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Wicker Park Target Can Now Sell Booze After Moreno-Era Liquor Ban Lifted

Put in place by former 1st Ward Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno on Dec. 12, 2018, the moratorium prevented the sale of packaged liquor between Wood Street and Milwaukee Avenue.

Target's new Wicker Park store.
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CITY HALL — City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve an ordinance from Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st) that will allow the Target in Wicker Park to sell alcohol.

The ordinance to lift a Division Street packaged goods moratorium for Target, 1664 W. Division St., went before the Committee on License and Consumer Protection on June 26.

RELATED: Target Can Sell Booze At New Wicker Park Store If Moreno’s Division Street Liquor Ban Is Overturned By La Spata

The final vote was delayed until September, however, after La Spata missed the committee meeting. 1st Ward spokesperson Ally Carvalho blamed the whiff on a “scheduling conflict.”

“We are aware and will make sure that does not happen again,” she told Block Club Chicago in July.

Put in place by former 1st Ward Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno on Dec. 12, 2018, the moratorium prevented the sale of packaged liquor between Wood Street and Milwaukee Avenue.

Moreno had re-instated the liquor sales ban after lifting a similar moratorium in September 2017 — a move that allowed boutique grocer Foxtrot to sell wine and beer at its Wicker Park location.

The Wednesday vote means any Division Street business between Wood Street and Milwaukee Avenue can now sell packaged liquor.

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