Food trucks are expected to begin serving at Chicago’s Midway and O'Hare airports later this year, city officials said Thursday. But sorry, travelers, the trucks are primarily intended to feed hungry taxi drivers.
The city moved to allow food trucks to serve at airports after talking with taxi drivers who make frequent trips there, according to Lilia Chacon, spokeswoman for Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance in late March to allow food trucks to operate at O'Hare and Midway. It passed in April.
In June, the city started a pilot program at O'Hare to figure out what foods would be most successful with taxi drivers, Aviation Department spokeswoman Lauren Huffman said. The staging area for the food trucks at O'Hare is the commercial vehicle holding area at 5600 Bessie Coleman Drive. That's across from the strip of rental car lots, far away from the terminals.