Proposals to allow wine sales along the Chicago Riverwalk and a new license for mobile food vendors are on today’s agenda.
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) wants to make it legal for vendors to sell sealed, 750mL bottles of wine along the downtown Riverwalk, a pedestrian-centric walkway that runs along the banks of the Chicago River from Lake Shore Drive to Franklin Street. Reilly’s ordinance would let vendors sell bottles of wine during normal business hours (11am to 9pm), but since it is still illegal to consume alcohol along the Riverwalk, retailers can’t provide a corkscrew or drinking container with the purchase of alcohol. Retailers would have to train staff and post signs that say “All retail wine purchases are for off-site consumption only–No open containers beyond this point.”
Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26) is resurrecting his plan to establish a license for pushcart vendors that sell prepared food on City streets. Street vendors would have to pay $350 for the license. Maldonado first introduced his proposal to create a license for these so-called “Mobile prepared food vendors” in 2014. The ordinance failed.