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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....
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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 conference Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 features food for purchase from food trucks including Duck N Roll, 5411 Empanadas, Bridgeport Pasty and the Brown Bag Lunch Truck, plus performances from four folk and alt-country bands and $5 Revolution beers.
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 pre-packaged, pre-cooked foods.
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 major city upon graduating in May 2012.
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.
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.
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