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Wayne Lorentz, Chicago Architecture Info editor, gets his ears raised at:

Carmie's Crown barbershop I've long been a fan of old-school Richard J. Daley-era Chicago. It was like Mad Men, but with tough guys. The great thing is that there are so many ways you can still experience it.

Carmie's Crown is a place where men go to get their hair cut. A barbershop the way they were meant to be. Fluorescent lights. Linoleum. Hair is cut with scissors, not clippers. Your neck will be shorn with a straight razor sharpened against a leather strap.

The real entertainment comes from the owner, Carmine, who has been in this location in the tunnels under the Aon Center since the building went up. Carmine will ask you how you want your hair, but that's just a formality. He will do what he wants and bicker with you about it. Since you can't win, enjoy the banter; he's been having this argument for 40 years. The dance ends when he points out that he's been cutting hair longer than you've been alive, so he knows what he's doing. The crazy part is that he's right.

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