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More Food Trucks Coming Downtown; Daley Plaza Roundup Set for Monday

By DNAinfo Staff | April 29, 2014 11:30pm | Updated on April 29, 2014 11:32pm
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THE LOOP — More food trucks are coming to the Loop and Downtown under a plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to introduce to the City Council Wednesday.

An additional six locations are being cleared for use by food trucks, opening up new spots for Downtown residents and workers to get their fix of mobile grub, the city said.

The trucks will be able to legally park for two hours a day at the new locations determined by  aldermen, the city's Transportation Department and neighborhood business groups.

The new spots are:

 • 437 S. Columbus Drive

 • 200 S. LaSalle St.

 • 151 N. Franklin St.

 • 185 N. Upper Columbus Drive

 • 105 E. Monroe St.

 • 300 S. Wabash Ave.

"These dedicated stands for food trucks provide additional parking opportunities and expanded operations to foster this growing industry," the mayor said. "They will also help to safeguard communities from added congestion and public safety issues."

The city said the additional locations bring to 36 the number of such spots in the city.

The city last year granted permission for operators to cook on their trucks. Previously, food trucks were only allowed to sell food cooked off site and driven into neighborhoods.

The city also announced it will hold another Food Truck Rally, bringing a roundup of trucks to Daley Plaza Monday for a smorgasbord of offerings. A similar rally was held last fall.

The trucks will be allowed to sell during lunch time and in the evening. There will also be a beer and wine area.

The participating trucks are:

• The Cheesie's Truck

•Chicago Lunchbox

• The Fat Shallot

• Gino's Steak Truck

• Giordano's

• Harold's Chicken

• Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes

• The Slide Ride

• Starfruit Cafe

• Tamale Spaceship

Trucks will also be brought in for the Blues Festival (June 13-15); Gospel Music Festival (June 27-29); Taste of Chicago (July 9-13) and other events, the city said.