By Ed Curran

(CBS) — Driving through Chicago these days is no easy task. Around just about every corner, potholes seem to pop up and swallow your car.

The problem is so bad, Chicago Potholes (@ChiPotholes) has its own Twitter handle.

CBS 2’s Ed Curran finds the biggest of the bunch.

He found one tire-popper — 7 inches deep and 2 ½ feet wide, at Fullerton and Clybourn. And then there was a repeat offender: an axle annihilator at the Randolph northbound ramp at the Kennedy.

Also returning for a command performance were a group of potholes along Stockton Drive by the children’s zoo. The surface resembles craters of the moon.

The potholes were impressive, but there had to be something worse.

Then a tip from a Facebook friend led Curran to Paulina, just south of Belmont.

“They keep filling this hole and it just keeps getting worse. It’s one of the worst in the city,” motorist Stuart Rose laments.

The rim-wrecker was nearly 9 inches deep. Right after CBS 2’s visit, the city came and filled it again.

The pothole problem will get worse in the coming days, in this way: With all of the melting, the holes will fill with water, making it tough to determine how deep they are at a glance. Use care, and call 3-1-1 to report them.

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