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Chicago Strip Clubs Could Soon Sell Alcohol & Go Topless

Aldermen looking to revise ordinance

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Do Chicago's restrictions on alcohol sales at strip clubs tarnish its reputation as a world-class city? Some aldermen said say yes, and that's why they're backing local legislation that would revise an ordinance that prevents gentlemen's clubs from selling booze if their strippers perform topless. The aldermen hope they can bring in money from alcohol sales and reduce litigation, according to the Sun-Times.

In Chicago, the freeing of the nipple means no alcohol sales on premises. VIP's in Lincoln Park —which has a fully-stocked bar— got around the law by having their strippers use clear pasties on their breasts. Others, like the 18-and-up Admiral Theater, are fully nude, but can't sell alcohol.

Ald. (37th) Emma Mitts told the Sun-Times that BYOB policy makes it harder for strip club owners to watch over how much their customers drink, and that's when crimes happen. She also said that Chicago's reputation as a "world-class city" means they shouldn't place restrictions on the adult entertainment offered at establishments. Mitts also doesn't want to see Chicago lose out on any tourism dollars. The council continues to discuss the ordinance.

This isn't the first time the City Council has debated the matter. Back in 2013, an ordinance that would have allowed alcohol sales at topless bars died. The Sun-Times reported that Ald. (32nd) Scott Waguespeck, whose ward includes VIP's, championed the ordinance, but later withdrew his support.

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