A Chicago City Council committee approved an ordinance Wednesday that would legalize and license food cart vendors who sell cut fruit, tamales and other food items.
Ald. Roberto Maldonado's (26th) proposed food cart ordinance, which passed the License Committee, now goes to the full council for consideration.
There are already some 2,000 food cart vendors in the city, according to estimates.
Whole fruits and vegetables and frozen deserts can currently be sold legally from food carts.
Under the proposed ordinance, food cart vendors who sell cooked food or cut fruits or vegetables would have to get approval from the city's Health Department, obtain a $350 city license and pay sales tax.