The City recognizes the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on sit down food and drink establishments. While there were times that your business was able to operate in some capacity, there have been limits and at times prohibitions on indoor service. Last spring, the City deferred payment of liquor licenses to help navigate the early impacts of the pandemic. The impact is apparent as it has strained businesses causing some to close permanently and others to take any steps necessary to keep operating.
License fees are payable on or before April 30th for the upcoming year. Positivity rates trending in the right direction and the vaccine slowly being administered suggests that the coming year should be better than the previous. To offset a small portion of the impact of the past year, the City is reducing the license renewal fee for Class A: Restaurants, Class B: Bars, Class C: Clubs, Class E: Bowling Alley, Park District Clubhouse, and Theatre, and Class VG: Video Gaming Parlors by 50% for the coming fiscal year. The reduced fee is reflected in the attached renewal letter from the City Clerk.
This reduction only applies to renewals; meaning new licenses obtained after May 1, 2021 will be charged the fee outlined in the City Code.