CHICAGO (CBS) — Community groups and some aldermen have spearheaded opposition to a plan to allow liquor sales at clubs that allow topless dancing or possibly even full nudity.
Under current city law, clubs in Chicago must choose between serving alcohol and allowing topless dancers, but Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) has proposed an ordinance that would allow clubs to have both semi-nude dancing and alcohol sales.
The proposal has stalled after the Zoning Committee gave it preliminary approval last month, after Mitts backed away from the measure, saying she was surprised the proposal would also allow clubs that feature full nudity to sell liquor. She said she had only intended to allow clubs with topless dancers to serve booze.
Lynne Johnson, policy director of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, wants the measure defeated altogether, especially since it has not received a full hearing.
“If the Chicago City Council wants to reverse course on this effective public policy, they should be willing to have public hearings to listen to service providers, experts, and survivors who can share the range of perspectives on harms that alcohol in the clubs would cause,” she said.