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Any Tobacconists in the N. Chicago area?

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  1. derfargin

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    I dont have the time to get to Iwan Ries before it closes for the day while I'm here. Are there any other places worth checking out.

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    The only other "real" pipe shop I know closed eons ago, so I don't think you've missed anything, or anything that
    I know about. For the historical record, the shop that closed was the Park Ridge Pipe Shop near the commuter train
    station in the suburb of Park Ridge. This had a resident pipe guru or two and became the hangout for counter culture
    young people. They had real pipes, a good selection of tobaccos, and were probably second only to Iwan Ries despite
    only being a storefront with a limited inventory.

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    Up Down Cigar, at North Av. & Wells St., seems to devote a fair amount of attention to pipe smokers.
    I've never been there, so I can't advise you beyond providing a link to their website.
    They offer free parking in a nearby lot, which is an important factor in the city these days.

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    Ha Cortez. My wife still teases me about the time I went to Iwan Ries and spent more on parking then I did in the shop.

    I showed her though. We went back the following year and I spent ten times as much in the shop then I did on parking.

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    Up Down is nice and stays open much later. Very respectable pipe/pipe tobacco selection.

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    Up Down looks most interesting. The pipes on their site are all high end, but that may be good. The interior
    looks inviting. Later hours are good. Thanks for the report.

    Posted 4 years ago #
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    @mso489 - The name of the shop in Park Ridge was Bob Rowe's Evening Pipe Shop. It's long, long gone now - Bob passed around 1996 IIRC. Amazing place, though - I grew up in PR and stopped in there regularly (maybe... um... before I was 18, but either old Bob's eyesight wasn't so hot or he just didn't care). By the time I got there, it wasn't much of a gathering place anymore, but you could still feel the echoes of the glory days.

    But yeah... these days, it's just Up Down and Iwan Ries as far as I know. Both are very well-stocked, though neither strikes me as especially conducive to friendly conversations and lingering. There are a couple other smoke shops on the north side I've stopped in, but they mostly just do cigars and cigarettes. You might scrounge up a pack of cleaners or a better-than-drugstore blend in a pinch, but they're in no way worth a trip.

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    This is so funny. I just moved to the Chicago area and today I was trying to find a store with a good selection that wouldn't require driving in to the city (I'm south of it, just in to Indiana) and couldn't find a thing!

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