The metrosexual: a portmanteau of metropolitan and heterosexual, a neologism of the 2000’s of which a post-industrial, capitalist man has a strong concern for his appearance or lifestyle. Since we all know the appearance makes the man, keep your grooming in check at these haute 5 men’s barbershops.
1 Halo For Men
Chicago's premiere salon for men only, HALO [FOR MEN] offers a relaxing, masculine environment designed to put city-dwelling males at ease from the moment they walk in the door. Owner Robert Patrizi created the salon to cater to urban men by providing a sophisticated yet modest environment where men can go to comfortably enjoy luxurious salon services without worrying about feeling out of place or being gawked at, like at other female-dominated salons and spas.
654 W. Diversey Pkwy. 773.248.4256. http://halochicago.com
2 Urban Joe
Hanging guitars, music and movie posters with exposed brick walls and bleacher-style seating compliment the vintage cash register and black chalkboard exuding the feel of a rock n’ roll show meets classic sports game. Stylists offer haircuts on the fly from toolbox stations. Adding function and style, big screen LCD’s stream live concert footage and sporting events, while rock alternative beats fill the airwaves.
1925 W. Division St. 773.687.9057. http://urbanjoe.com
3 The Den
The Den is a newly opened all male grooming salon. “Not your average barbershop” is a body and grooming shop that has the comfort and experience of a upscale barbershop with an atmosphere of relief and relaxation for haircuts, shaves, massages, facials, waxing and even nails (and not to worry, they’ll be discreet when you succumb to the vibrating La-Z-Boy). If you want to leave with your manhood intact, there’s a tattoo artist too.
1610 W. Grand Ave. 312.226.7336. http://www.denbarbershop.com/
4 John Allan’s
Since 1988, John Allan's has redefined men's grooming by honoring traditions while respecting the needs of modern men. The annual membership package includes unlimited scalp massaging shampoos, conditioning treatments, haircuts, hot towels, manicures and shoeshines. Lounge in the swanky penthouse or play a pickup game of pool, while getting pampered.
111 W. Jackson Blvd. 312.663.4600. http://johnallans.com/
5 Mimi’s Onsite Barbers
Only got a few minutes in between important meetings? Need to impress a new client? Have no fear, Mimi’s here. A fully licensed specialist with experience at Truefitt & Hill and Halo, Mimi's sheers have been featured on Oprah. The best part is she comes to you for all your grooming needs. Outsourcing at it’s best.