The battle in Chicago is over. After complaining of being fined for allowing dogs in bars and restaurants, the owners and pet lovers scored a victory. The new ordinance will allow bars to admit four-legged friends onto their premises. The decision was made unanimously and applies to those establishments that do not serve any kind of food. This is not the right that pet owners were given, and the ultimate decision is left to the owners of establishments.
- A new city ordinance will allow some Chicago bars to allow canine visitors to sit a spell without incurring repercussions.
- The 42nd proposal was brought to the table by Alderman, Brendan Reilly. It passed unanimously.
- There are limits. Patrons can bring their four-footed friends along for their beer-time, provided the bar does not serve food.
“Pet-friendly bar owners have been rankled by sporadic visits from city inspectors who issue citations of up to $500 for violating the city’s health code, Pat Doerr, managing director of the Hospitality Business Association of Chicago, told The Daily Line.”