May 2009

Cigar Society of Chicago Spring Outing to Lake Geneva, May 29-30

Join the Cigar Society for an event-packed weekend in Lake Geneva at the end of the month (the weekend after Memorial Day).  The events are itemized below by cost and can be attended independently, but reservations are required.  Make your room reservations through Judy Krotky at JMK Travel or at 312-664-6162.  Reservations for the Cigar Dinner, the Stone Manor tour, the Richard Driehaus Estate and Gardens tour and luncheon, and other events, should be made through the Secretary.

Stone Manor

Cigar Society of

Cigar Dinner and Outing
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Driehaus Estate

RSVP to the Secretary by May 20

Friday, May 29  
3:00 or later

Check in at your hotel.  You may stay either or both nights.  Several reasonably priced hotels are on the lake within walking distance of the venue for the Cigar Dinner.  Make your room reservations through Judy Krotky at JMK Travel or 312-664-6162.  Ms. Krotky can also help with apartment sharing (some suites have two or three bedrooms). 

7:00-8:00 Cocktail Hour at Celebration on Wells, 422 South Wells. (Cash bar.)
8:00- Cigar Dinner.  BYO Cigars.  $60 (including tax and tip!) for a 3-course dinner with red wine. (Cocktails and special wines are extra.)   BYO Cigars.  Lots. 
Iceberg Wedges with Maytag Blue Cheese Dressing
Hand Tossed Caesar Salad with Lemon Wheels and Anchovies
Main Course
Prime Rib Roast with Morel Sauce, Twice-baked Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and dinner rolls.
Individual Apple-Strawberry Pies with Whipped Cream
Chocolate Confusion Cake drizzled with Ghirardelli White and Dark Chocolate, finished with Crème Fraise
  After-dinner speaker.  Charles Hannon, on a provocative topic.
Sat, May 30  
  Breakfast (on your own)
  Tour of Stone Manor, the largest house on the lake, by Chuck Hannon (no charge, but reservations are required).  Chuck has a modest apartment (6000 sq-ft) in the manor. 
  Tour of the Richard Driehaus Estate and Gardens, by John Nelson (no charge, but reservations are required).  John was the architect for the renovation of the house and gardens. 
  Lunch at the Richard Driehaus Mansion (lunch is on Mr. Driehaus, but reservations are required).
  Lake boat tour (optional, around $30).  More information to follow.
  Golf (optional, extra charge).  More information to follow.
  Dinner (on your own).
  Night Life (on your own)
Sun, June 1  
  Return to Chicago


About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago was 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 its fortnightly Informal Smokers, monthly University Series lectures, and quarterly Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the Secretary at