Today I present the final collection of Finds from my recent trip to Chicago. Enjoy!

CHICAGO FF: Up Down Cigar

UDCI haven’t mentioned this for a while, but I do fancy a fine cigar every now and then. I just like the smell of the cigar and although I really don’t smoke them per se, I love holding a cigar when sipping some fine bourbon. I love the whole culture of cigars which is why I love visiting cigar stores whenever I get a chance. Of course there are many world class cigar shops in Chicago, like Up Down Cigar in Old Town (my favorite little bit of Chicago).

About Up Down Cigar: “Building on 45 years dedicated to the passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down Cigar’s high-end architecture, art and sculpture showcase an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. This sublime smoker’s experience is a must-stop in Chicago for any cigar enthusiast. Here you will find the world’s best selection of Cigars, Pipes, Cigar Humidors. Up Down Cigar features Humidors from Cristom, Elie Bleu, (pronounced Elly Blue), Griffins, Dunhill and Davidoff, Peterson and more. Lighters from Dupont, Dunhill, Corona, Sillems, Prometheus, Dupont-Xtend, Zippo, Porshe Design, Lotus and Colibri.”

Learn more about Up Down Cigar here.


ANLSometimes when I travel and stay in a hotel for more than a few days, I like to buy some flowers to add a personal touch to my room (if I am not staying in one of those fancy hotels that place flowers in the room for me). Occasionally I will splurge on nicer flowers from a florist vs. the supermarket variety – nice flowers like the kind that can be found at Chicago’s A New Leaf.

About A New Leaf: “A New Leaf Inc. is Chicago’s premiere florist, meeting Chicagoland’s floral needs for over 30 years. Our three central locations provide a wide variety of flowers and plants available for delivery or pick up. Innovative flower arrangements, using exotic flowers from around the world, and creative plant presentations are what set A New Leaf apart from other florists.”

Check out A New Leaf’s Floral Selection Gallery here.

CHICAGO FF: Stanley Galleries Antiques

SAGI have posted more than a few blurbs about my fondness for vintage lighting in the past. Which is why I was very pleased to come across Stanley Galleries Antiques in Chicago.

About Stanley Galleries Antiques: “In the heart of Chicago’s historic Lincoln Park shines the light of Stanley Galleries Antiques, featuring one-of-a-kind American Lighting Fixtures Circa 1840-1935. Owner Ken Stanley invites you to stop in and peruse the complete inventory of rare treasures from lamps to lampstands, from chairs to chandeliers. Our passion: buying, restoring, and reselling classic antique fixtures.”

See more about the antique lighting fixtures of Stanley Galleries Antiques here.

CHICAGO FF: Artist Josh Moulton

JMGNot all the artists I found in Chicago were at the Gold Coast Art Fair. I was pleased to stumble upon the “Fine Art Gallery” of artist Josh Moulton whose Chicago cityscapes are very cool.

In the words of artist Josh Moulton: “My work can be described as having a unique perspective on everyday life. I try to capture people, architecture, and landscapes in a way that is original yet identifiable. I try not to limit myself to one subject in case I see something ‘different’ that I think would make a strong painting. I do, however, have specific themes in my work, whether they are architectural cityscapes, people interacting in their environment, or natural still life’s. I use color schemes, compositions and social commentary to produce striking paintings. As an artist, I look for light and how it reflects on architecture and nature. Compositionally there needs to be a strong sense of perspective and a few objects that frame or move the eye around the image. I am drawn to architecture and its interaction with nature, as well as the effects that nature has on man-made objects. I try to represent locations from an original perspective.”

Check out Josh Moulton’s Gallery here.