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Here’s what’s in Mayor Emanuel’s food truck ordinance

Updated: July 28, 2012 6:40AM

The ordinance to be proposed Wednesday by Mayor Emanuel would:

♦ Allow food trucks to cook on their trucks and serve made-to-order food. They now serve only pre-packaged food. The food trucks would be subject to the same health inspections and 311 complaint inspections as restaurants.

♦ Allow food trucks to operate 24 hours, seven days a week. They are now limited to 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

♦ Still require food trucks to apply for city licenses, but new and higher fees are being finalized.

♦ Keep the existing rule letting food trucks park in legal parking spots at least 200 feet away from restaurants. The trucks must pay the parking meters and park no longer than the allowed limit, usually two hours.

♦ Allow an unlimited number of “food stands” — designated areas for food trucks to park for free — throughout the city, including such areas as the South Loop and South Side, for up to two hours at a time. Two food trucks can fit in each stand.

♦ Set up at least five food stands in six highly congested neighborhoods — the Loop, near West Side, near North Side, West Town, Lake View and Lincoln Park — where two food trucks may park per stand for up to two hours. Trucks would rotate in and out of the restricted food stands.

♦ Each truck must have on board a certified food service manager who has taken a $300 food sanitation class — the same course required of restaurants.

♦ Health code violations would carry the same fines as they currently do.

Source: City of Chicago

Sandra Guy

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