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Don’t worry about moving your car—Chicago street sweeping is delayed


April 1 is usually opening day for Chicago's street sweepers (no foolin'!), when the Department of Streets and Sanitation begins cleaning up all the junk that accumulates near the curb during winter. That's not the case this year—a notice on the city's street sweeping website states that "The start of the Residential Street Sweeping Program, originally scheduled for April 1st is currently delayed."

With Chicago under a "stay-at-home" order through April 30, it doesn't come as a surprise that street sweeping has been deemed nonessential as more people opt to stay at home rather than jumping into their cars. In the age of social distancing, it shouldn't be necessary for everyone on your block to run out to move their cars to avoid being ticketed when the sweeper cruises through. While there's currently no timeline for when street sweeping will begin (sometime after April 30 seems like a safe bet), we're sure that you'll see those bright orange signs tied to trees on your block when things do go back to normal.

While your side street will likely be lined with debris until residential street sweeping begins, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will still be cleaning up "main and arterial streets" to ensure that your route to the grocery store or an essential job isn't clogged with discarded Portillo's cups.

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