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Record #: SO2015-8522   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 12/9/2015 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Transportation and Public Way
Final action: 2/10/2016
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Section 4-8-37 regarding restrictions on mobile food vendors on various public ways within 43rd Ward
Sponsors: Smith, Michele
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 4 - Businesses, Occupations & Consumer Protection - Ch. 8 Food Establishments
Attachments: 1. SO2015-8522.pdf, 2. O2015-8522.pdf

WHEREAS, The Chicago City Council may from time to time define areas, in the interest of preserving public health and safety or avoiding traffic congestion, in which no mobile food vendor may prepare or dispense food from a wheeled vehicle or cart; and

WHEREAS, With 64,116 residents (per the 2010 Census) living within a 2.83 square mile area, representing 22,656 residents per square mile, Lincoln Park is one of the densely populated neighborhoods in the City of Chicago; and
WHEREAS, Lincoln Park is a diverse arts and cultural hub that serves as a leading destination for tourists visiting the City of Chicago; and
WHEREAS, Lincoln Park is a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented urban community designed for walkability and, per Section 17-3-0503-D of the Municipal Code of Chicago, has the highest ratio of pedestrian-retail street designations throughout the City; and

WHEREAS, The streets referenced in Section 47-8-037(c) contain significant amounts of existing retail and culinary establishments, have mainly continuous patterns of buildings constructed close to existing sidewalks, have doors, other entrances and storefront windows abutting the sidewalk and adjoin a street with a right of way of 80 feet or less; and
WHEREAS, On certain high-volume pedestrian streets, existing street furniture, kiosks and other City of Chicago infrastructure restrict pedestrian flow; and

WHEREAS, The Lincoln Park community is home to over 300 retail food licenses; and

WHEREAS, Adding mobile food carts to the mix of current public-right-of-way obstructions could have a detrimental impact on public safety and pedestrian accessibility; now therefore,


SECTION 1. The recitals to this ordinance are incorporated herein.
SECTION 2. Section 4-8-037 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by inserting the language underscored, as follows:
4-8-37 Restrictions on Mobile Food Vendors.

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