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September 9, 2011


The FAQ page at the Congress theater reads:

Q: Can I smoke cigarettes at the Congress?
A: As of January 1, 2008, the City of Chicago has banned smoking in all public places, including the Congress Theater. Pass outs are not allowed for smoking or any other purpose. Cigarette lighters will be confiscated at the door for all shows.

Are they serious? I mean, I understand. Especially in what looks like a beautiful historic theater. Cigarette smoke tends to cling to surfaces and damage them much more quickly.  But, confiscating lighters is way too strict. I can't leave my lighter out in the car. Because I don't have a car and, I imagine, many Chicago residents don't either. And who knows what's open at that hour around there? Last time I was in Chicago, I noticed almost every business closed up long before midnight.

I wouldn't mind the no-smoking policy if they allowed you to smoke outside. Anyways, I'm so not buying a thing from their food stands/bars because of that policy.

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