EVA Monday: Your food-truck orders

After closing Ashland Avenue last August, the Food Truck Social is looking for another place to park. The site is on Monday's agenda for East Village Association members.

The street fair is set to expand to two days, from noon till 10 pm Aug. 25 & 26. On Friday the sponsoring West Town Chamber of Commerce sent an email to merchants and community groups seeking comments on a Chicago Avenue location.

Food trucks would ring the vacant lot at 1834-50 W. Chicago Ave., once the AAA Distributing warehouse. A music stage booked by Empty Bottle Presents would close Chicago Avenue between Wolcott and Wood Street, along with a mix of beer, wine and craft vendors.

The chamber put attendance at 10,000 for last year's Aug. 27 festival. The business group pays for its operations with an expanding lineup of street fairs, including this past weekend's West Fest on the same stretch of Chicago Avenue.

The food-truck event also will benefit Share Our Strength, a nonprofit focused on childhood hunger. The chamber will make additional donations to groups "determined by the final location and by the Alderman," the chamber email said.

The event would close Chicago Avenue between Wood and Wolcott from 1 am Aug. 25 till 6 am Aug. 27. The city will post towing-order signs a day ahead.

EVA members Monday also will examine the chamber's plan to add Damen Avenue to the Special Service Area that taxes landowners on commercial streets. The SSA also would cover Ashland, Chicago, Grand, Milwaukee and Ogden Avenues.

The meeting is at 7 pm in Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. Also up for discussion are the closing, demolition and sale of the 13th District police station at 937 N. Wood St.; planning for EVA's Aug. 6 barbecue and Sept. 13 30th anniversary celebration, and response to last month's unanimous vote recommending that the city continue its package-goods license freeze.
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