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Jun 23, 2013
South Dakota
Okay all, minus anything you would purchase, what would one need to budget to attend the Chicago pipe show? Im within driving distance.



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May 5, 2009
Okay all, minus anything you would purchase, what would one need to budget to attend the Chicago pipe show? Im within driving distance.

If you share a room and BYOB I'd say you could get by on bare minimum of $110 a day to sleep and eat a meal at Portillo's. 8O



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Mar 7, 2013
Better read this before making plans:
Subject: Chicago 2016
Chaps……The minutes of the latest meeting of the Chicago Pipe Collectors Club are below,
from Tom Dinelli. Much info included on the 2015 and 2016 Show as you read down.
Note that a large number of the Pheasant Run rooms will not be available in 2016 due to
various reasons, and people will have to stay at other area hotels (I have marked that set in red).
Some of us are at the Hilton Garden Inn across the street;
rate for next year’s show at the Hilton Garden Inn is $ 117 per night (Senior / AARP / AAA rate)…
…That is higher than this year, but still less than Pheasant Run…..
Would not be surprised if the Hilton Garden Inn rates go
up even more very soon as people start booking for May 2016.
(My Personal view on all of this, the cynic that I am: This is the start of a possible
death spiral for the Show over the next few years, unless they switch to another venue.
By the way: The Porta-Potties mentioned for next year sound really classy, don’t they! Also,
I checked the wording of the Illinois statutes on smoking; they allow for hotels to dedicate up to 25%
of their rooms as smoking rooms; a hotel does not have to, but can; obviously Pheasant Run does
not want to.)………………………Mark
May 23, 2015 Meeting Minutes
May 29, 2015 by admin

CPCC Members,
At our Saturday May 23rd meeting at the 8to8 Cigar Shop, we had 25

regular members in attendance. We didn't have any guests or new

members sign up at this meeting.
June 27th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

July 18th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

August 15th: Regular meeting at 8to8 Cigar Shop 6:30-10:00 P.M.

Club officers will be elected/retained at the June 27th meeting!!

Please try to attend...
Leftover open tins of Cornell & Diehl tobacco that were generously

donated by Chris Tarler to the club, were given out to all members in

attendance. It was a great chance to try out and take home some

tobacco that you may not have had the chance to smoke before. A BIG

THANK YOU goes out to Chris!!!
William Nelson of Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine donated tote bags from

past RTDA/IPCPR shows to the club, and these were handed out at the

meeting. For those of you who couldn't attend the May meeting, I still

have some left over from Saturday night and will bring them with me to

our next get together. See me if you want one...

Has 5 new blends that I introduced at the annual UPCA meeting on the

Friday afternoon of the show. Mike McNiel of McClelland Tobacco and I

started working on this endeavor over a year ago, and things finally

came to fruition in time for the show!! These blends benefit the UPCA

much as the other McClelland "Club Blends" do for CPCC, GKCPC, and the

Seattle club, with a portion of the proceeds going to UPCA. The extra

funds that UPCA receives will be used to provide high quality pipes

for the National Smoking Contest held each year at our show. This

year, there were 105 entrants!!! The pipes were provided by Viprati,

The new UPCA blends should be hitting the shelves of retailers such as

Iwan Ries,, and in the next few


The blends are:
CALUMET: Subtle, Mellow Virginia Ribbon

MAPLE SUPREME: Virginia and Black Cavendish with Sweet Maple Flavor (

the maple flavor flashes off quickly so you can taste the tobacco, but

has a great room note )

PANACHE: Black Cavendish and Virginia, Fragrant with Rich Vanilla

Flavor ( I find it similar to Lane's 1Q)

TRAVELER: Cool Latakia, Fragrant Turkish, Sweet Virginia and Rich

Cavendish (unsweetened)

VENTURE FORTH: Virginia Ribbon Seasoned Liberally with Latakia,

Oriental and Perique
Please try some or all of these new blends, and if you like them,

purchase a lot of tins. The proceeds go to a worthy cause!

This year's show was the best that CPCC has ever produced in our 20

year history, and it was fitting for our 20th anniversary!!!

First of all, we gained 25 new members to the CPCC family, and we

welcome more of you to join our "Merry Band".

At the Friday night free dinner, we had to add eight tables, seating

10 per table to accommodate all of our guests, another first.
We had 160 more attendees than last year which brought our "walk-in

traffic" up to 750 people.

All of our exhibitor tables were sold out by March 1st, and as of

right now, we already have 160 tables reserved for 2016. Bottom line,

if your even thinking of getting a table(s) for next year, DON"T

WAIT!!! Contact Craig Cobine NOW at
All of the glass display cases have been reserved for next year's

show, and we have all of our guest seminar speakers lined up (more on

the topics in a later newsletter).

So, as you can see, things are progressing VERY quickly...we could

almost have another show in August at this rate (I wish)!!!

The 2016 "Pipe Making Seminar", in addition to the "Basic Seminar",

will include an "Advanced Class" in which students will be

boring/drilling a "raw block" of briar and fashioning their own

bit/stem from a length of vulcanite rod. We plan on having 12 students

in the advanced class, and if you've already attended the basic class,

you're eligible for the advanced class. The price of the advanced

class has not yet been determined. If your interested, contact Craig

Cobine at the email above right after the first of the year...

We are also working closely with one of the major tobacco companies on

the topic of creating your own tobacco blends. This seminar would take

place on Thursday in the tent starting at 9 A.M. and ending about 4

P.M. that afternoon, with about an hour lunch break. The company

representative would first explain the characteristics/types of the

various tobaccos (and also cuts) in the morning, with the actual

blending taking place in the afternoon. Five NEW clay pipes would be

supplied so that you could get an accurate idea of how your blend will


Now, before you get your shorts all bunched up in a wad, remember THIS

SEMINAR IS TENTATIVE!!! Like you, we hope that we can get everything

worked out in time for the 2016 show. More information as it becomes

available in upcoming newsletters...

To those of you who purchased a cigar(s) at the event-thank you...
Sometime late Sunday night-early Monday morning, some UNSCRUPULOUS

SWINE(S) set off a fire extinguisher at the east side of our smoking

tent!!! This heinous act of STUPIDITY not only damaged the walls and

floor of the tent, it also cost the club a lot of money to clean and

repair the tent. If you either witnessed this happen, or heard of the

names of the SLOBS who did this, contact Craig Cobine at . Don't worry, you WILL remain anonymous!!!

Unfortunately, the prom goers this year decided to TRASH the restrooms

in the Mega Center!! So in 2016, we are planning to have

port-a-potties (4 of them) set up right outside of the smoking tent.

This should also help out those who don't want to have to hike a half

a mile for some relief...

We were also made aware that some of our patrons were "watering" the

cars/trucks in the parking lot, the trees, fences, dumpsters and

everything else that was in sight. Hey, if you have to go THAT BAD, go

more often!!! I'd like to think that our patrons are more

sophisticated than acting like a bunch of drunks at a sports event...

Was the fact that this year we were prohibited from smoking in the

hotel rooms. If you haven't heard, here's the reason why... Way back

in 2008, our then Governor, Rod Blah -Goya-bich,(now a convicted FELON

serving 14 years in prison), decided to make just about EVERYWHERE in

Illinois "Smoke Free". That's how our smoking tent came about-but

that's a whole 'nother story. Anyway, at that time, Pheasant Run was

privately owned, and the family that had control, for the most part,

looked the other way-they were grateful to have us there!!! Then,

(another long story), the resort went into receivership and was

basically owned by a bank. They didn't much care if we smoked in the

rooms either, it was just another piece of property to be sold as far

as they were concerned...

So, when you get right down to it, we WERE breaking the law-but hey,

we're Chicago Guys. We're like the people in Washington D.C.--the laws

don't apply to us!!!
This year, about a week before the show, we were made aware that some

investment Group from Miami, FL. had bought the resort. We figured no

big deal, things would still be the same as they ever were. Even the

Pheasant Run staff believed this to be true.

This firm knew that there was a HUGE pipe show coming up, and that we

drop a TON of money on the place, so all was good--until they figured

out that the show was about SMOKING PIPES, not SEWER PIPES!!!!

A few days before the show opened, Craig got called in for a meeting

at Pheasant Run, to talk with some representative from this investment

firm whom stated that smoking, in ANY of the guest rooms, was STRICTLY

FORBIDDEN!!!! No ifs, ands or butts (pardon the pun) about


Now, Craig, and the rest of the CPCC officers were caught in between a


We were informed that ANYONE caught smoking in their room(s) would be

facing a $250.00 fine, (which we eventually got down to $150.00), but

that Pheasant Run would also provide some form of shelter (small

tents), to smoke in placed around the grounds outside. Little

consolation when it's 30 degrees outside with frost forming on the

ground at night.
It was then decided by ALL of the CPCC officers, DAMN THE TORPEDOES,

(Miami Guys), THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!!

Also by this time, many of our exhibitor's products had already shown

up, (pallets full), and were being stored for the opening of the show.

What were we to do? Tell all these exhibitors that because of the

NO-SMOKING rule, that there wasn't going to be a show, because a lot

of people cancelled for not being able to smoke in their rooms? And

don't bother coming, because we have to ship all of your stuff

back--at your expense!! As I said, it was decided to go on with the

show anyway...
Now, some individuals had A COW, A HORSE AND 3 CHICKENS, (read hissy

fit), because they were not allowed to smoke in their room(s). And

those that did, got fined 150 bucks for doing so. Hey, you were warned

when you checked in, that there would be consequences for doing so.

Plus the fact that there were places all around the resort where you

COULD enjoy you're cigar, cigarette, or pipe. It wasn't our FAULT...we

tried to do everything we could to keep things the way they were


Hell, I DIDN'T even smoke in MY room...
I also find it interesting that these same individuals, who were

having a major meltdown, were among the first to make reservations for

the 2016 show--go figure!!!

Aside from the shows that are being held in casinos this year, (Kansas

City and Las Vegas, possibly New Orleans), you are not allowed to

smoke in any of the other hotel rooms either. Look at what happened to

Columbus this year, the Crowne Plaza hotel is now "smoke free" also!!!
Bottom line, if not being able to smoke in your room caused YOU some

inconvenience, it absolutely DEVASTATED the CPCC officers and club

members!! The "ANTI'S" had invaded OUR "SACRED SANCTUARY", that is the

Chicago Pipe Show, and there was NOTHING that we could do about it...
THIS WAS NOT OUR IDEA...So I hope you can accept this explanation...

Here is another "monkey in the wrench" that we're up against!! It is

planned by the Miami Investment Group that at sometime in the near

future, ALL of the "Courtyard Rooms" will cease to exist, meaning that

they are slated to meet a date with a bulldozer. I had heard that the

reason for this is that the rooms/wing didn't meet code standards,

(handicapped accessible). The resort would have to install elevators,

40 inch wide doors, and also have to install ramps because all of the

rooms on the ground/lower level of the wing, are 3 inches above the

main floor level. It would cost Pheasant Run tens of thousands of

dollars to make these improvements--and they would STILL have rooms

that were built in the early 1960's. So from a financial aspect, this

makes sense...
However, this also means that we are LOSING 175+ rooms that WILL NOT

be rebuilt!!!

This year, Pheasant Run had over 1,200 room nights sold at our show,

(another first for CPCC), and for next year, the elimination of 175

rooms is going to be a big problem!! So, for 2016 we will have to make

rooms available in "satellite" hotels in the Pheasant Run area. Guess

what guys? You won't be able to smoke in these rooms either!! The one

consolation prize out of all of this is that for the weekend (Friday

and Saturday), of the show, Pheasant Run will ONLY be booking rooms

for the show attendees. No other people will be allowed to register...
A word to the wise, if you want to stay at the Pheasant Run resort,


We are at this time, trying to work out a shuttle bus service for the

satellite hotels to and from Pheasant Run.
In talking with Brian Levine at the pre-show Friday morning, I found

out that the "Pipe Cruise" that was supposed to take place later this

summer has been cancelled. It seems that Brian only had 8-10 people

that were interested in going (he needed at least 30), and things just

weren't working out.
The Greater Kansas City Pipe Club Show is coming up June 19th-21st. If

you can, please try to attend the show!! Contact info at ...
Mark Ryan's (Daughters & Ryan Tobacco) Perique fields bus tour at the

New Orleans show is sold out. This is NOLA'S first show, and I urge as

many of you who can to attend-It should be a GREAT time
So, that's it for this time around...
Best to ALL,

Tom Dinelli

CPCC Club Secretary

CPCC Associate Show Officer



Senior Member
Jan 28, 2015
Park Ridge, IL
"My Personal view on all of this, the cynic that I am: This is the start of a possible death spiral for the Show over the next few years, unless they switch to another venue. By the way: The Porta-Potties mentioned for next year sound really classy, don’t they! Also, I checked the wording of the Illinois statutes on smoking; they allow for hotels to dedicate up to 25% of their rooms as smoking rooms; a hotel does not have to, but can; obviously Pheasant Run does not want to.)………………………Mark"
Mark, As far as I know, as a club member, I think you may have let the cynicism get the best of you. By any way you'd measure the show's success, it's numbers have been trending upward for at least the last few years. Regarding Porta-Potties, the inside bathrooms will still be available next year. These are only being added to give people an option and to discourage them from whizzing in the parking lot, since apparently the walk to the inside johns has proven too far for some. Regarding the venue, as mentioned in the minutes you posted, Pheasant Run has changed ownership since the 2014 show. The new owner group's restrictions caught us by surprise (incorrect assumption on our part), and you should count on pressure being applied to them to revert back to the previous owner's lax smoking policies for the show. Trust me...if you enjoyed the show as it was this year, or in previous years, you will still want to come next year. Cheers, Ron



Preferred Member
Jun 26, 2012
I think Im going to go to Las Vegas... I have yet to be at a pipe show and its killing me! Vegas is much closer but I wish I could go to chicago! Enjoy



Preferred Member
Jun 26, 2012
I think Im going to go to Las Vegas... I have yet to be at a pipe show and its killing me! Vegas is much closer but I wish I could go to chicago! Enjoy



New member
Apr 14, 2011
Seattle Pipe Club
The Chicago show is fantastic and one of a kind. I am confident that it will continue and grow. Unfortunately, it doesn't help to peek behind the CPCC curtains and see the issues they have to address to make the show happen. We live in a changing world and the Chicago club has done an incredible job trying to evolve and make the show better.



Preferred Member
May 11, 2013
It doesn't pay to snooze...We already have our table paid for and room reserved in the tower....What a great show!

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