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where to go and vape in Chi town

Discussion in 'Windy City Vaping' started by bssage, Sep 7, 2010.

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  1. bssage

    bssage Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2010
    Iowa
    I was hoping there would be a list of vape friendly hangouts around the Chicago area. I am a trainman who lands in Bridgeview every couple of days. We are going to move us to Joliet in short order.

    I know in Bridgview

    X's and O's is vape friendly

    So far All Star is not. I plan on asking the owner so this may change.

    I thought maybe we could create a list. It also might help to get some places on the Vape friendly list if they know we have on. I hate getting all set to go only to find out the place is going to make me hang out outside.

    bssage
     
  2. zenvita

    zenvita Full Member

    Aug 31, 2010
    TX
    Mullens in Naperville
     
  3. bssage

    bssage Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2010
    Iowa
    New Bridges Vape friendly
    Kowalls Vape friendly
    Bobby NcGee's Vape friendly
    Dirty Sock Vape friendly
    Vodoo Lounge Vape friendly
    Cravens Vape friendly
    Just Us Sports BarVape friendly

    These bars are all around the Bridgeview/ Justice area
     
  4. putoutthatanalog

    putoutthatanalog Senior Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Bourbon Street
    Brixies
    Fire and Ice
    Durbins
     
  5. earthpig

    earthpig Moved On

    Dec 11, 2010
    Lake County, Illinois
    Why the concern. It's not illegal.
    Most anyplace I go I vape, and do so discretely around kids. Never had an establishment yet talk to me, except out of interest and curiosity. Always positive.
    Are you all running up against opposition?

    I'm in the N/W burbs
     
  6. putoutthatanalog

    putoutthatanalog Senior Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    Chicago, IL, USA
    No one has ever stopped me except to ask what it was to be honest...
     
  7. TheGreen

    TheGreen Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 3, 2009
    Burbs of Chicago
    Shoeless Joe's in Rosemont and of course The Mirage where we have our monthly meets. We are looking into adding a page to our club website Home - Windy City Vapers Meet to show all the vape friendly places in the Chicagoland area.
     
  8. earthpig

    earthpig Moved On

    Dec 11, 2010
    Lake County, Illinois
    Green.
    I ask again, where are you running into opposition?
    I get that some might look at you funny (they look at me funny, but I'm told I'm strange anyways..ha), but do some establishments out and out tell you to NOT vape?

    I also get some might be out and out positive...but I haven't hit any negatives so far....but I've never been in a group of (say) 10 or more fogging their place up, either. (sounds fun, actually)

    Pig
     
  9. TheGreen

    TheGreen Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 3, 2009
    Burbs of Chicago
    The last time we have a issue was at our last meet. The manager asked if we would stop vaping at 6pm as the customers coming in for dinner might not appreciate "seeing" the smoke like vapor. This really ticked me off as he was more that happy to have us. Not 10 minutes after we spoke, a table of 3 women asked "what we were doing." Turns out 2 of them were school principals and the other a teacher. They had lots of questions and of course we were all happy to answer.
    All 3 women left the bar area with a better understanding and went to the manager and explained the vapor did not bother them in any way.
    Aside from that, I vape discretely in restaurants so I haven't had any other problems with vaping indoors. I always get questioned but after talking with me they understand. I'll be sure to post if I ever run into an a-hole.
     
  10. earthpig

    earthpig Moved On

    Dec 11, 2010
    Lake County, Illinois
    Thanks. I have not had any run in's and is why I commented.
    As well I am semi discrete and try to avoid doing the "Vape Thing" around children, but the reality is I had been taxed into oblivion and thrown out into the cold, so I might say I'm a little miffed, overall, and when the restaurant and bar associations in Illinois wouldn't stand up for their establishments prior to the smoking ban, when it happened I (and friends) crossed into the "Cheddar Curtain" and enjoyed ourselves in the land of the free, until the plague attacked that state as well (at least they fought hard).

    So don't mind me if I'm a slight bit more vocal and forward about this issue. I don't do this "Underground !" I won't get argumentative , but will make it clear the e-cig is not harmful, and I really don't care what patrons think. They didn't care about me in the past, and we avoided them in our own section(smoking). I understand establishment owners concerns, but I also understand if they own a establishment, they need to be proactive to find out what we are doing...just ask...we'll thoroughly explain. Most vapers understand the basics.

    If they would be so kind, they can sit us in a separate area.
    Refuse my right to vape...wether it's the right of the property/establishment owner or not, if I'm refuse, I go on and make it a point to inform them I will never return to their fine restaurant/bar, and will inform others about it.

    Just sayin!
    I'm a Pig
     
  11. aunty m

    aunty m Full Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Manchester TN
    Mr. C's Midway Bar
    4654 W 63rd St.
    Chicago IL.

    Very vape friendly. just a bar though, plenty of places to get food near by. free wifi and free food during bears games. cheap prices and great selection of everything
     
  12. Crossbar

    Crossbar Full Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 3, 2009
    Personally, I vape everywhere! I just stealth vape. Not blowing out huge plumes of vapor. I've never been asked to stop. Hell, I even vaped in Soldier Field!!!!!
     
  13. earthpig

    earthpig Moved On

    Dec 11, 2010
    Lake County, Illinois
    I vaped in front of our Chief Of Police here in town. I hadn't met him before, and as I'm standing there in the Police/Village office complex, I never put it down, and just kept at it. The Chief was intrigued, and it was a good icebreaker in meeting him.

    I will not vape in front of children for the most part and then I get discrete, but otherwise, I am not going to get stomped on again.
     
  14. bssage

    bssage Super Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2010
    Iowa
    I had one bar that said noway. The reason was the first person to approach them was aggressive and from that point on they would not budge.. I have never returned.

    I generally ask out of courtesy. As you know they can refuse service for any reason, law or not. It also gives me a reason for a quick visit and be a ambassador of good will with the barkeep.

    No your not breaking a law. But you dont have to be, to get asked to leave.

    You should also understand that violations of the smoking ban result in fines and possibly the revocation of license to serve. While we know Vaping is not in violation of the law. They may not. You cant fault someone (at least I cant) for protecting their livelihood.

    IMO If someone says no. Fine move to another bar. There is no shortage of them in the Chi area.
     
  15. Amy41996

    Amy41996 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    I vape where ever but am considerate about it,,,i ask before i vape,,,,,i dont like to make parents nervous so i step away from kids u know,,,the way i use to smoke :)
     
  16. earthpig

    earthpig Moved On

    Dec 11, 2010
    Lake County, Illinois
    bssage
    Simply they will loose my business and those who I talk to. Their loss.
    Correct, every establishment owner can make their own call....so can I . I take my money elsewhere, and those who might go with me. Not without politely making it clear to the owner(not some flunky manager). And that is key...talking to the owner.
    There is no fine/ticket in Illinois for vaping.
     
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