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Gabby's Barbershop
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The best barber shops in Chicago

Head to these top barber shops for a quality haircut or a quick shave

By Stephanie Bernstein and Jess Keys

If a hair salon seems too fussy, you'd probably feel more at home in a barber shop. The haircuts are speedy, the ribbing good-natured and the shaves precise. Plus, the cuts are usually cheaper than what you'd pay at an upscale salon, leaving you with extra cash to spend at the bar.

Chicago's best barber shops

Blind Barber
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Blind Barber

Things to do Loop

This new-age shop puts the bar in barber. Up front, customers can enjoy a haircut ($45), hot shave ($50) or beard trim ($25) with a complimentary beverage. After the sun goes down, return to visit the Backroom, a hidden bar that offers a full cocktail menu and a robust selection of ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwiches.

Chicago Barbershop

Health and beauty Beauty salons Bucktown

Sit down with Billy, Mike or Drew at this shop that's a blast from the past. It's the kind of place where everyone knows your name and the vinyl tunes are cranking. Cuts start at $18, and appointments are encouraged. Be sure to hit the ATM before you go—only old-school currency is accepted here.

Chicago's Best Barber Shop
Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Chicago's Best Barber Shop

Health and beauty Beauty salons Logan Square

This Logan Square favorite offers classic cuts (starting at $15), but the staff here really shines if you're looking for something different. From artistic mohawks to graphics, these guys know how to rock a razor.

Floyd's Barbershop

Health and beauty Beauty salons Wicker Park

This Colorado-born hipster emporium has a few locations in Chicago, and its clients are used to getting great cuts for a reasonable price. It's easy to pop in for a quick trim or shave. A little-known secret: They also cut kids' hair without the hoopla at some tots-only salons. 

Gabby's barbershop
Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Gabby's Barbershop

Shopping Cosmetics Lake View

This no-frills shop offers great, no-gimmicks cuts ($16), beard trims ($7) and shampoo service ($7). No straight-razor shaves, no appointments, no reservations—just five chairs, great tunes and old-school charm. There's also free WiFi, so you can get some work done while you wait.

Handcrafted Barbershop

Health and beauty Beauty salons River West/West Town

Isaac Holmes opened this vintage outpost with a small team of fellow alums from Belmont Barber. Aside from an impeccable cut ($30) or beard trim ($15), guests can sit back and sip a brew while they wait. Appointments are encouraged—simply call the shop or book online.


Irving Park Barbershop

Shopping Cosmetics North Center

If GQ were a barbershop, this would be it. The dapper North Side cuttery has throwback charm with its old-school decor and Bob Seger jams. Come for the vibe, five-star haircuts ($25) and cheap shaves. The shop is cash-only and doesn't take appointments, so plan accordingly. 

Maestro Shave
Photograph: Martha Williams


Shopping Lifestyle River North

River North gentlemen, listen up. This cash-only barbershop inside Desdimi Gallery Salon offers a full-service experience. Precision haircuts start at $30, hot lather shea butter shaves for $55 and beard trims cost $25. You can also book appointments online and even select your barber.


Old Town Barbershop

Shopping Cosmetics Old Town

Owners Sheree and Jeff Irwin love a good haircut. So much that they decided to open their own barbershop, ensuring that no Chicagoan is allowed to have a bad hair day. The shop serves beard trims ($18) and classic men's haircuts ($36) with complimentary shampoo, style and hot-lather neck shave. Bonus: It's open seven days a week.

Pete's Barber Shop

Shopping Cosmetics Avondale

Pete's barbers will be quick to tell you how to style your hair—all in good humor, of course. Services start at $20 for buzzcuts, $10 for beard trims and $30 for straight razor shaves. Walk-ins only—but rest assured, this place is well worth the wait. 


The Public Barber

Shopping Cosmetics Uptown


The attention to detail happening at this Uptown barbershop is unparalleled—from the minimalistic decor to the precise beard trims ($15) and cuts ($25) to the bourbon while you wait. Owner Michael Stejskal strives to bring the neighborhood feel back to the trade through friendly conversation, partnerships with local artists and great service. Helpful notes: Appointments are encouraged and cash is the only accepted method of payment.


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