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November 22, 2011 | By Renee Mailhiot and For RedEye
Food trucks have been popping up all over the city as part of the latest culinary craze, but they still face the challenge of on-board cooking being illegal according to local laws. While fans continue to lobby the city for change, some truck owners have been able to give their business some staying power by turning their mobile brand into permanent storefronts. Homage Street Food Opening a restaurant inspired by global street food has always been the plan for husband-and-wife duo Mike and Elaine Maloney.
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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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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.
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May 23, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Tuesday Night Flight Dusek's 1227 W. 18th St. 312-526-3851 Tuesdays translate to three food and beer pairings including a deviled ham hock salad with crispy mushroom and fried quail egg; string cheese with fava bean puree and spelt-lavender honey; and merguez sausage with crispy foie gras rice and whipped sunflower butter. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. Tuesdays At The Triangle Milwaukee and Ashland avenues at Division Street Grab a bite from food trucks including Pierogi Wagon and hear original stories from students in the 826Chi writing program (6-7 p.m.)
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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, Giordano's, Cheesie's, Patty Wagon, Gelato D'Oro,...
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April 12, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
This year's Taste of Chicago will have a new addition: food trucks. Mayor Emanuel's office on Friday announced the inclusion of food trucks at the Taste, to be held July 10-14 in Grant Park. “This will be a great way for many Chicagoans to get a sense of the excitement of this industry and sample some great food,” Emanuel said in a news release. Food trucks will operate beginning one hour before each night concert at the Petrillo Music Shell and serve concertgoers for the duration of the concert, according to the release.
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February 11, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Chicago may have just awarded its first on-board cooking license to The Salsa Truck last week, but the city still has a ways to go before it sees a vibrant truck scene like the ones that can be found in cities like New York or L.A. Luckily, the University of Chicago has its own thriving mini-food truck scene, thanks to a stretch of road near the school on Ellis Avenue and University Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets--and the power of Twitter....
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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May 1, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Let's get digital. Mayor Emanuel tonight will host his third Facebook town hall meeting to discuss topics such as food trucks and education reform. The hour-long event is set to begin at 6 p.m., livestreaming at facebook.com/chicagomayorsoffice and livestream.com/chicagomayorsoffice . Seven hundred people submitted more than 300 questions at askchicago.org for the session, said Kevin Hauswirth, Emanuel's director of social media. Participants voted on which questions the mayor should address.
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December 12, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett and Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
2008 was the year of bacon. In 2010, we went gaga for Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat . Though 2011 may go down in history as the year you spent an obscene amount of time trying to get tickets to Next while you were supposed to be working, Grant Achatz's restaurant isn't all that made it a notable year in dining and nightlife. Twenty years from now when we reminisce over a futuristic cocktail encased in a sphere of ice (Just kidding, you can order that at The Aviary now)
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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...
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August 19, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
It may be nearing the end of August, but there's no slowing the pace of street fests. This weekend is one of the busiest of the year, with tons of food trucks, bands and artists taking over neighborhoods from Little Italy to Pilsen to Bucktown and beyond. A handful offer ethnic ties - Festa Italiana, Brazil Fest, Taste of Greektown and Ukrainian Days - while others are all about celebrating their respective 'hoods. You probably won't be able to hit all of them, but we would never dream of discouraging you from trying.
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August 9, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and For RedEye
If you thought the West Loop restaurant scene had hit its height at the end of last year with the opening of Bill Kim's Korean barbecue restaurant Belly Q and Curtis Duffy's elegant fine-dining destination Grace, you'd be mistaken. This neighborhood already well-known for its restaurants - from Randolph Street classics such as Avec and Blackbird to Grant Achatz's ever-evolving Next to breakfast staple Ina's - has only become more so in the last year. With the members-only Soho House in the works on Green Street and rumors of Rick Bayless...
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.
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October 19, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts for RedEye and For RedEye
EAT (Free!) SAUSAGE PARTY The Publican 837 W. Fulton Market 312-733-9555 Chef Brian Polcyn of Michigan's Forest Grill and culinary author Michael Ruhlman demonstrate artisanal sausage-making and discuss their new book, "Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing" while you nosh on complimentary charcuterie prepared by Polcyn. 1-3 p.m. Saturday. FRIENDLY FOOD Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600 In a nod to the "Music Friendly Dancing" text on the awning over its door, the venerable music club throws its first outdoor block party--Music, Friendly, Food Trucks - which...
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