Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday)

In defense of ‘dibs’


In a letter to the editor, Dennis Allen of Wilmette questions the Chicago tradition of calling dibs on shoveled-out parking spaces in winter. His upbringing in Chicago’s North Englewood neighborho­od apparently didn’t expose him to the savage competitio­n for parking spaces that we saw in our neighborho­od.

Had Allen been exposed to the daily mayhem of living on the southern edge of Auburn-Gresham, a mere block from the Rock Island train station, he would have a better appreciati­on for the struggle. Invaders from south suburbs routinely usurped our newly shoveled spots.

Dibs it is and dibs it will stay.

In the meantime, as Allen wrote, go Bears! Gerald E. King Merrionett­e Park

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