No license shall be issued for the sale of any alcoholic liquor at retail within one thousand (1,000) feet of any church, school (other than an institution of higher learning), hospital, home for the aged or indigent persons, or for veterans, their spouses or children or any military or naval station; provided, that this prohibition shall not apply to hotels offering restaurant service, regularly organized clubs or to restaurants, food shops, or other places where the sale of alcoholic liquors is not the principal business carried on if such place of business so exempted shall have been established for such purposes prior to the taking effect of this Chapter; nor to the renewal of a license for the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor on the premises within onethousand (1,000) feet of any church or school where such church or school has been established within such one thousand (1,000) feet since the issuance of the original license. In the case of a church, the distance of one thousand (1,000) feet shall be measured to the nearest part of any building used for worship services or educational programs and not to property boundaries. In the case of a school, the distance of one thousand (1,000) feet shall be measured to the nearest property line.
Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the issuance of a license to a church or private school to sell at retail alcoholic liquor if any such sales are limited to periods when groups are assembled on the premises solely for the promotion of some common object other than the sale or consumption of alcoholic liquors. (See 235 ILCS 5/6–11)