Chicago has 60+ food trucks, a number that's rapidly growing, thanks to rules getting a bit easier for food truck vendors—though there's still a long way to go before Chicago matches food truck meccas like Los Angeles or Austin.
To find your lunch today, here's a complete guide to all of them, plus where they park, what they serve and how to monitor their movements (Twitter, of course). From Jamaican restaurant trucks to lobster rolls, here's the ultimate list of all Chicago food trucks.
Grab a slice of 'za topped with meatballs or your favorite veggies, fold it in half and chow down. If you prefer your pizza in the morning, stop by for a breakfast pizza covered in eggs and sausage or bacon.
Where: Find the truck regularly at Wacker and Adams and NBC Tower.
You can get the deep-dish pizza at many locations around the city, and Giordano's also dishes out personal pizzas from its food truck—with a (hopefully) shorter wait.
Where: Find the deep dish at Franklin and Randolph, Wabash and Jackson or Adams and Wacker.
Build your own tacos, arepas, bowls or burritos by choosing fillings like braised pork, black beans and grilled steak. Finish it off with various salsas and avocado.
Where: Find them at the University of Chicago, Clark and Monroe, Adams and Wacker and Franklin and Randolph throughout the week.
The first licensed food truck in the city, the Salsa Truck likes to hang out at 116 W Aberdeen, or the Garage, its brick-and-mortar location, where staff serve tacos with housemade salsas and other rotating menus, like fast-food recreations. The Garage also hosts other food trucks, including Happy Lobster and Doner Men.
Where: Besides the Garage, the truck can also be found at the NBC Tower and 600 W Chicago.
If you're craving comfort food for lunch, head to Cheesie's Truck for thick Texas toast sandwiches stuffed with different combinations, like caprese with pesto mayo.
Where: You can often find it at Adams and Wacker and Jackson and Wabash, but the truck also travels out of the Loop sometimes.
For lunch with a Vietnamese twist, Chicago Lunch Box serves bahn mi sandwiches with spring rolls and rangoon appetizers.
Where: While the truck is often around Hyde Park, you can see it around the Loop too, near Clark and Monroe, Lasalle and Adams and Wacker and Adams.
The DonerMen peddle doner, the traditional Turkish and German street food of meat shaved off a cone, a treat that isn't super easy to find in Chicago. It comes tucked in pita with a variety of sauces. They also offer currywurst, sausage with tomatoey curry sauce.
Where: Find them at Clark and Monroe, the University of Chicago and 600 W Chicago.
The Fat Shallot serves classic and creative sandwiches, like a truffle BLT, grilled cheese with spinach and caramelized onions, and fries topped with spicy sesame aioli.
Where: Regular stops are the University of Chicago, Clark and Monroe, Wacker and Adams and the AON Center.
Sure, they've got a stand in the Chicago French Market, but sometimes a food truck might just be a tad more convenient. With mini doughnuts, coffee and (if you're feeling it) doughnut milkshakes, Beaver's is a sweet breakfast choice or afternoon snack.
Where: Catch the truck at Jackson and Wabash and Wacker and Adams.
Outside of big chains, ice cream is pretty scarce in the Loop. Now, there's Crave Bar, which serves messy chocolate pretzel ice cream bars, kind of like a big Klondike bar on a pretzel stick.
Where: The truck doesn't head out often, but when it does it tends to hang out at Michigan and Monroe.
Born out of a dream while fighting cancer, Kathryn Pekarik, who is now in remission, and her sister Laura, made cupcakes with a purpose a reality. They donate 10 percent of the proceeds to two organizations that fund cancer research and help people with cancer.
Where: The truck frequents Madison and Wacker and Lasalle and Adams.
The Vault Van is on the road dishing out old-fashioned doughnuts seven days a week. With flavors like pistachio and lemon poppyseed on offer, get there early, before they sell out.
Where: Find the van regularly on Southport, at Lasalle and Adams or outside Brendan Sodikoff's restaurants.
By morning, the truck serves doughnuts and coffee, and by afternoon, it serves a doughnut ice cream sandwich (yes, an ice cream sandwich made with a doughnut).
Where: The truck tends to hang out at Clark and Monroe, Lasalle and Adams and 3627 N Southport.
5411 focuses on empanadas, with fillings like blue cheese and mushroom and malbec beef. While the truck always sells out fast, you can find a few brick-and-mortar stores to visit as well.
Where: Find it at Lake and Stetson, Adams and Wacker, Clark and Monroe and Daley Plaza.
Did you wake up a little too late this morning to grab breakfast before class? Northwestern students and Evanston residents, here is your answer to your breakfast hunger pains. Amanecer serves breakfast tacos, with varieties like chorizo and egg, potato and egg and machacado (egg, shredded dried beef, tomatoes and onions) out of their amazingly adorable and incredibly tiny food truck.
Where: They make early morning stops at various locations on Northwestern's campus and around Evanston, like Maple and Church, Garrett and Sheridan, Chicago and Sheridan, Noyes and Sheridan and Foster and Sheridan.