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Iwan ries store is closed but the lounge is open to 6pm(You can still get seated then). They have some cigar selections in the lounge you can purchase if necessary.  It’s $15 for access to the lounge.

1 hour ago, ayepatz said:

Thanks, I’ll check that out next week. They’re closed today, unfortunately.☹️

Updown cigar is open up in old town  

biggs is open but the lounge access price is a bit high...

it is the day of the Super Bowl so they all may be crowded  

 

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Iwan Ries Is wonderful. You will be charged $15 to go into the executive lounge. The room with a TV and hanging out is free. Richard, the manager of the exec lounge is so nice. Tell him Lisa and Matthew say Hi.

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1 hour ago, canadianbeaver said:

Iwan Ries Is wonderful. You will be charged $15 to go into the executive lounge. The room with a TV and hanging out is free. Richard, the manager of the exec lounge is so nice. Tell him Lisa and Matthew say Hi.

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Will do! ?

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2 hours ago, canadianbeaver said:

Iwan Ries Is wonderful. You will be charged $15 to go into the executive lounge. The room with a TV and hanging out is free. Richard, the manager of the exec lounge is so nice. Tell him Lisa and Matthew say Hi.

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Is there an additional cutting fee or any restrictions on smoking your own there? 

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Was at Iwan Ries Saturday with a fellow FOH-er who was in town for the day. Interesting store with all the goods; very accommodating help who make a point to let you know that you can look around anywhere--main floor, behind the counters, humidors--anywhere you see. Very relaxed.  They have three lounges that we saw.  One seemed to be for pipes only (IRC is very pipe-oriented), one that was "basic" but ok for cigars and then the "deluxe" lounge, which is in another part of the building.  For the deluxe lounge there is a $15 fee for the day for non-IRC members. Exit/reenter is perfectly fine.  BYOB but as mentioned above, there is ice and glassware. TV, leather furniture, an array of tables. A reasonable part of the space is reserved for members. Not extreme luxury but perfectly fine. Cigar reek was pretty strong. Nothing said or posted about smoking our own. We paid the fee and each bought a very good cigar from the store. We smoked a couple of 8-9-8 in lieu of what we bought with a clear conscience and without any issues.  

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On 2/4/2019 at 8:55 AM, ayepatz said:

Just back from Iwan Ries. Great place, but they’ve had a disaster with a burst pipe above them on the fifth floor. Stock is ok, but some parts of the exec lounges have been temporarily closed.

Any update? I might be in Chicago this weekend/Friday.

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