when moving here in 2000. After a heavy snowfall I was surprised to find a beautiful old wooden chair on my neighborhood street. My first thought was that someone had thrown it out and it was free for the grabbing. Then, after a closer look I noticed it was not hastily tossed aside but rather carefully placed between two parked cars. After seeing even more objects on the street I soon realized that this was not a random act at all. These personal possessions had been selected by their owners to hold a parking space on the street after they had finished their hard work of excavating their vehicles. Even after becoming familiar with this odd Chicago tradition I still never lost my interest. In fact this interest has only grown winter after winter and now has become a fascination and even an obsession. Maybe it is the juxtaposition of a brightly colored summer lawn chair in the wintery setting, or maybe the intrigue of the decision behind putting out a vacuum vs. a more common household item, or maybe it is the pure oddity of it all coupled with the fact that its supported by local government officials. Ultimately, to me it is beautiful street art at its finest.

Thank you mother nature, father time and all you creative Chicagoans!

Friday, October 5, 2012

One week from tonight, Friday 10/12, my snow parking photos will be part of the Dock 6 Collective - Design & Art Series #4. Come on out - free beer, great warehouse space, fun people and lots of wonderful art to check out!


  1. Congrats for your snow white photos selected in the Dock 6 Collective Design & Art series. I also Send photos next time, that are captured in Truck Parking in New York. They are imaging Trucks are covered with snow look like a wall of ice. Snow a made a bridge between the trucks at foot step of the trucks.

  2. Thanks Steven! Would love to see the NY snow truck parking pics. Send a link when you post them online. Thanks again for the interest and for viewing my stuff!