Protecting downtown Naperville

Protecting downtown Naperville

We are warned to not judge a book by its cover, but we do. Likewise, we judge cities by the quality of their central business districts. In Naperville, where downtown also includes our crown jewel – the Riverwalk – protecting the downtown is especially important.

Over the past several years, late at night, downtown Naperville has gotten too rowdy. Too much drinking, too much fighting. After much discussion, the City Council made some common-sense changes:
• No shots served after 1 a.m. on weekends, and no “last call” for shots;
• After initially calling for the bars to close earlier on weekends, Councilman McElroy supported a compromise—proposed by the business community—to let bars continue to stay open until 2 a.m., but prohibiting entry after 1 a.m. This has greatly reduced the crush of humanity we used to see at closing time, since many people start leaving once they can no longer bar hop.

Read this WBBM article on Joe McElroy’s tough stance on weekend brawlers, and these Tribune and Daily Herald articles about Joe McElroy’s stance on downtown drunks.

“Council member wants Naperville to consider earlier closing time for bars.” Bar patrons in Naperville may soon have less time to get their drink on after a string of incidents. Joe McElroy is encouraging his fellow city council members…

“Naperville bar rules no new customers or shots hour before closing.” …McElroy said rules for downtown [alone] could have additional consequences.

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