Want to check out a piece of Chicago history? The Biggs Mansion, built in the late 1800s at 1150 N. Dearborn, has been many things over the years. It was Biggs, one of the city’s most famous restaurants. It was Il Mulino. It was home first to the DeKoven family and then the Biggs family, who ran a catering company that serviced some of Chicago’s most prominent families around the turn of the century like the Fields, Ryersons and McCormicks.
Today, the Biggs Mansion houses the Biggs Cigar Emporium, a private club catering to cigar aficionados willing to shell out $2,000 a year for the membership (fun fact: Steve Harvey is a member). Day passes are available for $50 to enjoy the space, which took three years to renovate and bring the building back to its former glory with original hand carvings, marble fireplaces and more. Guests can purchase fine cigars from around the world at the open-to-the-public ground level retail shop and enjoy them up on the club floors in brown leather couches and club chairs or around the two pool tables. Note, however, that if you do want to enjoy a cocktail with your cigar, it’s BYOB.