Many people rely on walking and transit as their primary way to get around, and without a wide, clear path through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, seniors, and children to walk safely. According to the Municipal Code of Chicago (4-4-310 & 10-8-180), property owners and occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

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 As a life story writer, I've never considered myself an organizer, but after meeting and learning a lot from professional organizers, I find we have a lot in common! How do you take a person's life and boil it down to 20-30 pages? You have to organize a bit. Perhaps you're thinking of writing your own life story, or want to write stories down from a loved one's life-what's stopping you? For many, it's getting started. Fear around getting started stops people before they even get out of the gate. It's fear of failure. It's fear of getting it wrong. Don't let this be an excuse! Because, the good news is, there are many ways to start. Here are a few options for organizing those life stories.  

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Northwest Side Hero Project and More.

Memoir For Me is all about life's challenges and how we overcome them. The project's goal is to capture all those moments, stories, and photos that describe how each end every unique individual travels through life's pleasures and perils.  One of the current projects is called "Northwest Side Hero's" or "Northwest Side Hero Project". In Chicago's north-west side anyone can nominate someone of any age that they think deserves to be a hero. Another project is "Just Leap". This project's goal is to collect all kinds of stories from people who had arrived at a pivotal point in their lives and choose to leap over a significant hurdle by trusting their own abilities. 

Head to the submission page for the "Northwest Side Hero Project" here
head to the "Northwest Side Hero Project" profile page here
Head to the "Take a Leap" page here
Head to the Memoir for Me blog here.

Sidewalk Snow Compliance

Make Sure Your Business is Compliant 

Chicagoans of all ages and abilities need to use the sidewalks to get where they're going every day of the year. Many children, older adults, and people with disabilities face serious mobility challenges in winter time. Clear sidewalks are a shared community responsibility.  

The sidewalk snow regulations affect all home, business, and property owners in Chicago. Business owners that rent space adjacent to sidewalks are responsible for shoveling snow under the ordinance. Some landlords for residential and commercial property hold tenants responsible for snow clearance as a part of their lease agreements, others don't. Renters who aren't certain of their shoveling responsibilities should check their rental agreements or ask their landlords for clarification.

Under the ordinance, you must shovel snow as soon as possible after it falls. Snow that falls between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm must be removed no later than 10:00 pm. Snow that falls between the hours of 7:00 pm and 7:00 am must be removed by 10:00 am. You must shovel 7 days a week in the City of Chicago. You must clear a path at least 5 feet wide on all of the sidewalks adjacent to your property, including any crosswalk ramps. Do not shovel the snow into the right-of-way, which includes: transit stops and bus pads, parking spaces, bike lanes, bike racks, Divvy stations, and any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind. Go to Snow Removal for more information. 

Chicago Parking Ban

Chicago's annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban began Thursday, December 1 at 3 am. The parking ban, indicated throughout the city with signage, will be enforced along 107 miles of critical arterial streets through March 31, 2017. The parking ban does not allow vehicles to park on marked arterial streets from 3 am to 7 am, regardless of snow.

In the 45th Ward, the Winter Overnight Parking Ban impacts Foster east of Central, Milwaukee south of Foster, and Central south of Elston.

Cars violating the overnight parking ban restrictions prevent critical routes from being fully plowed and salted when it snows. Vehicle owners also are eligible to receive a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket, and a storage fee of $20 per day when they violate the winter overnight parking ban.

In addition to the overnight parking ban, starting December 1, there is another parking ban that goes into effect when at least 2 inches of snow falls on the street. Drivers parked during that time on those streets will be eligible for ticketing or having their cars relocated so plows can clear the streets. Streets with a 2 inches of snow parking ban are indicated with signage. 

For an interactive map indicating streets affected by both winter parking restrictions, visit The Chicago Tribune's website.