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Food Truck Fridays At Edgewater Beach A Big Success, New Later Time Announced

foodtruck-1Food Truck Fridays, which is a joint partnership between the Edgewater Development Corporation and the Edgewater Beach Apartments, was conceived to not only revitalize the corner of Bryn Mawr and Sheridan, but to also bring the community together.

The event takes place every Friday through Labor Day weekend, bringing together some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks and offering a terrific pop-up shop by local ice cream aficionados Lickity Split. Since the event started on April 29, the event has been well attended with food trucks serving about 450 area foodies weekly.

“Each week has felt about “perfectly busy”, meaning we have had a steady flow of customers but not many long lines for the pop-up shop, the food trucks, or seating (which is pretty limited and was an initial concern), ” said Jennifer Borchardt, interim executive director of the Edgewater Development Corp. “After the first few weeks people have come with blankets and chairs and have set up in the park just east of the Edgewater Beach Apartments (EBA), which is wonderful to see.”

With three-four food trucks participating every week, the event has provided about 11 different dining choices since the beginning. But according to Borchardt, the key anchor for the event is Lickity Split’s weekly pop-up shop in the EBA soda fountain space.

Eric Okeson, Edgewater Beach Apartments Board of directors Vice President, is very pleased by the event’s success as well, “I am delighted to see the amount of families with young children who come out… kids love food trucks as much as ice cream trucks.” He added, “It also provides a safe community activity which brings neighbors together and new people to Bryn Mawr and its businesses.”

The event has also changed its time due to the increased later traffic. They new time for food trucks will be 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., an hour later to take advantage of all the delicacies. Lickity Split however, will continue serving ice cream at 4 p.m. and stay until 9 p.m.

This Friday’s food truck lineup will have Kyoto Cold Brew samples, Lickity Split Pop-Up Shop and trucks including Da Pizza Dude, La Patrona Food Bus, BopBar and YumDum!


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