The 40th Ward has a number of “liquor moratorium” zones, established by the previous alderman. On streets designated as moratorium streets, liquor licenses cannot be requested, sold, transferred, etc. except under extremely limited circumstances, such as inheritance by a family member. This prevents the opening of new liquor licensed businesses, and also prevents most transfers or changes of ownership and/or plans of operation for existing liquor licensed businesses within the moratorium zone.
Amendment of a moratorium zone requires legislative action. Businesses may request a moratorium amendment, either for sale/alteration of an existing business or for purposes of opening a new liquor licensed business.
Amendment of a moratorium does not guarantee the issuance of a liquor license! If a moratorium is lifted or amended, businesses must still apply for a liquor license and go through the subsequent public notification and comment process. Amendment of the moratorium only makes the application possible, and does not in any other way indicate or provide support for a specific business or application.
Public comment may be submitted on any of the requested moratorium alterations, displayed below:
4917 N Damen Ave
Public Comment Form – Please submit by no later than COB 11/30
Moratorium amendment is requested to allow a new Sale of Packaged Goods license for SNOB Wine, Natural Wine Boutique, a wine-buyer primarily for private customers seeking a base of operations and small retail presence for wine and cider only. Retail business would be credit only (no cash on premises) and proposed open hours are 11am-7pm weekdays, 11am-9pm weekends.
(Reminder that moratorium amendment does not issue a liquor license — hours and details of operations would be subject to the actual liquor license application, which cannot begin while a moratorium is in place. Amending an existing moratorium only allows for an application to be filed. It does not indicate any support for an individual business’s application.)
5121 N Ravenswood (Koval Distillery Site)
Approved & Submitted for Amendment 11/1
Moratorium amendment is requested to allow an Incidental Consumption on Premises license for Wicked River Brewery, DBA Urban Brew Labs, in the current Koval Distillery site. Wicker River currently occupies the site directly east as a production facility, and seeks to apply for an Incidental Consumption license to allow a taproom in the former Koval space. The Ward office has received a letter of support from the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce for this usage.
(Reminder that moratorium amendment does not issue a liquor license — hours and details of operations would be subject to the actual liquor license application. Amending an existing moratorium only allows for an application to be filed. It does not indicate any support for an individual business’s application.)