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From Immigrant To Edgewater Success, Father & Son Barber’s Owner Recognized By The City


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Joe Faraci is 71 now, old enough to set his own hours, cutting hair only on Saturdays, in the barber shop he took over from his brother-in-law in 1975.

But when he was first learning the business, he was around 10 or 11 years old and living in Sicily.

“He’d put the shaving cream on people’s faces, sweep the floors,” Joe’s son, Pete Faraci, said on Thursday in his family’s salon, Father & Son Barber Shop. “By the time he was 16, he was cutting hair.”

That’s how you got your start in the barbershop business. When Joe started working at what was his brother-in-law’s shop on Thorndale, two years after moving to Chicago, Joe started to learn one other thing, too: English.

That was one of the points that a Chicago City Council Resolution noted when it recognized Joe’s accomplishments since arriving here as a new immigrant with a special set of skills in 1967.

Alderman Harry Osterman, 48th Ward, presented Joe with the honor on Saturday. Joe cut Osterman’s father’s hair, Pete said, and he has cut Osterman’s hair, too. Joe even cuts Osterman’s kids’ hair. But Joe’s contributions are about more than just giving generations of families a coiffed hairstyle.

“Joe Faraci’s commitment to the business and the neighborhood have been evident,” the resolution stated. “He has helped with safety efforts on Thorndale, and his thoughtful and welcoming personality has created a wonderful gathering space for many in the community.”

Additionally, the Faraci family has been involved in the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce for many years and has donated hair products to local schools, churches and auctions.

Joe was not at his 5806 N. Broadway St. store on Thursday to comment on what it felt like to earn the resolution.

But “it’s an honor,” Pete said. “It was such a big deal for my Dad. He was thrilled about it. Being here for 45 years and to be recognized by the alderman and the (Edgewater Chamber of Commerce), and to have it signed by the mayor and the city clerk, it’s a big deal. I’m thrilled for him.”

The small business, which at one time was just a one-man salon Joe ran by himself, has grown. It moved from Thorndale to its current Broadway location in 2006. It’s also added more employees. Joe’s sons, Pete and Anthony, now work for their father. So do four others, on Tuesdays through Saturdays. But Saturday is Joe’s day.

“When he’s here, he’s almost like a mini celebrity,” Pete said. “People like to see my Dad. He’s the original.”

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