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Chicago Blizzard

The Blizzard I Will Never Forget

Tom Cramer | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I grew up in the Midwest, born in Chicago, raised on the Southwest Side. We have four seasons. That's true for a lot of people, from a lot of places. Any generation, from any region accustomed to cold and snow in winter, has their own legendary storms.

A Year Out From Blizzaster, City Remains Prepared For The Worst

AP | By JASON KEYSER | Posted 01.31.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- At the first sign of snow this winter, Robin Fine bolted out on a crucial errand she wishes she had taken care of last year – before ...

PHOTOS: Snowy Weather Cancels Flights, Snarls Traffic

AP | Posted 01.21.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Chicago officials worked Friday to prevent a repeat of last year's "snowmageddon," when a blizzard left hundreds of drivers stranded along ...

LSD Construction Begins As City Aims To Avoid Blizzaster Repeat

Posted 12.31.2011 | Chicago

With winter fast approaching, construction began Monday on new turnarounds offering an escape route for drivers on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. The ...

Chicago's Upcoming Winter Expected To Be Nation's Worst

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

If you thought winter in Chicago couldn't possibly get more intense than last year's blizzaster, get ready for this one: Long-range forecasters are ex...

Chicago Blizzard Cost Nearly $38 Million

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The third largest blizzard on record in Chicago cost the city and sister agencies $37.3 million, according to estimates released Friday. Gov. Pat Q...

Missing Woman's Body Found Beneath Melting Snow

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On December 21, 60-year-old Jeanne Pike was reported missing from her home in northern Illinois. For weeks, officers searched for Pike as heavy snow a...

Three Hired Truck Firms Paid To Clear Snow After Blizzard

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The blizzard of costs to clean up Chicago's third-largest snowstorm is starting to pile up -- with $8 million in emergency contracts awarded in just o...

DEFROST: Chicagoans Celebrate Warmer Weather

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After a miserable, freezing, snowy few months, Chicagoans have busted out their sunglasses, running shoes and spring jackets--temperatures are above f...

Finding Community in a Sea of Snow

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

We all get busy with our own lives. And once the Chicago winter rolls in and we're cooped up inside, you can go weeks, even months, without seeing the people who live next door.

A Tortilla Emergency: Blizzard Causes Local Factories To Fall Behind

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's third heaviest snowfall in history shut down schools and businesses and stranded drivers... But there was a bigger crisis in many Mexican n...

Postmortem on Chicago's Worst Blizzard

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jim Neal

Snowfall totals rank this week's blizzard as the third worst in history, but you can't begin to judge the storm's presumptive ferocity by a mere 1.8" ...

Free Parking At Chicago Meters, But For How Long?

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) announced Saturday afternoon that the parking enforcement stoppage due to the blizz...

Alderman Hires Private Snow Plows For Ward, Out Of His Pocket

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For the second evening in a row, a fleet of plows and trucks hit the side streets and alleys of Chicago's First Ward. "We got a First Ward company ...

Whiteout Day

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

It was pretty well impossible to get anywhere in Chicago yesterday. And Lake Shore Drive was still closed at 4:45 pm. (UPDATE - it re-opened this mo...

City Says 'Dibs' Are Alright, Others Disagree

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Snow days are great and all, but for people looking to get back to school, work or just out of their house after a massive snowstorm--it can be a seri...

Man Shot, Robbed Of Snowblower Following Chicago Blizzard

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago man was hospitalized early Friday after he was shot and robbed of his snowblower on the South Side. A 47-year-old man was in the 5600 bloc...

City Stops Writing Parking Tickets Due To Blizzard's Aftermath

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While the city has not made it public, the Department of Revenue has halted all parking enforcement until this coming Monday due to the blizzard and i...

Reporter To Chicagoans: Quit Whining About Blizzard Response

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Somebody finally said it. With the snowstorm gone and newsrooms looking for a story, much of the media's energy in the last 24 hours has been devoted...

GAME ON: Early Voting Sites Reopen After Blizzard

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two days after a blizzard that dumped more than 20 inches of snow on Chicago, election officials said they will reopen early voting locations througho...

Chicago Blizzard: Stranded Lake Shore Drive Motorists Search For Cars

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As if being stranded in a blizzard for 12 hours on Lake Shore Drive isn't bad enough, many of those hundreds of unlucky motorists have...

Daley: Lake Shore Drive 'Crisis' Handled Well, Overall

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says, overall, the city responded well to this week's blizzard and defended the decision to close the Lake...

At Least Nine Dead From Blizzard In Chicagoland

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While reports were still coming in Thursday morning, at least nine people appear to have died as a result of the massive blizzard that struck the Chic...

Lake Shore Drive Reopens After Blizzard; 1,500 Cars Stranded

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicago emergency officials say they've reopened the city's Lake Shore Drive after a massive blizzard left the vital thoroughfare fill...

Chicago Blizzard: Stranded On Lake Shore Drive

AP | DON BABWIN and LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Lindsey Wilson was on Lake Shore Drive, but she couldn't tell where. It was dark, and the snow swirling around the stranded bus made i...