MedMen Chicago, 1132 Lake St., received a cease and desist notice from the village of Oak Park March 29, regarding its recreational sales after being unable to maintain social distancing requirements inside and outside the establishment. The cease and desist notice was in effect for 24 hours, during which time MedMen needed to provide Oak Park Public Health Director Mike Charley with a plan for compliance. Medical sales never stopped at MedMen.

Prior to receiving the cease and desist order, MedMen had clearly marked on the floor where customers should stand while waiting, according to a MedMen customer named Todd who purchased recreational cannabis from the dispensary March 28. Out of privacy concerns, Todd declined to give his last name.

“The entire process of going inside was all clearly marked where you had to be six feet away from each other,” said Todd. “They also had security personnel, at least four or five that we’re constantly reprimanding people and telling them to get back to their spot.” 

Todd said the only time he was closer than six feet from people was when he had to show his license and pay, which seemed to him as “kind of unavoidable.”

“Even at the end, when I was paying, I had to stand six feet away from the register. It was just the actual moment when I handed my card, put my card in the machine and put in my pin,” he said. 

Todd left feeling “very impressed” with MedMen, saying he “didn’t expect them to be on the ball.”

He said he had never visited MedMen prior to March 28 and didn’t know what the social distancing was like prior.

“This was the first time I’ve ever been, so I don’t know what it was like before,” he said. 

According to a representative from the Oak Park MedMen location, the retail establishment has yet to resume selling recreational cannabis and is working on developing a way to purchase recreationally via its website. 

Motor vehicle theft

Video recordings show an unknown man removing the victim’s unlocked blue 2020 Mazda CX30 from a parking garage in the 1100 block of Westgate Street at 10:06 a.m., March 23. The vehicle owner may have left key fob in center console.  The estimated loss is $21,800.

Chicago police recovered the vehicle in the 1400 block of South Drake Avenue in Chicago at 5:04 p.m., March 26. The police made four apprehensions.

A man wearing a white surgical mask removed the victim’s running and unattended black 2014 Chevy Impala at 5:38 p.m., March 23 in the 7100 block of Roosevelt Road. Estimated loss is $15,000.


A UPS package containing five Apple iPhone 11 Pro smartphones was removed from the victim’s front door at noon, March 21 in the 100 block of Garfield Street. The estimated loss is $5,500.

A white Dell computer was taken from an unlocked office in the first block of North Austin Boulevard between 9 a.m., March 3 and 8 p.m., March 16. Estimated loss is $2,000.


Someone entered an unlocked parked vehicle, stole a Sears Craftsman garage door opener, used the opener to open the victim’s garage and took a red Sears Craftsman power washer in the 1100 block of Home Avenue between 5 p.m., March 22 and 6:20 p.m., March 23. Estimated loss is $350.

A person took the hinges off the door to a storage unit and took the victim’s black Masi Uno Drop bicycle between 7 a.m., March 23 and 7 p.m., March 25 in the 200 block of South Maple Avenue. The estimated loss is $700.

A person stole a folder and a black Apple iPhone 6 out of an unlocked vehicle and ransacked its interior in the 100 block of Washington Boulevard between 8 a.m., Feb 18 and 8 a.m., March 18. Estimated loss is $200.

Someone damaged the rear door and entered into a private office suite, then ransacked the office and took a projector, a projector screen and a purple Schwinn bicycle in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and noon, March 27. Estimated loss is $1,250.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park Police Department, came from reports March 23-30 and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Stacey Sheridan 

St. Catherine-St. Lucy Church computer equipment stolen

A person broke into St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Catholic Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd., possibly through an unlocked window, and removed companion computer speakers, a Galaxy Audio wireless computer monitor band, PreSonus Eris, Shure earphones, two Apple iPads, an Apple pencil, a Shure microphone, a Mackie multimedia monitor, a Swingline electric three hole puncher, a SM137, SRH1440 headphones, a Scarlett audio interface, a Korg tuner, a Boss DB-90 metronome, a Samsung monitor and a Lenovo laptop between 7 p.m., March 25 and 4:01 p.m., March 28. The estimated loss is $5,773. 

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