This Summer marks 25 years that happy hour has been banned in Chicago, and that’s just sad. That's a loooooooong time to be missing out on two-for-one specials, public drink packages, or limited-time drink discounts between the (typically happy) hours of 5-7pm.
Passed in 1989, here are the basics of the statewide happy hour prohibition in the Liquor Control Act:
- No serving of two or more drinks to one person for consumption by that person (exception for wine by the bottle or carafe)
- No serving an unlimited number of drinks during a set period of time for a fixed price (exception for private functions)
- No reducing or fluctuating drink prices during operating hours from opening until closing. Prices must be the same for all customers, for all purchases for the whole day.
- Violation of this law can result in a fine or liquor license being suspended or revoked as a misdemeanor