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New law now in effect...


Sealing and removal of open wine bottles from restaurants

Beginning on January 1, 2007, restaurant patrons no longer need to leave behind their unfinished bottle of wine thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich this past year.

With the Illinois General Assembly’s passage of SB946 (Public Act 094-1047), a restaurant licensed to sell alcoholic liquor in this State may permit a patron to remove one unsealed and partially consumed bottle of wine for off-premise consumption, provided that the patron has purchased a meal and consumed a portion of the bottle of wine with the meal on the restaurant premises. The licensee or agent of the licensee shall provide a dated receipt for the bottle of wine to the patron.

Additionally, the partially consumed bottle of wine MUST be securely sealed by the licensee (or an agent of the licensee) prior to removal from the premises and placed in a transparent one-time use tamper-proof bag. (NOTE: There are a number of companies selling these type of bags, however, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission cannot endorse any particular product.)

Wine that is resealed in accordance with the above provisions will not be considered an “unsealed container” for the purposes of Section 11-502 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.



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