Northwestern and Evanston's Alcohol Policy Revealed

Northwestern University and Evanston, Ill., the town it resides in, have each become synonymous with their strict policies towards alcohol, a reputation that was earned when the town remained dry for nearly 40 years after national prohibition ended.

Those laws from the past still of ramifications today, as evidenced by opinions from students and local business owners.

Find out the truth behind each policy and where they are going.

What the Students Think

"The history of prohibition in this town has definitely had some effect."

Steven Monacelli, School of Communication '13

"She was relatively unresponsive ... and we didn't know what to do."

Monika Buska, WCAS '14

The Impact on Local Businesses

"Honestly, it's kind of old fashioned thinking on their part."

Mike Drop, 7-Eleven Field Consultant

Drop has made several unsuccessful attempts at challenging Evanston's restriction on alcohol sales at convenience stores.

"The city itself was sending in a lot of kids with fake IDs."

Pratik Patel, Evanston 1st Liquors Co-Owner

Patel's family owned liquor store spent over $1,000 on ID scanners to counter underage students with fake IDs.

"We're trying to shake it up a little bit - but cautiously."

Chris Johnston, Cheesie's Pub & Grub Owner

Johnston expanded his restaurant and bar franchise from Chicago to Evanston in 2012.

Who is to Blame?

The Future of Alcohol policy in Evanston and at NU

"We have a distillery that's open ... 25 years ago that would have been unimaginable."

Donald Wilson

Wilson has served as the alderman for Evanston's 4th Ward since 2009. He is also a lawyer in Chicago, specializing in business litigation.

"One of the big things that we've found is a third party risk management system."

Alex Van Atta

As the Northwestern Vice President of Student Life, Van Atta is attempting to reform Northwestern's alcohol policy and education.