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May 8, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Nine more designated food truck stands could be coming to Lincoln Park, Lakeview, South Loop, West Loop and downtown. Mayor Emanuel on Wednesday proposed the creation of nine new stands near a couple college campuses, parks and in those neighborhoods. The proposed food truck stands would be located at: 902 W. Adams St., near Mary Bartelme Park 1400 W. Adams St., near Whitney Young High School 1851 W. Jackson Blvd., near Malcolm X College 65 E. Harrison St., near Columbia College Chicago 150 W. Van Buren St., near the Chicago Board of Trade 825 S. Canal St. 2500 N. Cannon Dr.,...
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2014 | By Tony Peregrin, For RedEye
Despite a relentless winter and brisk competition for choice parking spots, Chicago's food truck scene continues to chug along. Just in time for summer, City Council just approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to add five more designated food truck parking stands to downtown: 200 S. LaSalle St., 151 N. Franklin St., 185 N. Upper Columbus Drive, 105 E. Monroe St. and 300 S. Wabash Ave. Commingling with the veteran trucks this summer are eight new mobile eateries,...
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July 19, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Chicago's food truck industry will keep on truckin', but the rules may change. The ordinance regulating food trucks advanced Thursday out of the City Council Committee on License and Consumer Protection after nearly four hours of discussion. City officials tried to balance the concerns of restaurant owners and needs of food truck operators. “We think that local restaurants are really the cornerstones of our neighborhoods, also probably the largest employer in the city and also possibly the state.
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October 22, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
A real “Taste of Home” is coming to Chicago. And it will be really cheesy. Stouffer's Mac 'N' Cheese food truck will be giving away free samples of their signature mac 'n' cheese in the Loop on Wednesday and Thursday. The samples will be passed out during lunchtime hours in three varieties, including savory bacon and chives, tangy buffalo chicken and classic macaroni and cheese. The truck will be stationed at the corner of Fairbanks and Ohio from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Couch and Franklin during the same time following day. The truck will make its final stop at St. Rita High...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett and Amanda Boleman
UPDATE: On Wednesday, the City Council passed a Chicago ordinance that would allow cooks to prepare fresh meals from food trucks, but also restrict the areas in which they're allowed to park and serve. The ordinance was passed with a 45-1 vote, with Ald. John Arena, 45 th , the sole "no" vote, and prohibits trucks from parking within 200 feet of a restaurant.  Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st) introduced the expanded ordinance earlier this summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Serving fries from a food truck would have been a futile effort under Chicago's former regulations. Who wants to eat a pre-packaged batch that's fried in the morning and sits under heaters all day? After an ordinance allowing on-board cooking passed last year, licensed trucks are free to cook to order. We paid a visit to two recently debuted trucks that are frying up their own signature versions. Jerk fries ($3) at Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill The backstory: Video game producer-turned-food truck operator Dion Solano's two-month-old truck is inspired by the food carts he ate...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin and For RedEye
With the passage of a new ordinance last month, Chicago has caught up with other major U.S. cities like Austin, Seattle and L.A. by allowing food trucks to cook and prepare food aboard their vehicles. The City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection reported Friday that 34 trucks have started the application process for a mobile food vehicle license. Twenty-seven of those are seeking a mobile food preparer license, which permits on-board cooking. The remaining seven seek mobile food dispenser licenses to sell...
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
May 17 update: Pierogi Wagon just announced that it reached its goal of raising $15,000 on Kickstarter .  --- Chicago's wealth of food trucks is vast and varied--you can find pretty much any food on wheels. A couple from Ravenswood wants to add pierogis to that list. Damian Warzecha, 26, and Jessica Whitney, 23, met when they worked at the same restaurant, and have since started a marketing company, Whisk Social, and started a family. But they missed the bustle of the service industry and hoped to start a food truck.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | By Elite Truong, @elitetruong and RedEye
Just in time for summer, the Schnitzel King's kingdom is expanding. Schnitzel King food truck owner Greg Burke has expanded his family business to a Bridgeport storefront, slated to open June 3 at 308 W. 33rd St. Burke, who grew up eating the German delicacy and gained local recognition for his tailgate version of the dish, describes schnitzel as “pork pounded thin, breaded and then fried.” Burke's Chicago-style version is served in...
NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
A total of 16 food trucks submitted applications to be part of this year's Taste of Chicago, the city said Thursday. This year's food fest, scheduled for July 10-14 in Grant Park, will include licensed food trucks for the first time. The trucks will be parked at Butler Field right by the lawn seating for the Petrillo Music Shell where they will be able to set up starting two hours before each night concert and operate for the duration of the concert. Applications to sell food at the Taste were due Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Ice3 owner Erika Stone-Miller isn't interested in serving ice cream during the winter, so she's put her food truck in storage and is preparing to open The Octagon Mode in Ravenswood on Oct. 11. Not a traditional restaurant, the space at 1509 W. Lawrence Ave. will host dinner parties several times a week, mostly on Fridays and Saturdays, where about 12 to 18 people will mingle and dine at communal tables. "This kind of dinner is for people who want to be social," Stone-Miller said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Brooklyn Brewery Beer Brunch Vera 1023 W. Lake St. 312-243-9770 The West Loop spot deviates from its dinner-only format for this breakfast of champions, where you dine on tapas including oysters with sriracha mignonette, tortilla espanola with seasonal vegetables, quail egg and blood sausage; assorted pastries and more, which you can pair with a selection of Brooklyn brews or a Hophead vodka bloody mary with a Brooklyn Lager...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Chicagoans can grab free coffee and donuts early this week courtesy of Fox's new comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine. "  The "Nine-Nine" food truck will be handing out the treats 7 a.m.-noon Monday at 600 W. Chicago Ave., and during the same time Tuesday at Madison and Wacker. The comedy, about a rule-breaking detective (Andy Samberg) who meets his match in a by-the-book new captain (Chicago native Andre Braugher), premieres at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. At the food truck fans also can get their photos taken and dropped into a picture of Samberg, Braugher and their...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
A food truck option specializing in Creole and Cajun cuisine is on its way, but before making its debut on the streets of Chicago this fall, The Great Louisiana Geaux Geaux Truck hosted a sneak preview of a few of its menu items at The Garage in West Loop on Wednesday. The Great Louisiana Geaux Geaux Truck is the creation of chef/owner Andre Mika, a 46-year-old Streeterville resident and television producer by day, inspired by food of his childhood growing up in Baton Rouge, La. Although new to the food truck business, this...
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The list of food trucks that will be allowed for the first time at the Taste was announced on Wednesday. A total of 13 food trucks will participate but only up to seven trucks will be selling food each day of the Taste, which runs from July 10-14 at Grant Park. There were 16 food trucks that applied to be part of the Taste. The three that did not get picked were either not licensed or not in good standing, said Cindy Gatziolis, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
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,...
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Three operators of the Schnitzel King and Cupcakes for Courage food trucks filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court against the city, challenging two food truck ordinance provisions. At issue are requirements that food trucks stay 200 feet away from brick-and-mortar street-level restaurants and install GPS devices. “All of these provisions have one and only one reason: to protect a few politically-connected restaurateurs from competition,” Robert Frommer, staff attorney for the Institute for Justice, a national public interest law firm representing the plaintiffs, said at a downtown news...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2012 | By Renee Mailhiot and For RedEye
The latest food truck to join Chicago's growing street food scene doles out healthy salads courtesy of two recent Yale graduates who have already set up successful storefronts in New Haven, Conn. The Little Salad Truck hit the streets of Chicago at the beginning of August, and all of the daily operations are run by Jerry Choinski, 23, and Etkin Tekin, 22. The pair opened The Little Salad Shop near campus during their junior year after realizing the need for more healthy food options, and the positive response caused them to branch out to another...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
Brown Bag Lunch Truck owner and chef Joaquin Soler is opening a barbecue restaurant in Irving Park this month. Soler first began using the tiny space at 4009 N. Albany Ave. to host pop-up shops where he served dougnuts or chicken and waffles. Their success convinced him to park his truck and open Smalls. “It's a great little neighborhood," Soler said. "It's fairly underserved. There's not a lot of food options. " The restaurant will serve the same brined and smoked meats the food truck was known for along with ribs, fried chicken and seasonal local vegetables such as Asian long...
SPORTS
May 31, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
The Chicago Sky will host a Food Truck Festival before its Sunday game against the Tulsa Shock and former Notre Dame standout Skylar Diggins. A portion of the festival's proceeds will benefit the Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign. The food-on-wheels-frenzy will take place at Allstate Arena's (6920 Mannheim Rd) north Parking lot from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. The festival will include food from several food trucks, including Toasty Cheese, Raging Kitchen and The Slide Ride.
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