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Welcome to the Cook County Liquor Control Commission




The Cook County Liquor Control Commission regulates licensing and sale of alcohol in unincorporated Cook County Illinois. Located in room 1140, 118 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60602, The Liquor Control Commission is presided over by the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners who is the local Liquor Commissioner by virtue of State Statute 235ILCS 5/4-2. The Liquor Commissioner appoints persons to assist in the exercise of powers and duties authorized by State Statute 235 ILCS/ 4-1 to 4-7, and County ordinance, code of ordinances. Cook County Illinois Chapter 6 relating to alcoholic liquor. 


Liquor License applications shall include publication fees, fingerprint fees, proof of liquor liability insurance and undergo inspections from the Cook County Department of Building and Zoning, Cook County Department of Health, and Sheriffs Department prior to licensure. After local Cook County authorization is obtained, a licensee is required to obtain a concurrent State of Illinois Liquor License from the State of Illinois Liquor Control Commission located at 100 W. Randolph Street Suite 7-801, Chicago, Illinois. 


Liquor licenses are issued annually effective May 1 to April 30 of each year. Initial licenses as well as renewed licenses are available from the Liquor Control Commission Offices at 118 N. Clark St. Suite 1140, Chicago, Illinois 60602  (312) 603-8870


To request an information packet contact John C. Allen at john.allen@cookcountyil.gov or (312) 603-8870 or Lisa Washington at: lisa.washington@cookcountyil.gov or (312) 603-8871. 



Liquor Control Commission Forms

The following forms are required in order to obtain a liquor license in Cook County.

Liquor License Applicant Form

 Liquor License Application

Indebtedness Affadavit Form

Child Support Affidavit

Special Event Cover Letter

Special Event Permit Application

Liquor License Renewal Cover Letter

Liquor License Renewal Application

Beer Garden License


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Contact Information
Contact Information

Main Office:

118 North Clark Street Suite 1140
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: (312) 603-8870
Fax: (312) 603-5753

John C. Allen IV

Monday - Friday 8:30- 4:30