Congress Theater Files Lawsuit, Wants County Judge to Interpret Term “Theater” as It Relates to City Liquor Laws

By at May 12, 2012 | 8:01 pm | Print

Via the Sun-Times Media Wire, The Pipeline learned about a lawsuit filed by the Congress Corporation (owners of the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave.) in Cook County Circuit Court yesterday.

In the lawsuit, according to the Sun-Times, “Congress Corporation claims police officers have issued multiple citations, stopped Congress Theater employees from selling alcohol and threatened to arrest employees because they were violating a city liquor law for theaters.”

As reported previously by The Pipeline, the concert venue has received numerous citations pertaining to a city ordinance that relates to the selling of liquor at music venues, which have the same incidental liquor licensing as theaters. The most recent incident occurred this past Saturday, May 5th, when the theater’s General Manager was taken into police custody at 12:30AM.  For more coverage, click here.

Jon Graef, a new member of the pipeline team, will be following up on the lawsuit as well as with Eddie Carranza, owner of the Congress Theater, to learn more.  

Related reading:

Deleterious Impact Public Nuisance Hearing Solicits Community Feedback (March 19)

No Fooling: City Hearing Inspires Community Panel (March 28)

Don’t Believe the WBEZ Hype on The Congress, Updated (March 29)

Letter to the Community from Eddie Carranza (March 30)

Dispatch from Massive Response to Altercation at Congress Theater (April 13)

Updated: The Congress Ends Weekend of Three Consecutive Performances with Bassnectar (April 15)

Letter from Rhyds Pareja, Promoter for the Friday the 13th Meek Mill Show (April 18)

Dispatch from First of Three Hearings Pertaining to Congress Theater (April 17)

1st Ward Alderman Moreno Calls Into WGCI Morning Riot to Discuss Friday 13th Show at Congress (April 20)

Congress Theater GM Brought into Police Custody, No Arrest Made (May 6)

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