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It's New to Us: Chair Free Chicago

By Chuck Sudo in News on Dec 6, 2010 4:20PM


The Chicago area received some decent snowfall over the weekend, but not enough to start the dibs argument that has split families and neighbors since time immemorial. When it comes to Chicago arguments, only the pizza debate can lead to more heated exchanges.

Chair Free Chicago is a website and group that hopes "kindness triumphs over selfishness." The folks behind Chair Free Chicago believe that there are more people who are as frustrated by the concept of dibs than there are people who dig out parking spaces and claim them until the first thaw with a resin deck chair, cardboard box, old tires, or whatever detritus they can lay their hands on. To help further their movement, Chair Free Chicago sells fliers and signs online that can be taken as passive aggressive in tone by the odd man who's thisclose to a coronary after shoveling out a parking spot. But they feel that they're being nice in reminding those who claim dibs on parking spaces that we're all suffering through a Chicago winter together.

Go on. Discuss.