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Record #: O2018-179   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 1/17/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Public Safety
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Section 16-16-110 to prohibit consumption of alcoholic liquor on premises of any adult use where nude dancing is permitted
Sponsors: Moreno, Proco Joe
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 16 - Land Use - Ch. 16 Adult Uses
Attachments: 1. O2018-179.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a home rule unit of government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6(a); and
WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs including the power to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare; and
WHEREAS, it is the duty of this City Council to ensure effective and equitable regulation of the businesses and services that it regulates and licenses; and
WHEREAS, the regulation of alcohol sales and consumption is a longstanding exercise of municipal authority; and
WHEREAS, similarly, the regulation of adult entertainment businesses is a vital aspect of community development; and
WHEREAS, liquor licensees in Chicago are subject to fairly detailed regulations, dating in their current form to at least 1978, concerning prohibited activities specifically regarding behavior and anatomical exposure allowed on the licensed premises by its employees, entertainers, or patrons; and
WHEREAS, the prohibitions amount to no "topless" or "bottomless" dancers in establishments licensed to sell alcohol: and
WHEREAS, with respect to the consumption (not the sale) of alcoholic liquor on adult use premises, the prohibited activity is "nude dancing;" and
WHEREAS, this regulatory framework yields adult use businesses that are not liquor licensees, but that instead operate as "Bring Your Own Bottle" (BYOB) establishments; and
WHEREAS, whereas liquor licensees are clearly guided in the type of prohibited activity, the lack of specificity with respect to BYOBs can mean that on BYOB premises a patron can imbibe the same type and amount of alcohol as on licensed premises, yet witness a performer who is completely nude on top and barely so on the bottom or who otherwise manages to skirt the definition of "total" nudity; and
WHEREAS, alcohol consumption in BYOB establishments can be notoriously d...

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