Above: A poblano-and-sweet-corn taco and an al pastor taco from Al Pastor Tacos No. 2 at Aster Hall in Chicago

Because of onerous city regulations,Chicagohas failed to develop much of a food truck scene. These laws, which severely restrict where food trucks can operate, deprive aspiring chefs of a first rung on the ladder up to a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and they deprive residents of the sort of vibrant street-food culture found in Portland and Los Angeles.

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Above: A poblano-and-sweet-corn taco and an al pastor taco from Al Pastor Tacos No. 2 at Aster Hall in Chicago

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