My Streets My Eats Symposium

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On April 14, 2012, the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship hosted “My Streets My Eats: Chicago Mobile Food Symposium and Meet Up” at the University of Chicago Law School.  Over 150 entrepreneurs, scholars, government officials, and activists gathered to discuss the importance of street food in urban cultures and economies, the need to reform vending laws in Chicago, and develop a model for city governments that would allow street vending to flourish.  Following the symposium, hundreds more community members joined symposium attendees for a food truck meet up featuring 19 of Chicago's mouth-watering trucks.

For a full list of our speakers, click here.

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Media Coverage

Chicago Sun-Times
A.V. Club
Chicago Now
Chicagoist (1)
Chicagoist (2)
Gapers Block
University of Chicago Law School (1)
University of Chicago Law School (2)

 
 

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"Vendors: Understanding How Chicago's Laws Apply to You"

This panel was moderated by Beth Kregor, director of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship, and included IJ Clinic students Cory Miggins, '12, and John Volk, '13.

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42:54 minutes

 

 

 

"Street Food: An Important (and Delicious) Part of Urban Life"

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This panel was moderated by Beth Kregor, director of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship and included these speakers:

  • Sean Basinski, NY Street Vendor Project                 
  • John Gaber, professor, University of Arkansas
  • Heather Shouse, author, Food Trucks

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51:02 minutes

 

 

"Chicago, What’s the Hold Up? The Need to Reform the Windy City’s Vending Laws"

This panel was moderated by Erika Pfleger, Assistant Director of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship, and included these speakers:

  • Willie Cochran, Alderman, Ward 20
  • Justin Large, Big Star
  • Vicki Lugo, Asociacion de Vendedores Ambulantes
  • Samm Petrichos, Spice!

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63:01 minutes

 

 

"What Would Be Better? How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity by Knocking Down Barriers to Vending"

This panel was moderated by Christina Walsh, Director of Activism and Coalitions, Institute for Justice, and included these speakers:

  • Greg Kettles, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Baylen Linnekin, Keep Food Legal
  • Gabriel Wiesen, Beavers Coffee and Donut Truck
  • Bert Gall, Institute for Justice senior attorney

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62:38 minutes

 

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