12 January 2010

Informal Smoker in Lake View
Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 5:30-8:30pm

The Smoker's Lair

When wintry west extends his blast,
And hail and rain doth blow;
And the stormy north sends driving forth
The blinding sleet and snow:
We shall make our way to Stratford Place
And climb the mighty stair;
We'll chase the tang of scotch and smoke
To find the smoker's lair.

(with apologies to Robert Burns)  

On this coming Tuesday the Cigar Society of Chicago will convene at the home and studio of Augustus Higginson, on Stratford Place, east of Broadway, in Lake View. 

Our host will provide snacks and cold gin; for other spiritous libations as well as cigars, please bring your own.  There is no charge for this event.  Jacket and tie are recommended; reservations are required.  Valet parking is available around the corner, or you may take the CTA Red Line to Addison Station and stomp over.  RSVP to the Secretary by Monday, January 12.

Later this month. . .

Rick Kogan &
harles Osgood
Tuesday, January 26, 5:30pm
19 South Wabash (2d floor)

On the eve of the state-wide smoking ban -- December 30, 2007 -- Kogan and Osgood featured the Cigar Society in their column in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine.  We'll hear behind-the-scenes stories about that essay and hundreds of others of their columns over the past three years.  Copies of their new book, Sidewalks Volume II -- a terrific piece of Chicagoana -- will be available for signing and sale.

Coming up

Tuesday, January 26
Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood will talk about their new book, Sidewalks II: Reflections on Chicago.
19 South Wabash

Tuesday, February 9
Emanuel Mayer, Ass't Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago, will talk about kitsch in ancient Roman art, the rise of the middle class, and the history of the garden gnome.

Tuesday, February 23
Sam Sisodia, Thomas Reynolds Sr. Family Professor of Neurosciences and Director of the Center for Molecular Neurobiology at the University of Chicago, will talk about his research on the causes of Alzheimer's Disease.

Tuesday, March 16
Asad Hayaud Din, Consul of Pakistan, will take questions about Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and the world.

Tuesday, March 30
Lee Allison, President of the Lee Allison Company, will talk about gentlemen's style.

Tuesday, April 13
and Tuesday, April 27

Speakers to be Announced.

Tuesday, May 11
Mark Warden, past president of Daley College, will talk about the history of two-year colleges in America.


About the Cigar Society of Chicago

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 its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and 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 CigarSociety@logicophilosophicus.org.