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Trying to Smoke, Chicago

Our associate editor visits the Windy City in search of cigar-friendly places.
Gregory Mottola
Posted: March 5, 2009

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The next day I went to lunch at NoMI, a beautiful airy restaurant on the seventh floor of the Park Hyatt on Michigan Avenue designed with mosaic floors, etched steel panels, Venetian blown glass fixtures and a marble wine-tasting room. After lunch on my way out, I noticed a pair of glass doors near the entrance that opened up to a wonderfully spacious terrace and stunning city view. It was snowing, but I could imagine some pretty swanky cigar parties out there in warmer weather.

"Excuse me," I asked the hostess. "Do you allow smoking out on the terrace during the summer?"

"Oh no," she replied. "That would expose our employees to secondhand smoke, and we wouldn't want to do that."

Of course not.

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Adam Sarrazine October 3, 2010 2:21pm ET

Its not in downtown Chicago, but if you're in the Northwest Suburbs, Habana Cigar House (on 25/Algonquin Road) is a great place to spend an afternoon watching golf, playing cards, and (of course) smoking cigars. The staff is great; meeting regulars by name, and knowing their cigar preferences. The lounge area has comfortable seating, adequate ventilation, and enough space that you can hold a conversation without speaking over another group.

Amy Reid — Champaign, IL, US,  —  December 8, 2010 5:56pm ET

There's a great place a couple hours south of Chicago in Champaign, IL that's a GREAT cigar hangout called Bacca Cigar ( The owner is super friendly and knowledgeable and the atmosphere is comfortable. Their walk-in humidor is really cool too.

Chris Schedel — Chicago, Illinois, US,  —  December 14, 2010 10:18pm ET

Blue Havana at Belmont and Clark is a great place to buy and smoke cigars after work. They have a huge selection of cigars and provide a very comfortable environment in which to smoke.

Sam Sullivan December 28, 2010 2:25am ET

One of my favorite spots in Chicago is Up Down Cigar, in Old Town. They have an incredible selection of cigars alongside beautiful pipes and other tobacco miscellany. Most importantly, they have a cigar bar (albeit a small one) open late, a feature great in a city where that isn't all too common.

Vern Sheldon — Portage, IN, USA,  —  February 10, 2011 2:52am ET

In the Indiana burbs, Karma Cigars in Merrilville is a great place to relax and have a liesurely smoke. Freindly, knowledgeable staff and comfortable seating, and the best selection in Northwest Indiana.

James White — Chicago, IL, USA,  —  October 24, 2011 3:34pm ET

There isn't but one thing I hate about this wonderful city of Chicago that I live in: YES! you guessed it: This stupid smoking ban

James Richardson March 24, 2013 5:40pm ET

Jack Binion's Steakhouse at the Horseshoe Casino. Two bars on the casino floor as well. Free shuttles from Chicago. Cigar smoking permitted throughout.

Sam Zimmerman — Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States,  —  August 19, 2013 11:47pm ET

Neumanns Cigars & More in the Long Grove and Libertyville are really great places.

Peter Hook March 23, 2014 8:46am ET

I had a very enjoyable time at Tesa cigars at 1039 W. Lake St. Open late, great laid back atmosphere. BYO. Very highly recommended.

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