CHICAGO (CBS) — The law says you have to shovel the sidewalks in front of your property. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez went to find out if that’s happening.

For Will Klairmont, the struggle is intense. The sidewalks outside property his family owns are today a frozen, icy mess.

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His efforts to clear them are less a friendly gesture and more about following the law.

“Normally it’d be taken care of yesterday. We’re a little I guess short staffed when there’s that much shoveling to do,” said Klairmont.

Days of a deep freeze that kept many from getting this work done is now making it much harder to do. In some neighborhoods, it isn’t getting done at all.

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In one block in River North, the sidewalk is still packed dangerously tight with snow and ice. It’s a slippery mess and we found plenty more of it near Old Town.

“I’ve only come like four blocks and three of them have been like this or that,” said Ed Jeske.

In Wicker Park, a store worker told Chris Martinez off camera that one building’s owner has done nothing to clear the sidewalk for days.

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“It’s a little irritating when you’re trying to walk to places, especially on a busy street like this. So y’know, that’s Chicago,” said Lydia Holmes.