Most Memorable Chicago Stories of 2011

With the year coming to a close, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to send us their picks for the top Chicago stories of 2011. Here’s a list of the most memorable, plus some additions from our staff.

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With the year coming to a close, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to send us their picks for the top Chicago stories of 2011. Here’s a list of the most memorable, plus some additions from our staff.

#SNOMG

Roughly 20 inches of snow fell on Chicago during February’s blizzard, making it the third largest blizzard in the city’s history. The event nearly shut down the city and left many stranded:

Hundreds of motorists and CTA passengers ended up trapped on the drive for six hours or more Tuesday night. Many were not rescued until early this morning, as rescue workers battled white-out conditions, 70 mph wind gusts and waist-high drifts to provide help.

On the lighter side of things, #SNOMG called extra attention to Dibs. Chicago’s Jeff Ruby on the tradition:

I don’t like Dibs. Saving your parking spot with a folding chair or a cone or a box of diapers may be part and parcel of winter here, but the whole practice strikes me as a very un-Chicago thing to do. It is basically saying to your neighbors, the people with whom you are presumably on pleasant terms the rest of the year: “I don’t trust you, so I’m going to screw you before you screw me. And if you screw me anyway and park in ‘my’ spot, I’m ritually entitled to turn your car into a Toyota-sicle.” Call me idealistic, but that’s not how neighbors ought to act. And it’s not how most Chicagoans act during the other three seasons of the year.

Memorable Moments:

* Cars stranded on Lake Shore Drive:

Cars stuck on Lake Shore Drive Blizzard 2011

* A Chicagoan calls Dibs with a keyboard on the North Side:

Musical Dibs

 

Photographs: E. Jason Wambsgans and Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

 

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