Liquor Licenses Required:
It is unlawful to sell, manufacture, bottle, blend, possess on the premises, or offer for sale in the City of Evanston any alcoholic liquor without having a liquor license.
This includes one-day events on private property. Any exchange of money relative to alcohol being offered for consumption is considered a “sale”. This includes fundraisers, entrance fees, and ticket sales. Applicants should complete a Z1 or Z2 license application.
This includes one-day events on city-owned property at which alcohol will be served. Applicants should complete a Z3 or Z4 license application.
City of Evanston Liquor Licensing
2100 Ridge Avenue, Suite 4400
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: 847.866.2937 Fax: 847.448.8093 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to meet in person, please call or email ahead of time to set up an appointment.
City Liquor Control Code and Illinois State Resources
- EVANSTON CITY LIQUOR CODE (Title 3, Chapter 4)
- ILLINOIS LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION (ILCC) WEBSITE
- CITY OF EVANSTON LIQUOR TAX CODE (Title 3, Chapter 2)
Liquor License Applications
One-Day Liquor Licenses:
- Class Z1 one-day liquor license application (non-City owned property, sale of beer and wine)
- Class Z2 one-day liquor license application (non-City owned property, sale of alcoholic liquor)
- Class Z3 one-day liquor license application (City-owned property, sale or service of beer and wine)
- Class Z4 one-day liquor license application (City-owned property, sale or service of alcoholic liquor)
Annual Liquor Licenses:
Fundraiser Notification Form
For use by Class C-1 licensees only that are hosting fundraisers at their place of business
Fundraiser Class C-1 Notification Form (Only for use by Class C-1 Licensees Hosting Fundraisers)
Home Rule Taxes/Liquor Tax
- A 6% tax is levied by the City on the privilege of purchasing alcoholic liquor from a lawfully licensed liquor dealer.
Tax worksheets are due on the 20th day of the calendar month succeeding the end of the monthly filing period. A late fee of 10% per month delinquent is added for late payments. They can be filed online, in person or by mail.
Worksheets and payments should be remitted to The Revenue Office. Copies of worksheets and further information can be found on the Home Rule Tax webpage.
- Please direct all questions and concerns to the Revenue Office at (847) 448-8203
Changes in Site Manager/Corporate Structure
Any changes in Site Managers or partnerships, officers, directors, persons holding directly or beneficially more than five (5) percent of the stock or ownership interest, of establishments licensed under this Chapter, shall be reported in writing to the local liquor control commissioner within ten (10) days of the change.
Site Managers and each shareholder owner with 5% or greater interest in the business is required to complete a background form and submit for fingerprints. Below are links to the necessary forms.
You must complete both fingerprinting and background form
Fingerprinting Process Fees may be paid online via this link. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to schedule a fingerprint appointment. The email should advise you of the following:
After you have paid online, you should schedule a fingerprinting session by contacting the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5020 and anyone there can assist you with getting scheduled for a fingerprinting session. The Evanston Police Department is located at 1454 Elmwood Ave, Evanston, IL 60201.
Shareholder/Site Manager Background FORM.
Change of shareholders/Corporate Structure
Any change in shareholder (5% interest or more) requires a revised CORPORATION INFORMATION FORM. Use ONLY for Changes in partnerships, officers, directors, shareholder or owners
Please submit within ten (10) days of change taking place.
BASSET Training Information
All Owners, Managers, and Servers must be BASSET trained
BASSET training courses are offered online and in-person by state-certified trainers
The alcohol sellers/server (BASSET certified) course is approved by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission
For more information please visit the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's BASSET page found here.
For a list of BASSET certified courses, please click here.