§ 4-156-720. License – Required.  


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  • (a)   It shall be unlawful for the owner, lessee or manager of any property, or for any other person, to produce, present or conduct thereon, any amusement within a performing arts venue unless the owner, lessee or manager of such property has first obtained a performing arts venue license. Such license shall be known as an “arts venue license”.

    (b)   The arts venue license shall be a special class of public place of amusement license and shall be subject to the same restrictions and requirements as a public place of amusement license, except as set forth in this Article V. In the event of a conflict between the general public place of amusement license provisions and the provisions of this Article V, the provisions of Article V shall apply.

    (c)   No arts venue license shall be required if the only amusement to be produced, presented or conducted is (i) offered in a performance space with a capacity of less than 100 persons; and (ii) no admission fee, minimum purchase requirement, membership fee, or other fee or charge is imposed for the privilege of entering the premises or the portion of premises where the amusement is provided or permitted. Donations that are solicited strictly on a voluntary basis may be accepted by a venue under this subsection only if the venue posts a sign, no less than eight and one-half inches by 11 inches, in a conspicuous place near the entrance of the venue stating, “Under Section 4-156-720 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, this performing arts venue may not charge an admission fee, minimum purchase requirement, membership fee, or other fee or charge imposed for the privilege of entering the premises. Any donations are purely voluntary”.

(Added Coun. J. 11-30-05, p. 62481, § 1)