When Did Illinois Change the Legal Drinking Age?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 3:25:34 PM ET

After Prohibition ended in 1933, Illinois changed the drinking age to 21 for men and 18 for women. In 1961, Illinois raised the drinking age to 21 for everyone. In 1973, the drinking age for beer and wine was lowered to 19. In 1980, it was raised back to 21.