45th Ward Alderman John Arena explains why he cast the only dissenting vote against Chicago's new food truck ordinance, passed on Wednesday. "Every food truck is welcome in the 45th ward," he said. "We're happy to help business innovate. I think we can create jobs this way."
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!
Food trucks are a hot trend in cities from LA to Denver. They’ve transformed the way people think about the restaurant business. But when it comes to Midwestern cities, so far food trucks have been stuck in idle.The Midwestern economy series Changing Gears decided to find out why.
What should we expect from the Chicago food scene in 2011? Food trucks, butcher shops and seafood, for starters. Justin Kaufmann sat down with me to get a sneak preview of the stories, trends and predictions to watch in the year ahead.