By Marty Rosenbaum

Snow has steadily fallen, a crisp cold fills the air, it’s wintertime in Chicago.

Certain traditions are beginning to come back around signaling that summer is in the rearview mirror and we’re going full steam towards winter. The holiday windows at Macy’s, outdoor ice rinks, everyone bundled up in a black jacket, and more.

One of the most notorious, and polarizing traditions comes with the first snowfall. Dibs.

For those unfamiliar, dibs is the practice of claiming a parking spot on the street by leaving an item (usually a plastic or lawn chair) next to the curb. Its done so after clearing out the space of snow so you can get your car back. The work was put in to clearing out the space, therefore the space should be yours. Take a look at the video above for a good example.

On the other side of the fence, dibs opponents argue that people are taking up public parking spots with their items and no one has a right to a public spot. Heck, people even put up Craigslist ads for dibs chairs.

Wherever you stand on the dibs debate, let’s remember one thing. Be cordial and be kind. After all, the snow is going to melt away in a couple of months.

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