Liquor licenses

Illinois is home to many laws governing the sale of liquor, promotions and more. Here’s 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.
  • As of July 1, 2015, a new Illinois “Happy Hour” is in effect. Please read the FAQ for complete details on this new law.
  • 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.

Learn more about Happy Hour Laws.

Learn more about Chicago Liquor Licenses.

For information on obtaining a new liquor license or renewing your current license, visit the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection online.

For information about updating a Public Place of Amusement (PPA) license download the City of Chicago’s Venue Licensing Toolkit.

Contact us for assistance with the licensing process.

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