Chris Stout
Since the summer of 2011,
I’ve been anxiously waiting to make the trek to St. Charles, IL for the Chicago Pipe Show. My dreams of tables filled with beautiful pipes and vintage tobaccos was shattered when my good friend informed me of his wedding date, May 5, 2012. I couldn’t believe it! Our trip to Mecca, THE Chicago Pipe Show, had been whisked away by his charming bride-to-be. Happy anniversary Dan & Jennifer, I still love you guys. I have had plenty of time to contemplate exactly what to expect at the show and this year it would finally be realized, my first Chicago Pipe Show. It was at the 2012 NASPC Swap/Sell Pipe Show in Columbus, OH where I met Frank Burla from the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club. After chatting about our time in the military and aviation, the conversation came to the 2013 Chicagoland International Pipe and Tobacciana Show and the two-day Pipe Making Seminar. Here’s my report.

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2010 Pipe & Tobacco Shows
    February 3rd, 2010

We just updated the list of Pipe Shows for this year.

There are shows in St. Louis, New York, Raleigh, Chicago, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Columbus, Richmond, and Las Vegas.

If you like to smoke pipes on a regular basis, or collect them, you should go to one of the preeminent pipe shows in the world, The Chicagoland Int’l Pipe & Tobacciana Show. The "Chicago Pipe Show" is not some little local exhibit where some Chicago guys buy & sell pipes in a little motel room.

It is a grand international event with over 350 exhibitors and nearly 4,000 attendees from 65 countries and most of the U.S.A. represented. According to Frank Burla, the show manager, one of the attendees last year came all the way from The Vatican. While we didn’t see The Pope this year, there were are attendees from countries such as England, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Japan and others.

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