1/02/2013 01:22:00 PM

There’s Always Next Year: 2012 Was Not Chicago's Food Truck Year

Beavers Donut truck continues to prepare food on private property
Last year should have marked a turning point in Chicago’s food truck scene. Legislation finally passed which permitted on-board cooking, in addition to establishing 23 food truck parking spots. One would think the battle between the city and the food trucks ended there.

Chicago made it difficult – if not impossible – for owners to meet the stringent regulation to receive a Mobile Food Preparer license. According to the Chicago Tribune, since the legislations passed five months ago, 109 operators applied for a license. Zero licenses were granted.
The city demands trucks meets specifications such as intake exhaust fans and gas line equipment. This would require an additional $10,000 to $20,000 in modifications before a truck could be considered for a license. Chicago remains in the dark ages, seriously lacking behind other cities where food trucks thrive.

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