Contact city council and share your support for food trucks.
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.