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Chicago Smokes—Four Places to Legally Light Up

Alejandro Benes
Posted: June 12, 2013

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The plan is to make the space twice the size and to install a raised wood floor and low walls, not fully enclosing the area, thereby complying with the law that prohibits smoking indoors.

"I want to get people back to enjoying the special cigar and drink moment," Bryan says.

The Redhead Piano Bar
16 W. Ontario St (between State and Dearborn)
Saturday: 7 p.m. - 5 a.m.
Sunday to Friday: 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Sullivan's Steakhouse

The Redhead is on Ontario Street, basically a nightlife destination with numerous restaurants nearby. One of them is Sullivan's Steakhouse, about four blocks south of the piano bar. Sullivan's is a chain restaurant owned by the Del Frisco Restaurant Group. The smoking area here is the unheated patio on Hubbard Street. There aren't many tables and the sidewalk seating is a bit cramped, but you can have dinner and a cigar without having to move.

Also, there is full service in this area. You don't have to fetch your own drinks. I thoroughly enjoyed my Coronado by La Flor Dominicana and a Gosling's rum on a warm evening in May. A small, but noticed plus was the double-bedded cigar ashtray on the table. Sure, it was plastic (they do tend to walk away), but a nice and useful touch.

Sullivan's sells cigars, from the $13 Fuente Short Story to the $26 Dominican Montecristo No. 2.

Sullivan's Steakhouse
415 N Dearborn St
Monday to Saturday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Clark Street Ale House

A little farther west, on Clark Street, where there are bars aplenty, you'll find the Clark Street Ale House. Again, belly up and order, then walk out the backdoor to the kind of patio I used to party on when I lived in Chicago. Nothing fancy here, no cigars for sale, but a great beer selection. There are about 40 seats around outdoor metal tables. No heaters here. Planters serve as ashtrays and the décor "highlight" is the immense air-conditioning compressor jutting out from the second-floor deck. If there were a second-floor deck.

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Comments   6 comment(s)

Alejandro Benes — Newbury Park, CA, USA,  —  June 13, 2013 5:07pm ET

Go Hawks!!!!

Graham Lopinsky — Bolingbrook, IL, U.S.A.,  —  June 13, 2013 8:40pm ET

Yes sir, Let Go Hawks!!!

C.W. Harris June 15, 2013 2:18pm ET

Chicago is a great place to visit with great food, culture, entertainment and places to smoke.
See you soon.
~C. Dub June 18, 2013 1:17am ET

Hoffman Estates has a place....great Filet with creamed spinach,...don't want to give the name away and have excellent patio closed...But bring the sticks...They also have a Cigar Night....

Jim Mochel — Chicago, IL, USA,  —  June 18, 2013 3:55pm ET

Save a few bucks on your cigars in Chicago. Half a block down (and across the street) from Sullivan's is Hubbard State Cigars. Great selection and prices.

Tom Flack — Westerville, Ohio, USA,  —  February 8, 2014 12:45pm ET

The SLC is in a neighborhood that sometimes one would question.However,one will find really nice people there and it is friendly and unassuming. They will upgrade the seating for smoking in due time.

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