By Contributor | Chicago Business Journal
The city of Chicago passed an ordinance allowing food truck operations on public property in July, but no licenses have been granted since then, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.
The report quoted people interested in cooking onboard a vehicle saying that the application process is too convoluted and difficult to get through, and noted that there have been 109 applicants, yet none passed muster with the city. One food truck industry veteran was quoted in the piece saying that Chicago’s code includes provisions that increase the cost of preparing a truck by “10,000 to $20,000”.
This story comes on the heels of of a November lawsuit, in which two food truck owners said the city’s rules unfairly protect restaurants from food truck competition. Earlier that month, the city named designated spots for food trucks and set a restriction that they cannot park within 200 feet of a restaurant.