Your responsibility in removing snow and ice from the sidewalks
Many people rely on walking and transit as their primary way to get around, and without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors, and children to walk safely. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 & 10-8-180), property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
- Sidewalk Snow Removal Guidance for Residents and Businesses (color)
- Sidewalk Snow Removal Guidance for Residents and Businesses (black and white)
Report locations that DO NOT clear sidewalks to 311
Report locations that DO NOT clear their sidewalks by making a “Snow – Uncleared Sidewalk or Bike Lane” request with
the City of Chicago 311 Service Request line.
DIAL 311 or Online Snow – Uncleared Sidewalk or Bike Lane Request
If calling from outside Chicago, call 312.744.5000
When you make a “Snow – Uncleared Sidewalk or Bike Lane” request, please note the following:
- Make sure the problem occurs on the sidewalk.–
- DO NOT use this category to report snow on streets, parking lots, or alleys.
- Provide a specific address where the problem occurs.
- Request a reference number from the operator, this will help you track the status and resolution of your request.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sidewalk Snow Removal
Do the new regulations for sidewalk snow removal in Chicago apply to home, business, and property owners?
Yes, the new sidewalk snow regulations affect all home, business, and property owners in Chicago. Business owners that rent space adjacent to sidewalks are responsible for shoveling snow under the ordinance. Some landlords for residential and commercial property hold tenants responsible for snow clearance as a part of their lease agreements, other don’t. Renters who aren’t certain of their shoveling responsibilities should check their rental agreements or ask their landlords for clarification.
Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Event
Since 2003, the 44th Ward coordinates a Christmas Tree Pick-up event in conjunction with the City of Chicago’s Christmas Tree recycling program to residents of the ward. This event is an easy and environmentally-friendly alternative for 44th Ward residents to ensure their Christmas tree is recycled. The Alderman and his staff begin picking up trees on Friday afternoon and continue through Sunday evening.
Please make sure your tree is in the alley next to your garbage cart and is free of all lights, garland and decorations. Do not wrap trees in plastic bags or any other material. If you have curbside pickup, place your tree in the parkway in front of your home.
44th Ward residents can sign up to have their Christmas tree picked up by filling our Tree Pick-up Form
Feel free to say hello if you see the Alderman and his staff picking up trees!
44th Ward Shovel Assistance
My office offers snow shoveling assistance to 44th Ward seniors and residents with disabilities. If you need or someone you know needs assistance with snow removal, please complete the questionnaire below.
Winter Snow Parking Restrictions
Beginning December 1st the City’s seasonal parking restrictions for snow removal are in effect. Major throughways such as Ashland, Belmont, Halsted, Clark, and others do not allow for parking when snow is over two inches deep. Streets such as these become a tow zone when there are more than two inches of snow. Please be mindful of the signs on your street as the weather changes. If your car is towed you can call 311 or to search for your car’s location online click here.