MUCH UPDATED 2020 INFORMATION COMING SOON.
Q: WHAT SIGNAGE IS REQUIRED TO BE POSTED IN MY CHICAGO LIQUOR LICENSED BUSINESS?
A: Below is a lengthy, but not exhaustive list of required signage in Chicago’s liquor licensed businesses based upon 2019 conversations with City and State regulators. “Posted” indicates the item should be posted in a public area. “Available” means the document is expected to be reasonably (i.e. quickly) available upon request by police or liquor/health inspectors.
- City of Chicago liquor license (posted)
- All other City of Chicago license – Retail Food, PPA, Tobacco etc… (posted)
- Current State of Illinois liquor license (posted)
- Illinois Business Tax Certificate (posted)
- City of Chicago occupancy capacity card(s) (posted)
- State of Illinois 2020 Proof of Age sign (posted)
- State of Illinois Pregnancy Warning Sign (posted)
- Tavern licensees – City 4-60-100(d) “Please Leave Quietly” sign (posted). (Email TavernSign@HBAChicago.org for a PDF copy of this sign if link isn’t working).
- Certificates of liquor liability insurance showing current coverage (available)
- Proof of State of Illinois Responsible Server certifications for staff (available)
- Proof of Illinois Food Handler Certification for servers and kitchen staff and a Food Sanitation Certificate for Kitchen Manager(s) (posted).
- City approved “Plan of Operation” for late hour licensees and other liquor licensees who entered into such a plan as part of the licensing process (posted if applicable).
- Current Amusement Tax stamps on jukeboxes, photo booths, and other devices (posted on the machines).
In addition the state Liquor Control Act in most cases requires licensees to have beer, wine, and liquor invoices for the past 90 days readily available upon Commission agent request.
The above checklist does not include a slew of Federal, City, County, and State Employer-Employee required signage. HBAC will provide that checklist in a April email update.
The Hospitality Business Association of Chicago STRONGLY recommends licensees prepare a “Crash Bag” with copies of the above documents #1-5 and #9. Simply having those documents readily available – without taking originals off a wall or searching for them in an office – greatly speeds up spot inspections and CPD paperwork if you need to report potential illegal activity in or near your licensed premises and they do a routine license check as part of their report.
Q: WHERE CAN I GET A COPY OF THE PREGNANCY WARNING SIGN, THE AGE SIGN, THE ______________ SIGN?
Q: Does my bar or restaurant have a City of Chicago plan of operation? How can I find out?
A: The City of Chicago maintains a lengthy list of previously approved Plans of Operation on their website. In addition in 2010-2011 the City of Chicago required every late hour (4am) liquor licensee to prepare and submit an Exterior Safety Plan the late hour licensee is required to follow. If you are a late hour licensee and need a copy of your exterior safety plan please contact us for assistance in requesting a copy from the City.