Why Blind Barber in the West Loop Is a Grooming Go-To
By Stephen Ostrowski| December 13, 2017 |
Cult-favorite cuttery Blind Barber keeps it sharp in the Fulton Market District.
With the Chicago debut of New York and L.A. import Blind Barber, the Fulton Market District’s mug is literally getting a refresh: “This is not a place to come and get some crazy, funky haircut,” explains Rob Wilce, 33, who co-owns the place with 34-year-old Alex Maier, both of whom previously worked in marketing and advertising. “It’s a quality haircut you can rely on.” The classics come courtesy of six staff barbers proffering trims, hot shaves and more in the airy front room; behind an unmarked door lies the Back Room, a lived-in, dimly lit lounge where hip patrons wash down high-end grilled cheese sandwiches with cool craft cocktails and rotating brews.
The space’s communal vibes—“It’s like a 1970s basement rec room,” says Maier—are a natural extension of the atmosphere that Wilce strives for front-of-shop: “They’ve all been cut, but they’re in here an hour later,” envisions Wilce. “That’s what I want to see.” 948 W. Fulton Market, 312.366.2969, blindbarber.com