CHICAGO — Brunch aficionados — and soccer fans — are one step closer to no longer having to suffer through booze-free Sunday mornings.
The City Council’s Committee on License and Consumer Protection unanimously advanced the measure (O2020-123) sponsored by Alds. Brendan Reilly (42nd), Michele Smith (43th), Tom Tunney (44th) and Brian Hopkins (2nd) to permit restaurants that are allowed to sell alcohol to start pouring beer, wine and spirits at 9 a.m. Sunday rather than waiting until 10 a.m.
Smith said the proposal was prompted by requests from restaurants that wanted to serve soccer fans, who are often up early on Sunday mornings to watch their favorite European teams.
The measure would prohibit restaurants from serving alcohol between 2 and 7 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 3 to 9 a.m. Sundays — provided that between 3 and 11 a.m. Sundays the sale of liquor is “incidental” to the serving of food.
A spokesperson for the Hospitality Association of Chicago said the measure was a “win for Chicago brunch customers and the city’s many brunch spots.”
In October, the City Council passed a law allowing more grocery stores to start selling beer, wine and spirits at 8 a.m., rather than at 11 a.m., on Sundays.
Aldermen also advanced a measure that would allow cab drivers who have their licenses revoked by the city to appeal that decision to Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Comm. Rosa Escareno.
The proposal (S2020-101), which would also apply to chauffeurs, comes after Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised to help Chicago’s beleaguered taxi cab industry, which has shrunk as ride-hailing services have swelled in popularity.
In other action, the City Council’s Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety advanced a measure (O2020-122) from North Side Smith and Tunney that would allow nonprofit groups to purchase one-day permits to allow their employees to park in zones reserved for residents.
Final votes on the measures are set for Wednesday.