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Contact city council and share your support for food trucks.

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Ald. Arena 773.286.4545 ward45@cityofchicago.org @JohnArena445
Ald. Burnett 312.432.1995 wburnett@cityofchicago.org @AldermanBurnett
Ald. Cappleman 773.878.4646 info@james46.org @JamesCappleman
Ald. Cardenas 773.523.8250 ward12@cityofchicago.org @Ald12
Ald. Chandler 773.533.2400 ward24@cityofchicago.org
Ald. Cochran 773.955.5610 Willie.Cochran@cityofchicago.org @ALDERMANWBC
Ald. Fioretti 312.263.9273 Robert.Fioretti@cityofchicago.org @Fioretti2ndWard
Ald. Graham 773.261.4646 Ward29@cityofchicago.org
Ald. Mitts 773.745.2894 emitts@cityofchicago.org @EmmaMittsAld37
Ald. Moreno 773.278.0101 ward01@cityofchicago.org @Alderman_Moreno
Ald. O’Connor 773.594.8341 ward41@cityofchicago.org @OCONNORfor41
Ald. O’Shea 773.238.8766 mattoshea@The19thWard.com @mattoshea19
Ald. Quinn 773.581.8000 ward13@cityofchicago.org
Ald. Reboyas 773.794.3095 ward30@cityofchicago.org @Ald_Reboyras
Ald. Reilly 312.642.4242 Brendan.Reilly@cityofchicago.org @aldreilly
Ald. Sawyer 773.635.0006 service@6thwardchicago.com @6thwardchicago
Ald. Silverstein 773.262.1050 info@50thwardchicago.com @Debra4Alderman
Ald. Smith 773.348.9500 yourvoice@ward43.org @AldermanSmith43
Ald. Sposato 773.836.0036 info@aldermansposato.com @AldermanSposato
Ald. Tunney 773.525.6034 ttunney@cityofchicago.org @AldTomTunney
Ald. Waguespack 773.248.1330 info@ward32.org @ward32chicago

Chicago’s food truck entrepreneurs are rallying support to change food truck regulations.

Food trucks and carts have exploded in recent years. Many cities—like Los Angeles and Austin—have embraced the street food craze. However, other cities have responded with protectionist and restrictive regulations. And Chicago has some of the most restrictive street food laws in the entire country.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s food truck ordinance allows food truck owners and operators to offer a wider variety of food by allowing us to prep and cook onboard, while also extending sales hours. However, the ordinance retains existing rules and introduces new restrictions. The increased fines and penalties, banning trucks within 200 feet of a restaurant, and the new requirement of GPS tracking devices make it impossible for us to thrive in a competitive market place. So while we are being offered some new benefits — what’s the cost?

The strict 200-foot rule, GPS tracking and harsh parking penalties have nothing to do with protecting the public. Consumers should have the choice to sit down at a restaurant or grab food from a food truck. The city shouldn’t make that decision for them.

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