Forest Park amends entertainmentlicense regulations

Forest Park’s Village Council voted unanimously Aug. 8 to allow amplified music to be played in beer gardens – but only once a month.

The village municipal code previously only allowed bars and restaurants to play acoustic music on an outdoor patio, and establishments had to get entertainment licenses to play it. The amendments specifically limit amplified music to beer gardens, but it still represents a notable change. Commissioner Maria Maxham suggested doing away with the once-a-month limit, but the majority of the council argued that it was a useful guard rail to have while the village gets a chance to see how the new policy works in practice. 

During its July 25 meeting, the village council considered Exit Strategy Brewing Company’s, 7700 Madison St., entertainment license application. The brewery wanted to have a “90s cover band” play on Aug. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. as part of a larger event that would run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Commissioners raised concerns about whether the music was acoustic or amplified, and Commissioner Joe Byrnes suggested that the village should consider allowing amplified sound outdoors.

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