A Plan To Allow Earlier Liquor Sales in Chicago...But There's A Catch

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On April 23, 2014, Chicago City Council's License Committee moved a plan forward that would allow Package Goods Liquor licensees to start selling alcohol at 8 a.m. on Sunday instead of 11 a. m. BUT, if passed, the privilege will only be extended to stores with over 10,000 feet of floor space and that sell other food and household products. In other words, only bigger grocery and department stores would get the extra three hours to sell on Sunday. Everyone else is out of luck. The move was prompted in part as a way to attract new grocery stores to fill the vacancies left by Dominick's.

An earlier plan was to include ALL Package Goods Liquor licensees, but there were the usual concerns about perceived problems at liquor stores.

The plan now goes to City Council for a vote.

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by Daniel Rubinow, Principal Attorney

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