ONE OF THE OLDEST AND GREATEST TRADITIONS of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits. The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with our Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which we artfully combine the 18th-century English symposium—"a meeting on some subject"—with the ancient Greek συμπόσιον—"a convivial drinking party among the educated." Members of the Union League Club, the Chicago Club, the Standard Club, and the University Club, as well as any other like-minded ladies and gentlemen, are all welcome to join our society. Reservations are required. To be included in the Cigar Society's membership list and be notified of regularly scheduled events, write to
. If you are interested in this sort of club, then we are interested in you.

Upcoming Events

Happy New Year! The Cigar Society will be back in full force in 2024 starting with a topic that everybody is talking about. The Economist, for example, in choosing its Word of the Year for 2023, wrote, "... since its launch in 2022, one term in particular -- ChatGPT -- has been on the lips of everyone from journalists to cab drivers wondering what all the fuss is about. Can a name be a word of the year? Is it even a word? Yes." Adam Steele's presentation will explain the science and technology behind this word and the more general terms artificial intelligence and machine learning as he leads a full-throated dicussion of what all the fuss is about. Unveiling the Minds of Machines: A Stroll through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Adam Steele.  The Lounge at Iwan Ries & Co., 19 S. Wabash Av, 2d Floor, Tuesday, January 30, 2024.