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 Chicago blizzard photos, 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.

chicago blizzard photos

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.

chicago blizzard photos cars

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. This video really shows how bad things were at the start, as cars and pedestrians tried to battle the blowing snow, and then again the day after, when more than a foot of snow blanketed the city and garbage cans were all over the street due to the high winds:

Chicago Blizzard 2011 from Quirky Travel Guy on Vimeo.

And hey, if you need some more ideas for things to do in Chicago during the winter, click here! Ice skating, improv comedy, food, and museums are just some of the best Windy City winter highlights.

About Quirky Travel Guy

Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based freelance writer & fan of indie rock, road trips, ice cream, squirrels on power lines, runaway shopping carts, and six-way intersections. Looking for a hotel? I always recommend Booking.com where you can easily compare hotel rooms, prices, and availability. Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, which may earn me a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase.

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