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Beer and wine could be coming soon to a Starbucks near you

Starbucks hopes start serving beer wine four Chicago-areshops coming months. | File photo

Starbucks hopes to start serving beer and wine at four Chicago-area shops in the coming months. | File photo

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Updated: June 5, 2012 11:34AM

Normally the coffeehouses around Rush street are where one might stop to sober up.

Only by year’s end, the Starbucks near Rush and Oak streets — and at three other Chicago-area locations — could be selling beer and wine.

The coffee chain has filed applications for liquor licenses at 1003-1005 N. Rush St., and 1000-1002 W. Diversey Parkway in Chicago, at the Burr Ridge Village Center shopping mall and at Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg, Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson said.

Starbucks plans to move its current store on the southwest corner of Rush and Oak streets to the northeast corner, Hutson said.

Starbucks also asked for a license to serve alcohol on it patio at the Sheffield and Diversey store, too, public records show.

The company announced its plans in December to start serving beer and wine in a handful of Chicago-area shops to draw late-day crowds. By year’s end, alcohol will be sold after 2 p.m. on weekdays and after noon on weekends, Hutson said.

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