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

Under the current circumstances, we are convening our member events ONLINE, with a format that is as close to our in-person format as we can do, under the circumstances. Furthermore, our online events are free and open to anyone interested in attending. We will schedule online events for as many upcoming Tuesdays as we can, continuing through the summer. We remain committed to seeing and hearing our fellow members, listening to great talks, and engaging in vibrant Q&A -- all while drinking our favorite cocktails and smoking our favorite cigars in our own studies and on our own porches. This is something we can do. If you are interested in this sort of club, then we are interested in you.

Upcoming Events

Watch this space for upcoming events later in the summer.