In a rare act of doing something cool, the Illinois General Assembly has approved a measure that would end the state's ban on happy hour because -- believe it or not -- it's been illegal statewide since 1989.
The Culinary and Hospitality Modernization Act revises the state law to finally allow happy hour specials, or drink discounts during certain timeframes -- you know, the half-priced drinks the rest of America enjoys from 5pm to 7pm. Under the existing law, bars and restaurants can offer daily drink specials -- like $3 drafts every Tuesday -- but they have to last all day, which is a really long time to drink $3 beers. You can also say goodbye to the ban on food and alcoholic drink pairings, and preparing house-infused spirits, among other new changes.
But bill also includes some restrictions. Establishments can have happy hour specials for a total of only 15 hours per week, no more than four hours per day, and no later than 10pm, for example. Oh, and the law would still ban glorious two-for-one drink specials, so don't plan on that automatic double fisting bonus. That is all to say: you'll get happy hour back, but bars have to plan it all out.