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Some 8 a.m. Sunday Liquor Sales OK'd by Chicago City Council

Smaller retailers excluded from time change

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8 a.m. Sunday Liquor Sales OK'd by City Council

Consumers soon will no longer have to wait until 11 a.m. on Sundays to buy alcohol from large grocery stores.

Without discussion, Chicago alderman on Wednesday approved an ordinance allowing alcohol sales beginning at 8 a.m. in grocery stores sized 10,000 square feet and larger that use no more than 25 percent of their shelf space for liquor sales.

Ald. Patrick O'Connor (40th) introduced the idea in January and then modified the proposal to exclude smaller stores after pushback from colleagues.

The full text of the ordinance is available on the website of the Chicago City Clerk.

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