DIBS is a time-“honored” tradition in Chicago (and other snowy cities) whereby a person who shovels out a street parking space is entitled to that space, theoretically until the spring thaw. And, in order to secure THEIR space, DIBSters use a variety of objects, including chairs, milk crates, ironing boards and even plastic penguins. From 2008 to 2012 our team photographed DIBS parking place savers from Austin to Lakeview and Humboldt Park to Wrigleyville. Only the most telling—and entertaining—were selected for publication.
After reading our book, you might find yourself inspired—or pissed off—by the "creativity" and "ingenuity" of Chicago's DIBSters. Either way you're sure to be entertained.
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SUN TIMES ARTICLE:
WINDY CITY TALES: Here’s a book that will resonate with so many Chicagoans — especially as we move closer to those (potentially) snowy days of winter. Mike Brown and Sandy DeLisle and their team have photographed parking spot “place savers” in various Chicago neighborhoods, over the last five years.
The end result is “Dibs Chicago: The Winter Phenomenon of Parking Spot Saving” — which could be just the perfect holiday gift for a neighbor or friend, perhaps presented with one’s tongue firmly placed in one’s cheek!
Among the clever chapter titles are “Most Trashy,” Most Childish,” “Most Busted” and “Most Polite … Or Not.”
Brown and DeLisle will be on hand at the State Restaurant, 935 W. Webster, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, for a book-signing that undoubtedly will also include the sharing of some funny parking “dibs” war stories!