CHICAGO, IL – Food trucks would pay an annual fee of $200 for the right to set up shop at O’Hare Airport staging areas under a mayoral plan advanced Tuesday — but only after Midway Airport was cut out of the proposal.
Southwest Side Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) demanded the exemption.
“We have about $30 million of pending investment on Cicero Avenue. … This is gonna cut against the six years of hard work that I put in developing the south corridor of Midway,” Quinn said.
“I can’t support this in its current form. … This is a blindside to me. And quite frankly, I don’t appreciate it. … I can’t take the word of the department at face value.”
Deputy Aviation Commissioner Juan Manzano, who runs the concession program at O’Hare and Midway, apologized and said no food-truck program at Midway is contemplated.
“We’re focusing on O’Hare,” Manzano told Quinn. “O’Hare is different from Midway.”
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