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The 13 things you find after the snow melts

In Chicago, spring is not so much a time of renewal so much as discovery. Here are the typical pieces of garbage you see on the ground right about now.

Written by
Brent DiCrescenzo

Winter is over! Technically. Recent warm-ish temperatures have finally melted away the mounds of dirty plowed snow that piled up for months. Among the many spring events in Chicago: We can again eat and drink outside on patios and rooftop bars, the crocuses are popping up and, unfortunately, you encounter such unwelcome sights as a crusty pair of underwear that's been hiding outside your apartment since New Year's Eve. Peeling the snow away from our sidewalks is like looking under the cushions of a frat house sofa—you really don't want to know what's under there. 

Here are the top 13 things you'll find now that the snow has melted.

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A variety of McNugget dipping sauces

13. A variety of McNugget dipping sauces

A local rapper's demo CD

12. A local rapper's demo CD


11. Medicine

Lottery tickets, losing

10. Lottery tickets, losing

Packet of cigarettes

9. Packet of cigarettes

An iPhone screen

8. An iPhone screen

A surgical mask next to a Slim Jim wrapper

7. A surgical mask next to a Slim Jim wrapper

Children's pajamas

6. Children's pajamas

A Christmas tree

5. A Christmas tree


4. Panties

Flamin' Hot Cheetos

3. Flamin' Hot Cheetos

A Capri Sun pouch tangled in a bag of dog excrement

2. A Capri Sun pouch tangled in a bag of dog excrement

So much dog poop

1. So much dog poop

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