The decor is skulls, punk and vintage pinup girls. The beer, wine and WiFi are free. The tattoos and piercings are everywhere. And although you may think your green-blue-purple ombre fringe, all-over lavender curls, or long orange streaks are out of the ordinary, Tiffany and the rest of the talented and talkative Twisted Scissors crew are already rocking all those styles—and relish a challenge. Don’t take the “It Hurts To Be Beautiful” signs too seriously, either. With cuts starting at $30, your bill will be as unexpected as your bangs.
2001 N. Point, 773.227.1077, twistedscissorschicago.com
—Stacy Ratner, founder, Open Books (Lit 50)
Best of Chicago 2015