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Chicagoans call `dibs` on shoveled parking spots to keep them

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

When there are mounds of snow in Chicago, there's also a lot of "dibs" going on.

"Dibs" is the Chicago tradition of saving a parking spot that one has shoveled our for their own use later.

Typically, it's chairs, household items or backyard items that people who shovel use to declare "I shoveled out this parking spot, so now it's my parking spot."

But dibs has also become an art form, which explains webpages like "Chicago Dibs" on the social media site Tumbler.

Hundreds of people have been sending in photos to the site, making it a sort of "dibs" museum.

The first type of dibs depicted is what we would call "traditional," a row of chairs is the classic look.

Kiddie lawn chairs are also popular, and sometimes even real furniture is used.

Other old school dibs can involve a nice big tire, empty water jugs or the five-gallon size jugs.

Another dibs motif is to use something festive.

Here's a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer magazine holder, we think.

Which the Tumbler page captioned, "Jesus saves -- your parking spot."

But, as all Chicagoans know saw horses, buckets and brooms work, too.

It's technically not legal to block a public parking space, but many don't agree with the tradition.


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