Suit against food truck ordinance moves forward

June 13, 2013

Food truck owners and their customers had a small victory in court today. A judge will hear their request to operate in more parts of the city.

Currently, Chicago’s food truck ordinance includes a ban on operating a food truck within 200 feet of a restaurant and a requirement that all food trucks have GPS Devices so the city can track their location.  

Two food truck business, Schnitzel King and Cupcakes For Courage challenged the ordinance. The city asked for the complaint to be dismissed but a judge is allowing it to move forward.

Laura Pekarik is the owner of Cupcakes for Courage.

“This is exactly what we were hoping for. We can present our case with evidence and facts,” said Pekarik.

The judge asked for more information from both sides of the case before the next court date. He suspects the 200 feet restriction could keep food trucks out of huge swaths of Chicago, including the Loop and wanted a map of where food trucks could legally operate.

The judge also asked the city to prepare information on how they would protect against misuse of GPS data.

Shannon Heffernan is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her @shannon_h