Black Women Behind Wicker Park Dispensary Also Opening Shop In Former South Loop Dinner Theater – Block Club Chicago

SOUTH LOOP — The sisters behind a proposed Wicker Park cannabis dispensary recently won key approval to launch a South Loop location, but an ongoing lawsuit about how the state doled out recreational weed licenses will delay how soon the shop can open.

Sisters Loretta and Priscilla Foster, who are behind Foster and Green LLC, plan to open a 6,000-square-foot shop at 2114 S. Wabash Ave., the former home of Tommy’s Gun Garage. Their proposal was approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals earlier this month.

As at the Wicker Park operation, the Fosters are majority owners but got key backing from Dispensary 33. Paul Lee, Gene Moreno and brothers Bryan and Zach Zises sold their two Dispensary 33 locations in Andersonville and the West Loop to Florida-based cannabis company Ayr Wellness last year.

The team used cash from the sale to partner with social equity applicants and open pot shops in Chicago, Bryan Zises said at the time.

Steep Architecture Studio’s Jaime Magaliff will oversee the South Loop store’s construction.

The sisters have a social service background, spokesperson Gené Moreno told residents during a recent 3rd Ward meeting.

Navy veteran Loretta Foster mentors unhoused individuals in recovery, and Priscilla Foster is a certified drug and alcohol

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