Historic winter leads to aggressive spring cleaning in Chicago - KMSP-TV

Historic winter leads to aggressive spring cleaning in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The snow is, for the most part, gone. However, what's left behind on streets around Chicago is perhaps even less desirable to look at.

"This is one of the filthiest, worst winters I've ever seen. They're really, really bad. You know the leaves have all been rotting in the gutters for months," said Natalie Holden, a disgusted resident.

Trash, leaves and various other items that had been hidden by frozen mounds of snow are now visible to see, and it's not pretty.

The city is now gearing up for an extreme makeover conducted by the Streets and Sanitation starting next Tuesday.

"I honestly don't really notice it that much, it's nice that it's not snow, that's really all I see," said Abby Backer, a Chicago resident.

Next week crews will be cleaning up the litter and other items clogging curb lanes. Street sweepers will hit the main thoroughfares and then eventually the neighborhood streets.

SEE MORE: Chicago street sweeping schedule

To get streets clean from curb to curb, parking restrictions will be in place, so watch for the posted signs.

"Well the winter was terrible, but I don't really mind the streets the way they are, They do a pretty good job anyway. I'm just worried about getting parking tickets when they're trying to clean up the streets," said Vincent Pigati, another Chicago resident.

The cleanup will also allow the city to impress some important visitors.

"I know there's a big tourism conference, international tourism conference coming here in the start of April. I just hope they can get it all cleaned up by then, I don't want any international tourist agents to see the city in the state it is in now," added Holden.

Lawns, gardens, bushes and trees took a beating over the winter. Cleaning up the mess is going to be quite a task, as is making our homes beautiful again.

Neil Gilbert of the Lincoln Park Conservatory shared some tips for gardeners itching to rejuvenate the earth around their homes in Warren Park Friday morning.

If you don't want to wait to be inspired by spring, check out the conservatory's Spring Flower Show. For more information, visit the Chicago Park District's event page.

Chicago Park DIstrict Golf Course Manager Bryan Stromme and Amie Zander of the West Ridge Chamber of Commerce also spoke with FOX 32 News about what they're looking forward to once the city's spring cleaning is complete.

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