9 Best Dispensaries in Chicago – mg Magazine

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The Illinois adult-use cannabis market opened for business on New Year’s Day 2020 to crowds of hundreds who lined up before sunrise in Chicago for a chance at being among the first to purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary. In total, nearly 77,000 customers spent $3.2 million on the first day of recreational sales in Illinois. Since then, the market has only grown in popularity with adult-use cannabis sales surpassing liquor sales in 2023 by $140 million.

Data: cannabis.illinois.gov

With about two dozen licensed recreational cannabis dispensaries spread across a city with 2.6 million residents and nearly 50 million annual tourists, many Cook County shops can turn a profit with minimum effort. But among the dispensary owners who want to earn more than their fair share of the Windy City’s ample cannabis revenue, the type of competitive spirit that drives customer satisfaction and loyalty is alive and well.


To help identify the select shops vying for recognition as the best Chicago dispensary, we scoured through popular cannabis industry and mainstream review platforms including Google, Leafly, Yelp, and Weedmaps.

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