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Plan to allow Chicago strip clubs to sell alcohol approved

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's difficult for most Chicago strip clubs to serve alcohol under laws that go way back. Many of them are BYOB, or bring your own bottle. But some powerful aldermen say it's time for the city to loosen up.

As the law currently strands, adult entertainment club owners can either make money from liquor or from ladies in lingerie dancing on the stage or on tables.

Alderman Edward Burke wants to know why a world-class city like Chicago can't offer customers both, as long as they don't "create a problem in the neighborhood."

"This is 2014," Ald. Burke told Roe and Roeper on Friday. "We've come a long way from those kind of sleazy operations that had blighted some of Chicago's neighborhoods."

Aldermen Burke and Scott Waguespack are supporting the proposal.

Chicago's established adult clubs will stay the way they are. But new strip clubs opening in the city with a "special use" permit will be allowed to serve it up both ways. But it won't be easy.

"They would be able to apply, but they won't be able to get it for various reasons," Waguespack told FOX 32 News. "Some of them are in liquor moratorium areas. Some of them would all have to go through ‘special use.' I think most communities would say no."

Burke said if approved, the proposal could give the city's half dozen strip joints or gentlemen's clubs "more realistic kind of adult entertainment." Only one reportedly serves alcohol, and its dancers are barely dressed.

City Council's zoning committee gave this measure unanimous support. It will go before the full council for a vote on Wednesday.

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