I grew up in one of Chicago's greatest neighborhoods (Bridgeport), and every winter people would make sure to park IN FRONT of their own building so when they shoveled out their car... they would have THEIR space. I used to see everything from traffic cones & milk crates all the way to old couches being used to hold a spot. It's something we did. And god forbid anyone try to park there that wasn't a family member that already had the ok. It's the right we have. You don't like it. MOVE.
As hoodcity said, it's a tradition that only us that were born and raised here would understand.
Yes, I have seen people beaten up for such offenses. Is that wrong? Not in the least.
Now they I live in this fucking hell hole we call "the north side", the winter takes on a whole new meaning. I was knocking the snow from the car today & taking my time to shovel a bit around the spot (pretty much doing the job for someone else to park there) and some yuppie asshole had the balls to pull up and honk his horn. He called me over and actually asked me how much I was going to shovel so he could park there when I moved with no problem. I told him to go fuck himself & he still sat and waited. So did what anyone else that grew up the way I did would do.... I started shoveling the snow and throwing onto his car.
I can't wait to be back living on the south side in a few months. Everyone on the northside (mostly the fucking transplants) fucking suck.