BYO guide

Time Out recently came out with a cover story on that most hallowed of boozing traditions: The BYO establishment. With a feature series of articles encompassing a guide to BYOB restaurants, a cheat sheet to match food and wine, liquor-friendly BYOs, the best of the corner store wine offerings, and a list of 10 things to know before heading out to BYO, this guide has BYO drinking covered.

They even tell you why there are so many BYO spots in the city:

“In Illinois, it is legal for a patron to bring alcohol into any restaurant, as long as he or she is of legal age and the business allows it. There are a few reasons why some 250 Chicago restaurants not only allow but encourage you to bring your own alcohol. One is that there are many hoops a business owner has to jump through to get a liquor license. For instance, in Illinois, businesses within 100 feet of day-care centers, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, churches and libraries are ineligible. And restaurants must have at least two bathrooms–one for women and one for men, which many smaller spots do not have–to pass inspection during the application process. The Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934, which permits residents to vote a precinct dry through a local option referendum, is another reason some restaurants, such as Tre Kronor (3258 W Foster Ave; 773-267-9888), choose to adopt a bring-your-own policy. Others are BYOB by design, not default. The owners of Think (2235 N Western Ave; 773-394-0537) say their BYOB status keeps them plenty busy.” –Jean Iversen, author of BYOB Chicago, 2nd edition.

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