Winter is a great time of year in Chicago for showing off your used chairs, tables and assorted garage-sale reject items, especially when there is fresh snow on the ground.
Unique to Chicago is this "dibbs" system of snow parking.
New to Chicago's winter lexicon is "Adopt-A-Sidewalk", proudly announced by the city geek that plays on Facebook all day. Here you get to call "dibbs" on scraping the ice and snow off of the crumbling sidewalk in front of your house -- and maybe a feeble neighbor's house as well.
The "dibbs" system of snow parking takes place after you spend hours shoveling the rare spot in front of your congested block, where as soon as you are finished breaking your back or your snow blower removing the piled snow around your car, you take the old kitchen chairs you promised your mother-in-law you would cherish and plant them solidly in your newly cleared spot. Sometimes you might put a few planks or an old ladder between the two. A stuffed chair works as well.
It's protection, a guard against the schmo that will zip into your home spot the minute you leave to go to work.
Moving the furniture means death to the perp. It is about the only time you don't want somebody to do the heavy lifting for you.
The city of Chicago does not want you moving your rejected resale items out to the curb, but it does want you to put your excess energy into shoving your walk and possibly the entire block.
The city of Chicago has attorneys to enforce its anti-dibbs parking system, but do you have an attorney on retainer when that same schmo who heaved your furniture onto the parkway, slips and falls on your adopted sidewalk down the block?