Aldermen Want Downtown Patios, Rooftop Gardens Open Later

06/30/2011 03:05 pm ET | Updated Aug 30, 2011

Patrons of the 70 outdoor patios and rooftop gardens in downtown Chicago would be free to indulge until the witching hour, under a pilot program advanced Wednesday by a City Council committee.

At the behest of downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd), the License Committee agreed to push back until midnight the mandatory closing time for outdoor patios and rooftop gardens. Those establishments currently stop serving at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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