Central Cannabis District

Updated March 24, 2020

The Central Cannabis District, as defined in the Cannabis Zoning Ordinance of Chicago, is generally bounded by Division Street on the north, Lake Michigan on the east, the Stevenson Expressway on the south and the Kennedy Expressway on the west.

Due to the unique character, configuration and congestion of downtown Chicago, City ordinance prohibits recreational cannabis businesses from opening within the heart of the central district. The boundaries of the Downtown Exclusion Zone run from Division Street to Lake Michigan to Van Buren Street on the north, east and south, respectively. The western boundary is State Street in River North and the South Branch of the Chicago River in the Loop.

Existing Operations 

No cannabis businesses operated in the Central District prior to 2020.

Seven businesses participating in the November 2019 Cannabis Lottery selected the Central District to pursue a cannabis business. Per state law, the only businesses eligible to enter the lottery were those who had an exisiting medical license from the state of Illinois that allowed them to open a second location in the Chicago region.

The seven businesses that chose to pursue a location in the Central District include:

  • Pharmacann LLC - Verilife Arlington Heights
  • PDI Medical
  • MOCA Modern Cannabis
  • Pharmacann LLC - Verilife North Aurora
  • Medmar Lakeview
  • Green House Group - Deerfield
  • Midway Dispensary

Cannabis Zone Map

 

According to the Cannabis Zoning Ordinance, each company wishing to open a cannabis business must obtain a zoning opinion letter from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), apply for a special use from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), host a community meeting prior to their ZBA hearing, and be approved for a special use by the ZBA prior to opening.

Information on each of the potential new cannabis businesses will be posted on this page as they move through that process. The selected businesses may take steps to obtain a special use permit in multiple locations, however, they will only be permitted one special use per state cannabis license. Additionally, while an applicant may take steps to open a cannabis business, if they do not obtain a special use within one year of the lottery, they will forfeit their right to open in the Central District.

Pharmacan LLC - Verilife North Aurora

Address: 444 N. LaSalle St. (Withdrawn)
Applicant's Formal Name: PC AU 1, LLC
Zoning Opinion Letter: Issued Dec. 27, 2019
Community Meeting: 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at Maggiano's, 516 N. Clark St.
Special Use Application: Filed Jan. 9, 2020; Withdrawn March 4, 2020
ZBA Hearing date: TBD
ZBA Decision: TBD
ZBA Resolution: TBD

 

Pharmacan LLC - Verilife Arlington Heights

Address: 12-14 W. Maple St.
Applicant's Formal Name: Pharmacan LLC
Zoning Opinion Letter: Issued Dec. 27, 2019
Community Meeting: TBD
Special Use Application: Filed Feb. 13, 2020 for 12-14 W. Maple St.
ZBA Hearing date: TBD
ZBA Decision: TBD
ZBA Resolution: TBD

Additional Zoning Opinion Letter Filed: Issued Dec. 27, 2019

MOCA Modern Cannabis

Address: 214-232 W. Ohio St.
Applicant's Formal Name: MOCA LLC
Zoning Opinion Letter: Issued Dec. 11, 2019
Community Meeting: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at 216 W. Ohio St., Fourth Floor
Special Use Application: Filed Dec. 12, 2019
ZBA Hearing date: March 6, 2020
ZBA Decision: Approved
ZBA Resolution: TBD

 

PDI Medical

Address: 21-29 W. Divison St.
Applicant's Formal Name: PDI Medical III, LLC
Zoning Opinion Letter: Issued Dec. 20, 2019
Community Meeting: TBD
Special Use Application: Filed Feb. 25, 2020
ZBA Hearing date: TBD
ZBA Decision: TBD
ZBA Resolution: TBD

Green House Group - Deerfield

Address: 414 N. Orleans St.
Applicant's Formal Name: Greenhouse Group, LLC
Zoning Opinion Letter: Posting pending
Community Meeting: TBD
Special Use Application: Filed March 6, 2020
ZBA Hearing date: TBD
ZBA Decision: TBD
ZBA Resolution: TBD

Additional Zoning Opinion Letters Filed: 60 W. Superior St.100 E. Ontario St.116 W. Hubbard St.423 W. Ontario St.777 N. LaSalle St., 612 N. Wells St.

 

Medmar Lakeview

Address: 436 N. Clark St.
Applicant's Formal Name: Medmar Lakeview, LLC
Zoning Opinion Letter: Issued Dec. 3, 2019
Community Meeting: 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at Maggiano's, 516 N. Clark St.
Special Use Application: Filed Dec. 6, 2019
ZBA Hearing date: March 6, 2020
ZBA Decision: Approved
ZBA Resolution: Pending

Midway Dispensary

Address: 676 N. LaSalle St.
Applicant's Formal Name: Chicago Alternative Health Center, LLC
Zoning Opinion Letter: Issued Dec. 27, 2019
Community Meeting: TBD
Special Use Application: TBD
ZBA Hearing date: TBD
ZBA Decision: TBD
ZBA Resolution: TBD

 

 

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