LINCOLN PARK — Football season means food truck season for Tavern 57.
The former Wrightwood Tap at 1059 W. Wrightwood Ave. is making good on a pledge to bring food trucks in for both bar patrons and nearby neighbors.
Co-owner Richard Honquest installed a 220-volt line to Tavern 57's back parking lot when he renovated it before reopening this summer. As the tavern doesn't have a formal kitchen, he said he wanted to welcome food trucks to serve bar patrons and local neighbors.
Honquest makes good on that pledge starting this weekend, when Big G's Pizza, laying claim to "the best mac 'n' cheese pizza in the city," sets up a weekly Saturday residency at the bar. This week, its $5 slices will go for $2 as part of what Tavern 57 is calling a tailgate fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
After that, Honquest said he's set up a rotating schedule of food trucks pulling in on Sundays:
Sept. 17: open
Sept. 24: Carnivale
Oct. 1: Cevapcici Catering, for those who miss the departed Etno Village Grill down the street
Oct. 8: Chicago Pizza Boss
Oct. 15: Hot Dog Fiend
Oct. 22: Roaming Hog
Oct. 29: open
Nov. 5: Ugly Truckin'
The bar opens at 4 p.m. weekdays and at 11 a.m. weekends in the fall and winter, and is open until 3 a.m. Saturday and midnight Sunday. Food-truck hours are generally noon-4 p.m., but they can stay longer depending on availability and demand.