The Clayton (Chicago)

The Clayton is Chicago’s newest cigar attraction located near the French Market on Canal street (212 N. Canal).

The Clayton is one of those places that sounds amazing in conversation and on paper, but… is even more amazing in person.

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I’m guilty of overstaying my welcome, although hopefully the guys there would disagree, because it’s just a fantastic place to hang out and enjoy a smoke, ESPN, and conversation. I believe I’ve dropped by close to 8 times since opening (which was fairly recent as of this posting).


As you swing around the corner and walk about 20 yards you’ll see a set of oversized windows, which are typically pushed out allowing fresh air into The Clayton and passerby’s the enjoyment of smelling premium cigar smoke.

The inside is welcoming with 2 main rooms – the entrance area is closer to the windows with several tables, artwork on the walls and a nice tv up in the corner.


As you continue forward you notice the simplicity of the setup. There’s a checkout desk thats centered in the room and is impressively never cluttered. You’ll see an iPad, a cutter, some matches and a lighter. The humidor is a glass cube that sits in the middle of the room and can be walked around from the outside. To the right are tables and chairs and to the left is a glass panel of cigar accessories, including: humidors, lighters, cutters and more. Almost all accessories are exclusive to The Clayton so what you get there will likely be unique.


Let’s enter the glass cube! Once you step into the humidor you feel an instant humidity change. The humidifier is definitely working. Per The Clayton, its about as exact as you’re going to get and I believe it. The selection of cigars is superb. They have a great variety for just about any level of aficionadoism. I’ve purchased several sticks and all have been perfect. I look forward to seeing what else they stock in the future.

From a smoking perspective the experience is wonderful. As you puff your stogie you see the smoke get pulled upwards and disappear. You sit in amazement (not in smoke) because this is how it should be at every cigar lounge – someone finally got it right!

Something else that makes The Clayton unique is the people that work there and the owners. Two gentlemen operate the retail area and both are incredibly nice and knowledgable. I’ve met 2 of the 3 owners and they couldn’t be any nicer or more enjoyable to talk to. I look forward to chatting with them in the future.

As John Hammond says in Jurassic Park, “Spared no expense” well neither have the guys at The Clayton, and they nailed it.





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