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Ernie Snowbanks? Looper Scooper? Here Are The Finalists For Chicago’s Snowplow Naming Contest

You can vote for Jean Baptiste Point du Shovel, Celery Salt Bae, Austin Plowers and more through Jan. 31.

A snowplow passes through Montrose Harbor as subzero temperatures and blizzard conditions freeze Chicago on Dec. 23, 2022.
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CHICAGO — The city has had a mild winter so far, but its snowplow naming contest is pushing ahead with 50 finalists.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Department of Streets and Sanitation announced the contest last month, encouraging residents to “use their ingenuity and imagination” to name six city snowplows, which will be assigned to each of the city’s six snow districts.

The names have been narrowed down to 50 finalists. Chicagoans can vote here until Jan. 31.

Here are the finalists:

  • Austin Plowers
  • B.B. PlowKing
  • Bean there, plowed that
  • Benny the Bull-izzard
  • Best In Snow
  • Better Call Salt
  • Big Frosty
  • Bill Flurray/Bill Flurry
  • Bozo the Snowplow
  • C3-Psnow
  • Celery Salt BAE
  • Chance the Scraper
  • Chicago Style Plowza
  • City of Big Shovelers
  • Cold Faithful
  • Creedence Clear Road Survival
  • DA PLOW
  • Ernie Snowbanks
  • Ferris Blizzard’s Day Off
  • Hey now, you’re a plow star
  • HeyChicagoWhaddyaPLOW
  • Holy Plow!
  • I Pity the Snow
  • Ice-Ta-La-Vista
  • Ima B. Salty
  • Jean Baptiste Point du Shovel
  • Little Dibbie
  • LollaPLOWlooza
  • Looper Scooper
  • Ludwig Mies van der Snow
  • Megameltasaurus
  • Mrs. O’Leary’s Plow
  • My Kind of Plow’n
  • Off to See the Blizzard
  • O-Plow Winfrey
  • PATROL-SALT-DeSLEET
  • Plowcasso
  • Plows on Parade
  • S’No Worries
  • Salter Payton
  • Sammy Snowsa
  • Sears Plower
  • Sir Salts-A-Lot
  • Sleet Home Chicago
  • Snow Cubs Snow
  • Snow Motion
  • Super Bowl Shovel
  • The Defridgerator Perry
  • The Great Plow-dini
  • The Plowminator

The city has 300 snow vehicles and 400,000 tons of salt standing by in piles across the city, according to a news release.

 A new live tracker will allow Chicagoans to keep up with the plows they named.

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