Food truck entrepreneurs are inviting all hungry Chicagoans to celebrate Food Truck Day all day tomorrow –Thursday, July 12. The first 19 customers at participating food trucks will get a free goodie as a way to highlight the July 19 hearing in City Hall that may decide the fate of the city’s mobile cuisine.
The petition rally will be held at Fischman’s Liquor (4780 N. Milwaukee Avenue) beginning at 6pm. There will be food trucks, music, and fun for all food truck supporters.
Chicago’s food truck entrepreneurs are rallying support to change proposed food truck regulations before the July 19 hearing. Food trucks will have petitions and educational material on hand for food truck fans who want to get involved.
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 proposed food truck ordinance will allow food truck owners and operators to offer a wider variety of food by allowing us to prep and cook onboard, while also extending sales to 24 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. Support your food trucks tomorrow and sign the petition.
Important Dates to Remember:
7/12 6pm: Petition rally at Fischman’s Liquors: 4780 N Milwaukee Ave
7/19 11am: Public Hearing: Room 201A, City Hall, 121 North La Salle Street
7/25 10am: City Council Vote
July 12, 2012 at 3:53 am |