State gives final approval for first adult-use dispensary in downtown Chicago – REjournals.com


Chicago-headquartered Cresco, a vertically integrated, multistate cannabis operator, received an adult-use dispensing organization license from the Illinois Department of Financial Regulation for its dispensary located at 436 N. Clark Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Sunnyside River North will soon begin adult-use cannabis sales online for pick up through a pop-up retail experience.

As part of the procedures they’ve implemented system-wide to eliminate wait lines, crowding and follow social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the dispensary will operate with online orders only through Sunnyside.shop. Once customers receive a notification that their order is ready, they can visit the store at staggered times for order pick up.

The dispensary is located in the former home of the iconic Baton Club, right at the heart of one of the most dynamic downtown neighborhoods of Chicago. River North is home to hotels, restaurants, a variety of nightlife options, as well as residential buildings, offering retailers in the area consistent foot traffic day and night. The area touches the Loop and the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue, which is Chicago’s premier commercial district and a destination point for Chicago’s 58 million visitors annually.

“We are thrilled to make history in our home city, opening Chicago’s first-ever recreational-only dispensary in such a sought-after location. The state’s approval provides a significant opportunity for Cresco to grow its retail footprint and serve more consumers across the state through six Sunnyside dispensaries—two of which are in Chicago,” said Charlie Bachtell, Cresco Labs CEO and co-founder. “It is also incredibly rewarding to be able to help the local community during such a challenging and uncertain time by providing more convenient access to downtown residents, adding new jobs and acting as a good community partner to build impactful, positive relationships with local businesses and provide essential products and

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