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Where to Buy Weed in Chicago

These Chicago-area dispensaries will be open for business in the new year. Most, if not all, are expected to have recreational licenses by January 1. (Thirty-seven more licenses have been issued, but those stores won’t be open immediately.)

By Jake Malooley

Published Dec. 17, 2019, at 8:15 a.m.


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These Chicago-area dispensaries will be open for business in the new year.

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CHICAGO — Starting Wednesday, you’ll be able to walk over to your friendly neighborhood dispensary and buy recreational weed for the first time ever.

But there’s a catch: For now, only nine dispensaries will be open to serve the city’s entire adult population when legalization kicks in.

We rounded up the options you have starting Jan. 1, when many of these shops will open at 6 a.m. to serve those eager to get their hands on oils, herb and edibles.

To purchase weed, you’ll need to bring a valid ID to prove you are 21 or older and bring cash — all dispensaries are cash only.


Dispensary33, 5001 N. Clark St.

Hours on Jan. 1: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Regular Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day

What’s for sale: Dispensary33 plans to open its doors at 6 a.m. Jan. 1 to serve Chicago dry flower, pre-rolled joints, edibles, vape pens and numerous other options. You can find all products in-store on the menu of their website.

Opening Day Tips: At peak times Dispensary33 will be using a paging system similar to what you find at a busy restaurant and is partnered with SOFO Tap, 4923 N. Clark St. (which opens 9 a.m.) as the official waiting space. There will be a Dark Matter coffee pop-up with a movie marathon and cannabis-themed trivia.

D33 will have coupons for local businesses for customers and patients to wait until the dispensary is ready. If your business would like to offer any coupons or flyers, please email [email protected]


NuMed Chicago, 1308 W. North Ave.

Jan. 1 hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Regular hours resume Jan. 2: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, closed Monday

What’s for sale: NuMed currently sells strain-specific cannabis flowers, tinctures, concentrates, oils, edibles, tonic beverages and “pre-rolls” to medical patients along with CBN and CBD-infused products. Their full recreational menu was not available as of Monday.

Opening Day Tips: Get there early as the shop expects a long line. Medical card holders will have access to a larger variety of products shorter lines.


Midway Dispensary, 5648 S Archer Ave.

Hours on Jan. 1: No special hours

Regular Hours: 10 a.m – 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday

What’s for sale: Midway currently sells oil cartridges, flower, edibles, topicals and even THC bath bombs to medical patients, and you can check out their full menu online.

The rules of purchasing recreational cannabis, courtesy of Midway Dispensary.


Columbia Care, 4758 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Jan. 1 hours: 10am – 7 p.m.

Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

What’s for sale: A collection of flower, edibles, vape and concentrates, including the 8 Ball Kush Indica shatter concentrate, which has a whopping 86.38 percent THC level.


Sunnyside Dispensary (recently rebranded from MedMar Lakeview), 3812 N. Clark St.

Jan 1 hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Regular hours: Mondays: 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays

What’s for sale: Cannabis flower, pre-rolled joints, vape pens and an assortment of edibles, including apple cinnamon cereal, birthday cake and blackberry lemonade.

Opening Day Tips: The dispensary was selling “golden tickets” that, for $250, will get customers front-of-the-line access when it opened at 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Proceeds from the tickets will go toward the nonprofit Last Prisoner Project.


Modern Cannabis, 2847 W. Fullerton Ave. (second entrance at 2369 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Jan. 1 hours the same as regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday

What’s for sale: MoCa sells cannabis strain-specific and CBD- and CBN-infused flowers, tinctures, concentrates, oils, edibles, lotions and pain creams, chocolates, anal suppositories, epsom bath salts and more.

Opening Day Tips: Cash only. Recreational cannabis customers may only enter Modern Cannabis’ Milwaukee Avenue entrance. Medical card holders, however, can access the shop’s Fullerton Avenue entrance. Want to avoid the cold outdoor line? RSVP for a “Waiting Party” at Emporium Logan Square, next door. Dark Matter coffee, CBD-infused cocktails and mocktails and a food truck will be available as customers wait to enter the dispensary.


The Herbal Care Center, 1301 S. Western Ave.

Jan. 1 hours the same as regular hours: 10 a.m-3 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

What’s for sale: The Herbal Care Center (THC) has the largest and most diverse selection of cannabis products in the state. But they aren’t selling flower to recreational cannabis users at first. Due to supply limitations they are keeping the bud for medical patients only. Recreational users will be able to buy concentrates, vape cartridges, disposable pens, and all kinds of edibles.

Opening Day Tips: Arrive as early as possible, because the supply is very limited. Don’t expect to be able to buy bud since that will be reserved for medical patients. If you’re looking to smoke some flower, get a medical card. No flower will be available for recreational users at least a few months.Taxes are also much, much higher for recreational cannabis than for medical.


Zen Leaf Chicago, 6428 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday , 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

What’s for sale: We’ll update this when we get more information.

For more information, visit


Mission Illinois, 8554 S. Commercial Ave.

Jan 1 hours: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

What’s for sale: Mission has an extensive menu you can view in full online, including oils, tinctures, topicals and edibles. Sativa strains, which are more energetic than Indica strains, are the most popular among medical patients at Mission.

Opening Day tips: Bring your ID no matter how old you are, or you’ll be shown the door.

Guide compiled by: Joe Ward, Hannah Alani, Pascal Sabino, Kelly Bauer and Jamie Nesbitt Golden.

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