Whether you’re in Chicago for business or to rub your hands on the Michael Jordan statue outside of the United Center, if you need to get your hair snipped these are the places to look to first …
To make the last point work, we provide you with a list of best barber shops in Chicago. Whether you just want to trim your sideburns or go for a bold mohawk, these the guys will do the job.
Pete’s Barber Shop
2873 N Elston Ave
Chicago IL 60618
What makes this place one of the best barber shops in Chicago is unique laidback atmosphere; you can play Xbox while waiting your turn, or have a beer or coffee. No appointment needed — or accepted, Pete’s is a cash-only barber shop that will run you about $25 or $10 for beard trimming; $30 for straight razor shaves.
Joe’s Barber Shop
2641 W Fullertone Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Joe’s Barber Shop was founded in 1968, maintaining high barber shop standards ever since. It’s even been voted “Best Barber Shop” by Chicago Readers in previous six years. Recently renovated, this place offers complimentary coffee and alcohol beverages (including red wine personally made by Joe Caccavella Sr). Prices: a haircut is $25, and a shave is $40. From May to September, don’t miss one of Hangover Shave Parties (last Sunday of the month).
Chicago’s Best Barber Shop
2318 N California Ave
It’s more for those looking to create art with their hair. Razor artisans can carve precise graphics or mohawks into your head, but they will give you a regular haircut for about $15 — although they probably won’t enjoy it as much. The atmosphere is relaxed, the tunes are good, and there’s a pool table to keep you busy while your wait. Hit them up on Facebook if you want more info — they don’t have a website.
Handcrafted Barber Shop
1215 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
Opened in 2014, it’s a hip place that won’t run up your tab. Snips and cuts cost $21 and you can grab a shave for $34 for shave (or $15 for beard trimming). Cash only.
Irving Park Barbershop
1921 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
It has an old-school feel that has attracted plenty of customers. They have three master barbers, a shoe shine boy, and shop dog, Bob. No appointments means wait time can vary wildly. Cash only. Prices start from $12 for buzz and elevate to $45 for combo — hair and beard styling.
2328 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL, 60618
It’s a hybrid between your bedroom as a teenager and a cool gentlemen’s club. A clean cut will cost you $26 and you’ll fork over $40 for a close shave; $21 for a beard trim. Unlike many other places in Chicago, you won’t have to wait — just make an online appointment. However, if you are more of a do it yourself kind of guy, you can always invest in a good beard kit and start grooming your beard from the comfort of your home.