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Whenever the following words and phrases are used in this chapter, they shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:
“Affected institution” means any church, temple, synagogue or other place of worship, school other than an institution of higher learning, hospital, home for aged or indigent persons or for veterans, their spouses or children, any military or naval station, or any branch of the Chicago public library open to the public, with the exception of the main and regional libraries.
“Alcoholic liquor” means and includes alcohol, spirits, wine and beer.
“Caterer” means any person who holds or is required to obtain a caterer's liquor license pursuant to this chapter. The term “caterer” includes an outside caterer.
“Caterer's liquor license” means a city retailer's license for the sale and service of alcoholic liquor to be dispensed within the city as part of an off-site catering business. Outside caterers seeking to obtain a caterer's liquor license shall comply with Section 4-60-045.
“Caterer's liquor license, incidental activity” means a license, available only to persons holding both a valid consumption on premises – incidental activity license or tavern license under this Chapter 4-60 and a valid retail food establishment license under Chapter 4-8 of this Code, for the sale and service of alcoholic liquor to be dispensed within the city as part of an off-site catering business.
“City retailer's license for the sale of alcoholic liquor” or city liquor dealer's license” or “city retailer's license” or “liquor license” means each liquor license category or classification described in this chapter unless otherwise expressly provided.
“Club” or “not-for-profit club” means a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Illinois that: (1) is not operated for pecuniary profit; (2) is operated solely for the promotion of some common object other than the sale or consumption of alcoholic liquors; (3) has been in active and continuous existence for at least three years; (4) has a membership roll of more than 50 members with dues paid to date; (5) is kept, used and maintained by its members through the payment of annual dues; (6) owns or leases a building or a space in a building for the use of its members; (7) is equipped with a suitable and adequate kitchen and dining room for cooking, preparing meals and serving meals to its members and their guests; and (8) is operated solely for objects of national or statewide social, patriotic, recreational, benevolent or like purpose.
“Consumption on premises – incidental activity license” means a city license for the: (1) retail sale of alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises at a fixed place of business where the sale of alcoholic liquor is incidental or secondary to the primary activity of such place of business, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, theaters providing live stage performances, bowling alleys and not-for-profit clubs; or (2) retail sale of alcoholic liquor from an airport pushcart in accordance with Section 4-60-077; or (3) service and sale of alcoholic liquor from an outdoor/ non-fixed seating/mobile pushcart on Navy Pier in accordance with Section 4-60-071(a)(2); or (4) service and sale of alcoholic liquor in a Lakefront Venue in accordance with Section 4-60-073; or (5) service and sale of alcoholic liquor in a Riverwalk Venue in accordance with Section 4-60-074. The holder of a consumption on premises – incidental activity license within the meaning of this item (1) of this definition may sell package goods in the licensed premises if such sales are incidental or secondary to the primary activity of such business.
“Deleterious impact” means an adverse effect on the value of any property, an increased risk of violations of law, or a risk of a substantial increase in noise, litter, or vehicular congestion.
“Employee” means any agent, manager, clerk, entertainer, barkeeper, host, hostess, waiter, waitress or other such person employed by the licensed establishment, or any person hired or employed on a contractual basis by such establishment, or receiving any remuneration for services in such an establishment.
“Expanded establishment amended liquor license” means a city license issued pursuant to Section 4-60-110(c).
“Lakefront venue license” means a license issued for the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor at a location approved by the Chicago Park District other than exclusively within an enclosed, permanent structure having a tavern license or consumption on premises – incidental activity license.
“Late-hour license” means an additional privilege to remain open and permit the sale of alcoholic liquor for an extended period until 4:00 a.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and until 5:00 a.m. on Sundays, subject to the provisions governing a late-hour license.
“Legal voter” means a person who is determined by the department of business affairs and consumer protection to be duly registered to vote in the City of Chicago and, at the relevant time, a resident of the address in Chicago at which he or she is registered; provided that, for the purpose of providing notice under Section 4-60-050, “legal voter” means a person who has registered to vote and whose name appears on a poll list compiled by the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners since the last preceding election regardless of whether primary general or special.
“Licensed establishment” means any place of business for which a city license for the retail sale of alcoholic liquor has been issued.
“Navy Pier consumption on premises – incidental activity license” means, as applicable: (1) a license authorizing a restaurant or tavern to provide outdoor/ fixed seating service of alcoholic liquor at such tavern or restaurant in accordance with subsection (a)(1) of Section 4-60-071 on the former municipal pier extending into Lake Michigan from the foot of East Grand Avenue (“Navy Pier”); or (2) a license authorizing the service and sale of alcoholic liquor from an outdoor/non-fixed seating/mobile pushcart operating on Navy Pier, in accordance with subsection (a)(2) of Section 4-60-071, in areas that are not part of a restaurant or tavern.
“Off-site catering” means the preparation of food at one location for service at another location.
“Outside caterer” means any person who: (1) performs off-site catering by preparing food at a location outside the city for service at a location within the city; and (2) sells, serves or otherwise dispenses liquor at a location within the city.
“Outdoor patio” means the privately owned outdoor location adjacent to a premises holding a tavern license or a consumption on premises – incidental activity license within the meaning of item (1) of the definition of a “consumption on premises – incidental activity license” in Section 4-60-010, where alcoholic liquor may be sold and consumed subject to the provisions governing outdoor patio licenses.
“Package goods license” means a city license for the retail sale of alcoholic liquor enclosed in the original bottle, jug, can, keg, cask or other receptacle or container, corked, capped or sealed and labeled by a manufacturer of alcoholic liquor, to contain and convey any alcoholic liquor.
“Patron” means any customer, patron or visitor of a licensed establishment who is not employed by the licensee of such establishment.
“Premises” means the place of business or other completely enclosed location particularly described in a liquor license where alcoholic liquor is stored, displayed, offered for sale or where drinks containing alcoholic liquor are mixed, concocted or poured and served for consumption. Premises does not include sidewalks, streets or other portions of the public way or private parking areas.
“Restaurant” means any other public place kept, used, maintained, advertised and held out to the public as a place where meals are served and where meals are actually and regularly served pursuant to the required licenses and provided with adequate and sanitary kitchen and dining room equipment and capacity, and having employed therein a sufficient number and kind of employees to prepare, cook and serve suitable meals for its guests.
“Riverwalk Venue liquor license” means a license for the retail sale of alcoholic liquor for consumption at an approved location on the Chicago Riverwalk as defined in Section 4-60-074.
“Tavern license” means a city license for the retail sale of alcoholic liquor in an enclosed place of business kept, used, maintained, advertised and held out to the public as a place that primarily serves alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises and in which providing entertainment or the serving of food is only incidental or secondary to the sale of alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption. The holder of a tavern license may sell package goods in the licensed premises if such sales are incidental to the sale of alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises as the principal activity. Places of business within the tavern license classification include, but are not limited to, cocktail lounges, saloons and bars.
All words and phrases used in this chapter which are not defined herein shall have the meaning ascribed to such words and phrases in the act entitled “An Act relating to alcoholic liquors”, approved January 31, 1934, as amended.
(Added Coun. J. 12-9-92, p. 25465; Amend Coun. J. 7-13-94, p. 53391; 6-14-95, p. 3087; Amend Coun. J. 7-21-99, p. 9076; Amend Coun. J. 3-28-01, p. 55769, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 6-4-03, p. 2443, § 4; Amend Coun. J. 11-5-03, p. 10717, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 9-29-04, p. 32144, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 1-11-07, p. 97475, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 1-9-08, p. 18918, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 11-19-08, p. 47220, Art. V, § 5; Amend Coun. J. 4-19-17, p. 48180, Art. III, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 99046, § 1)