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Liquor licenses in the City of Chicago are some of the most complex and restrictive in Illinois. To obtain a liquor license a food establishment must consider, among other things, neighborhood sentiment (notification to all registered voters within 250 feet of the establishment), the location of schools, churches, hospitals, day-care centers, libraries etcetera, dry precincts with moratoriums on liquor sales as well as inspections, dram shop insurance and the overall licensing costs. Many restaurants turn to BYOB, or bring your own bottle, to avoid some of the time-consuming regulations. But the laws surrounding BYOB policies are confusing for both restaurant owners and patrons. Here’s a quick reference guide from The City of Chicago. Restaurants cannot legally charge a fee for the allowing alcohol consumption on their property if they allow you to bring your own without having a liquor license. This includes corkage or glass fees. They can only charge this fee if they have a liquor license and have chosen not to serve liquor themselves or allow patrons to bring them own. If a restaurant has a BYOB policy their employees cannot legally store, serve, pour, or otherwise handle your beer or wine. Patrons must handle it themselves. If you operate a restaurant that allows patrons to bring their own bottle, you should have a liquor liability insurance policy as you can be held criminally negligent should one of your patrons over serve themselves. In 2007, Illinois State law SB946 (Public Act 094-1047) was passed allowing restaurant patrons to remove one unsealed/ partially consumed bottle of wine from the premises provided they had purchased a meal and consumed some of that wine on the premises. If the wine was purchased at the restaurant, the restaurant is responsible for placing the opened bottle in a tamper proof bag along with a dated receipt. Wine resealed in this manner is not considered to be an unsealed open container according to the Illinois Vehicle Code. This law only applies to wine and does not include beer or hard liquor. If you bring your own bottle you can place the open container in a locked trunk that is not accessible from the car compartment by the driver or passengers. This means if you put an opened bottle in the back of your SUV you are violating the law. If you drive a vehicle that does not have a separate locked trunk and do[READ MORE…]
We have all seen and heard the public service announcements warning of the consequences of drinking and driving but did you know that Chicago, as well as many surrounding communities, have open container and public intoxication ordinances that may affect you even if you are not in your vehicle? In Chicago, you can be cited for violations of the open container law if you are drinking on a public sidewalk, on the front steps of your apartment building or in a parking lot. This is why venues, such as the Old Town School of Folk Music, warn patrons not to carry liquor out of the building (and 15 feet from any doorway) when they go outside for a cigarette. Recently neighbors of the Congress Theater have publicly called for increased police enforcement of this ordinance in order to control the actions of the patrons attending music events at the theater. In addition, Chicago ordinance 9.20.020 states that it is unlawful for any person to be in an intoxicated condition on or in any street, alley or other public place in the city. If you are cited for public intoxication you can be fined fifty dollars ($50.00) for the first offense and one hundred dollars ($100.00) for every subsequent offense. This is the ordinance that police often use as a threat to patrons around sports venues such as Wrigley or Cellular Field. Luckily these offenses are handled administratively, i.e. a ticket is issued, rather than requiring a court appearance.
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