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“Truck or Treat” in Lincoln Park for Halloween!

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Halloween night – Wednesday, October 31st, 7:00 PM - Wrightwood Park 

Remember a time when you would walk from place to place on Halloween Night asking for delicious treats? City Swarm helps you relive childhood as you “trick or treat” to FIVE different food trucks in its very first Truck and Treat event.  The evening begins in Wrightwood Park with food trucks in the same area from 7-8:30 PM . After checking in with CitySwarm staff, you’ll receive five tickets that you’ll use to “trick or treat” with at each individual truck stationed nearby on the street. With your ticket, at each truck you’ll receive one savory item and then one sweet treat!  And its Halloween so wear your best costume because each truck will choose a guest with the “Best Costume”.
Afterwards, you’ll walk a block east to the tavern, Crossing, for a more mature  celebration! Each guest will receive a Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale to drink plus additional drink specials all night long. The Best Costume winners will be announced here.
All this for $30!
The ticket includes:
  • Access to five food trucks in one single location: BabycakesCurriedSamichboxBergstein’s NY DeliTamaleFoodie
  • One savory and one exclusive sweet treat from each truck
  • One Blue Moon Pumpkin Harvest Ale at Crossing
  • Reserved space at Crossing
  • Prizes for best costume chosen by each food truck
For even more information and to buy your ticket, click here:  http://www.cityswarmchicago.com/truck–treat.html#
Ticket sales end on Wednesday at 11:00 AM.

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Ice3 Launches a Kickstarter to Start a Store

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One of the newest and most exciting food trucks to hit the streets of Chicago, Ice3, has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to realize a brick and mortar addition for their iced creations – an “ice lounge”. As a truck, Ice3 specializes in original flavors of small batch ice cream, hand-crafted ice pops and frozen libations. I happen to be a huge fan of their “Chicago” prix fixe ice pop. Imagine having a frozen Goose Island Matilda slushie along with chilled versions of a Chicago hot dog and pizza slice finishing with the flavors of a Frango mint ice cream. It was a delicious Chicago adventure on a stick!

Now, for those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is a popular online pledge system that has been helping its users fund various projects and endeavors. From their Kickstarter site, Owner Erika Stone-Miller and Chef Adam Harralson write about their plans to create America’s first “Ice Lounge”:

“Definitely not an old school ice cream parlor and not a bar with walls of ice. Our space has been designed to be modern and stylish but comfortable so you can sit, relax and chill with your peeps.  An ice cream lounge that is kid friendly, not kid-centric so Mom and Dad can really enjoy the  tradition of taking the family out for ice cream while enjoying some of the most creative and delicious ice concoctions to be found. Few Spirits Bourbon Milkshake anyone? Or maybe a Half Acre Chocolate Camaro Stout  & Espresso ice cream float?  Perhaps a glass of Rosepetal Gwertzraminer Iced Champagne?

We have the perfect location:  great visibility and foot traffic, we love the neighborhood and there’s such an eclectic mix of cultures-the perfect place for  a young innovative company to lay down roots and nurture our passion to explore the boundaries of our two favorite indulgences: all things ice and locally produced spirits.”

As of this morning, they’ve started out strong with 19 backers for the project so far. Let’s help Ice3 get the funding to get an Ice Lounge in Chicago! Please follow this link to donate to their Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/PCLKLs




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Help Chicago Win The Social Media Food Truck Challenge!

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Howdy Food Truck Freaks!

Let’s see the enthusiam and support that we saw not only surrounding the food truck ordinance but that we see every day on the Facebook, the Twitter and out there on the streets for this very special event.
For Social Media Week, @eatstweet is holding a contest to find the most social media saavy food truck city AND food truck. London, CHICAGO, Los Angeles, and Vancouver are the competing cities. We want CHICAGO to win!! So please please follow these instructions  when you tweet out even more next week when the contest starts on the 22nd and continues through to the 27th.

Rules of the game

1. Tweets must be shared to @eatsttweet

2. Tweets must include your city’s designated challenge hashtag: Chicago – #eatSMWChicago

3. Tweets must include the food truck’s name or Twitter handle

Point system

1. Regular, text-based tweet – 10 pts.

Example: @eatsttweet Just spotted @chairmanbao! #eatSMWLA

2. Tweet + image – 30 pts.

Example: @eatsttweet Check out these yummy buns @chairmanbao <link to image> #eatSMWLA

3. Tweet share through Eat St. iPhone App – 35 pts.

Example: @eatsttweet I just grabbed a dish from @chairmanbao in the #EatStApp! [image link] #eatSMWLA

The more you share, the more you earn. It’s that simple!

But there are ALSO individual prizes to be won! More details to be found here: http://socialmediaweek.org/chicago/2012/09/07/2066/
Need any ideas about how you can share more and earn more points. Just follow @foodtruckfreak. We’ll prompt some calls of action with #eatSMWChicago & @eatstweet and you just need to respond :D We’re quite sure the Chicago Food Truck Freaks out there will be behind us too!
This is going to be a lot of fun next week BUT LET’S WIN THIS, CHICAGO!!

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