Chicago Food Truck Fests: 2016 season schedule

Chicago Food Truck Fests: 2016 season schedule
Crowds in line at last year's Food Truck Fest on Daley Plaza

Chicago has gone from a city that banned food trucks–or made it almost impossible for them to operate–to a city that welcomes them with open arms.

Case in point, for the second year in a row, the city of Chicago’s Small Business Center (SBC) in the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is hosting “Food Truck Fests” starting today March 4 through October 26 at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. and Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It seems everyone is jumping on the food trucks bandwagon. Why the turnaround? Because they’re good for the economy and small business as noted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel who says “I look forward to seeing and tasting what our local innovative businesses have to offer.”

While BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek agrees saying “These festivals are a win-win – they encourage even more people to enjoy the city’s growing culinary options while supporting these innovative small businesses.”

They are a win for Chicagoans, as well, who can now get an inexpensive lunch with a long list of options from Banh mi to Pork Chops to Tacos to Kimcheesy Balls,  Lobster rolls, Po-boys and more–plus a little fresh air.

Fish tacos with mango salsa from Jack's Fork in the Road

Fish tacos with mango salsa from Jack’s Fork in the Road

The Daley Plaza fests are scheduled to be held weekly and the Willis Tower fests will be hosted monthly (dates at bottom of post). The events will include a rotating line-up of trucks offering different food options at each location.

Trucks at this Friday’s Fest include:

PIKO Street Kitchen
Yum Dum Truck
Happy Lobster Truck
Döner Men
Auntie Vee’s Cupcakes
The Cajun Connoisseur
Jack’s Fork in the Road
La Cocinita
Mimis Chicago Humble Pie

…plus mobile boutique operators selling non-food products such as clothing and shoes have been invited to join the food trucks at Daley Plaza.

 Food Truck Fest dates for the 2016 season: foodtrucksjacksSlider_Truck_2

Daley Plaza Dates:
 March 4, 11, 18, 25
; April 8, 15, 21
; May 6, 11, 27; June 3,10,17,21
; July 1, 6, 15, 29
; August 5, 12, 19, 22
; September 2, 9, 16, 21, 30; October 7, 14 and 26.

Willis Tower Dates: March 31
, April 29
, May 20, June 30
, July 22
, August 31
, September 23 and October 21.

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