Mika Stambaugh Director of Public Information (312) 744-5365
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” from March through October at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. and Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, mobile boutique operators will be invited to join the food trucks at Daley Plaza.
“These festivals create businesses opportunities for Chicago’s food entrepreneurs while adding to Chicago’s wealth of outdoor festivals, special events and gatherings that bring people from across the city together,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I look forward to seeing and tasting what our local innovative businesses have to offer.”
The Daley Plaza fests are scheduled to be held weekly and the Willis Tower fests will be hosted monthly. The events will include a rotating line-up of trucks offering different food options at each location.
“These festivals are one more way the city of Chicago supports the innovative mobile truck industry across the city,” BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek said. “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.”
Food Truck Fest dates are listed below and participating trucks will be announced on the City’s SBC social media sites and using the hashtag #Chifoodtruckfest. The SBC is on Twitter at @ChiSmallBiz, Facebook at /ChiSmallBiz, Pinterest at ChicagoBACP, and Instagram at ChicagoBACP.
Willis Tower Dates:
Daley Plaza Dates:
|March 31||March 4, 11, 18, 25|
|April 29||April 8, 15, 21|
|May 20||May 6, 11, 27|
|June 30||June 3, 10, 17, 21|
|July 22||July 1, 6, 15, 29|
|August 31||August 5, 12, 19, 22|
|September 23||September 2, 9, 16, 21, 30|
|October 21||October 7, 14, 26|
The food trucks are also proven to quite an attraction as they travel throughout the city. To provide the same experience to residents across the city, there are currently 35 food truck stands, up from 21 stands in 2012, where food trucks can operate.
The Emanuel administration has taken a number of steps to promote innovation and support the mobile food truck and boutique industries: