Weed Dispensary Wants To Open 'Flagship' Location In Lincoln Square – Block Club Chicago

LINCOLN SQUARE — A recreational cannabis dispensary is trying to open near one of Lincoln Square’s busy commercial corridors.

The area’s alderman is still making a decision on approving zoning the business needs to open at the site, which was once a Core Power Yoga, 2301 W. Lawrence Ave. The company leaders behind the site have been meeting with neighbors to answer their questions, assuring residents there will be security guards and they’ll hire from the neighborhood.

Botavi Wellness submitted a zoning change application to Ald. Matt Martin (47th) on Jan. 1 to open at the site. The zoning change would need to be approved by Martin and the full City Council, as well as get final approval from state licensing officials before Botavi can sign a 10-year lease and move into the 6,585-square-foot store.

The dispensary could open six or seven months after getting approved, said Mitchell Zaveduk, a Botavi principal and Justice Cannabis Company’s national director of Real Estate and Existing Property.

“This is going to be one of our flagship dispensaries in Chicago. This will be our biggest dispensary, by size, in the city of Chicago,” Zaveduk said. 

When that approval could come is unclear, though. Martin said he is asking for neighborhood feedback

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