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Biggs Mansion

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Taylor B wrote a review Oct 2020
Chicago, Illinois6,636 contributions5,569 helpful votes
My wife and I have lived in Chicago's Gold Coast long enough to remember when the historic Biggs Mansion at 1150 North Dearborn Parkway, at Elm Street, was home to one of the city's most distinguished restaurants. Then it was converted into an Italian ristorante, Il Mulino. In 2014, led by new owner Fred Latsko, a two-year, $4 million restoration of the mansion was completed and the historic landmark became a Cigar Lounge/Cigar Shop, the city's finest cigar emporium. Biggs' Cigar Shop offers prestigious brands of all prices, including Padron, Davidoff and La Palina. There are flat screen TVs in every room and two American Heritage billiards tables on the first floor. For $85, smoke upstairs in plush, dark wood paneled surroundings. Biggs is open from noon to 10 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from noon to midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from noon to 8 on Sunday. Enjoy one of Chicago's most historic buildings. It was originally owned by banker and Northern Trust Company co-founder John DeKoven, namesake of DeKoven Street on Chicago's Near West Side where the Great Chicago Fire began in 1871 and the Quinn Fire Academy now stands. DeKoven commissioned architect Edward Burling to design the mansion, which was completed in 1874. DeKoven died in the mansion in 1898. Society caterer Joseph H. Biggs opened the mansion as Biggs restaurant in 1964. I still recall the chef's signature Beef Wellington. You don't forget restaurants like that. Cigar stores, either.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Quantum Traveler wrote a review Feb 2020
Santiago, Chile133 contributions79 helpful votes
Biggs is a great place to stop in for a nice cigar in downtown Chicago. The humidor is well stocked with a wide variety of options. I found the pricing to be right on point and the staff was very friendly. The small lounge area next to the humidor is a comfortable spot to smoke and enjoy a game on the big screen above the fireplace. The lounge probably holds about 12 people before it would feel cramped. Monday night the most people I saw at once was 9, and I did not feel crowded at all. I’m usually a 1 cigar guy, but I stayed for 2 and really enjoyed the room. Bottled water is for sale and they have a coffee maker, no other drinks or snacks that I could see.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Bacinac wrote a review Jan 2020
Santa Clara, California775 contributions138 helpful votes
Recent reviews suggest that this place is somehow complicated. It’s not. If you pay the $85 day pass you can smoke in the upstairs floors which are absolutely stunning - decorated as you’d expect a 19th century greystone to be. Access to billiard room and poker room if you se desire. You can BYOB, bring your own sticks or buy one from them. Call ahead about glassware and ice but I believe they are available. There was someone upstairs serving water last time I went there. I smoked on the first level. It’s free to sit in the lounge and they expect for you to buy stick. No BYOB in the free lounge but you can buy water. Prices are reasonable for downtown Chicago. Beautiful place to visit if you like cigars.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Craig D wrote a review Aug 2019
Winter Park, Florida55 contributions11 helpful votes
I had been at Biggs on August 4th and sit outside with a friend. I returned the following evening with another friend and noticed that although the chairs were still there the table had been removed along with any ashtrays. When I asked the young man inside to set us up wth a table and an ashtray he replied "do you want me to open the door for you too!" I let it go at the time because I was more interested in smoking the cigars that I had just purchased then ruin my night with this arrogrant millennial. A few days later I called back to speak to the manager and unfortunatley I got this jerk again. This is a beautiful place and a fine selection of cigars. Beware of the treatment you may receive.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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thesmallfirm wrote a review Nov 2018
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I completely understand why TV / Game Show Host Steve Harvey called it, “The Coolest Place in Chicago.” This 19th Century mansion is completely understated on the business website. I can’t imagine a better place to enjoy a cigar than the Biggs Mansion. From crystal chandeliers to hardwood floors, fine leather furniture to wood - paneled wainscoting, working fireplaces to rolled, linen towels in the restrooms, this attention-to-detail restoration is first - class comfort all the way. As I mentioned already, the website is not doing this business any favors. A phone call offered some clarity, e.g., you may bring your own drinks and snacks, but it was not clear whether ice or glasses would be provided. That information was emailed to me almost 24 hours after it was requested, long after I left Chicago. It also wasn’t clear if there was a dress code. The General Manager stated in his email that there was no dress code, but then he added that dress was “business casual.” Huh? You may bring your own cigars or purchase them on the ground floor, but you definitely need to bring your own lighter. Biggs will provide matches, but they aren’t offered. You have to know to ask for them. There is a lighter at the ground floor checkout, but you have to know to ask for it. It isn’t offered. I asked for a lighter on the second floor, and an employee said, “It’s over there.” It turned out to be an antique, brass, table top, single flame apparatus that charred the whole body of my cigar. It was my intention to buy cigars from Biggs when I arrived. “Jason” asked me what I liked to smoke. When I threw out several favorites, he directed me to a “Drew Estate table” by the register. I don’t even smoke Drew Estate. I was suckered into buying a dried out “double corona” that flaked wrapper every time I took a puff. When I asked for a cutter, I was given a choice of a V-notch or a guillotine. I asked about a “punch,” with a circular blade that cuts a round plug from the head. “Jason” had no idea what I was talking about. Simply put, the customer service at Biggs leaves a lot to be desired. A “day pass” is $75. Biggs is not a spa. If I’m not smoking, there’s no reason for me to hang out. They don’t have a liquor license. They don’t sell any food. They don’t sell any beverages other than bottled water. Am I supposed to bring a cooler and tailgate? I can understand not wanting to bother with the bureaucracy and regulation of a liquor license or kitchen, but why not sell bottled beverages and snacks? For $75, can’t you throw in a bottle of water? How about walking the floors to ask customers if they need anything, e.g., bottled water, matches, or another cigar? Finally, how about installing an air filtration system so I don’t have to dry clean my coat after I leave?
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Date of experience: November 2018
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