It is currently illegal to sell prepared foods, other than frozen desserts, from a cart in Chicago. It is illegal to sell tamales, fruit salad, granola bars, yogurt, corn on the cob (elotes), or even a Chicago hot dog form a sidewalk cart.
- The most affordable option for someone who wants to earn an honest living selling traditional or innovative foods in the community is illegal.
- The most affordable business model for selling healthy ready-to-eat foods in food deserts is banned.
- Chicago outlaws entrepreneurs who create diverse, vibrant, safe public spaces and connect communities.