Legislative speed bumps keep Chicago food vendors parked

August 23, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Currently, Chicago street vendors are forbidden from any food preparation on the move.

The city of Chicago makes life difficult for those who want to sell food on the move--that's no secret. But one group argued Chicago has among the worst mobile food vending laws in the country - quite a distinction! And it was not just established or wannabe food trucks feeling the pinch; individual street vendors- selling anything from tamales to fruit salad- often found themselves on the wrong side of the law.

To find out more Eight Forty-Eight was joined by Beth Milnikel, director of The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship; she heads the grassroots campaign My Streets! My Eats!, which advocates for reform of the restrictions placed on Chicago's mobile chefs.