Kevin Levi | Iwan Ries
Iwan Ries & Co. is not only America's oldest tobacco shop but also located in a historic landmark located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. The store's rich history and strong family values have been integral to its success since being founded in 1857.
The Levi family—the fourth and fifth generations of the founding family—currently run the business, and the store continues to offer an extensive range of cigars and pipes. The online business and downtown Chicago’s only BYOB smoking lounge make it easy for customers to indulge in their passion for fine tobaccos, and the lounge's modern amenities have been a hit with customers.
The Levis’ emphasis on patience, innovation and adaptability has been key to maintaining the company's legacy. Their commitment to preserving its building's history—it was built in 1882 and is the oldest building designed by the legendary Chicago architectural firm of Adler & Sullivan still in use—while also investing in capital improvements is a testament to their dedication to both the past and future of Iwan Ries & Co.