Chicago Food Truck Day


Post this map on your Facebook and Twitter to show how restrictive the 200-foot rule is.

Follow your favorite food trucks to see where they’ll be on Thursday, July 12, during lunch and throughout the day. Each truck will give away a free product to the first 19 customers in line. We’ll end the day at Fischman’s Liquors at 4780 N Milwaukee Ave. with live music and of course, food trucks, from 5:30-9:00.

Why 19? Because next Thursday, July 19, the Committee on License and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing on Mayor Emanuel’s proposed food truck ordinance, and we need YOU, our faithful street food fans to take action!

This law would allow trucks to cook on board and operate 24 hours a day (hooray!), but it still unfairly limits their freedom:

  • Ban within 200 feet of restaurants, except a few spots selected by the City
  • $1000-2000 fines for parking too close to restaurants or longer than 2 hours
  • GPS surveillance

The strict 200-foot rule and harsh parking penalties have nothing to do with protecting the public. The city is giving special benefits to restaurants and treating food truck entrepreneurs like second-class citizens. Tell the City Council that they should treat all Chicagoans with business dreams equally, and allow Chicago’s creative chefs to start small and grow big!



  • Let your voice be heard! Email all involved alderman, click here.
  • Call, write, or tweet individual alderman using the chart below. 
  • Participate in Food Truck Day. Follow your favorite trucks on Twitter, follow the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship at @ijclinic, or visit our Facebook page for updates.
  • Sign this petition to eliminate the 200-foot parking restriction and GPS tracking, and create fair fine structure.
  • Learn more about the issues from the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship at
  • Share this information with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
Alderman Sponsor Committee
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Ald. Arena x 773.286.4545 @JohnArena445
Ald. Burnett   x 312.432.1995 @AldermanBurnett
Ald. Cappleman x 773.878.4646 @JamesCappleman 
Ald. Cardenas x 773.523.8250 @Ald12
Ald. Chandler x 773.533.2400
Ald. Cochran x 773.955.5610 @ALDERMANWBC
Ald. Fioretti x 312.263.9273 @Fioretti2ndWard
Ald. Graham x 773.261.4646
Ald. Mitts x x* 773.745.2894 @EmmaMittsAld37
Ald. Moreno x x 773.278.0101 @Alderman_Moreno 
Ald. O'Connor x 773.594.8341
Ald. O'Shea x 773.238.8766  @mattoshea19
Ald. Quinn x 773.581.8000
Ald. Reboyas x** 773.794.3095 @Ald_Reboyras
Ald. Reilly x 312.642.4242 @aldreilly
Ald. Sawyer x 773.635.0006
Ald. Silverstein x 773.262.1050 @Debra4Alderman
Ald. Smith x 773.348.9500 @AldermanSmith43
Ald. Sposato x 773.836.0036 
Ald. Tunney x x 773.525.6034 @AldTomTunney
Ald. Waguespack x 773.248.1330 @ward32chicago


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