Liquor Licenses & Happy Hour Laws
Illinois is home to many laws governing the sale of liquor, promotions and more. Below is a short list to get you started:
- Licensees may not serve 2 or more drinks of alcohol at one time to one person for consumption by that one person.
- Licensees may not serve or offer to sell unlimited drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price, except at a private function not open to the general public.
- Licensee may not encourage any game or contest involving drinking of alcohol or awarding drinks as prizes for the game or contest.
- Licensee may not advertise or promote any illegal offer.
- As of July 1, 2015, a new Illinois “Happy Hour” is in effect. Please read the FAQ for complete details on this new law.
Learn more about liquor licences and related laws in Chicago and Illinois.
A-Frame / Sandwich Board Sidewalk Signs
A $500 fine from the City of Chicago can be levied on any business using an A-Frame / sandwich-board style sign to promote their business.
Sidewalk Snow Removal
Businesses may be fined up to $1,000 per day by the City of Chicago for failing to remove snow on sidewalks in front of their business. Read the complete details of Chicago’s sidewalk snow removal requirements.