Windy City Mini Market vote

Windy City Mini Market, 1756 W. Chicago Ave.

EVA members will take an advisory vote Monday on a change to a Chicago Avenue package goods license, and state Rep. Delia Ramirez will give an update on her work in Springfield.

Windy City Mini Market plans to add hard liquor to its beer and wine sales at 1756 W. Chicago Ave. The convenience store has been selling beer and wine since 2016 under a plan of operation that does not allow sale of any item of less than $5.99.

The 2016 plan negotiated with EVA put a system in place to show that liquor does not exceed 30% of sales, but with no explicit monitoring routine. A signage provision requires unobstructed views into the store.

Dean Margolis, the lawyer for owner Ghasi Ghenimat, spoke to EVA members last month. In a followup letter, he said 7 square feet of floor space would be devoted to "upscale liquor such as Gray Goose, Chivas and Johnny Walker Black." Beer and wine covers much of the east wall of the 1,400-square-foot store.

Monday's vote is advisory to Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) on whether to recommend any license change.

Rep. Ramirez spoke to EVA members in April about her General Assembly committee assignments on Adoption & Child Welfare, Mental Health, Human Services, Elementary and Secondary Education and Judiciary.

The meeting starts at 7pm at the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. Here is the agenda:

  • President's Welcome
  • State Rep. Delia Ramirez
  • Discussion and Vote on Windy City Market
  • EVA Recruitment Postcards
  • PPD Updates
  • Schools/CAPS
  • Open Items

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