Lawsuit seeks to block dispensary from opening in old Rainforest Café – WGN TV Chicago

CHICAGO — There’s a battle brewing over the future of a well-known River North property.

Under one proposal, a company called Bio-Pharm LLC would open a marijuana dispensary in the 20,000-square-foot building at 605 North Clark Street.

The property has been vacant since 2020, when the Rainforest Café closed amid the pandemic.

The restaurant chain, known for its giant tree frog on the property, had been open 23 years.

Bio-Pharm is a social equity applicant, meaning it’s led by a minority ownership group. It was awarded a conditional license by the state last year, but its plan to open the dispensary has stalled, in part, amid opposition from some neighbors and pending legal action.

The most recent lawsuit, filed today in Cook County Circuit Court, was brought by the owners of Green Rose, a rival dispensary, also led by a minority ownership group.

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Green Rose is one of four dispensaries currently operating in River North, within blocks of the old Rainforest Café.

In its complaint, Green Rose claims Bio-Pharm’s plan would violate a state law aimed at preventing clusters

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