This is what my street looked like this afternoon after the Great Blizzard of 2011 hit Chicago. We're looking East toward Lake Shore Drive, where about 100 cars were abandoned down by North Avenue Beach last night. It snowed until about 3:00, and when it stopped I went outside to take a look. This is definitely the most snow I have ever seen.
And here we are looking at the end of my driveway, out into my street. Our sidewalk and driveway were shoveled earlier this morning - my building is really good about that. Not that it did much good, in this case.
This is the bus stop going north on the inner drive. I am glad I won't be taking this bus to work tomorrow morning. It was weird that there was no traffic on the drive - I have never seen the drive empty. I did not take a picture of the police car that was blocking access to my street; it was just to my right.
This is why the police car was blocking access to my street. This is the other end of my street. I'm standing on Broadway, again looking east toward the lake. The darker snow at the bottom of the photo is actually vertical; it's where the snow plow piled up the snow from Broadway. That woman is walking about 3 feet off the ground. There is no way a car could get through that. I had a hard time getting through it myself.
And that's it. The great storm is over. Now we just have to deal with the aftermath.