Your Guide to Every Weed Dispensary in Chicago

Stock up on flower, tinctures, edibles, pre-rolls, balms, and more at these top cannabis specialists.

With nearly $1.4 billion generated in 2021 off sales of more than 30 million recreational cannabis items—more than double that of 2020’s first year of legal sales in terms of both revenue and items sold—it seems that nothing can stop the green gravy train from rolling full steam ahead in the Land of Lincoln.

In addition to laying claim to many of America’s largest weed corporations, Chicago continues to solidify its reputation as the “Weed Capital of the Midwest,” with 17 shops in the city plus another 47 in the surrounding suburbs (view the full list of Illinois’ 100+ facilities here). That’s a lot of bud to sort through.

Naturally, we’ve put together a handy guide to every recreational dispensary in the city where you can snag the natural cure to what ails you, from stress mitigation to simple boredom relief. Order ahead or simply walk in to browse the wares—just make sure to keep an eye on buying limits and other important details as they evolve. Happy trails, Chicago.

Zen Leaf
Zen Leaf

This stylishly designed imprint of publicly traded weed conglomerate Verano Holdings has popped up in an unexpected location in Greektown, providing a welcoming environment where both longtime stoners and curious newbies feel right at ease. And with a gargantuan menu of 659 items to choose from, there’s clearly something for everyone. Hit up one of their “cannabis advisors” for details at this cool-without-trying-too-hard downtown spot or via one of their seven suburban locations.
Nearby natural high: Is it a coincidence that this place is sandwiched between the steaming pita-pocketed delights of Greek Islands and Mr. Greek? We have our suspicions.

River North
This laid-back River North neighborhood outpost opened its doors last spring and is one of eight statewide Verilife locations from Chicago-based parent company PharmaCann (additional Cook County locations include Arlington Heights, Rosemont, and Schaumburg.) Let the friendly and knowledgeable staff guide you through this tidy shop’s 322-product-strong inventory of edibles, vapes, body oil, and more.
Nearby natural high: Close out your shopping experience on a classy note with an al fresco feast and some panoramic riverfront views at RPM Seafood.

GreenGate Chicago
GreenGate Chicago

Rogers Park
Last year, this longtime medicinal dispensary was given the green light to service recreational users as well, and it took no time for everyday stoners to become well acquainted with their 451-product lineup. The company prides itself on customer care, offering a full suite of items from the state’s leading cannabis companies including corporate weed titans Verano and Cresco Labs alongside family-owned farms like Nature’s Grace & Wellness.
Nearby natural high: If sunny skies and sandy shores are your thing, tote your prizes over to Jarvis Beach and lose yourself in the crashing waves (figuratively, of course).

Sunnyside Dispensary
Sunnyside Dispensary

Lakeview & River North
Sunnyside is the retail arm of Cresco Labs, the largest marijuana operator in Illinois, which is set to become the biggest weed company in the US following the recently announced acquisition of Columbia Care. Two of their 10 Illinois locations call Chicago home, including the original orange- and white-walled Lakeview location perched just steps from Wrigley Field. In 2020, the company brought weed to River North when they opened a second Sunnyside in the upscale district. Peddling one of the largest selections on the market fueled by premium grow facilities, consider this one-stop-shopping for all things cannabis.
Nearby natural high: I mean, Wrigley Field? Metro? Uncommon Ground? No matter how you’re feeling, quality entertainment lies at your fingertips.

Dispensary 33
Dispensary 33

Chicago’s first cannabis operator is also one of the city’s most beloved. The sharp Andersonville outpost showcases welcoming touches like a soothing nature motif complemented by tasteful sketch art. And their love for the good green is clearly evident—Chicago’s “most passionate” dispensary (their words), they’ve gained legions of loyal fans since opening as a medical facility back in 2015. Ah, remember those days? Light one up and reminisce. Getting in on the action closer to downtown, Dispensary 33 also mans a second spot in the buzzy West Loop.
Nearby natural high: If Hopleaf’s always-appealing beer garden doesn’t strike your fancy as you make your way out of the original location, see what’s going down over at the eventful Chicago Magic Lounge.

Logan Square, River North, & Midway
This NYC-based corporation has been on an acquisition tear as of late, buying out both the Logan Square and River North locations of the once-beloved MOCA Cannabis in late 2020. They followed that up by purchasing Midway Dispensary earlier this year, bringing their total Illinois fleet up to eight stores. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em—and by join 'em, we mean dive into their diverse array of popcorns, fruit juices, pain relief balms, and so much more.
Nearby natural high: Between killer nearby bars like Cole’s and Welcome Back Lounge, a night of cannabis-fueled fun is a sure bet after stopping by the original Logan Square spot.

Maribis of Chicago-Westchester
Maribis of Chicago-Westchester

Brighton Park
While there aren’t nearly as many flights taking off from Midway as O’Hare, traffic still continues to flow to this Southwest Side gem located less than three miles from the airport and equipped with everything you need to get busted trying to board the plane. Maribis is known to regularly post deals and specials on Leafly, and the company also operates additional locations in Westchester and Springfield, so make sure to stop by after your next class field trip.
Nearby natural high: After picking up your stash, round out the experience with a visit to next-door Leon’s Barbeque.

Jefferson Park
With dozens of facilities spanning 17 states plus Washington DC, Columbia Care is a large-scale international operator known for introducing the country’s first legal credit card for cannabis purchases. Located in Jefferson Park near the Jefferson Park Blue Line, take a second to admire the store’s sleek black and white minimalist aesthetics before digging into the 545-item roster of recreational delights like mints, gelatos, CBD drops, and pre-rolled dogwalkers. They’re also behind a suburban extension in Villa Park.
Nearby natural high: Gale Street Inn, with its stately design and revered burger, has your back when it comes to post-perusing carry-out options.

Mission Medical Dispensaries
Mission Medical Dispensaries

South Chicago
If you’re chilling on the Southeast Side and have a penchant for marijuana, you’re probably already well acquainted with Mission South Chicago. Located just over the border from Indiana, the shop brings in plenty of out-of-staters as well as devoted locals stocking up on everything from tablets and tonics to water pipes and suppositories in a clean, judgment-free space which claims to have the lowest prices in Cook County. Mission operates six dispensaries throughout three states, with a second Illinois location stashed in nearby Calumet City.
Nearby natural high: There’s no shortage of South Side spots worthy of a lengthy layover. Check out our expert picks here.

The Herbal Care Center
The Herbal Care Center

University Village
Featuring one of the largest and most diverse product selections in the state—we’re talking a mind-boggling 652 weed items in total (don’t freak out)—Chicago’s top-rated dispensary is known for taking good care of its customers in a welcoming, relaxing space outfitted with cozy sofas and splashy wall art. Pre-order online or stop in to rifle through their lineup of edibles, vapes, extracts, pre-rolls, tinctures, and more. And just in case you were wondering, the company was purchased by Chicago weed giant Verano Holdings in 2021, so there’s that.
Nearby natural high: The dispensary is also helpfully located near one of Chicago’s best restaurants, EL Ideas, so make it a date night two-fer with dinner and a pre-roll.

Consume - Chicago
Consume - Chicago

Norwood Park
Tucked away in residential, family-friendly Norwood Park, this straightforward dispensary is the perfect place to nerd out on the details of your flower strain’s cannabinoid and terpenes profiles or cop potent extracts like crumble cronuts. Consume also operates a second Chicagoland location (one of four in the state) in the far west suburb of Oakbrook Terrace.
Nearby natural high: Consume: Chicago just so happens to sit down the road from Chicago’s iconic old-school hot dog purveyor Superdawg. Grab some weed, grab a Chicago dog, and disappear into the Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve across the street. There are worse ways to spend a Sunday (or any other day).

Windy City Cannabis
Windy City Cannabis

Goose Island
This cheekily named dispensary holds court on Chicago’s Weed Street—because, of course it does. Fortuitous monikers aside, the centrally located shop is one of six Illinois Windy City Cannabis operations and was acquired by publicly traded cannabis big Curaleaf last year. For easy access, shop online and enroll in CanPay for contactless transactions during your assigned pick-up window.
Nearby natural high: Area attractions include Joe’s on Weed, a strip club, a Nordstrom’s Rack, a Whole Foods, and an Apple store, so that pretty much covers all your bases.

Nature's Care
Nature's Care

West Loop
This cozy hideaway features quite a bounty for a store of its size, stocking a stout selection of 559 items ranging from chocolate-dipped pretzels and GMO cookies to their in-house brand Innocent and, believe it or not, some pretty sweet mouse pads just in case you want to display your stash in the dorkiest way imaginable. Nature’s Care’s other (and original) location can be found in Rolling Meadows.
Nearby natural high: Should the munchies arise, rest assured this shop is within walking distance of Lone Wolf and Little Goat Diner as well as the rest of the West Loop’s Restaurant Row heavy-hitters.

Clybourn Corridor
Formerly known as NuMed, this company defines itself as promoting “a new era of cannabis” and even offers gift cards perfect for that hard-to-shop-for stoner friend. Rewards members get 3% back on every purchase, and they also run four downstate locations in addition to a shop in Aurora.
Nearby natural high: This no-frills dispensary lurks not far from a number of beloved area haunts like The Hideout and Ada Street. Do as you wish with that information. 

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Jay Gentile is an award-winning freelance journalist specializing in travel, food & drink, culture, events and entertainment stories. In addition to Thrillist, you can find his work in The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN Travel, Chicago Tribune, Lonely Planet, VICE, Outside Magazine and more. Follow @thejaygentile.