The Best Barbers in Chicago
The best barbers in Chicago will take you from disheveled to dapper for under 20 bucks.
By Emily Woodruff
Being that Chicago is notoriously cold and windy, getting a haircut may seem counter-intuitive…if you’re still relying on your caveman instincts. In which case, we hope beating on your chest, pillaging women, and a diet of raw red meat works out for you. However, you should know that in this modern age, men and women alike judge men based on two things: their shoes and their hair. A good haircut signifies wealth, stability, and good hygiene — the three things women (and employers) are looking for. If you’re ready to set down your club and shave your caveman locks (or at least trim them), try one of the best barbers in Chicago — most of them will even shine up your shoes while you wait.
1. Roscoe Village — The Belmont Barbershop
This barbershop is all man, from the enormous swordfish mount that oversees the cutting chairs to the old sports memorabilia adorning the walls. The masculine retro décor will take you right back to the barbershop your pops took you to for your inaugural cut. Book an appointment for your trip down memory lane via their website — or else be prepared to wait a few minutes as a walk-in. At $19 a cut, it might be worth the wait.
Address: 2328 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: (773) 296-0894
2. Avondale — Pete’s Barber Shop
Free beer, Xbox, gentlemen’s magazines, and haircuts — there’s something for everyone at Pete’s Barber Shop, even if you don’t need your hair trimmed. Trade obscure movie trivia facts with horror movie aficionado/owner Pete while he gives you a cut for 15 bucks, or let him give you a “Skin Tune-up” (that’s code for man-facial) for $20. This former union-painter-turned-barbershop-owner features a local artist’s work each month, so head on over to Pete’s if your walls are in need of a new look as well.
Address: 2873 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (847) 345-4008
3. Logan Square — Joe’s Barbershop
So you spent far too much time throwing back drinks at your favorite gritty hole-in-the-wall Saturday night? Once you pull yourself out of bed and will your eyes to take in the light of day, head down to Joe’s Barbershop for Hangover Shave Sunday. For 20 bucks you can get a haircut or straight razor shave, a world-famous ManBQue Burger, and a cold PBR to take the edge off. If you need a trim during the weekday, $15 will get you spruced up. Bring cash, ‘cause that’s the only currency that Joe’s accepts.
Address: 2641 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (773) 252-3980
4. Lakeview — Gabby’s Barbershop
Okay, Chicagoans, so your wallet doesn’t go as deep as your pizza dish? At $14 a cut, anyone can afford to look sharp at Gabby’s Barbershop. In true old-fashioned barbershop tradition, Gabby’s doesn’t take appointments or credit cards. They’ve got an old chalkboard set up where you can put in your name and request your preferred barber. While you wait (usually 30 minutes on a Saturday), pass the time by browsing their eclectic rack of magazines or hop on their free wifi. With five barbers on hand and plenty of people lined up for cuts, people-watching is never dull.
Address: 2860 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 549-8832
5. The Loop — Van Buren Gentlemen’s Salon
When you walk into Van Buren Gentlemen’s Salon, you’re going to get a taste of what Clark Gable dealt with on a daily basis. Someone will take your coat and bag and give you a pair of slippers to wear while your hair is being cut. In the meantime, they’ll shine up your shoes and make you a whiskey. If you want to feel like an old-school baller every day of the year, purchase an annual membership of unlimited haircuts (hot towel and massaging shampoo included), shoeshines, and manicures for $550. The salon will email you a reminder about your upcoming appointment since your new “frankly, I don’t give a damn” hairstyle will benefit from bi-weekly maintenance.
Address: 235 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 753-5363
With this list of the best barbers in Chicago, you’ll be able to trade in your scruff for a new, spruced-up style.