Black-owned dispensary to open in Broadview – Village Free Press |

Viola Chi, co-founded by Hyde Park native, will open June 24

June 21, 2023 || By Francia Garcia Hernandez

A new cannabis dispensary owned by Viola Brands, a Black-owned producer and licensed reseller of premium cannabis products, will open its first Chicagoland store at 1516 W. Roosevelt Rd., Broadview on June 24. Viola Chi is one of two stores coming to the Chicago area owned by the company, co-founded by Hyde Park native Dan Pettigrew and business partner Al Harrington, a former NBA player. 

“It’s really exciting for me because it’s a homecoming,” Pettigrew said. “For Viola, it’s an expansion into the Chicago market, one of the biggest markets in the country.” 

He added Broadview met all the internal criteria for what the company was looking for in a location and the timing was right. 

“We just fell in love with the location,” he said. “The amount of traffic, the community… It’s an incredible city and it’s incredibly well run.” 

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