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City Council puts hold on tavern licenses in part of River North

September 11, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

No additional tavern licenses will be issued for now in a popular area of River North under a moratorium approved by the City Council on Wednesday.

The moratorium will be in effect for the area bordered by Illinois Street to the north, the Chicago River to the south, State Street to the east and Wells Street to the west where there are currently 18 tavern licenses. A stretch of Franklin Street from Huron Street to Ontario Street is also included in the moratorium zone.

Tavern licenses are issued to establishments that primarily sell alcohol for consumption on premises, where the serving of food or the providing entertainment is secondary. Restaurants seeking licenses to serve alcohol will not be affected.

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