Liquor License

The sale, distribution, and dispensing of liquor is a privilege in Morton Grove that requires a great deal of responsibility and full compliance with the law. Any business that sells, dispenses, offers, or distributes liquor (including beer and wine) is required to hold a valid liquor license. The following types of liquor licenses are available to local businesses.

Class A - full liquor Liquor sales for on-site consumption and package sale for consumption off the premises
Class B - beer & wine Sales of beer and wine only for on-site consumption only
Class C - clubs Liquor sales for on-site consumption only
Class D - full package sale Sale of liquor for consumption off the premises only
Class E - restaurant, full liquor Liquor sales for on-site consumption only where the sale is incidental to the sale and service of food eaten on the premises.
Class F - food/specialty stores; full package sale Sale of liquor for consumption off the premises only, where the sale of liquor is not the principal business
Class G - special event Liquor sales for on-site consumption only at the special event
Class H - caterers, full liquor Liquor sales for on-site consumption at the private function only; food service must accompany liquor sales
Class I - caterers, beer & wine Sale of beer and wine for on-site consumption at the private function only; food service must accompany liquor sales
Class J - temporary Holders of a Class A, B, C or E allowed to sell beverages at a designated off-site location for a limited period only

 

In addition to an initial application fee, the holder of a liquor license must pay an annual license fee. The Village retains the privilege to limit the number of each type of license available. Liquor licenses may not be sold or otherwise transferred.

Summary of Liquor Regulations
• All applicants, business owners, and key personnel are required to be fingerprinted and are subject to a background check to verify their fitness to be issued a license.

• All liquor license holders must have at least $1,000,000 in insurance.

• Liquor licenses will not be issued to premises located within 100 feet of a house of worship, school, hospital, or home for aged, indigent persons, or veterans.

• No liquor is permitted to be sold or consumed between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM on weekdays and Saturdays and between the hours of 3:00 AM and 10:00 AM on Sundays.
• No gambling is permitted in a licensed premise except where permitted and licensed by Illinois State Statute.

• No license holder or employee shall sell, give or deliver alcohol to any person under the age of twenty-one.

• Holders of Class D and F licenses must video record all liquor sales and all records must be maintained for at least 14 days after the sale.

• No license holder shall sell, give or deliver liquor to an intoxicated person or any person known to be an alcoholic.

• Happy hours are not permitted.

Click here to see Title 4, Chapter 3 of the Municipal Code, which provides details of liquor control regulations.

For additional information or to apply for a liquor license, please contact the Administrator’s Office at (847) 470-5220.