118 North Clark Street Suite 1160
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone Number
(312) 603-3727
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COVID-19 Update

The business community and residents of Cook County are facing many challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  In an effort to alleviate some of the burden on our liquor license holders, the 2019-2020 license year has been extended to July 31, 2020.  Accordingly, provided current license holders obtain a 2020-2021 license by that date, they will not be charged a late fee.  This will also allow license holders to renew their Cook County liquor licenses in time to meet the Illinois Liquor Commission's extended date of July 31, 2020.  Please click here for a complete list of the Cook County Financial Relief Package. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, any person who, as of June 1, 2020, holds a valid 2020-2021 Cook County retailer’s liquor license may apply for a temporary beer garden license for that location.

  • Applicants must complete an application available under the download section.
  • Temporary beer garden licenses will be effective until December 31, 2020. The fee for a temporary beer garden license is $300.00. Payment must be remitted at the time of the filing of the application. Applicants may also apply for a temporary beer garden special late license, subject to the requirements of Section 6-34 of the Cook County Liquor Control Act. There is no fee for a temporary beer garden special late license.
  • For the temporary beer garden license only, the notice requirements are not required. However, those notice requirements must still be followed by any applicant applying for a regular beer garden license, even if the applicant has or previously had a temporary beer garden license.
  • Applicants must comply with all other Sections of the Cook County Liquor Control Act and applicable County ordinances. A temporary beer garden license will not be issued without the approval of the Cook County Department of Building and Zoning and the Cook County Department of Public Health. 

Mission

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

Ordinance

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. You can download the forms from the Download section.

Applications: for New applicants obtaining a liquor license.

  • New Liquor applicant letter

Renewal Applications: for applicants who are renewing a current license

  • 2020 Liquor Renewal Application letter
  • 2020 Liquor Renewal Application Form

Special Event Application: applicants for a one day event license Complete Special Event application

  • Special event application

  • Special event cover letter

  • Special Event Permit letter application

For More Information

For more information or to request an information packet contact

Zahra Ali at zahra.ali@cookcountyil.gov  phone: (312) 603-5498

or

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