Ah, the Windy City. With its rich history, world-class architecture, delectable deep-dish pizza, and the newfound freedom to enjoy cannabis legally, Chicago has even more to offer its residents and visitors alike. As you meander through its bustling streets with a newfound appreciation (thanks to a little buzz with your favorite flower), you’ll find a myriad of experiences waiting for you. We’ve got a few great ideas for what to do while stoned in Chicago. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s understand the rules.
Where Can You Smoke Weed in Chicago?
Navigating the world of legal cannabis in Chicago can be a tad confusing, especially when it comes to understanding where one can enjoy this newly legalized freedom. While the state of Illinois has opened its arms to recreational cannabis, some specific guidelines and places allow for its consumption.
First and foremost, the safest and most recommended location to consume cannabis is within the confines of a private residence. This includes your home or the home of a friend (with their permission, of course). If you’re a tourist or visiting the city, be cautious, as many hotels and rental properties might have rules against smoking, even if it’s legal in the state.
Cannabis Lounges and Clubs
Slowly but surely, Chicago is seeing the rise of private cannabis clubs and lounges where adults can gather and consume marijuana socially. These establishments typically require a membership or an entry fee. They offer a safe and comfortable environment to enjoy cannabis, often complemented by music, art, and sometimes even gourmet food. Always check ahead; some of these lounges allow you to bring your cannabis, while others might offer it as part of their service.
Cannabis Events and Tours
Embracing the new green wave, some entrepreneurs have launched cannabis-themed events and tours. These might range from educational seminars on the history and benefits of cannabis to bus tours that take you around the city’s best dispensaries and cannabis-friendly spots. A notable mention is the ‘Puff, Pass & Paint’ class, which combines the joy of creating art with cannabis consumption.
It’s crucial to know where you cannot consume cannabis. Public areas, including streets, parks, and public transportation, are off-limits. Additionally, smoking near someone under 21 or near school grounds is strictly prohibited. Also, even if a venue serves alcohol or tobacco, it doesn’t mean they allow cannabis consumption. Always be respectful and inquire ahead.
Know Before You Go
While Chicago is gradually becoming more cannabis-friendly, not everyone in the city may share the same sentiment. It’s always best to plan, be discreet, and avoid smoking in areas where it might bother others. As the industry evolves and grows, we can anticipate more spaces opening up for legal and enjoyable cannabis consumption. For now, do your research, be respectful, and most importantly, enjoy responsibly!
Best Things to Do While High in Chicago
Chicago is even more enchanting when your senses are heightened. As you embark on this journey through the Windy City, let’s highlight some must-visit places that, when paired with a sweet buzz, promise an unforgettable experience. Start the day with a wake and bake, and go spend the day exploring!
The Art Institute of Chicago
A world-class museum at the heart of the city, it houses an extensive collection of artworks spanning thousands of years. With cannabis enhancing your senses, immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of Seurat’s pointillism or the evocative emotions of Van Gogh’s “The Bedroom.” Each art piece can become a story, a journey, a meditation.
Millennium Park & Cloud Gate (The Bean)
The gleaming silver of The Bean takes on an otherworldly glow when viewed under the influence. Capture distorted reflections, lay on the grass, watch the clouds, and let the urban beauty of Millennium Park wash over you.
It’s not just a pier; it’s an experience. The gentle lapping of the water, the distant city skyline, and the myriad of attractions, from the botanical gardens to the Centennial Wheel, can feel like an amusement park for the senses.
Foodie Delight at Lou Malnati’s
A trip to Chicago is incomplete without diving into its iconic deep-dish pizza. The combination of gooey cheese, rich tomato sauce, and crunchy crust feels even more soul-satisfying when your taste buds are tingling from a high. There’s no better way to satisfy the munchies when in Chi-town!
This pedestrian trail alongside the Chicago River offers serene views, quaint cafes, and an architectural marvel at every corner. As you walk, the reflections in the water, combined with the stories each building tells, can feel like a poetic sojourn. It’s the perfect setting for a stoned stroll.
Garfield Park Conservatory
A lush, green oasis amidst the urban landscape, this conservatory is home to a plethora of plant species. Each room, from the fern room to the desert house, offers a unique ecosystem. With heightened senses, the fragrances, textures, and visual diversity of the plants become even more pronounced.
Stargaze, explore the vastness of the universe, and contemplate our tiny existence in the grand cosmic dance. The captivating exhibits and immersive shows, when combined with a thoughtful high, can be a profoundly introspective experience.
Old Pal in Illinois
We love the cannabis scene in Illinois and especially appreciate the warm welcome from the community. The Old Pal crew is continually humbled to work alongside like-minded individuals and continue striving towards collective goals in the cannabis community and beyond. It’s been a pleasure to work with Do More With Your Time. The summer beach parties have been epic!
It’s also been really exciting to partner with The 1937 Group. We believe so strongly in their mission to end prohibition and discrimination among cannabis users. Find us at any of their locations and stock up on your favorite Old Pal flower.