When thinking about cannabis tourism, outdoorsy Western states like California or Colorado are often the first places that come to mind. But since Illinois decided to legalize recreational marijuana in 2020, the Midwest has been slowly gaining more to offer cannabis tourists and breaking stigma along the way, especially in the Windy City. Dispensaries and grow facilities have popped up in addition to interactive experiences that celebrate what makes Chicago great — with cannabis, of course.
Despite more prominent cannabis industries in other legal states, this booming metropolis with a rich culture and history is set to become the country’s next cannabis giant. Sparkling Lake Michigan matches California’s beaches, and city treks answer Colorado’s hikes. Here are some must-see cannabis experiences to book in Chicago.