Plan To Allow Mobile Retailers Stalls

Craig Dellimore
May 16, 2018 - 5:44 pm
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Some Chicago aldermen are voicing concerns about a proposal to license retailers to operate as mobile merchants in much the same way food trucks do now.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.

The City Council’s License Committee is considering rules allowing merchants to sell things like clothing or jewelry from trucks parked in commercial areas, for two hours at a time at any legal parking spot.

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosa Escareño says the Emanuel Administration supports licensing the retailers under certain conditions.

Some aldermen found parts of the proposed ordinance confusing or vague.

Ald. Tom Tunney, himself a business owner, predicts established merchants in his Lakeview area would be upset. He and Ald. John Arena don't think the plan helps brick-and-mortar retailers already falling behind online merchants like Amazon.

It was pretty clear several alderman believe the proposal needs more work.

The License Committee put off a vote on the plan.