Customers line up at the window at Beavers Donuts parked at 58th and Ellis. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune )
Nearly a year after the City Council allowed food trucks to cook onboard, only a total of 13 have the required license to do so.
The mayor’s office over the weekend announced the addition of seven new licensed operators for a total of 13 that can cook onboard and serve the masses.
Last July, the city passed an ordinance allowing food trucks to cook on board and operate longer. The ordinance required GPS devices for the trucks and set stiff penalties up to $2,000.
The seven new ones listed in the release are: Beaver’s Donuts and Coffee, Giordano’s, Cheesie’s, Patty Wagon, Gelato D’Oro, The Eastman Egg Company and Carbon Kitchen.
The city counts a total of 120 food trucks including those licensed to cook onboard.
Meanwhile, the city is still finalizing which of the 16 food trucks that applied will for the first time be a part of this year’s Taste of Chicago held July 10-14 in Grant Park. Officials hope to have the trucks selected by next week. The trucks will be parked at Butler Field near the Petrillo Music Shell and will sell food during each night concert.
Earlier this month, the City Council approved a batch of nine more mobile food trucks stands for a total of 30 locations where trucks can park in congested areas for two hours. They can also park at metered parking spots as long as they are 200 feet away from restaurants.
The 200-foot ban is a major issue in a lawsuit filed by three food truck operators. The lawsuit was filed in November and a judge last week denied the city’s motion to dismiss the suit.
In his announcement, the mayor noted he taped an appearance for the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” a reality TV competition among food trucks to outsell each other.
“I was happy to appear on a show that promotes the thriving food truck industry and will spread the word that Chicago is a great place for food,” Mayor Emanuel said in the news release. “Chicago’s food truck industry is growing and will continue to grow.”
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