Finalists released for Chicago snow-plow naming contest

The city’s first “You Name a Snowplow” contest started its second phase Sunday, allowing residents to vote for their favorite names among the finalists.

The city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation initially launched the contest Dec. 16 to name six snowplows — one for each snow district — in its fleet of almost 300 baby-blue “Snow Fighting Trucks.” Entries were submitted at through Jan. 6. Of those, 50 finalists were chosen by the department staff.

Residents have until Jan. 31 to vote for six of the 50 finalists. The six names with the most votes will be featured on city snowplows, which can be tracked in real time on the plow tracker.

Snowplow-naming contests have been popular in other cities and states, which have used them to raise awareness for winter driving safety and to recognize employees who pilot the vehicles.

Chicagoans can vote online on the Department of Streets and Sanitation website. The finalist snowplow names were released Sunday afternoon. They include:

  • Austin Plowers

  • B.B. PlowKing

  • Bean there, plowed that

  • Benny the Bull-izzard

  • Best In Snow

  • Better Call Salt

  • Big Frosty

  • Bill Flurray/Bill Flurry

  • Bozo the Snowplow

  • C3-Psnow

  • Celery Salt BAE

  • Chance the Scraper

  • Chicago Style Plowza

  • City of Big Shovelers

  • Cold Faithful

  • Creedence Clear Road Survival


  • Ernie Snowbanks

  • Ferris Blizzard’s Day Off

  • Hey now, you’re a plow star

  • HeyChicagoWhaddyaPLOW

  • Holy Plow!

  • I Pity the Snow

  • Ice-Ta-La-Vista

  • Ima B. Salty

  • Jean Baptiste Point du Shovel

  • Little Dibbie

  • LollaPLOWlooza

  • Looper Scooper

  • Ludwig Mies van der Snow

  • Megameltasaurus

  • Mrs. O’Leary’s Plow

  • My Kind of Plow’n

  • Off to See the Blizzard

  • O-Plow Winfrey


  • Plowcasso

  • Plows on Parade

  • S’No Worries

  • Salter Payton

  • Sammy Snowsa

  • Sears Plower

  • Sir Salts-A-Lot

  • Sleet Home Chicago

  • Snow Cubs Snow

  • Snow Motion

  • Super Bowl Shovel

  • The Defridgerator Perry

  • The Great Plow-dini

  • The Plowminator

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