Chicago 2011 Blizzard Photos

We just lived through the third-biggest snow storm in Chicago history, which dumped more than 20 inches on the city over two days. As someone who doesn’t have to drive, I love this.

I thought I’d share a few images, shown in chronological order as the blizzard developed.

On Tuesday afternoon, the flakes began. This mail carrier wouldn’t let that deter him.

Postal Worker Blizzard

Many businesses began closing up shop around 2 pm as the snow started to lay.

By late-night Tuesday, several inches had fallen and massive wind gusts were causing problems. Six large garbage cans from an alley blew into the street.

Chicago blizzard garbage cans

On Wednesday morning I went out to view the damage. Few cars and people were out, as it kept snowing through the afternoon.

Chiacgo blizzard 2011

Finally, the blizzard stopped by late Wednesday afternoon. Then it was time to start digging out.

Shovel snow Chicago blizzard

Many cars were nearly buried.

Buses and cars began returning to the streets on Wednesday afternoon. I was actually hoping the storm would be worse. I was so disappointed that I missed out on the 2010 northeast blizzard, which dropped 21 inches on my hometown of Pittsburgh but left Chicago entirely unscathed.

The Chicago blizzard of 2011 almost makes up for that. I’m satisfied.

Here are some further images, of the moving variety:

Chicago Blizzard 2011 from Quirky Travel Guy on Vimeo.


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Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based journalist and blogger who seeks out offbeat attractions and awesome destinations around the world. He has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Connect Magazine, Matador Travel, and the Washington Post.

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