RANCH TRIANGLE — Chicagoans can soon buy their weed on Weed Street.
Windy City Cannabis will open its first dispensary in the city on the conveniently named street, 923 W. Weed St., on Wednesday in the Ranch Triangle neighborhood.
The cannabis company, which has four dispensaries in Chicagoland outside city limits, was awarded a dispensary license by the state on June 15 and announced the opening on Twitter on June 24. Artists from Company Inq were adding final artistic flourishes on the building last week.
The dispensary will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m-5 p.m. on Sundays. At the company’s suburban dispensaries, customers must order online before picking up their purchase, although sales procedures haven’t been announced for the Weed Street location.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The site used to be home to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which closed in 2016.
Deemed an essential businesses under JB Pritzker’s stay at home order, weed dispensaries have remained open during the pandemic, and statewide sales exceeded $44 million in May, more than $5 million more than the previous high in January when recreational sales began.
The Weed Street dispensary is the second recreational-only dispensary to open in the city, joining Cresco Labs’ Sunnyside dispensary, 436 N. Clark St., which opened in River North in May. MOCA Modern Cannabis, 216 W. Ohio St., has also been awarded a state license, but has not set an opening date.
State law prevents dispensaries from locating within 1,500 feet of an existing dispensary.
But state officials surprised the industry by awarding a license to both MOCA and Cresco Labs despite being located within 1,500 feet of each other. The state ruled that because the licenses were awarded at the same time, there