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June 20, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT Your fill of falafel I Dream of Falafel, 331 S. Franklin St. 312-913-9660 (10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) 112 W. Monroe St. 312-263-4363 (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.) 555 W. Monroe St. 312-559-3333 (10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.) Your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine dreams come true during a third anniversary celebration, where $3 gets you an organic falafel wrap; grain-fed, cage-free chicken wrap; or rotisserie-grilled beef doner kebab wrap. All come with your choice of house-made breads and toppings.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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 sniffing around for restaurant space in the West Loop, neighborhood development shows no signs of slowing down.
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 from growing up in Jamaica.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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., near the Peggy Notebaert Museum 3628 N. Broadway 3953 N. Sheridan Rd., near the CTA Red Line Sheridan stop Food trucks are allowed to park at the designated stands for free for up to two hours, or they can park at metered parking spots that are 200 feet away from a restaurant.
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.
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.
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