Chicago streets are no strangers to snow. The pothole laden streets of Chicago largely follow a grid, which by a stroke a of genius of city planner Daniel Burnham, have made transportation and city services easier and faster compared to some cities on the east coast. The Atlantic Cities recently took a look at the snow routes for several major American cities, which expose each cities most important roads. Chicago doesn't have "snow routes" per se, but the city does have snow plow priority for major roads, which ban street parking when snow reaches over two inches. Compared to other cities, Chicago's road system is a symmetrical grid of clean straight lines and this map of the city's snow roads only reinforces this.
· Map of 2" Inch Snow Ban [City of Chicago]
· Cities, Mapped by Their Snow Routes [The Atlantic Cities]