Barbershop Bond Keeps Connection Strong for One Barrington Father & Son

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There are many places where fathers and sons build their bond: on a baseball diamond, around a campfire, in a fishing boat at dawn. For Carlos Chacón and his son, Vincent, one of those places is the barbershop.

For the past five years, Carlos and Vincent have made a monthly ritual of getting spruced up at 18|8 Barrington. In honor of Father’s Day, the downtown men’s salon is giving away a classic haircut and shave package to one lucky father/son duo.

Click here to see how you can enter today for a chance to win. Deadline to enter is NOON on Saturday, June 19th. 

On a recent afternoon, I caught up with Carlos and Vincent at the barbershop.

“He was in a booster seat the first time I cut his hair,” said Emily, a master stylist and barber, after blow drying Vincent’s newly trimmed but still lengthy hair.

Vincent, fifteen and a soon-to-be sophomore at Saint Viator High School, is now pushing 6 feet tall.

“Yeah, some things have changed,” Carlos said later, looking up at his son. “He has much more hair than I do, too.”

But then, some things haven’t changed. They make their appointments back to back—both with Emily—and try to piggyback a sushi lunch at Shakou or at least a swing by Starbucks for a drink afterward.

Between school, sports, work, and travel, life is busy these days. Carlos said what he values most about their trips to the barbershop is that it’s an excuse to spend time and talk with his son, who is growing up fast.

The top-notch haircuts are a nice added bonus.

Still looking for a way to treat your dad this Father’s Day? Enter our contest for a chance to win a classic haircut and shave package to one lucky father/son duo. OR … pick up a gift card at 18|8 Barrington. They look forward to welcoming and taking great care of the guys you hope to shower with a little love and affection this Father’s Day weekend.

About 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon & Barber Lounge

Located at 120 South Hough Street in the Village of Barrington, 18|8* is committed to creating an experience unlike any other for their guests. They combine the best of the traditional barbershop and the upscale salon. With their semiprivate stations, comfortable barber chairs, relaxing environment, and friendly staff, Eighteen Eight is the perfect escape from the rigors and stresses of the outside world. Guests become like family and walk out with a little extra confidence both in their daily lives and before important milestones and events. learn more at

* 18|8 is a 365Barrington partner. If you’d like to see your story featured here, call 847-691-3150 and we’ll hook you up with John, our go-to barbershop guy who whips up true tales, professional photos and sensational steel-cut oats for his family daily.

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