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Mayor Wants to Change Drinking Rules at Navy Pier

Restrictions on alcoholic drinks at Chicago’s Navy Pier could loosen under a new ordinance

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced the proposed ordinance at Wednesday's City Council meeting. (Published Thursday, May 21, 2015)

    Restrictions on alcoholic drinks at Chicago’s Navy Pier could loosen if Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his way.

    Emanuel's proposed ordinance, introduced to the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, would allow patrons of legal drinking age "to consume and carry an open container of alcoholic liquor throughout Navy Pier" so long as it was served to them at a pier establishment in a disposable cup "that clearly identifies the name of the establishment from which the alcoholic liquor was obtained."

    Anyone who violates the rule must pay a fine of $100 to $500. Offenders could even go to prison for up to six months.

    Currently, visitors can only drink at licensed venues at Navy Pier. If patrons want to drink outside, they can only go as far as the restaurant’s patio.

    The proposal comes as Navy Pier undergoes a multi-million dollar renovation.

     


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