It’s a long time coming for Evanston, IL. A new amendment to their current food truck ordinance may make it easier for food trucks to operate within city limits. To date, the city has a rule that only allows existing restaurant owners to apply for food truck operating permits, which has led to ZERO licenced food trucks in the city.

EVANSTON, IL – Evanston officials appear ready to give up on a regulation that limited food trucks in the city to ones operated by people who also own restaurants in town.

The Human Services Committee tonight will get a recommendation from city staff to scrap that rule — noting that it has led to there being no licensed food trucks based in the city.

Hummingbird Kitchen, which became the city’s first licensed food truck after a campaign in 2010 by the owners of Campagnola and Union Pizzeria to let them set it up, is now listed on a food truck directory as having closed.

The ordinance amendments drafted by Corporation Counsel Grant Farrar would also ease one restriction on where food trucks could park. The current ordinance restricts them from locating within 100 feet of any licensed food establishment.

The proposed rewrite would narrow that so the distance would only apply to restaurants — and not churches, hotels or big-box retailers that also happen to serve food.

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