Ridge may ban BYOB

By Kelly White

The Chicago Ridge Village Board is considering adopting a proposed ordinance that would prohibit businesses without liquor licenses from allowing customers to bring their own alcohol.

The board at its meeting Feb. 5 discussed so-called "bring your own beer" (BYOB) establishments - those that do not carry liquor licenses. Outgoing Mayor Eugene Siegel, who will not seek re-election in April, said the village does not want "any form of BYOB taking place in the village."

Chicago Ridge has no ordinance prohibiting BYOB.

"Some towns allow for hookah bars and institutions similar to have BYOB licenses because they do not serve liquor at the place of business for the customers, but they still want the customers to have the option of being able to have liquor, if they so choose to," Trustee Brad Grove said.

As a home rule community, Chicago Ridge has the latitude to adopt a BYOB ban. Village attorney George Witous plans to present a draft of such an ordinance at the board's next meeting scheduled for Feb. 19.