our story

J. Gordon Designs, located in the heart of Chicago’s trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood, is an oasis in the heart of the city. With one beautiful location and an international reputation, J. Gordon Designs focuses on providing world class quality service and luxury hair care in a warm and friendly environment. Situated in an 1870s Chicago brownstone, once inside, you’ll find original art and French antiques that create an aesthetic uniquely our own.

Founded in 1974 by Jerry Gordon, J. Gordon Designs continues to be a leader in hair fashion today. The salon has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Elle and on Oprah. Artistic team members train in New York, Paris, London, Milan and Toronto.

Today, J. Gordon Designs is run by Karen Gordon, Jerry’s wife, who has led the salon with the same passion Jerry worked so hard to establish and maintain. Karen currently sits as the President of Cosmetologists Chicago, is on the board of Intercoiffure America/Canada and has expanded the business to include hair loss prevention. She continues to provide stylists with exciting opportunities and continued education.    

Our artistic team members are a talented group who bring their individual style to the team. They have received numerous prestigious hairdressing awards. As a salon, we are focused on continued education and providing a consistent level of excellent service to each client that walks through the door.

Jerry Gordon was named “Salon Owner of the Year” by American Salon Magazine, was a member of Intercoiffure America/Canada and the Past President of Cosmetologists Chicago. If you’d like to get a glimpse into the extraordinary man that he was, read this.