Cocktails at Target? It could happen in Chicago

A soon-to-open Target store in Chicago could be the first to serve alcohol in-store.

A soon-to-open Target store in Chicago could be the first to serve alcohol in-store.

(Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

Imagine pausing for a cocktail break during your next two-hour shopping spree at Target. It could happen in Chicago.

A Target store in Chicago, scheduled to open this fall, could be the first to have a full bar, reported The store applied for two city liquor licenses, one to sell packaged liquor, and one to serve alcohol, including beer, wine and spirits, in the store.

That could mean a couple minutes browsing cereal boxes and paper towels followed by a martini. Then maybe some quality time spent in the electronics section before heading back to the bar for a gin and tonic.


We’re guessing the Target mixologist will have to wear red.

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The idea of alcohol at a market isn’t new. At the Whole Foods Market on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena, alcohol is served at the in-store restaurant.

And in Chicago, other retailers serving alcohol in-store include Standard Market and Plum Market.

No word yet on whether the licenses will definitely lead to a full bar, or if the in-store liquor concept will expand to other Target stores.

We’ve reached out to Target for comment and will update this article when we hear back.

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