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Ever Wanted To Name A Chicago Snowplow? Now’s Your Chance, Mayor Says

Snow is coming — and so are the plows, city officials said.

A Streets and Sanitation snowplow plows Division Street in Humboldt Park after a heavy snowfall in Chicago on Feb. 2, 2022.
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CHICAGO — Frosty the … Snowplow?

Mayor Lori Lightfoot needs your help naming city snowplows. Residents can go online until Jan. 6 to “use their ingenuity and imagination” to name a city snowplow, according to a news release.

The submission window might close before Jan. 6 if there are 20,000 submissions, according to the city. Names will be melted down in multiple rounds, with the Department of Streets and Sanitation picking 50 finalists that will go to a public vote Jan. 15-31.

With an arctic blast expected early next week, Streets and Sanitation workers are prepared to fire up 300 snow vehicles and already have 400,000 tons of salt in piles across the city, Commissioner Cole Stallard said at a news conference Thursday.

The city has also introduced a new live tracker of snowplow locations.

“Chicago knows snow, and we count on our snowplows and their drivers to be here for us every winter making sure the roads are safe and passable for motorists, emergency vehicles, and public transportation,” Lightfoot said in the news release. “I’m thrilled to begin this fun and exciting naming process for our vitally important fleet of snow vehicles.” 

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