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It’s The Law: Shovel Your Sidewalk By 10 P.M. Or Risk A $500 Fine

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ROGERS PARK — As the city braces for a potentially brutal weekend of winter weather, Far North Side aldermen are reminding home and business owners to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice — or pay the $500 price.

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Rogers Park Ald. Joe Moore (49th) emailed constituents Thursday asking them to do their neighborly duty of shoveling sidewalks adjacent to their properties, in particular to help keep the residential neighborhood walkable.

“We all need to do our part,” Moore said.

Those who don’t risk a $500 fine — part of a new ordinance passed by the City Council this year to clarify earlier language in the city’s snow-shoveling ordinance.

The ordinance requires that daytime snowfall be cleared by 10 p.m. and overnight snowfall to be cleared by 10 a.m. Warnings will be issued before tickets are given.

Early last year, hundreds of Chicagoans complained via the city’s 311 system that sidewalks weren’t properly shoveled, and the city issued dozens of tickets.

Though property owners are required to shovel, the notion that they can be sued if someone slips and falls on the sidewalk afterward is false, legal experts said.

Moore said those who live in the 49th Ward and want to complain about an unshoveled sidewalk after 24 hours of a snowfall, or are unable to pay someone to shovel, can reach out to his office at 773-338-5796 or

His staff will issue a warning, ticket, or attempt to connect residents who are unable to shovel with volunteers.

Residents 60 and older can use the Snow Corps program, which connects property owners through the city’s 311 program with available volunteers.

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2016 Detailed CTA Holiday Train Schedule

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CTA Holiday Trains

CTA Holiday Trains

2016 Detailed CTA Holiday Train Schedule
Click the dates below to see full details.
Red Line 11/19 – Sat
Green Line & Orange Line 11/25 – Fri
photo dayGreen Line 11/26 – Sat*
Green Line & Orange Line 11/29 – Tue
Orange Line & Brown Line 11/30 – Wed
Orange Line & Brown Line 12/1 – Thu
Orange Line & Brown Line 12/2 – Fri
photo dayOrange Line & Brown Line 12/3 – Sat*
Pink Line 12/6 – Tue
Pink Line 12/7 – Wed
Blue Line 12/8 – Thu
Blue Line 12/9 – Fri
photo dayBlue Line (+ photo-only stop on Pink Line) 12/10 – Sat*
Red Line 12/13 – Tue
Purple Line 12/14 – Wed
Red Line 12/15 – Thu
Purple Line 12/16 – Fri
photo dayRed Line & Purple Line 12/17 – Sat*
Purple Line 12/22 – Thu
Yellow Line 12/23 – Fri

photo day = Photos with Santa;
*Elves’ Workshop Train in service and directly following the Holiday Train

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