Mundelein Passes New Wine Law That Starts Late December

Bernie Tafoya
December 14, 2018 - 2:04 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It's time to BYOW it up in Mundelein. The village changed its liquor law to allow you, for the most part, to“bring your own wine” to restaurants that have liquor licenses.

Restauranteurs are hoping a change in the liquor law in Mundelein, which was unaninmously approved Monday and will spark a little more business.  

Mayor Steve Lentz said the village's Economic Development Commission brought the idea to the board in recent weeks. The new law goes into effect Dec. 20. Lentz said there are some restrictions to the law, though. 

"Customers may only bring commercially manufactured wine and the wine shall be opened and served by a basset qualified empolyee of the establishment qualified employee of the establishment," Lentz said.

The employees who handle the alcohol must have Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training, like other restaurants and bars. 

The law will now allow one bottle per person to be taken into a restaurant and it also allows restaurants to charge a corkage fee to have an employee open the bottle for diners, just like BYOB restaurants in Chicago. 

Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther suggested an information sheet be distributed to restaurants in town so they’re familiar with the specifics of the amendment to the liquor law.