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Four Things to Know About Civic Opera Barber Salon
Many feet above the stage in the Civic Opera Building, Sam Gullo practices a more subdued but no less meticulous art: old-school barbering. The longstanding barbershop offers artful grooming with a personal touch. Read on for a couple reasons to make the (elevator-enhanced) climb:
They’ve been above you the whole time. The barbershop has been hovering above the city on the 15th floor since 1973, and it’s drawn a faithful clientele of men who enjoy the barber’s skill and the tucked-away vibe.
Writers and TV cameras have descended from Floor 15 to spread the word. Civic Opera Barber Salon has been voted a top Chicago barber by CBS and Chicago Magazine, and it appeared as the go-to spot for a shave and a haircut on AMC’s The Pitch.
The focus is on how their clients look when they leave, not what they look at when they enter. The simple, throwback design was praised by Michigan Avenue Magazine, which wrote, “the only hint of the presence of a shave and shoe shine shop is the only one that matters—a bright red, white and blue barber pole. If that doesn’t convince you, the more than 35 years of sharp trims should.”
Their services hark back to patient, relaxed men’s grooming. In addition to haircuts, services include hot lather shaves, men’s manicures, and shoe shines that might make the modern world a little jarring afterwards.