Ever since former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, Illinois residents have been able to receive a medical recommendation for marijuana and buy it from the dispensary of their choice. Illinois boasts over 50 medical marijuana dispensaries, many of which are located in The Windy City.
Under Illinois' restrictive regulations, however, qualifying consumers must select only one medical cannabis dispensary to buy from when completing the state's medical cannabis application form. Medical consumers can change their dispensary for free by filling out a Medical Cannabis Selection Form and talking with a representative from the Department of Public Health.
Although Illinois' dispensary rules may be limiting for medical cannabis consumers, there are plenty of Chicago medical dispensaries that provide high-quality flower, concentrates, topicals, tinctures, and edibles. Downtown Chicago is a particularly attractive location for dispensaries. Here are the Downtown Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries that Illinois residents can choose from before or after applying for a medical card.
The Herbal Care Center
Located just a short drive away from the Loop, The Herbal Care Center (THC) offers medical marijuana consumers in the Chicago area one of the largest inventories in their state-of-the-art retail location. As a veteran-owned Downtown Chicago medical marijuana dispensary, THC offers discounts and financial assistance to veterans, seniors, and medical consumers who can't afford medical cannabis. With proof, veterans and seniors can receive 10% off their purchase.
Open 7 days a week, THC holds weekend specials and monthly events where medical consumers can sign-up to win sporting event tickets, electronics, and medical marijuana products. All medical cardholders receive 1 reward point for every dollar spent that can be redeemed with any purchase. There are even double or triple point days. While medical consumers can scope out the menu on their sleek touchscreen menu, they can also pre-order online, by phone, or email.
- 1301 S. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
- Sunday-Monday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
MOCA Modern Cannabis
MOCA Modern Cannabis is located in the center of Logan Square. Medical consumers can pay for metered parking on Milwaukee Avenue or park in the temporary/handicap loading zone on Fullerton Ave. Like most Downtown Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries, MOCA has a sleek retail space with splashes of color, a clean space, and every product neatly laid out. Although this location takes cash only, they have an ATM on site.
Medical consumers can order online from MOCA's wide range of glass smoking products and accessories including bubblers, bongs, chillums, and pipes. Loyal customers can receive $25 for every $500 spent and attend monthly mixers to meet other locals. MOCA offers a 10% discount to veterans. They also have Spanish-speaking staff available most days.
- 2847 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Saturday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
MedMar – Lakeview
With locations in Chicago and Rockford, MedMar brings an wide and varied selection of medical cannabis products to Illinois residents. MedMar's Chicago location is located a couple of blocks from Wrigley Field. Medical customers can find plenty of parking – a luxury at Downtown Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries – and wheelchair access at this dispensary. Available products include popcorn buds from Crescolabs and dark chocolate from GoldLeaf as well as smoking accessories like chillums, pipes, and grinders. Their loyalty program gives customers $25 for every $500 spent.
- 3812 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
- Monday-Friday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
As Chicago's first medical cannabis dispensary, Dispensary 33 sets the bar for Downtown Chicago medical cannabis dispensaries. Featured products include White Harmony pre-rolled joints, AJ Sour Diesel dry kief, and Beverly Road and Gelato #33 strains. Customers can also get their Cresco and GTI concentrates here. Dispensary 33's space is clean, bright, and displays every medical cannabis product available. Medical cardholders can sign-up for the Cannabis Compassion Program to get financial assistance.
- 5001 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
- Monday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Tuesday: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Wednesday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
NuMed in Chicago offers tons of medical cannabis products including flower, concentrates, edibles, pre-rolls, and accessories. Illinois residents can also choose from NuMed locations in East Peoria and Urbana. Their product selection includes exciting products like Progressive Treatment Solutions' Cronuts #4 disposable vape, Revolution Enterprises' Strawberry Goobies, and PharmaCann's Blue Dream pre-rolls.
- 1308 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
- Tuesday and Sunday: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
- Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
GreenGate – Chicago
Although GreenGate in Chicago might not technically be considered one of the Downtown Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries, GreenGate offers medical consumers a warm and elegant retail location to purchase features strains like Cresco's Outer Space or Bio Jesus. Consumers enjoy daily specials, ample parking lots, and over 200 different cannabis products and accessories. Veterans can receive 15% off with every purchase.
- 7305 N. Rogers Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
- Sunday-Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Thursday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
For Illinois residents who are a bit removed from Downtown Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries, Midway Dispensary is just three blocks north of Midway Airport. Midway Dispensary allows medical consumers to order online or snag featured products like the Solventless THCa from Ataraxia or CBD bundle from PTS in store. Midway offers specials on PharmaCann and Cresco cartridges, Pax Pods, hard candies, GTI edibles, and more. They also offer a 10% discount to veterans and seniors.
- 5648 S. Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60638
- Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Monday-Tuesday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Wednesday-Friday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Medical consumers that have made their way to South Chicago can still get their medical cannabis products at Mission Illinois. Mission Illinois carries concentrates including shatter, distillates, crumbles, and pre-filled cartridges as well as capsules, candies, edibles, topicals, and more. Mission Illinois has made it their mission to help those in need. Seniors can get 10% off. Veterans or individuals receiving social security income or disability income get 20% off their purchase. Their Compassion Program chooses individuals on Illinois benefits on a case-by-case basis to get 20% off.
- 8554 S. Commercial Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
- Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Maribis of Illinois
Located in the Brighton Park area, Maribis of Chicago is just a short drive from all of the Downtown Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries. Medical consumers can receive medical card assistance and assistance transferring dispensaries at this location. First-time customers receive a free gram, while regular consumers can stop by during happy hour from 3 to 6 pm or bring in their Maribis bag for $5 off. Other daily deals include Munchie Monday, Two for Tuesday, Wax Wednesdays, Therapeutic Thursdays, Friday Happy Hours (3-7 pm), and Shatterday Saturdays.
- 4570 S. Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
- Monday-Friday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Columbia Care Illinois
Chicago's Jefferson Park area is home to a Columbia Care dispensary, a 2,000 square foot medical marijuana dispensary. Medical cardholders can purchase medical cannabis products from third-party growers based in Illinois. Columbia care deals include new consumer deals ($30 credit), birthday deals ($10 off), and discounts for reviews left on Yelp, Facebook, or Google. Customers can also join their Patient Supported Cultivation (PSC) rewards program.
- 4758 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
- Monday-Friday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries, customers can find Zen Leaf in Chicago. Zen Leaf has flowers, pre-rolls, concentrates, edibles, and more to choose from. In terms of flower strains, they carry GoldLeaf, PTS, Nature's Grace, and more flower brands. Medical consumers can join their rewards program and earn 10 Zen Leaf points for every dollar spent. 10% discounts are offered for veterans, minor patients, and SSI and SSDI recipients.
- 6428 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60631
- Monday-Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Downtown Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries are in short supply, but consumers can head a few miles out of the downtown area to visit dispensaries nearby. To check out more Chicago dispensaries and retailers in neighboring areas, Illinois residents can comb through Leafbuyer's comprehensive directory of Illinois dispensaries. There, cannabis customers can find Chicago dispensary menus, contact information, and deals.