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Weed Dispensary Green Rose, Owned By Phil Stefani, Former Police Commander, Opens In River North

The dispensary is one of the first to receive a social equity license in Illinois.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Rapper Vic Mensa Is Bringing The City’s First Black Weed Brand To Chicago’s Dispensaries

Vic Mensa has launched 93 Boyz, a "premium gas" weed brand aimed at reinvesting in communities hit hardest by marijuana criminalization.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Dispensary Not Coming To Former Leona’s After Hadden Asks Pot Shop To Look Elsewhere In Rogers Park

Verano Holdings sought to move its Rogers Park dispensary from a side street to a prominent former restaurant, but Ald. Maria Hadden said there are better uses of the Sheridan Road property.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Lincoln Square Weed Dispensary At Former Yoga Studio Gets Key Zoning Approval

Botavi Wellness and Justice Cannabis Company want to open a recreational cannabis dispensary near Lawrence and Western avenues.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Cannabist Opens In Jefferson Park, Expanding Columbia Care’s Existing Dispensary To Meet Demand

The expansion adds nearly 1,700 square feet to the store to meet the growing base of medical patients and adult-use customers on the Far Northwest Side, a manager said.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

At Support Your Local Weedman Shop, CBD And Hemp Products Would Be Grown And Sold By People Who Served Time For Drug Crimes

South Side activist Tyrone Muhammad said the venture will give formerly incarcerated people a path into the industry while allowing them to bypass stringent licensing required for dispensaries selling more potent products.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

From Jungle To Joints: Rainforest Cafe Could Become A Weed Dispensary

If approved, the pot shop would sell medical and recreational cannabis at the former restaurant at Clark and Ohio streets.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

A Cannabis Cultivation Site Could Be Coming To Chatham, Reviving A Vacant Building Near The Dan Ryan

The cultivation site would grow cannabis and infuse it into products, like hard candy and drinks. The product would be sent to dispensaries across the state.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

City Council Postpones Vote On Lightfoot’s Overhaul Of Weed Rules

City Council will now vote on Lightfoot's push to allow weed shops in much of Downtown at the next City Council meeting, which is set for Monday.


As Lightfoot Moves To Allow More Locations For Weed Shops, Aldermen Fear Losing Their Control

Critics say the city needs to change or risk losing licenses to the suburbs. Said one potential license holder of aldermen: “They want to make sure that somebody comes and kisses the ring, but ain’t nobody got time for that."


Jefferson Park Neighbors Hope Dispensary Expansion Gets City Council’s OK After Months Of Delays

City Council could vote Wednesday on whether to grant the final vote needed to move the zoning change forward for the dispensary expansion.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Rogers Park’s Green Gate Dispensary Opens For Recreational Customers, Will Rebrand After Being Bought By Major Pot Company

Green Gate, which will become Zen Leaf Rogers Park, began serving recreational customers this month. It had been medical-only since opening in 2018.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Michigan Avenue Will Not Become ‘Pot Paradise,’ Lightfoot Says In Ruling Out New Downtown Weed Shops

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly wants to open the Loop and the Magnificent Mile up to cannabis dispensaries.


Bucktown Dispensary Gets Key Approval, But Neighborhood Group Wants More Social Equity Promises

Verano Holdings want to open a Zen Leaf dispensary at 1720 N. Damen Ave., previously home to a Marc Jacobs store.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Illinois Delays Cannabis Dispensary Licenses Intended For Minority Entrepreneurs

Licenses were supposed to be issued at the end of May. Now aspiring entrepreneurs may have to wait until at least August.


With Business Booming, Dispensary33 Eyes Major Expansion In Andersonville

The Andersonville dispensary, which has been selling legal weed for just two months, is already talking expansion.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Gold Coast Weed Rush Is On. Cresco Dumps River North Location, Wants To Race Rival For Prized Dispensary

The law doesn't allow two weed dispensaries within 1,500 feet of each other. But both Cresco Labs and PharmaCann are asking to build near each other in the Gold Coast.


‘Shameless’ Or Helpful? West Coast Weed Dispensary Is Offering $10,000 To Social-Equity Applicants In Chicago

A company that aims to be the "7/11" of weed wants Chicago social equity applicants to join its venture, but some locals were not pleased.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Will Legal Weed Be Delayed? Black Aldermen Force A Vote Next Week Because All Dispensary Owners Are White

“This is a travesty,” said Ald. Jason Ervin, the chair of City Council Black Caucus. “If equity is to be one of our north stars, this is not it."


Emporium Arcade Owners’ Plan To Turn Barry’s Drugs Into Recreational Cannabis Dispensary Hits Roadblock In Wicker Park

The Logan Square-based Modern Cannabis, which is owned by the duo behind Emporium, applied for the license for Milwaukee Avenue between Damen and Ashland avenues.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town