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Mayor Wants To Make Food Truck Access Easier

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel wants to make it easier for food trucks to park in popular locations around the city.

The City Council will review the mayor’s plan of 23 proposed sites for food truck stands, including hard to park areas like City Hall, the Lincoln Park Zoo and other high-density neighborhoods.

“These dedicated stands for food trucks will provide additional parking opportunities and expanded operations to foster this growing industry,” said Mayor Emanuel.

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Similar to a traditional loading zone, these dedicated locations will help food truck operators to operate in areas where parking is scarce.

In July, the City Council passed an ordinance to expand food truck operations in neighborhoods across Chicago.

Food truck operators are now permitted to prepare “food to order” on board their trucks and have the opportunity to park for free in these proposed “food truck stands” in highly congested areas, as well as legal metered spaces that are 200 feet from a retail food establishment.

Each food truck will be able to park at one food stand or other legal parking spot for up to two hours.

The stands will be located at: 3627 N. Southport; 3420 and 3241 N. Lincoln; 817 W. Belmont; 2934 N. Broadway; 1005 W. Wrightwood; 1030 W. Fullerton; 2156 N. Stockton Drive; 1262 and 1218 N. Milwaukee; 2135 W. Division; 1155 N. Oakley; 219 and 1615 W. Chicago; 149 N. Ashland; 831 N. Wells; 33 and 930 N. LaSalle; 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive; 828 N. Larrabee; 30 E. Lake; 125 S. Clark and 437 S. Columbus.

The full council still has to sign off on the ordinance.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this story

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