The Problem


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 from a sidewalk cart.

That means:

  • 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.

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