Friday, May 04, 2007

Chicago-land's 8 to 8 Cigar Shop Rocks!

If you are in the Chicagoland area and want to check out a hell of a cigar shop swing by 8 to 8 Cigar shop in Villa Park. Although the guy running the show didn't appear to be serious cigar smokers, they provided all of the conditions to please us die-hard smokers.

I was absolutely impressed with 8 to 8 Cigar Shop. This was a very large square foot free standing store with a HUGE variety of cigars. In addition, they had a small coffee area, and much to my liking, a good selection of hookah shisha. I picked up 3 - 50 gram boxes on a nice 3 for 2 special. The shop was laid out well, and it looked good with wood cabinets, tile, and pub like green walls. If I was to have one complaint, it would be a ventilation issue, but I am sure the place was not designed for a 40 person crew all smoking cigars.

Prices seemed reasonable and fair, but i must again harp on the selection- it was great. From good to bad, from humidors to shisha, they had a little bit of everything.

I arrived at the cigar shop just by chance on my recent trip back to the US. My uncle heard of a cigar night/poker event held there, and we were to meet up with some friends of his that are looking at opening a Cigar Lounge and Shop. Very sharp groups of guy, I will be keeping my ears open about the project.

The event was sponsored by Camacho and had specials, free food, and a poker tournament that "prized" the top 3. The nice people at Camacho put on a nice event. I will be doing a review of a Camacho cigar soon. Probably a 65ish cigar on my scale.

Again, anyone in the area should give this cigar shop a spin.


For more information:
8 to 8 Cigars
302 E. St. Charles Road
Villa Park, Illinois 60181
Phone: (630) 993-1234


  1. I go to East Chicago on a regular basis to the casino boats, wish it was a little closer. The drive that close to the city is about enough to make you crazy!

  2. I agree with you, 8 to 8 Cigars should not be missed. It is the only cigar store in the Chicagoland area (including the downtown shops) that I will now go to. Mike the owner has everything you need including the best brands of smokes available (at a great price too!) Mike does have a vast knowledge of what cigars he sells as well as of the cigar industry as a whole. Check this store out. You won't be disappointed.

  3. this is a truly excellent cigar shop. They have a very good selection. In fact it's the best selection I have found in the area, although I wish they stocked maria Guerrero cigars. They have a couple of nice comfy sofas and a comfy chair and some tables. Also, soda, coffee etc. Also, they are only two blocks from Lunar Brewing, which makes some very good micro brew. I highly recommend this cigar shop.

  4. 8 to 8 Cigars has not apparently lost its luster, I was a frequent guest there from 2002-2003 until I relocated to Georgia. Mike the Owner is a first class guy and I spent hours there. I remeber the smaller location they use to have next door, then relocated to the now bigger one. I was fortunate to get to spend alot of time there before I left. I miss the place.

  5. 8 t0 8 cigar has a great selection of some of the best cigars in the chicagoland area . Ashton just had an event there on 4/24/09 with great deals . also last year that cigar shop was picked as one of the stops for the CRA (cigar rights of america)with the list of people attending like a who's who in the cigar industry . litto gomez , rocky patel, tim ozenger,nick perdomo ,and pete johnson. The owner will be opening up a new shop 25 minuets south of 8 to 8 with aprox. 10,000 square foot of cigar space on 55th street , west of willow springs road. I havent heard of a name yet, but I do know they will have a private club in the basement. with only elevator access .Mike the owner of 8 to 8 has always been a gracious host with the knowledge of cigars he has always lead me to the cigar that matches my taste.Hope to see all of the chicagoland cigar smokers this summer at the opening of this new shop in countryside Illinois

  6. I stumbled across 8 to 8 after getting fed up with the other stores locally ( B*nny's...). What a great shop, and in comparison great prices !

    When are the poker nights, I never knew they had em