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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, The Eastman Egg Company and Carbon Kitchen.
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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.
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT New Patio Brunch Pizzeria da Nella 1443 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-281-6600 Step into the garden - which features lemon trees, flowers and 100 seats - for chef Nella Grassano's Colazione (white pizza with eggs, speck, parmesan and fresh mozzarella; $13.99); Carozza (Italian-style stuffed French toast; $9.99); create-your-own Fritatta Napoletana with three ingredients, roasted potatoes and crostini ($10.99); and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Sunday Noodles Yusho 2853 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-904-8558 Mix and match your way to a meal featuring five noodle options such as Logan Poser ramen (crispy pig's tail, hen eggs, nori, cucumber)
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
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.
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.
NEWS
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.
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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