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Navy Pier Ordinance Aims to Allow Public Alcohol Consumption Outside

Mayor wants patrons to imagine walking inside Navy Pier with a beer in their hands.

Navy Pier
Navy Pier
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A new ordinance aims to lift alcohol restrictions at Navy Pier, which would allow patrons to drink booze in more places — both inside and outside — at Navy Pier. Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced the legislation on Wednesday to City Hall, reports the Sun-Times.

No, it wouldn't legalize flasks or similar ways to carry alcohol. Instead, patrons could buy alcoholic drinks from approved Navy Pier vendors and carry them off inside a disposable cup that shows the name of establishment where the customers bought the beverage. The law currently allows alcoholic drinks at indoors at restaurants or on outdoor patios, like the beer garden. The ordinance would lift restrictions, allowing Navy Pier vistors to stroll through interiors with booze in hand.

There will be some restricted areas, including the pier's garages, and the ordinance wants signage warning patrons of $100 to $500 fines or six months of jails for violations. Navy Pier is a notourious tourist trap, but perhaps booze will make taking out-of-town guests on tour more tolerable. But for residents: Does the ordinanance make Navy Pier more attractive for a visit? Share your take in the comments.