Ascend

Ascend Marijuana Dispensary River North

River North
216 W Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Hours of Operation:

Mon | Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat | Sun
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Payment Methods:

Cash Only
ATM Available On Site

Adult Use – Ascend is a marijuana dispensary location at 216 W Ohio Street in Chicago, IL 60654.

Ascend dispensary menu products are available for adult recreational use for people 21 years of age.

For Illinois MMJ Patients diagnosed with a Qualifying Condition that received an Illinois MedCard from a Certified MMJ Doctor, there is another MOCA location on Fullerton Ave.

Please enjoy products from this cannabis store responsibly!

RECREATIONAL DISPENSARY

What People Are Saying

The Book Of A.
The Book Of A.
01:01 24 Jul 22
In terms of dispensaries this one is amazing. They're parking lot comes with free parking, and for Chicago that's a... deal maker. You place your order on an ipad, and then your order is brought to you. Pricing is decent around 20 a gram. They provide a very large selection which includes dabs, tinctures, flower, and pre-rolls. The potency varies so check the content for the amount of THC. My absolute favorite part of the dispensary however was the security guard Sherry who stood outside and checked ids. She knows the city of Chicago backwards and forwards and gave us some of the best tourist attractions to hit up and local eateries that didn't cost an arm and a leg. She's AMAZING!!read more
Sanjin D.
Sanjin D.
04:07 18 Jul 22
Great experience from start to finish. Very efficient and friendly staff. Pre order was brought right up and the... hostes was also very kind! Thank you for a much better experience than the Logan Square location!read more
kendel M.
kendel M.
16:00 03 Jun 22
One of my go to stores when new strains drop. I’ve been a avid shopper with ascend and speak for everyone when i say... you can’t go wrong with ascend. Aside from the strains the customer service is amazing. Also time consuming, I’m in and out i hate waiting in lines and ascend does have times when their busy but outside of those times I’m a early shopper so i be in and out. I guess i get lucky. Ascend is definitely up there if you looking for a place to shop in the area.read more
Izabel P.
Izabel P.
14:14 28 May 22
Had a quick, and welcoming experience at this dispensary! Everyone was helpful and friendly. Specifically, a cashier... named Oliver helped me with my purchase and he was awesome. He helped me out with some discounts and was really easy to talk to. I will definitely be coming back!read more
Roderick M.
Roderick M.
19:53 20 May 22
Honest non biased opinion: This dispensary is not bad but not good. I've been to dispensaries in Michigan and this one... doesn't come close to those: Not in service, atmosphere, selection or price. I can't give this a 5 star for that reason. If you don't mind spending the extra buck.. this place ain't badread more
Luis T.
Luis T.
17:14 06 May 22
This was my go to place. It’s the closest to me and I like to pre order and pick up. However, I’ve had bad customer... service experience. Not to mention that now they only let one person in at a time. I buy with my wife and we go together after work, now either she or myself have to stay back in the car while the other steps in. Which would be fine, if the parking lot wasn’t sketchy as hell. I’ve had people look into my car with ill intent while my wife was there. We never try to go late again. Also before they stopped letting groups of people in they would always scold my wife for standing next to me at the register, while letting others do the exact same thing right after. Are they not fully vigilant? Do they not care enough and only pick on a certain few? Who knows, I just know I have to find a new regular place to go.Also when they used to call out order names, out of the 50+ times I’ve gone. Only one of their employees ever pronounced my name correctly.read more
Tina D.
Tina D.
16:07 05 May 22
2 Defective Vape Pens. The resolution was replacement pens. Upon pickup, I was only given a replacement for 1. Decided... to leave as my temper is admittedly not the best. The replacement pen STOPS WORKING AS WELL. Reached out only to be ignored. Reached out again today so I'll come back and update if I get a response.I am floored. They only get two stars because I am an Ascend customer. And MIDWAY is WAYYYYYYYYYY BETTER THAN THIS THIS LOCATION.DO BETTER, River North. It's a shame to be receiving better service in the "ghetto". For such a prime location, y'all have some absolute nerve.read more
Christopher G.
Christopher G.
20:39 30 Apr 22
Weird policy of having every person that enters needs to place an order. Other dispensaries are great about talking you... through products and sharing their opinions; here you buy from a tablet. I recommend only doing preorders, and if it’s your first time buying-go somewhere else!read more
Sarah L.
Sarah L.
00:25 21 Apr 22
Very quick Service Helpful,friendly. The menu is straight forward. Each item has a description which is truly helpful... if you're not sure what you want. They have some good specials tooread more
Nathan M.
Nathan M.
22:43 20 Apr 22
The staff was knowledgeable and professional. They helped answer my questions about menu, unfamiliar to me as a visitor... from out of state. They even hooked me up with a first time customer discount! I would definitely return to this location. It is convenient, fast, and has a huge selection.read more
C.A. F.
C.A. F.
03:40 08 Apr 22
This place is great. I've been a few times and never had a bad experience. Last time I went, Joe helped me out and got... me a special deal on a Sunday. Really nice place.read more
Zach M.
Zach M.
22:33 20 Feb 22
I love Ascend!! Joe was awesome and just cracking some funny jokes at the counter while checking out. Always love going... to them and using their reward program for purchases. Great deals even with the state tax!!read more
Joyce A.
Joyce A.
22:58 18 Feb 22
I really enjoy this dispensary and today I was helped by Oliver and he did an excellent job walking me through the... process. Outstanding customer service from him! My only complaint is that the line system is a little slow. Perhaps I just came at a busy time though. Fantastic place.read more
Sarah R.
Sarah R.
19:02 18 Feb 22
Love this place! Great selection of flower, edibles, pens, etc. I haven’t been let down yet. Thanks so much to Joe for... helping me out today. He’s so kind and taught me how to utilize my points for my next visit.read more
Jules W.
Jules W.
23:34 15 Feb 22
This place is the best and my go to dispensary in Chicago! Always nice, always good quality, and always quick! Best... staff in the business but special shout out to Romel who made today’s visit especially easy and positive! Smoke on!read more
Artem M.
Artem M.
17:30 15 Feb 22
Honestly I go out of my way to get to this store. I drove from the suburbs. Leo and Brandon were super helpful and... knowledgeable. From the entrance security and front desk everyone is super friendly. Ozone is great and they always have deals. I saw a review stating that someone had a problem and went to a different dispensary. That’s gotta be a fake review. Best dispo in the downtown area hands down. Shouts out to them for having the best hoursread more
Dirty D.
Dirty D.
02:06 15 Feb 22
Staff was nice, store is clean, cashier was fast and friendly. Just show your ID when they ask for it and you’re good.... Recommend placing a pickup order. Couldn’t have been a better experience though. The only reason I’m giving it 4 stars is because the weed (I bought 3 different strands of Ozone) were stemmy. But that’s more of a brand issue not so much the dispensary’s. No other complaints.read more
Joseph C.
Joseph C.
01:01 12 Feb 22
This place used to move people better than an airport. It used to be you were rang up, you waited and your name was... called. Then they reconfigured the whole store to where you’re rang up, then the cashier goes and gets your stuff, comes back, and it’s one by one. I’ve never seen a reconstruction and reconfiguration of a business actually work against it, the way MOCA moved people before was way more efficient. I don’t know why they made themselves slower. Prices are still fine, but man wait times are crazy after they moved everything around. The manager is a class act and the place is still phenomenal.read more
Nyla I.
Nyla I.
17:06 23 Jan 22
Great spot, even when packed the line moves quickly. The employees are polite and its an all around chill experience.... They have parking so uber drivers have been more likely to wait and thats really convenient. Really appreciate the points system as well.read more
Catrina K
Catrina K
02:52 23 Jan 22
Very convenient with Greta service. The pick up options are the best. Very quick, alway accurate. Free temporary... parking available. Big plus considering that location.read more
Nick N.
Nick N.
04:13 07 Jan 22
Tried this place when my normal dispensary was having computer issues and it's very good. Love the selection. And they... have parking!read more
Jada M.
Jada M.
13:57 23 Dec 21
I love this store.. fast and easy service.A Young Lady Von will help you out, she amazing.. Tell her how you want to... feel ..and she will pick the bestread more
West F.
West F.
02:47 23 Dec 21
Go to The Herbal Care Center instead. They have much better customer service. The oafish security guard at Ascend River... North got in my face for reaching for hand sanitizer. When I asked him why he did it, he said " I thought you were reaching for the masks". There was no reason to take it from 0-60, guy. I'm swearing off all Ascend locations because of this interaction alone. So much for personal space during a pandemic, and not to mention super aggressive on his part. He had a foot on me, about 60 lbs, and I'm not even a dude. Here's some advice: hire security guards who have a sliver of emotional intelligence and basic social skills. Thumbs down.read more
Nick B.
Nick B.
00:22 09 Nov 21
Good quality, tons of options, friendly staff. Don’t be fearful if there is a line, it moves fast.Pricing is good for... ILread more
Aaron M.
Aaron M.
00:08 04 Nov 21
Man I used to love this place! On a first name basis, the prices were better. Then some guy there always would give me... a hard time. Today will be the last day I go here. I think the company rocks, but this guy has many times insulted me and made me feel super uncomfortable. I spent lots of money here that I will not any further. Im sure I’m not the only one who has complained about this little man.read more
Akea B.
Akea B.
08:41 03 Nov 21
Favorite Dispensary Downtown! Everything I get is always so different & so satisfying! Love the taste & flavor.Bear... Dance is my favorite when it comes around & I’m constantly checking for it. It’s a must buy when in stock! Worth the drive or risk .read more
Bevon J.
Bevon J.
23:49 17 Sep 21
Awesome dispensary. Easy to walk in and order right from the tablets they have set up. The menus are easily understood... and accessible. The prices are listed and are clear cut. No hidden fees or agendas. Staff was super helpful and friendly. Security was on site and they lock the doors that lead to the actual checkout so theft would be virtually impossible. I felt very safe during my visit and would absolutely visit again & recommend to friends! Prices were pretty high compared to what I'm used to paying but that was to be expected I suppose.read more
Misha N.
Misha N.
04:41 28 Aug 21
I gave MOCA a one star because I was helped by a wonderful women today, forgot her name. She really found a good... product for me and my lifestyle. I asked if she directly received tips and she said no which was appalling to me as she gave me a direct service. I think its unfair and I can only imagine how much money the dispensary makes on the day to day, also it is a pandemic.read more
Kevin V.
Kevin V.
15:29 20 Aug 21
Edit 08.20.21:I appreciate the individual employees for doing their part to try and help.It appears though, yet... again, the overlords who hide behind the shadows have made a decision in the interest in profit, and against the best interests of the customers.New loyalty program is dog dookie. It’s no longer worth it to come here instead of anywhere else, say, 3 blocks away with an orange awning.In addition, the selection over the last 3-4 weeks has been below average at best.Whomever is newly in charge needs to not be newly in charge.read more
Jordan W.
Jordan W.
23:34 04 Aug 21
Compared to Seattle, Chicago prices are sky high (pun intended). Be prepared to pay taxes on top of the advertised... price. The line set up is also kinda weird. You pay and then wait for your name to be called to pick up your stuff. Odd, but the people who work there are cool.read more
Jessica F
Jessica F
01:38 22 Jul 21
Parking was very easy and attendant was friendly. Security guards are awesome and don't make you feel awkward, staff at... all counters were above and beyond to be nice, and I loved the vibe of this dispensary compared to the waiting room feel of others. I love the 10% medical discount and appreciate that they offer it. Will definitely be backread more
Thomas J.
Thomas J.
15:09 19 Jul 21
They offer a veterans discount but don't allow you to use rewards point with it so what's the point? Last time I was... there I specifically told the cashier to use the veterans discount & not my points because I was trying to save them up, but when I logged in later my awards points were gone. Also the prices on-line don't always match the price at the store. My last purchase online said it was $72 before taxes but they charged $80 before taxes.Edit: Wow thank you for reaching out & explaining that. I totally accept the apology.read more
Thomas J.
Thomas J.
13:29 18 Jul 21
They offer a veterans discount but don't allow you to use rewards point with it so what's the point? Last time I was... there I specifically told the cashier to use the veterans discount & not my points because I was trying to save them up, but when I logged in later my awards points were gone. Also the prices on-line don't always match the price at the store. My last purchase online said it was $72 before taxes but they charged $80 before taxes.read more
K. Renee O.
K. Renee O.
19:17 17 Jul 21
Weird experience. Illinois is too regulated. The manager, although knowledgeable, would not honor the special from... July 4th, even though he still had the sign up in the store. This place made you feel like you need national clearance to enter and purchase.read more
Cal S.
Cal S.
22:37 08 Jul 21
Excellent location for first time buyers. Super clean layout and top notch products. I really appreciated how they... had informational sheets and pamphlets that were honest about canmabis use and even saying weed can affect each person differently and that it isnt for everyone. Highly recommendread more
Jordan W.
Jordan W.
13:12 19 Jun 21
Compared to Seattle, Chicago prices are sky high (pun intended). Be prepared to pay taxes on top of the advertised... price. The line set up is also kinda weird. You pay and then wait for you name to be called to pick up your stuff. Odd, but the people who work there are cool.read more
Jason P.
Jason P.
23:22 11 Jun 21
My favorite dispensary in the city. Great staff, good prices and a super streamlined process. Selection can be somewhat... slim at times, but everything they do get in is always on point.read more
Sean H.
Sean H.
14:29 31 May 21
Nothing great, but nothing bad. Their product rotation is a bit slow and they offer the least appealing... specials/discounts of all Chicago dispensaries.Won’t be going back since one of their employees made a joke implying I couldn’t afford a purchase when I input the wrong PIN number at the register. Just no - that’s not appreciatedread more
Tiffany
Tiffany
11:58 18 May 21
The Best Dispensary in Chicago!! Great prices and the coolest staff! Their customer service is great and they are... always willing to answer any questions. Very knowledgeable and friendly! Also if you have any kind of handicap issues great place to shop. They have an elevator someone to meet and greet you at the door. Over all experience was fantastic!read more
S L
S L
15:13 09 May 21
Friendly service but the staff, clean presentation, good control in crowd size and liked the fact we could also use... other methods of payments. Online pick up wait time can vary for individuals, but all-in-all the process was smooth and efficient. Wish there was a wider selection. They show you the products you order when you show up.read more
Christian F.
Christian F.
14:18 23 Mar 21
This place is amazing. It is so safe and well-run. I was blown away by how smooth the process is. I pre-ordered and... though I had to wait in line to get in, once I was inside, I was out of there very quickly. Everyone is so kind and helpful, and all the security makes you feel safe. Overall flawless experience here. You in-state folks don't know how lucky you are!read more
Roderick M.
Roderick M.
14:16 23 Mar 21
Honest non biased opinion: This dispensary is not bad but not good. I've been to dispensaries in Michigan and this one... doesn't come close to those: Not in service, atmosphere, selection or price. I can't give this a 5 star for that reason. If you don't mind spending the extra buck.. this place ain't badread more
Adrian B.
Adrian B.
13:20 16 Mar 21
Great location and free parking. Been around 5 or 6 times and some during rush hour and still got lucky with parking.... Sometimes the lines can be long but the service is professional and quick so it’s never really much of a wait but I recommend pre ordering to bypass all that. The flower is fire and the prices are fair (considering recreational is taxed and expensive most places in IL). All the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. So far this is my go to dispensaryread more
Xavier M.
Xavier M.
20:12 12 Feb 21
This is a great location. They carry a wide variety from flower to edibles, et cetera. The staff is very kind & helpful... & they make you feel welcomed. Any questions & they can help you out with no problem. They also run really great deals as well. If you haven't been here yet I recommend you try it out.read more
Aj J.
Aj J.
12:47 24 Jan 21
Staff was cool and short wait. Was in and out. Product was good. Velvet glove fit just right.
George J.
George J.
20:15 15 Dec 20
Friendly staff, quick service and free parking. Prices are about the same as other dispensaries. Now we need the state... to cut back a bit on the taxes but this is Illinois so what do you expect.read more
david C.
david C.
16:17 09 Nov 20
After being a loyal customer for months, I feel that overall they could care less about their customers. They just... want your $. Ran into a tiny little problem, and cashier took upon herself to speak for the company. I promptly told her I will leave and go to sunny side for the first time. She said “ok, go”read more
david C.
david C.
16:11 28 Oct 20
Glad to have a location in the river north area. Just like everything else located here, prices are going to be at a... premium- which makes sense. Walk ins are welcome but sometimes waiting could be up to 30 minutes.1/5 starUpdate after being a loyal customer for months:1. None of my previous Purchases will be given any “points” credit2. Came with a friend to purchase an item that was marked $60, cashier said it was a mistake and it was actually double that.3. I am an Illinois resident with an Indiana ID, I’ve purchased ounces regularly from them, and suddenly today they won’t sell me an ounce. I guess they weren’t following federal regulations until today.Really sad that they couldn’t accommodate me,After being a loyal customer for months- they could’ve sold me half the ounce. Instead, they just said “I’m sorry that’s regulations”. I’ll bring shopping at other dispensaries now.read more
Jd A.
Jd A.
19:04 08 Oct 20
Way over priced. Better deals at other dispensaries. Also, the security seems very untrained. I would avoid it
Corey A.
Corey A.
19:01 08 Oct 20
Stay away from this place at all costs. I go in with a valid ID and they say it's not valid.. Haven't had an issue with... any other dispensaries in Chicago.. Poorly trained staff stay away if you are coming from out of state. You would think one of the 10 security guards had half a brain to enter an out of state ID. Windy City is actually trained and have way better prices. Not impressed at all. STAY AWAYread more
Frankie O.
Frankie O.
16:28 07 Oct 20
Good selection
Kellye B.
Kellye B.
23:46 02 Oct 20
Wow. It says a lot for me to even post a review. This is the first review I have even bothered to write. This place is... the worst. If you want to be harassed and threatened by security guards, this is the place for you. If you dare ask the security guard if dogs are allowed be prepared for a fight. I won’t go into the details but in essence the security guard on duty, La Kesha, basically verbally attacked me. I, at times during her tirade, was in fear of her that she may actually get physical. If you want to be treated like a person go to Nu Era. Dog friendly, you won’t be frisked, harassed or threatened.read more
Zheng W.
Zheng W.
22:50 30 Sep 20
It was very streamlined, which reduces the risk of spreading covid, and the staff were all very helpful and friendly.
wyndl J.
wyndl J.
17:31 19 Sep 20
great customer service! very friendly!
Joseph M.
Joseph M.
16:25 17 Sep 20
They have free parking (down town)and good deals.
michael S.
michael S.
03:51 17 Sep 20
safe place to buy and great portions and wide variety
Daniel S.
Daniel S.
18:57 15 Sep 20
Awesome dispensary. Compared to other dispensaries in the area—they are cheaper and nicer! Great selection for... recreational customers. Great customer service and efficient check-in protocol.read more
Michael K.
Michael K.
20:18 10 Sep 20
Love Moca Logan Square and now River North
josh H.
josh H.
03:04 09 Sep 20
Some friendly workers, some not. I tried to come back in and buy a light but was unable to do to laws. Not a biggie. I... do wish they would have tried to up sell me a lighter though.read more
Keith H.
Keith H.
05:36 05 Sep 20
First time customer & the staff was a very knowledgeable of their products. Thanks for being patient with me &... answering all my questions.read more
Vanessa P.
Vanessa P.
20:52 02 Sep 20
Happy that there is a locally owned dispensary close by, I ordered ahead and making my purchase was a breeze! Great... options and variety, I think I'm making this my candy shop instead of Sunnyside 😁 everyone I encountered was pleasant, wide open space to abide by distancing.. A+++++++++++Another big plus for me is the packaging after your purchase..I got a simple small brown recyclable paper bag which is easy to stow away in my existing bag instead of a glossy, clunky and BRIGHT retail bag, which I was always stuck with even tho I tried to decline at the competitors(save the planet, people!)👍👍 Thanks for being responsible retailers!read more
Vanessa P.
Vanessa P.
00:36 02 Sep 20
Happy that there is a locally owned dispensary close by, I ordered ahead and making my purchase was a breeze! Great... options and variety, I think I'm making this my candy shop instead of Sunnyside 😁 everyone I encountered was pleasant, wide open space to abide by distancing.. A+++++++++++read more
Brigid K.
Brigid K.
01:49 31 Aug 20
Amazing staff who was patient with me even though I showed up 5 minutes before close! Great experience. Thank you MOCA... 🙏🏼read more
Elliot O.
Elliot O.
16:03 27 Aug 20
Great experience! Super fast service, friendly staff, and best menu selection in Chicago. The prices are reasonable... (...for legal cannabis in River North!) I like how they include the tax in their prices - it feels much more transparent than other spots I’ve been to. Highly recommend GMO or anything from Aeriz.read more
david C.
david C.
21:36 18 Jul 20
Glad to have a location in the river north area. Just like everything else located here, prices are going to be at a... premium- which makes sense. Walk ins are welcome but sometimes waiting could be up to 30 minutes. Save some time by finishing your order online and arriving to pick up. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable! Definitely a place to stop by with friends when visiting the city. Probably not the place to buy an entire ounce of weed.read more
Kurt K.
Kurt K.
00:03 18 Jul 20
GREAT Expierence at MOCA! Well trained and very friendly staff. Great selection and reasonable prices considering the... high IL taxes. See you again soon MoCA!read more
Tracy C.
Tracy C.
16:50 15 Jul 20
Holy cow 🐄 you guys must not want my business. UNWELCOMING PRICES
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