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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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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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...
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.
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May 21, 2013 | By JoVona Taylor and RedEye
Fans of The Salsa Truck will soon be able to follow it to The Garage, its very own venue opening in the West Loop on May 29. The Mexican-inspired food truck hit the streets in late January as the first food truck to obtain a Mobile Food Preparer license, which allows food to be cooked onboard. Chef and owner of The Salsa Truck and The Garage, Dan Salls, said his passion for cooking and love for Mexican street food is what inspired him to ditch his former job as a financial adviser and go into the food truck business.
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October 9, 2013 | RedEye Staff
Sweet home, Chicago. Where the politicians are ethical, taxes make sense and practically all decisions are made for the good of its citizens. Nothing could remind us of this more than the innovative and completely-unique idea to upgrade the CTA's fare system to the much-lauded Ventra , outsourced to a private company that has provided excellent customer service and transparency thus far. But the transition to the CTA's latest great...
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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
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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 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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