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32 SMOKESHOP August 2016 and you think, 'This was someone's din- ing room 125 years ago.' "The patio feels private. It's an ideal spot to sit and enjoy a cigar." To date, over 100 people have paid the annual $2,000 cost for humidor rent- al. This allows for a private humidified locker to store cigars and also grants full access to the property. Currently, there's room enough for 350 lessees. With 14-foot ceilings, seven Italian marble fireplaces, a spiral staircase, and chandeliers, the building's elegance is a reflection of its original architect's self- taught architecture mastery. Nothing structurally has been changed; the crown moldings are all original. Two pool tables and matching flat screens are located in the back of the sec- ond floor. There's a spot designated for business meetings or entertaining which has a wooden bar. All three large con- necting rooms can be closed with beau- tiful pocket sliding wooden doors. The third floor has three rooms and a card ta- ble in the back area. Lessees are allowed to bring in food from any of the area restaurants. Drew Estate co-founder Jonathan Drew has had a few events at Biggs and appreciates his time there. "I've been blessed to travel the globe and meet good people who understand our vision and are loyal to it," said Drew. "Biggs is one of those super fresh spots that is uniquely Chicago. We are plan- ning another event. The bar at Biggs is one of the distinguishing elements of the place and my favorite spot to snag a [BYOB] drink." 32 SMOKESHOP August 2016 > RETAIL PROFILE > Personal humidor lockers are available for annual rental and entitle holders to full access to the private membership upper floors, or visitors can pay for a $50 day pass. The entire first floor and outdoor patio are accessible to the general public. > Biggs is one of those super-fresh spots that is uniquely Chicago. The bar at Biggs is one of the distinguishing elements of the place and my fa- vorite spot to snag a drink. —Jonathan Drew, co-founder, Drew Estate

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