Decided to start this so maybe some non-chicagoans can chime in why they love food trucks. I travel a lot and in small cities without a significant number of great restaurants there are more food trucks. I think its because a small population that can't support full restaurants tend to drive this "food-truck culture" as i'll so call it. I know that when I am other cities, i don't enjoy seeking out food trucks and standing on the street trying to eat "gourmet" street food. For example, in St. Paul Minnesota, there's a good arepas truck the pulls up in front of my client's office once a week, but then again there is NOTHING to eat around.
Here in Chicago I don't think anything other than cupcake or doughnut trucks will really ever flourish since its not that hard or expensive to open a storefront outside of downtown-proper. I know that I am not interested in finding trucks to get a morsel of something and when other cities (even Chicago did it last year) create Truck Corrals it just seems like a mini-state fair that has slightly better food. Thoughts?