Chicago Finally Gets On Board with Food Truck Ordinance

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to allow food truck owners to cook in their vehicles

Chicago has long been falling behind in the world of food trucks, particularly because for the longest time the food hawkers weren't allowed to cook in their vehicles.

That may all change, however; Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing to change that rule and allow Chicago food truck owners to cook in their trucks.

Of course, this comes with a price. The proposed ordinance also requires that food trucks stay 200 feet away from restaurants (so there isn't much competition), park in designated "food stands," and attach GPS tracking devices. Emanuel will introduce the ordinance today.

Naturally, with all food truck news, the restaurant storefront owners are a bit miffed at the first part of the ordinance (competition!) and the food truck owners are ticked off at the restrictions for parking. Everyone else, however, should be at glad that Chicago is catching up with the rest of the world.

Jessica Chou is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @jesschou.

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