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Calling 'dibs' on that parking space this winter? Think again, city says

Calling 'dibs' on that parking space this winter? Think again, city says

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"Dibs" are indicated with chairs on Central Avenue in Whiting.

EAST CHICAGO — Thinking of tossing a chair onto your recently snow-shoveled parking space and calling "dibs?"

Think again. 

The city of East Chicago warned residents Monday not to engage in the decades-old tradition of claiming cleared parking spots with furniture or other items.

In a statement on Facebook, the city said the practice is not legal and the items may be subject to being considered trash and properly thrown away.

"We understand that you worked hard to shovel out your space and that it is inconsiderate of someone to take your parking space after you worked so hard to clean it out, but there is no such thing as preferential parking on a city street," the city said in a statement. 

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Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at or 219-933-3206.

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