How to Obtain an Illinois Liquor License

Interested in opening a bar, restaurant, or gaming parlor in Illinois? One of the first steps you will need to take before you’re eligible for installing video gaming terminals is to obtain an Illinois Liquor License.

Besides qualifying truck stops or fraternal and veteran organizations, establishments that do not have a liquor license won’t be able to place Illinois gaming systems in their location. This is due to the government release of the Liquor Control Act of 1934, although the Illinois Gaming Board still manages the licensing approval process.

Let J&J walk you through the steps of how to obtain an Illinois Liquor License and more!

Local Liquor License Requirements

Local licenses vary in requirements, cost, and type. Any business in the state that is wanting to serve alcoholic beverages must obtain a local municipality liquor license and an Illinois State Liquor License, both of which will need to be renewed on a yearly basis. This goes for retail establishments including bars, restaurants, and more.

You will need to contact the city your establishment is located in to determine their specific laws and steps you’ll need to follow. Once you have obtained this from your municipality, you may apply with the state.

State Liquor License Requirements

Once you’ve obtained your local authentication, you can then start an application for an Illinois Liquor License, which costs $750. The form asks for detailed information regarding your local license, tax documents, business license, federal employer ID, and more, so ensure you have that paperwork readily available.

In the State of Illinois, Liquor Licenses are issued by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) at the state level and follow strict regulations for approval of the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages. Contact the ILCC to verify if you qualify before filling out your application.

Obtain a Gaming License in Illinois

Looking to obtain a video gaming license in Illinois? Contact J&J Gaming for complete compliance assistance as we walk you through the process from obtaining a Liquor License to applying for a Gaming License.

Benefits of Installing Illinois Gaming Machines with J&J Gaming

Newest Games

Receive the latest and most popular gaming software and terminals in the state

24/7 | 365 Service

Guaranteed service with a 1-hour response time.
Always here. Always on.™

Increase Revenue

Adding video gaming increases your revenue by $6,000 per square foot!*

*Data from November 2022 through November 2023 of J&J accounts in IL.

Patron Loyalty

Bring in new customers with our exclusive Player PAYBACK® rewards program

Tailored Reports

Receive hourly reports on gameplay at your establishment and choose when you get paid with our exclusive FlexPay program.

Industry Expertise

Ongoing compliance and route management from the industry leader

Let J&J Gaming help you get started!

If you want to see these benefits and more come to your business, J&J Gaming is your complete profit solution. From establishment inspections to help with obtaining an Illinois Liquor License and Illinois Gaming License, our services are designed to guide you through every step of the way. We offer video slot machines from the best manufacturers to bars, restaurants, truck stops, fraternal and veteran organizations, and more. In addition, J&J Gaming offers exclusive Marketing services to help you attract new customers to your business.

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