10 Chicago Tattoo Shops Reopening This June

Under Phase 3, Illinois is allowed to reopen non-essential business with strict guidelines. Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced that tattoo parlors are among businesses that can reopen. As long as shops follow strict social distancing and hygiene requirements, artists can return to work to tattoo their clients. Most shops are opening June 3rd, with some already open to appointments. Here’s a list of shops and their new procedures under the new guidelines.

Great Lakes Tattoo

1148 W Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642


Great Lakes Tattoo is reopening by appointment only, with same-day appointments being offered by availability. Their artists specialize in a range of American traditional tattoo styles. New guidelines and procedures are being developed and will include the necessity of a mask and limited shop capacity.

Deluxe Tattoo

1459 Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613


Deluxe Tattoo is going to be reopening by appointment only. Their artists make a ton of different styles in their tattooing and will do anything from a name to a full sleeve. The shop will be implementing new guidelines to be discussed between client and artist.

Speakeasy Tattoo

1935 1/2 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Wicker Park shop Speakeasy Tattoo is reopening by appointment only. There are a lot of artists working at this shop. The work is neo-traditional, realist, Japanese traditional, geometric, and more. All guests are being asked to fill out a tattoo consent form prior to their appointment to minimize time in the shop. The shop is also taking extra precautions with an additional consent form about the client’s health and potential exposure to COVID-19.

Metamorphosis Tattoo

1456 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Metamorphosis is opening for appointments only, no walk-ins. The artists here create a lot of different work ranging from tribal and fine line to geometric and realist styles. The shop is requiring that all clients come alone as guests will not be allowed in. Everyone in the shop will be required to wear a mask and wash their hands upon entering the shop.

Jade Dragon Tattoo

5331 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Jade Dragon is already open as of May 29. Their artists make tattoos that are illustrative and unique. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are available. Their clients are being asked to wash and sanitize hands, wear masks, and limit guests. They are capping the shop capacity at 10 people and will ask guests to wait in the waiting area or outside.


Revolution Tattoo

2221 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

For the time being, Revolution Tattoo is going to operate by appointment only. The shop will be taking clients’ temperatures and will be required to wear masks anytime they’re inside. Hand sanitization will be required and no guests or visitors will be allowed. Artists are asking clients to make their tattooer aware of a compromised immune system or the appearance of symptoms.

Studio One

1147 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Pilsen’s staple tattoo shop Studio One is reopening its doors by appointment only. The shop’s small team specializes in American and Japanese traditional. The team is opening under the guidelines set forth by the city and CDC and will be coordinated between the artist and client.

Chicago Tattoo

1017 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Chicago tattoo is a northside spot with artists that do all types of tattoos. Their work is mostly neo-traditional, American traditional, and illustrative. The shop will be implementing non-negotiable safety procedures including masks and limited shop capacity.

Brown Brothers

904 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Brown Brothers Tattoo “represents all tattoo styles.” However, most of their artists’ work is American traditional. They will operate by appointment only. No walk ins, drop ins, or unnecessary shop traffic. Same day appointments will be available on a case by case basis. All guests and tattooers will be let into the locked shop upon arrival, and must be masked at all times.

Logan Square Tattoo

2352 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Logan Square Tattoo has artists that have a diverse portfolio of work including American traditional, biomechanical, fine line, and black tattoos. They will be operating by appointment only and restricting the number of people in the shop, including the number of artists working at one time.


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