FAQ

Here are the most common questions prospective clients ask before hiring the Law Office of Francis Ostian to get their business and liquor licenses.

And, as a result, save the expense of costly mistakes and unnecessary time delays.

What Are the Steps to Getting a Chicago Liquor License?

We reveal the action steps to getting a Chicago liquor license in our new guide, “The 10 Essential Things You Need to Get Your Chicago Liquor License.”

Better yet, this valuable guide is free ($79.95 value)!

To get instant access to it, simply send an email to liquorlicenseinc@gmail[DOT]com

  • In the subject line of your email type: Francis, Please Send Me Your New Guide
  • In the body of your email include: Your full name, cell number, and you need a liquor license for what type of business?

That’s it. And my executive assistant will send it to you as a PDF attachment.

By the way, here’s what a savvy businessman said about the “10 Essential Things You Need to Get Your Chicago Liquor License.”

“This fascinating guide is packed with great information, and takes some of Chicago’s most obscure laws around the sale of alcohol and makes them understandable.

Even better, Mr. Ostian shows how you can save yourself a lot of hassle and save money by getting the right kind of license for your restaurant or business.

In marketing, I help my clients find the right people and resources to help their businesses grow. I would highly recommend this guide to any Chicago restaurant owner—this is a resource you won’t want to miss out on.

And Francis is the person you need to hire when the time comes to get your liquor license.”

– John Verbrugge
President, Marketing Tech
Grand Rapids, Michigan

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Chicago Liquor License?

Here are the City of Chicago’s application costs for a liquor license (Subject to Change):

Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity License (Restaurant, also known as a COPIA license): $4,440

Tavern License: $4,440

Food License: $660 and up based on square footage

Public Place of Amusement (PPA): TBD based on square footage

Package Goods License: $4,440

Package Goods’ Early Sunday Morning License: $250

Late Hour License: $6,040

Outdoor Patio License: $1,760

Sidewalk Café Permit: TBD

Caterer’s License (For caterer’s located within Chicago): $4,440

Caterer’s Registration (For caterer’s located outside of Chicago): $6,600

Club License (Not-for-profit club): $1,140

Rooftop License: $1,760 + $500 + TBD fee

Change of Officer (For routine application): $2,000

Now, here’s a warning:

You can lose all of your money. As well as your build-out money, and money you gave the landlord if you make mistakes.

That’s why we recommend you first read our new guide, “The 10 Essential Things You Need to Get Your Chicago Liquor License.”

To get instant access to it, simply send an email to liquorlicenseinc@gmail[DOT]com

  • In the subject line of your email type: Francis, Please Send Me Your New Guide
  • In the body of your email include: Your full name, cell number, and you need a liquor license for what type of business?

And my assistant will send it to you as a PDF attachment.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Chicago Liquor License?

It takes approximately 90-days to get your Chicago liquor license.

Are There Other Licenses I Need or Can Get for My Business?

Depending on your business model…

You might need a food license, outdoor patio license, sidewalk café permit, and public place of amusement license (PPA).

What Are Some Effective Ways For Me to Make More Money From My Business?

You can increase revenues by getting an “Expanded Establishment” liquor license.

This type of license is required for businesses that already have a Chicago liquor license, but wish to expand the size of their establishment.

By the way, “expansion” refers to any increase in square footage of the area of an establishment where liquor is offered for sale, sold, served or the public consumes it. This does not include the reconfiguration of an existing space.

Here are some examples of an “Expanded Establishment”:

  • Adding a new floor to your business premises. You’re currently operating your business on the first floor, but you wish to open up a second floor to patrons.
  • The business next door to you has become vacant, and you wish to expand your business into the new vacant space.
  • Adding another room or putting an addition on the same floor in the business you’re already operating. For example, you have a back room that you always used for storage, and now you wish to use it to increase your dining area.

Why Should I Use An Attorney to Help Me Get My Liquor License Versus Working With City Employees?

There are many reasons why it’s in your best interests to use an experienced liquor license attorney.

For starters, when you want to meet with city employees, you have to come in the correct fashion.

See, you can’t just come off the street and meet with a Chicago department of business affairs’ employee. That’s because you must have a business entity already formed before you go see them. You have to have an address in mind.

And that’s not all.

You’ll want to know what the zoning is for your address.

In addition, you’ll want to know if any restrictions exist for your address.

Plus, you’ll want to know if there is a church, hospital, day care center, and school, home for the aged and indigent, or library within 100-feet of your business. If one of these institutions is located within 100-feet, is there a loophole that can help you get around it?

Furthermore, you’ll also want to know if there’s a moratorium at your address. And, whether voters living in your precinct have voted the precinct “dry.”

Finally, you’ll want to negotiate the lease with your landlord beforehand. And, if you don’t get your liquor license for whatever reason, how do you get out of that lease?

As you can see, you must complete many action-steps BEFORE meeting with city employees.

Now, they might be able to answer some of these questions for you. But know this: They’re working with many liquor license applicants!

This means they simply do not have enough time to answer all of these questions. Critical questions you must have answered at the beginning of the application process for a liquor license.

And then there’s this – what if you have a complex business situation that requires the expertise of a liquor license attorney? The truth is; most city employees do not have the training or experience to handle complex business situations.

For all these reasons, you’ll want to use an experienced attorney to help you get your Chicago and Illinois liquor licenses. Otherwise, you risk making costly mistakes. And triggering lengthy time delays before you get approved for your licenses.

That’s why the Law Office of Francis Ostian is your one-stop resource for getting your Chicago and Illinois liquor licenses fast, and with minimal headaches. 

In fact, why not call us now, the minute you finish reading this?

You can schedule a consultation with Mr. Ostian by calling (847) 777-9410.