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Rahm Rolls Out Food-Truck Parking Locations



    Mayor Rahm Emanuel rolled out his proposed locations Wednesday for 23 designated food-truck stations in Chicago.

    City condoned spots would include a station in Lakeview on Southport Avenue near Addison Street; two food stands in Wicker Park, one at Milwaukee and Ashland avenues and another a half-block down on Milwaukee; two near DePaul University's campus, at Fullerton Avenue near Sheffield and further north on Wrightwood Street; and one in Boystown near Belmont Avenue and Clark Street.

    There also are two spots in the Loop and one outside NBC Tower (feel free to stop by and say hi).

    Per the ordinance Chicago's City Council overwhelmingly signed off on in July, food trucks must stay 200 feet away from restaurants or face a $2,000 fine and can't stay parked in one location for more than two hours. Another stipulation requires trucks to carry GPS devices to track their movements.

    Still, aldermen spoke in favor of the ordinance that allows city food trucks to operate from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. instead of the current 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and prepare food in on-board kitchens instead of off-site spaces.

    According to Emanuel's proposal, the commissioner of transportation can limit the times food trucks can operate at each location based on direction from each ward's alderman and review of public safety.

    Restaurant owners have said the new legislation gives food trucks too much freedom that could hurt struggling brick-and-mortar businesses.

    The full council still needs to sign off on the plan.

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