With food carts on practically every corner in some places, NYC's endless smorgasbord of street food has often been used to make Chicago feel inferior. But that's all about to change. Finally.
After decades of prohibiting such street eats, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance Thursday allowing food carts to legally operate by obtaining a license. Currently, the law bans vendors from selling cooked foods like hot dogs and tacos, but countless food cart vendors have served such meals anyway and risked arrest, according to a report by NBC Chicago.
The ordinance is a significant first step toward better food cart regulation in the city, but as a report by Eater points out, vendors will continue to face big restrictions. For example, all food sold on food carts must be prepared in a commercial kitchen approved by the health department and come fully wrapped or packaged, according to the report. But just think about all the post-drinking grub that'll likely pop up in Wicker Park, near Wrigley, and in other busy entertainment districts. It's about freaking time.