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Chicago’s Near North Food Truck Social 2018

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Italian Pork Shoulder Sandwich from Kendall College-YUM!!!

Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chips

Near North Food Truck SocialNear North Food Truck Social

August 11-12, 2018

Sedgwick St. btwn. Chicago & Locust

Chicago, IL 60654

11am-10pm

Admission: $5 donation

The new Near North Food Truck Social brings all the bells and whistles of its tenured sister Food Truck Social festivals served up in a more intimate package. In addition to an eclectic lineup of close to 20 food trucks doling out mobile creations, lots of ice cold beer and fresh DJ beats will keep the crowd entertained both days.

 

Gourmet Food Trucks offer meals on wheels. Street food vendors are popping up on street corners and parking lots around Chicago.

If you’re looking for a Food Truck, use this map:

http://www.foodtrucksmap.com/chicago/

Click Here for a short Chicago Food Truck Video

Foodies swarm to locations around my Windy City to capture a myriad of delicious flavors offered by local chefs. When I was a kid, we waited for the ice-cream man, but now we search for the food trucks on Twitter!

Chicago Food Trucks

Chicago Food Trucks

Meatball Sandwich

Meatball Sandwich

A food-truck operation can get off the ground for under $150,000, while many restaurants spend more than $1 million on real estate and equipment to open their doors. Whenever these gourmet food trucks come to a stop, foodies swarm by finding their location on Twitter. Instead of roaming the streets of Chicago looking for Food Trucks, look for events where multiple Food Trucks gather for special events.

Try a Whoppie Pie at Sweet Ride

Street Food at Homage Food Truck

Wine Bar @ 694 Milwaukee

Food Trucks meet @ 694 Milwaukee on Saturdays in Chicago

Food Trucks a Go-Go @ 694 Milwaukee in Chicago

Food Trucks a Go-Go @ 694 Milwaukee in Chicago

I can always enjoy a personal “Vino con Vista” and “Taste of Chicago” at a Food Truck event.  No tickets, no lines; just empanadas, tacos, cupcakes, meatballs, gourmet deli sandwiches and potato pancakes. Some trucks even offer treats for your favorite pets.

These are some of my favorite Chicago Food Trucks:

1. I have to say, I loved the little flaky, buttery pockets of love served by the “Empanada Truck”  named 5411 Empanadas. I convinced others to try the  traditional Argentine pastry pockets filled with beef and/or BBQ chicken  that were the best $1.99 that I have ever spent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32nfVwWKGys

Empanada Food Trucks

2. I love the red-velvet cupcakes and the concept of the socially-responsible bakery run by Sweet Miss Giving’s.  The bakery has expanded its reach beyond its stand at the French Market. Specialty items include German chocolate brownies, oatmeal cookies and red velvet cupcakes. In line with the bakery’s social mission, the bakery employs between 10 and 20 formerly homeless people as interns as part of a transitional job-training program. More than half of the profits benerated benefit the Chicago House, a non-profit organization that helps formerly homeless men, women and children who are impacted by HIV/AIDS. Follow @SMGFoodTruck on Twitter for updates on the truck’s location and hours.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Sweet Miss Giving’s Food Truck

3. I am a big fan of tamales so I love the sleek Tamale Spaceship in the silver van that offers traditional Mexican fare with a side of avant-garde art. Five different flavors of tamales served daily are named after Mexico’s “stridentist” futuristic art movement. Start off with The Space Guacamole and make your way into the “Rajas Con Queso Tamale” (with poblanos and cheese and tomato sauce) or “No One’s Tamale De Pollo” in a green peanut mole sauce. For those who want something to sip streetside, order a bottle of Coke or Mexican coffee.

The Tamale Space Ship

4. Taquero Fusion has a Chicago skyline-decorated food truck that offers four types of tacos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDVWNkf2Cj8. The soft tacos come in a  homemade tortilla filled with steak, chicken marinated in Puerto Rican-style seasoning, tilapia or vegetables. Choose a pineapple cucumber, chiptole or other salsa with your order. Yellow rice, jalapeno-infused rice and a chorizo-pinto bean mix are also offered. Season your taco with a variety of hot sauces and for dessert order a brownie and a bottle of Mexican Coke, made with real cane sugar.

Taquero Fusion Food Truck in Chicago

5. The Meatyballs Truck served outstanding pulled pork meatballs. Who doesn’t love a mini roll of meat lovingly caressed in a flavorful bun? I’m Italian, so I have a genetic pre-disposition to these meaty treats! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIWER1jvjL0

Meaty Balls Food Truck in Chicago

Meaty Balls Food Truck in Chicago

6. Bergstein’s NY Deli Truck had some tasty BBQ beef and Chicken salad sliders, as well as tasty potato pancakes.

Deli Food Truck in Chicago

7. The Forever Yogurt Truck lets you choose up to three incredible toppings with their tasty frozen yogurt options.

Forever Yogurt Food Truck in Chicago

Forever Yogurt Food Truck

Chef Takashi Yagihaski

Macy’s Food Truck in Chicago

Pork Sandwich

Pork Sandwich

What is your favorite Food Truck in Chicago?

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. Become a Fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for #foodie #wine and #travel blog updates.

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