Alcohol and Parties

Noise Prohibited (Loud Parties) - City of Evanston (Ordinance 9-5-23)

It is unlawful for any person within the city to make, continue, or cause to be continued, any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise which disturbs the peace of others within the city limits. Included in the ordinance are musical instruments, radios and any other device for producing or reproducing sound in such a manner as to disturb the peace, or with louder volume than necessary for the convenient hearing of persons who are in the room or outdoor area. Yelling and shouting, particularly between the hours of 11 pm and 7 am are also prohibited if they disturb the peace.

Consumption of Alcohol (Open Container) -  City of Evanston Ordinance 9-5-10

No person within the City of Evanston shall consume or have on his/her person or in or about personal property open containers of alcoholic beverages in public buildings, parks, beaches, highways, streets, alleys, sidewalks, parkways, and parking lots. Any person found violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars ($500.00), nor more than one thousand dollars ($1000.00) for each offense

Age Restrictions (ID Cards) - City of Evanston Ordinance 3-5-15

No person [under 21 years of age] shall purchase or accept a gift of alcohol in his/her possession.  No person shall transfer, alter, or deface an identification card; use the identification card of another; carry or use a false or forged identification card or obtain an identification card by means of false information.  [Violators] shall be punished by fines from $500-$1000.

Sales to Minors, Certain Persons Restricted: City of Evanston Ordinance 3-4-11:(B)

No person, after purchasing or otherwise obtaining alcoholic liquor, shall sell, give or deliver such alcoholic liquor to another person under twenty-one (21) years of age except in the performance of a religious ceremony or service.

Public Nudity; Urinating or Defecating in Public - City of Evanston (Ordinance 9-5-11)

It shall be unlawful for any person to urinate or defecate:doorhanger
In or on a public street, alley, sidewalk, yard, park, building, structure, plaza, public or utility right-of-way, or other public place; or in public view It shall be a defense to prosecution for urinating or defecating that the person was in a restroom.

Illinois State Law - "Social Host Law"

The law now states that any individual can be arrested and/or charged with a crime for simply allowing or permitting individuals under the age of 21 to drink alcohol at their residence or on their property – even if the individual did not directly supply or provide the underage person with alcohol.  Therefore, students who host social events (whether on or off campus) are expected to monitor their parties and make sure that underage people are not drinking on their property. 

For further information visit the Illinois State Law - "Social Host Law"

Full text of this Illinois State Law - "Social Host Law".