Lake View’s newest pot dispensary is within a home run’s distance of Wrigley Field.
Sunnyside Wrigleyville opened less than 400 feet from the Friendly Confines Monday with the hopes of serving weed-inclined fans, concert-goers and other North Siders.
The dispensary, which is 10,000 square feet in size, sits in a row of bar and restaurants after it took over the space formerly occupied by the shuttered John Barleycorn bar at 3524 N. Clark St. It will sell marijuana vapes, edibles, pre-rolls and more to casual stoners and medical marijuana patients alike. The store also offers the smokable flower, as well as concentrates, infused beverages and a slew of branded merchandise.
The dispensary opened on Monday morning, with customers lining up to sample the store’s numerous cannabis offerings Brian Rich/Sun-Times
“Sunnyside is [dedicated] to normalizing the way that people shop for Cannabis,” said Charlie Bachtell, CEO of Cresco Labs, which operates 10 Sunnyside locations in Illinois, at a Monday ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“There should be no stigma associated with it. The fact that we are here sort of at the intersection of ‘Main’ and ‘Main’ is the future of cannabis.”
The new flagship shop will replace a smaller Sunnyside store two blocks north that originally opened as a medical marijuana dispensary before recreational use was legalized at the start of 2020. The new location is more than 10 times the size of its predecessor and features 21 registers.
“It’s definitely good for the community,” said customer Alec Slapinski, of Elgin, who was at the opening Monday. “I just feel like it uplifts everyone. It brings everyone in a better mood. It’s legal. It’s nice to be able to buy it.”