We haven’t posted much about happy hour since the bill was introduced in January, 2015. There was no point in doing all the research until the bill passed since everything was going to change dramatically with the new law.
Since 1989 Illinois has banned drink specials during limited time periods of the day. If a restaurant or bar wanted to offer a drink special they had to offer it all day which severely limited the number of specials available.
Now that the Illinois Culinary and Hospitality Modernization Act has passed I’m sure we’ll see some great happy hour drink specials and maybe even more food deals. It’s a Chicago on the Cheap paradise. Stay tuned.
Per the Tribune,
Discounts now will be allowed for up to four hours a day and up to 15 hours a week, as long as they are advertised a week in advance and aren’t offered after 10 p.m. Volume specials, like two drinks for the price of one, remain prohibited.
There are numerous restrictions. Among them, drinks cannot be given away as prizes. Games can’t involve consuming alcohol. A bar cannot offer unlimited drinks for a fixed price, except for private functions such as parties.