Bonnie's Eye On!

I am not and never have been a smoker. I really don’t like the smell of cigarette smoke; however, sometimes seeing a group of guys smoking a fine, expensive cigar is quite appealing. On a recent The Traveling Eye show, Ja'Vonne and I focused on "Mancations."  I can’t imagine guys taking a trip or getaway together and there not be a cigar and a good drink involved. I did some investigating on Hauteliving.com and found some interesting cigar bars in Chicago!  You also check out Chicagocigarbars.com and get a lists of all types of cigar and hookah bars.  There are so many I am just going to mention a few.

Chicago – "The City of Big Shoulders" and fine Cigar establishments.

 Iwan Ries & Co. on South Wabash is a plush getaway for the cigar smoker.  Free Wi-fi; HD Screens are available in the BYO lounge.  There is even a board room for those who like to work while enjoying their favorite cigar.  Iwan Ries is one club that has hourly or yearly memberships.

Tesa Cigar Company on North Halsted is a man cave where you can watch the game, enjoy a libation, and smoke a stogie. Chris Kelly  All purchases of the Tabaclera Tesa line contributes toward providing housing repairs, education, and clothing to the people of Esteli, Nicaragua where the Tesa cigar factory is.

Up Down Cigar Lounge on North Wells gets an honorable mention because it is owned by a woman and hosts monthly Chicago Cigar Dames secret smoking private events for ladies to come and enjoy a good cigar.

Other great bars are: SULLIVAN'S STEAK HOUSE on North Dearborn StreetSOUTH LOOP CLUB  on South State Street ; and THE COGNAC CIGAR BAR on North Broadway Avenue.

So ladies, when he comes home with a smile on his face, relaxed and smelling like a fine cigar, don’t give him any grief, tell him to take a shower and change his clothes, he’s just been have a good time with his boys.  If you have a favorite you would like to share with us we would love to hear from you.

Until next time, keep your EYE to the sky!

Bonnie DeShong

Co-host of The Traveling Eye!

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