Weed dispensary plan scrapped at old Rainforest Cafe in River North – Chicago Sun-Times

A plan to transform the former Rainforest Cafe in River North into a pot dispensary has been scrapped by two marijuana firms.

Mara Georges, an attorney who represented Progressive Treatment Solutions LLC and Bio-Pharm, confirmed the move in an email Wednesday morning. The news was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

The companies were facing two lawsuits seeking to block a dispensary from opening at 605 N. Clark St. — which previously housed the colorful Rainforest Cafe. The building has been vacant since the restaurant closed in 2020.

“The development of the former Rain Forest Café site was delayed by litigation and the uncertainty and additional costs it brings,” Georges said in a statement. “As a result, PTS and Bio-Pharm have decided to forego this site and pursue other options. They remain committed to ensuring the success of their companies and of the cannabis industry.”

Palatine-based PTS had initially sought to move its dual-use pot shop from 6428 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Norwood Park to the River North location.

But the plan was nixed by state officials because state law prohibits a dispensary from opening within 1,500 feet of an existing shop.

There are at least three dispensaries that appear to be within

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