For Chicago food trucks, the fight for business begins before dawn, with a race to save downtown lunch spaces in popular, city-sanctioned serving locations.
Not every operator participates in the early morning scramble, but those who don't run the risk of losing out on the choicest lunch spots.
"The city just hasn't given us more food truck zones, so we're all as food truck operators forced to do these crazy things, like using spot cars and getting there at 5 a.m.," said Sam Barron, who runs the Fat Shallot and Fat Pickle food trucks with his wife, Sarah Weitz.
Stepped-up enforcement of a 2012 city food truck ordinance is creating havoc on the streets. While...