In recent years, men's style and personal grooming have become increasingly hot topics. As a result, high-quality men's barbershops are more in demand than ever. Still, for many men it can be hard to know where to turn for a great cut expertly executed in an environment that matches their sensibilities. Thankfully, for men traveling to Chicago or locals looking for a change of pace, the city has barbershops to match any taste, whether they run toward luxury pampering, contemporary style, or the traditional shave and a haircut.
Whether you're a regular, a first-time customer, or an out-of-town visitor looking for a cleanup before an event, these are the barbershops across town that can serve your needs.
Belmont Barbershop: 2328 W. Belmont Ave.
Since 2005, the team of licensed barbers at Belmont Barbershop in Roscoe Village has been providing Chicago men with a shave and a haircut with a focus on classic styles. The shop is the perfect place for men looking for a high-quality barbershop experience in a "no frills" atmosphere with prices to match. "Clean cuts and close shaves" are what's on the bill, without the extra pampering that's become trendy elsewhere. Belmont Barbershop is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, plus 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Walk-ins are accepted or you can book an appointment with your favorite barber through the company's website, just make sure to bring cash to your appointment as they do not accept credit cards.
Hyde Park Hair Salon: 5234 S. Blackstone
The election of President Barack Obama put a national spotlight on his barbershop, Hyde Park Hair Salon, but locals and celebrities such as Muhammad Ali and Harold Washington have frequented this South Side business since it was founded as Joe's Barbershop by Joe Taylor in 1927. Along with traditional cuts and shaves, Hyde Park Hair Salon offers grooming services such as facials, manicures, pedicures, massages, shoeshines, and specialty haircuts, including the "Obama cut." HPHS also runs the ISH VIP program, created by barber Ishmael Coye, that offers members exclusive salon packages and regular service calls at their home or office.
Joe's Barbershop: 2641 W. Fullerton Ave.
Named one of the top 16 barbershops in the nation by Details magazine and voted "Best Barbershop" by the Chicago Reader every year since 2010, Joe's Barbershop is so popular there is often a wait outside the three-chair shop. Founded in 1968 by Joe Caccavella, and now joined by Joe Jr. (the third generation of licensed barbers in the family), the shop's team of licensed barbers specialize in haircuts and hot towel shaves. Joe's is a true fixture in the rapidly changing Logan Square neighborhood and has shown its commitment to community through partnering with local businesses for events. Their monthly "Hangover Shaves" during the spring and summer, for example, treats customers to a sandwich and beer from local companies as well as live music along with a shave or haircut for $30. For those unable to make it out to Logan Square, Joe's Barbershop also offers a two-chair mobile "pop up" barbershop, perfect for corporate or community events.
Merchant & Rhoades: 900 N. Michigan Ave.
Truefitt & Hill Chicago for a quarter of a century, this family owned and
operated barbershop changed its name to honor the store's founder, Kirk
Merchant, and his wife Patrice (maiden name, Rhoades). Though the name is new,
Mechant & Rhoades (pictured at top) still prides itself on being the "gentleman's barber,"
providing classic men's grooming services from head to toe, aimed to please
regulars, businessmen, or those looking for a unique, luxury experience. Along with
haircuts, shaves, scalp treatments, and beard trims, customers can also book
manicures, pedicures, shoeshines and more. Merchant & Rhoades offers a
number of package deals named after nearby Gold Coast streets. The Michigan
Avenue, for example, offers a haircut, shave, scalp treatment, manicure,
pedicure, and shoeshine. Merchant & Rhoades also has a wide range of
grooming products for sale.
Metropolitan Barber Shop: 56 W. Van Buren
Located in the heart of Chicago's Loop in the historic Monadnock Building, Metropolitan Barber Shop is easy to get to by public transportation from any corner of the city. Metropolitan's team of experienced professionals offers a mix of modern and classic styles. In addition to its quality cuts and shaves, Metropolitan Barber Shop offers a discount rate for children and students, complimentary neck clean-ups between visits, and on-site barber services for wedding parties, corporate events, and more.
Slade's Barbershop: 3314 N. Halsted
Slade's Barbershop has become a go-to for men looking for a
fresh, contemporary barbershop experience. In the short time since it opened in
Boystown in 2013, Slade's has gained a reputation as "the gay barbershop,"
although all are welcome (and do) come in. Slade's experienced staff offers
modern, edgy and innovative cuts and coloring services along with more classic
styles and beard services. Although Slade's specializes in men's grooming, they
have also become popular with women with short or punk hairstyles who prefer
the atmosphere of Slade's over the traditional barbershop. Appointments can be
booked in advance online, and customers can even check out their "walk in list"
for approximate wait times for day-of services.