Blues Brothers John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made cinematic history when they tore through Harvey’s Dixie Square Mall in a Dodge Monaco police cruiser.
Fast forward 40 years and Jim Belushi, the late Blues Brother’s brother, now plans to drive a replica of the famed Bluesmobile to Thursday’s opening of a massive pot shop across the street from another suburban mall.
The “According to Jim” star, who has been growing cannabis at his Oregon farm for around five years, has partnered with Grassroots Cannabis to exclusively sell a Blues Brothers weed strain at the new dispensary, located in an old bank steps from the Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie. Though he plans to pull up to the shop and hand deliver the bud, don’t expect any high-speed theatrics.
“What I wanted to do is drive through the Old Orchard mall, like they did in the ‘Blues Brothers,’ but I think that got a little too costly,” a laughing Jim Belushi said in an interview with the Sun-Times Wednesday.
Grassroots Cannabis will begin selling a Blues Brothers weed strain at the company’s new Skokie dispensary, which opens Thursday. Provided
He noted that Aykroyd was planning to travel to the Chicago area for the opening, but coronavirus-related travel restrictions would have complicated a trip from his native Canada. Still, Aykroyd offered his blessing during a conversation Jim Belushi recounted.
“Jimmy, I know you can drive it,” Jim Belushi said, doing a spot-on impersonation of the original Saturday Night Live cast mate. “You’re an Illinois alpha male, you know how to drive a police car.”
Jim Belushi, who grew up in the western suburbs, said he started smoking weed while attending Wheaton Central High School. Taken by the plant’s healing and medicinal effects, and the fact that it simply “makes