Category Archives: Cigar Chicago

Cigar Chicago April — POSTPONED

Smoker Date: Friday, April 10, 2015


It is with deep deep regret that I have to inform everyone that we have to postpone the smoker. I know… I know. Believe me I know.

We were coming in to the shop before they were open this time (that’s why it was BYOC), as a private event. They got their license from the city faster than we’d thought, and while the good news is the shop is now open, the bad news is the city works piece by piece, and they don’t have their occupancy permit for the lounge space yet. There’s no place to smoke there until that permit is in.

It’s not a big deal; that should come along in the next few weeks, the owner is going to let me know the moment they have the permit, and we’re going to pick a Sunday night to go back and have the official smoker, expanded humidor and all. But we’ve unfortunately landed in the awkward middle space between a private space, and a newly licensed but not completely open space, and we now have to wait.

Don’t worry. We’ll be back on shortly and for the foreseeable future, and spring and summer are going to be a blast.

In the meantime, if you’re looking to get your boots done, the LRA has revived their munch/bootblacking night, and you might want to check them out https://fetlife.com/events/336181.

Keep an eye here – more news as it happens. See you all soon.


Our next smoker is Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm at Blue Havana.

After a winter’s hiatus, our smoker is back!

Blue Havana, our old home, is gone. Finding a place to do everything we want has been grueling, and we finally found one: the NEW Blue Havana!

Along with the changes at Blue Havana, there will be changes to how we run our smoker. For starters, the new location and new ownership mean we have a private smoking lounge all to ourselves, so we can hang out and also do more cigar play! We have privacy!

Blue Havana isn’t formally open yet; this is a pre-opening smoker. As such, their humidor (even bigger and better stocked than before) is NOT available yet; there will be no tobacco for sale this time – it’s a city licensing thing. This time, and this time only, it’s going to be not only BYOB, but also BYOC. Bring those sticks from home you’ve been dying to smoke, bring your travel humidor and swap with friends.

There will be more changes to come as we roll out. But for now, come back, join friends, have a drink and light up. Hang out on a Friday evening, come see the new store, the new private lounge, the outdoor space we’ll have access to when the weather turns nicer.

The new shop is located at:

Blue Havana
3240 N Clark St
Chicago IL 60657

Street meter parking only.

(Since we won’t be buying from the shop, there will be a donation jar set out to help the shop with opening expenses. Please be sure to make a donation if you can and help our new old home!)

Kick back with a cigar or two and cigar camaraderie with other kinky cigar lovers. As always, we’re taking over the shop after hours, so it’s just us.

We’re BYOB, so feel free bring your favorite whisky or other spirit and share the love with your friends; who knows, you might just find a new favorite for your bar, too. Or bring some chocolate… but mostly bring yourself.

Who is Welcome
All genders, ages, experience levels, races, shoe sizes, sexual orientations and preferences, partnership status, poly, D/s, M/s, height, eye color, religions, pet preferences, fitness levels, tax brackets, and pizza topping choices are welcome (even all veggie pizza, if that’s your thing; your pizza is not my pizza, and that’s OK).

Bottom line: if you think this sounds interesting, then yes, it is for you. While couples and groupings are always encouraged to come together (hey, isn’t that always nice?), it’s not a requirement to have a partner to come.

Here’s the event page on FetLife if you want to go tell the world you’re going: https://fetlife.com/events/334111

Here’s the group and discussion are here: https://fetlife.com/groups/55753/group_posts/6896899

Questions, please feel free to ask. I look forward to seeing you there.

Roughinamorato

Note that since Chicago requires anyone entering a tobacco shop to be 18 or up, and drinking requires you to be 21 or up, please plan on showing a state-issued ID if asked to do so.

Cigar Chicago August One Last Time!

Smoker Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014


Our next smoker is Sunday, August 24, 2014, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm at Blue Havana.

Yes, yes, I know: we said Farewell to Blue Havana back in June. But finding a new home has been slow, and it turns out they just got an extension on their lease. It’s like, you know, you broke up, but you’re both not really seeing anyone, and it’s late, and you’re both kinda horny….

So yeah. One last time at Blue Havana. We can’t keep meeting like this and all, but, you know, maybe for this one last time. Because let’s face it: it’s good. It’s so, soooo good.

Kick back with a cigar or two and cigar camaraderie with other kinky cigar lovers. As always, we’re taking over the shop after hours, so it’s just us.

We’re BYOB, so feel free bring your favorite whisky or other spirit and share the love with your friends; who knows, you might just find a new favorite for your bar, too. Or bring some chocolate… but mostly bring yourself.

Patronize Our Host Shop
Like a munch, Cigar Chicago smokers are free to attend, but show the shop we appreciate them letting us use their space and patronize them: they have a fantastic humidor, so buy a cigar. Or two. Or accessories. Or something. (To make it easier, Blue Havana is now extending Cigar Chicago 10% off things purchased during the smoker.)

Who is Welcome
All genders, ages, experience levels, races, shoe sizes, sexual orientations and preferences, partnership status, poly, D/s, M/s, height, eye color, religions, pet preferences, fitness levels, tax brackets, and pizza topping choices are welcome (even all veggie pizza, if that’s your thing; your pizza is not my pizza, and that’s OK).

Bottom line: if you think this sounds interesting, then yes, it is for you. While couples and groupings are always encouraged to come together (hey, isn’t that always nice?), it’s not a requirement to have a partner to come.

Here’s the event page on FetLife if you want to go tell the world you’re going: https://fetlife.com/events/273957

Here’s the group and discussion are here: https://fetlife.com/groups/55753/group_posts/5782447

Questions, please feel free to ask. I look forward to seeing you there.

Roughinamorato

Note that since Chicago requires anyone entering a tobacco shop to be 18 or up, and drinking requires you to be 21 or up, please plan on showing a state-issued ID if asked to do so.

Introduction to Cigars: Cigars for the Cigar-Curious, Take 3

Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014


Sunday, June 15, 2014, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

I did this class back in April, and it was a success – so while we still have Blue Havana one more time, I thought I’d re-run the class.

Are you interested in cigars but are intimidated by the idea of going to a cigar event? Cigar-curious? Just worried you’ll smoke it wrong, will feel awkward, will light the wrong end, that you might get sick smoking a cigar? Do you think cigars might be for you but you’re just not sure? Is a little experience all that’s keeping you from trying out a cigar social?

If you said yes to any of those things, then this class is here just for you.

This class will cover the basics of cigar handling – how to cut and light a cigar, how to feel at ease holding it, and how you take care of a lit cigar. We’ll talk about how to smoke it (and how not to), and what to look for and enjoy from your cigar. This will be hands-on, and the cost will cover a cigar for you to try out in class.

This class will be very low-pressure and informal, open to anyone 18+, and is a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested to give cigars a try. No experience or followthrough necessary. It will run for an hour prior to the Cigar Chicago smoker on April 6th, in a private room at Blue Havana.

If you decide you enjoy it, you are more than welcome to stay for the smoker afterwards. (https://fetlife.com/groups/55753/group_posts/5408203)

Please check “I’m Going!” on the event page if you’re planning on attending so we can have an idea of how many cigars to have on hand.

Here’s the event page on FetLife if you want to go tell the world you’re going:

Here’s the group and discussion are here:

Questions, please feel free to ask. I look forward to seeing you there.

Roughinamorato

Cigar Chicago June Cigar Chicago says farewell to Blue Havana

Smoker Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014


Our next smoker is Sunday, June 15, 2014, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm at Blue Havana.

This is a very special Cigar Chicago smoker, as we say farewell to the welcoming nest that was Cigar Chicago’s first home.

When I started this smoker nearly two years ago, Blue Havana (and our friend and wonderful connection there, Todd/[Smokinchgo][https://fetlife.com/users/1662206]) welcomed us and gave us a place to grow a new, relaxed kinky social event. They’ve been wonderful to us, but sadly, Blue Havana is being forced to close down that location this summer (the humidor will be rebuilt next door inside The Alley, but we can’t smoke there). Cigar Chicago is going to have to find a new home.

That search is underway, and just like in June of 2012, I’m going to be spending some of my early summer trekking around Chicago checking out spots for a new home for us. Cigar Chicago will go on – but sadly, not with Blue Havana. Keep an eye here through the summer; we may try out different places for a while until we find the right one.

But first, let’s celebrate our first home. Come join us in June for a smoker, a cigar, some good times, and help us bid farewell to Blue Havana.

*(Also, if you’re looking to stock up on cigars or accessories, I would imagine everything not nailed down will be on sale, so it’ll be a good time to do that. FWIW.)*

Now your regular post:

Kick back with a cigar or two and cigar camaraderie with other kinky cigar lovers. As always, we’re taking over the shop after hours, so it’s just us.

We’re BYOB, so feel free bring your favorite whisky or other spirit and share the love with your friends; who knows, you might just find a new favorite for your bar, too. Or bring some chocolate… but mostly bring yourself.

Patronize Our Host Shop
Like a munch, Cigar Chicago smokers are free to attend, but show the shop we appreciate them letting us use their space and patronize them: they have a fantastic humidor, so buy a cigar. Or two. Or accessories. Or something. (To make it easier, Blue Havana is now extending Cigar Chicago 10% off things purchased during the smoker.)

Who is Welcome
All genders, ages, experience levels, races, shoe sizes, sexual orientations and preferences, partnership status, poly, D/s, M/s, height, eye color, religions, pet preferences, fitness levels, tax brackets, and pizza topping choices are welcome (even all veggie pizza, if that’s your thing; your pizza is not my pizza, and that’s OK).

Bottom line: if you think this sounds interesting, then yes, it is for you. While couples and groupings are always encouraged to come together (hey, isn’t that always nice?), it’s not a requirement to have a partner to come.

Here’s the event page on FetLife if you want to go tell the world you’re going: https://fetlife.com/events/253561

Here’s the group and discussion are here: https://fetlife.com/groups/55753/group_posts/5408203

Questions, please feel free to ask. I look forward to seeing you there.

Roughinamorato

Note that since Chicago requires anyone entering a tobacco shop to be 18 or up, and drinking requires you to be 21 or up, please plan on showing a state-issued ID if asked to do so.