On June 17, 2020, City Council approved an ordinance to temporarily legalize the sale of pre-mixed cocktails for pick up or delivery in the city. This ordinance will allow for cocktails to go in Chicago with health and safety measures in place based on provision of the recently passed State Law:

  • Pre-mixed cocktails must be sold in a sealed and tamper-evident container.
  • Cocktails can only be sold by bars and restaurants, not liquor stores.
  • Cocktails must be labeled and cannot be delivered by third-party delivery services.

Click here for all guidelines for cocktails to go.

Bars, breweries and other establishments that sell alcohol for onsite consumption without a Retail Food License will be allowed to open for outdoor service.  Read more here.


Phase III: Sidewalk Cafes & Restaurants Permitted to Serve Alcohol until 11PM

An Executive Order from the City of Chicago on June 3, 2020 states sidewalk cafes and restaurants are permitted to serve alcohol until 11pm (pending there is no citywide curfew in place), and that packaged goods licensees must continue to cease alcohol sales at 9pm.  All licensees (on and off premises) must place a sign at all entrances informing customers that alcohol sales will cease at 9pm or 11pm depending on your license.

The orders will stay in effect until CDPH makes a determination that it is safe to repeal after considering COVID public health numbers.

Click here to read the full Executive Order.


No Alcohol Sales Past 9PM

New Public Health Order – Effective Thursday, April 9th, all liquor sales citywide are prohibited after 9 p.m. to help prevent congregate activity that has been observed across the city near stores that sell alcohol, particularly during evening hours. Recent enforcement measures have led to 21 citations issued for up to $120,000 in fines for eight businesses violating the statewide mandate. The new Public Health Order gives the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) enforcement authority to further curb non-compliance, with potential penalties for liquor sales after 9 p.m. including $500 fine, arrest and revocation of liquor and other licenses.

ILCC Announces Guidance on Delinquency, Product Returns, On-Premise, Renewal Extensions

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) has announced new guidance related to the dispute process for retailer delinquencies and product returns.

Click here to read the guidance on the dispute process for retailer delinquencies.

Click here to read the guidance on product returns.

Click here to read the guidance for on-premise retailers regarding to-go alcohol sale privileges.

Click here to read the guidance on extending the deadline for state liquor license renewals.