Cook County Liquor Commission

Welcome to the Cook County Liquor Control Commission

License Application Dates

  • 2016 – 2017 Applicants can apply starting March 10, 2016.
  • All 2015 Liquor Licences are in effect until April 30, 2015.(No Exceptions)
  • All Liquor Licenses for 2016 – 2017 must be posted by May 1, 2016.


The Cook County Liquor Control Commission regulates licensing and sale of alcohol in unincorporated Cook County Illinois.


The Liquor Control Commission is presided over by the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners who is the local Liquor Commissioner by virtue of State Statute 235ILCS 5/4-2. The Liquor Commissioner appoints persons to assist in the exercise of powers and duties authorized by State Statute 235 ILCS/ 4-1 to 4-7, and County ordinance, code of ordinances, Cook County Illinois Chapter 6 relating to alcoholic liquor.

Liquor License Application Process

Liquor License applications shall include publication fees, fingerprint fees, proof of liquor liability insurance and undergo inspections from the Cook County Department of Building and Zoning, Cook County Department of Health, and Sheriffs Department prior to licensure. All forms for applications are provided below.

After local Cook County authorization is obtained, a licensee is required to obtain a concurrent State of Illinois Liquor License from the State of Illinois Liquor Control Commission located at 100 W. Randolph Street Suite 7-801, Chicago, Illinois.

Liquor licenses are issued annually effective May 1 to April 30 of each year.

Liquor Control Commission Forms

The following forms are required in order to obtain a liquor license in Cook County

Applications: for New applicants obtaining a liquor license.

New Liquor applicant letter

2016 New Liquor Application Form

Renewal Applications: for applicants who are renewing a current license

Renewal Application Liquor letter

2016 Renewal Application Form

Special Event Application: applicants for a one day event license

Complete Special Event Package

  • Special event cover letter
  • Special event application

For More Information

For more information or to request an information packet contact

Zahra Ali at  phone: (312) 603-5498


Allison Marshall Davidson at:   phone (312) 603-3743.