Recently a complete stranger asked a question I had never once heard in my adult life: “Where did you get your haircut?” Pride swelled as I made this person swear they would head straight to the Public Barber in Uptown. Opened just seven months ago, owner Michael Stejskal treads the perfect line between old-fashioned barber shop and contemporary hairdos. Starting at $25 you get a top-notch haircut, hot towel service, a hot lather neck shave and, yes, even a shot of whiskey. Online reservations take just a few seconds. Do it.
1319 W. Wilson, 773.754.7363, thepublicbarber.com
—Christopher Jobson, founder and editor-in-chief, Colossal (Design 50)
Best of Chicago 2015