Green light for Chicago food trucks

July 26, 2012


Wednesday, July 25th was a big day for the food truckers of Chicago. It is official that food trucks are legally allowed to operate and prepare food in the truck. Prior to this ordinance  being passed, food trucks were only allowed to be used as a catering service with no cooking allowed in the truck. With this ordinance comes a 200ft rule that a food truck is not able to be parked and operate within 200ft of any restaurant. 


The 200ft rule was placed in order to protect the current restaurants that are brick and mortar. This will be hard for a food trucker in a lot of places because there are restaurants everywhere in Chicago. From a restaurant owner's perspective, this rule is very beneficial because food trucks will not be allowed to park right outside their building driving away business. 

My previous experience with food trucks in Denver have always been great. Fresh food cooked right in front of you, cash only, and niche food. To have a successful food truck operation you must offer great food that is unique. Whether it is a unique flavor, type of cuisine, the smell, or just a great re-concept of an existing idea. I am really excited to see more of these in operation. This is great news for Chicago entrepreneurs. We should see a rapid growth in the presence of food trucks in the upcoming months. I am looking forward to see new startups along with the existing trucks. All this talk about food trucks makes me hungry!

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