Though most Chicagoans dread having to purchase a pricey new city sticker each year, the process isn't all bad. For 16 years now, the city has held a Vehicle Sticker Art Design Contest--allowing residents to vote for their favorite sticker designed by Chicago's students.
This year, the contest theme is "Education is Key." Students were asked to design a sticker they thought best reflected education, according to the city clerk's website.
The city received more than 400 entries from schools throughout Chicagoland this year, but narrowed the field to ten.
The winner of the contest will see their design on 1.3 million 2011-2012 city stickers, according to The Expired Meter. They will also receive a $1,000 savings bond. Second place winners will receive a $500 savings bond, third place $250 and the remaining finalists will receive a $100 savings bond.
Read more about the finalists and the contest here.
Check out the finalists below--and don't forget to vote on the City Clerk's site.