National Street Vending Initiative: Chicago Food Carts

Legalize Food Carts in Chicago

Did you know that sidewalk vendors in the Windy City are not allowed to sell any food other than raw, uncut produce or frozen desserts? That means no tamales, no corn on the cob—not even a Chicago-style hot dog! Vendors live in fear of being caught for earning an honest living. Some have even been arrested for selling tamales to their neighbors in Little Village.

The Street Vendor Justice Coalition and the Institute for Justice have introduced a reform proposal to the city council, and you can help by signing our petition telling the city that greater lunch-time options are the tasty and constitutional way to go.