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Chicago’s Most Talked-About Street Food

Food trucks are the heart and soul of Beantown’s emerging street food scene. Below we’ve listed some of Chicago’s most hotly sought after street food.

1. Tamale Spaceship

Amazing vegan tamales courtesy of Dusty Pilger

Amazing vegan tamales courtesy of Dusty Pilger

Address: 1341 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 909-7009

Schedule: Monday:U of C; Tuesday:600W Chicago; Wednesday:Clark & Monroe; Thursday:Wacker & Adams; Friday: Clark & Monroe

Fresh, authentic Tamales – 2 for $9.  It’s well worth the price.

2. Bombay Wraps

Address: 330 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 955-0733

Bombay Wraps has taken the best of Indian cooking and delivers it in wrap or bowl form. Each wrap or bowl starts with delicately seasoned and marinated fillings like Chicken Tikka or Cheese Paneer, then pickled onions & cilantro mint chutney are added to the wraps or fresh cut veggies & yogurt / dressing is added to the bowls.

The menu continues to evolve it gains inspiration from all things Indian, but you can be sure to find popular Breakfast Wraps (egg & paratha combinations), Lunch & Dinner wraps and bowls plus a variety of classic Indian drinks (Mango Lassi, Thumbs Up, Frooti).

3. Chicago Pizza Boss

Address: Chicagoland, IL 60605
Phone: (630) 915-0063

Their main dough recipe is a traditional Neopolitan one using high hydration with flour, water, yeast, & salt which is proofed for over 48 hours. They use the highest quality California whole peeled tomato on the market, Grated Parmesan Cheese, & Award Winning Cuputo Brand Fresh Mozzerella made from Wiscon Milk by Wiscon Corp in Melrose Park, Illinois.  As soon as your hand crafted pizza is placed into their Forno Brovo wood fired oven at 750 to 850 degrees, it is destined for greatness and 2 minutes later it is in your hands and ready to enjoy.

4. Curry Point

Address: 3913 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 935-9048

  • Authentic Indian food
  • Great naan, rice portion is small
  • Try their Gobi Manchurian – AMAZE BALLS

5. The Cheesie’s Truck

Cheers to the ever so talented cake artist Nicole Triebe

Cheers to the ever so talented cake artist Nicole Triebe

Address: 960 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 633-1801

  • Voted best Grilled Cheese in America by Esquire
  • Our favorite is the popper – Cheddar, cream cheese and jalapenos

6. Beavers Donuts

Cheers Carly!

Cheers Carly!

Address: 131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (773) 392-1300

  • Amazing mini doughtnuts.  ‘Nuff said.

7. La Adelita Truck

Cheers Antonio

Cheers Antonio

Address: Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 877-5005

  • Some of the best tacos in Chicago
  • They are really great at catering

8. The Fat Shallot

Shoutout to the super sweet Heather Carlson

Shoutout to the super sweet Heather Carlson

Address: Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 893-0826

The brain child of the amazing Sam Barron and Sarah Weitz. Sam’s career began in Chicago with a long tour of duty at the four-star Everest Restaurant, followed by time in Spain at a three-star Michelin restaurant. Sarah and Sam then traveled throughout Europe and Asia working on small local farms, honing their culinary skills and eating the best street food the world has to offer. New Orleans beckoned as the next stop, where they cooked professionally and developed a deep appreciation of the food and culture of the city. Most recently, Sam left his post as sous-chef at the reopened Pump Room.

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