On a beautiful Chicago Sunday morning for November a couple buddies and me head to Downtown, Chicago to check out all of the Smoke Shops that the inner city has to offer. Not really expecting much of a difference from the usual Detroit area smoke shops that I am used to, which I was completely wrong with that. Chi-Town smoke shops make Detroit smoke shops look bad I mean very bad. All 5 or 6, I can’t remember how many we went to, had something worth buying. Almost all of them were located on N Clark St (between Aldine Ave & Belmont Ave). The area has tones of T-Shirt, Smoke Shops, and Comic Book stores.
Even the T-Shirt stores had a small area for bong and pipes. All of them had very customized bowls and bongs. There were very few things that each shop had that another one would have. The usual Zongs, Vortexes, and plastic bongs that every smoke shop has. Other than that each bowl, bong, chilum, or steamroller was custom, even the small smoke shops. From one of the biggest smoke shops in downtown called Secrets to the small one called Amgos and Us, that the owner even asked one of us to go smoke one out back. Now if that isn’t a true stoner, than I don’t know what is. Asking a complete stranger to go out and smoke one, only a true stoner would do that. That is why Amigos and Us was my favorite on. It had a very laid back environment with the best prices out of all the shops. It also had a rotating bowl display and a lot hats, T-Shirts, and Bob Marley stuff. A stoners dream type of smoke shop.
We went to over 5 different smoke shops, even a small magazine shop had a wide variety of custom bongs that the other shops did not have. Everyone was so different but so much alike because of how much of a variety they each had. There is even a For Rent sign in the above picture from Smoke Shop Novelities & Stuff, I don’t know about living above a Smoke Shop though. Now I only took pictures at three different places Secrets, Smoke Shop Novelities & Stuff, and The Alley Cloths.
Both of these pictures are from Smoke Shop Novilities & Stuff.
This is the biggest grinder I have ever seen in my life. It had to be over a foot in
These Zongs were over 3 feet and were $600 and are straight ridiculous. I would never waste my cash on that, but it is pretty damn cool though.
The next to pieces are from Secrets Smoke Shop where they will beat any ones prices and is %20 off everything over $20 for 2009. Secrets had the most customized pieces of them all.
The last picture I snapped was at a T-shirt store called The Alley where I was not expecting to see a small area of assorted bongs and pipes. No other shop had this bong of the middle finger, so I had to take a snap.
Now we couldn’t go to all of these Smoke Shops without spoiling ourselves by buying 2 bongs, 1 bowl, and 2 chilums. I picked a very small, plastic red bong for only $7.98 at a cigar shop, I couldn’t pass up that price, I wasn’t even planning on buying anything. This is only my third piece and first on I have bought ever since I started smoking green 3 years ago. My buddy picked up a very nice bowl that looks just like a huge spider. It’s kinda like a bong with out to. He also copped a: 2 foot, clear, glass, bong outlined in lime green.
I recommend all of these Chicago Smoke Shops. It was nice to see another city again that had cheap prices compared to Detroit’s.
Here is a forum on a bunch of Smoke Shops in Chicago Area.
Chicago Smoke Shops
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