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!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Though we just experienced the biggest March snow storm in 11 years it wasn't really enough to dib over... but that has never stopped the few die-heart dibers who have their strongholds they must protect! Here are the very few I could find today. If the 40's expected this weekend hold true this might be it for 2013 but you never know with this wacky global warming weather we have been having lately.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Only a few inches of snow but these dib deprived Chicagoans couldn't resist. Come on people, we can do better that that!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013