Food Trucks have become increasingly popular in major cities all over the US. If you’ve ever been walking around downtown in the summer, there is a good chance you’ve seen one of Chicago’s many food trucks. Below is our short guide on how best to find them while you’re visiting and some of the top trucks to seek out for a bite to eat!
Food Truck Locators
There are quite a few Food Truck Locators out there – here are two to get you started:
Chicago Food Truck Finder
This website lists the available trucks and estimated times of departure, as well as displaying the location on Google Maps. You can also see a list of all the Chicago Food Trucks by cuisine and see what locations are favored in Chicago. Click here to visit the site.
Next up is Roaming Hunger. This site provides you a map and gives insight on some of the best food truck eats in Chicago! It’s also great because you can find food trucks from all over the US, not just Chicago. Click here to give it a try.
Food Truck Corner
Food Truck Corner is another option to help you find the nearest grub with Twitter feeds and map updates. Not only does it provide you updates for Chicago, you can find New York and San Francisco food trucks as well. Click here to check it out.
If you have a favorite truck that you don’t want to miss, follow them on Twitter for the most accurate location updates.
Popular Food Truck Locations
There are many popular locations throughout the city. You can find them along the lakefront, near the Art Institute, Daley Plaza and Willis Tower.
From March to October, Chicago’s Small Business Center sponsors the #ChiFoodTruckFest at Daley Plaza from 11AM to 3PM, daily. You can grab a bite to eat here at 50 W Washington Street. For more information, click here.
Food Truck Festivals
Chicago loves its festivals – so why not have one dedicated just to food trucks? Find your favorite truck at these festivals this summer:
Taste of Chicago
This year Taste of Chicago will feature 16 different food trucks, along with the usual food stands throughout Grant Park. You can check out the Taste of Chicago from July 5-9 in Grant Park. Click here for more details.
Logan Square Foot Truck Social
Enjoy live music while you taste from local food trucks on Humbolt Blvd between Armitage and Bloomingdale. This fest runs August 25-27 – click here for more updates.
West Town Food Truck Social
In conjunction with the West Town Art Walk, you can find this Food Truck Social on Noble and Chicago Avenue October 6-7. Click here for the full event line-up.
Favorite Chicago Food Trucks
With so many options, it can be hard to know where to start! Here is a quick list of some of the best rated trucks in Chicago!
Happy Lobster Truck
Features Lobster Rolls, New England Clam Chowder, King Crab Bisque and more!
Beavers Coffee & Donuts Truck
This breakfast truck serves us delicious mini donuts and coffee.
5411 Empanadas Truck
Assorted baked empanadas.
Cupcakes for Courage
Cupcakes for a cause! Buy a cupcake and support cancer research.
The Fat Shallot
Assorted sandwiches and fries.
Fondue, poutine and more!
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