New York’s beloved Blind Barber — a hybrid barber shop by day and speakeasy/restaurant by night — opens in Chicago on Sept. 22 off Fulton Market. Below, behold the first photos of the Chicago space, a bit of a departure from the 1920s aesthetic featured in Manhattan. They’ve enlisted design house 555 International to give the Chicago space, 948 W. Fulton Market, some local flair.
They’ve opted for a rec room vibe, but music will liven the vibe up at night. Customers will find burnt-orange leather sofas, and knotty pine walls. Fulton Market was once home to the center of Chicago’s meatpacking industry, and the space uses glass block windows as a nod to the area’s history. The bar space takes up 2,400 square feet and the barber shop takes up 800 square feet. They’ll serve 20 different grilled cheese sandwiches, plus tacos, and salads. The restaurant is accessed through a discreet rear door.
Take a look at the space below.