When life tosses you lemons, instead of making lemonade, make time for pampering. A top way to feel better is to get a manicure and pedicure. You not only look better from hands to toes, at many salons you also get arm and leg massages. But the mani-pedi services don’t have to cost the proverbial arm and leg unless you want opulent comfort or additional treatments. Check out these Chicago salons for a great mani-pedi service.
Phoenix Nail And Spa Salon
2529 Waukegan Road
Bannockburn, IL 60015
Monica Lee opened this small, north-suburban nail salon in 2009. She had opened other suburban locations, but has since sold them and has concentrated on the Bannockburn location where she has upgraded the pedicure stations and decor. But the reason to come here is for prices that reflect a past decade and for services. The $15 manicure comes with a relaxing hand and arm massage before the polish and a shoulder and neck message while the polish is drying. The same is true of the pedicures. For $35 you get a foot and leg massage before the polish goes on and a shoulder and neck rub afterwards. The salon has a loyal following, but it is easy to get an appointment.
The Peninsula Spa
108 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611
On a more glam level, the spa at the Chicago Peninsula Hotel on North Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile does its Classic Manicure for $37 and Classic Pedicure for $80. Prices may vary for weekday versus weekends services. Its Deeply Nourishing manicure is $65 and pedicure is $95.The salon has been updated with massage chairs and places to set your drinks. You can relax with hot tea, granola bites and dried fruit. Or ask for a menu so you can have a drink brought up while you’re enjoying your service. Come early if you’ve had a rough day because you get to use the locker room’s steam room and showers. By the way, the spa is on the 19th and 20th floors, so its windows overlook the Mag Mile.
161 N. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606
In between the casual but good local salon and a hotel’s high end one is Spa Space, whose service menu reads like a combo of health store and cafe. Think manicure with green tea and lemongrass twist or vanilla-almond pedicure. How about a lavender or peppermint pedicure. Reasonably priced, the Signature Manicure is $24. However, Spa Space has several specialty services such Man Hands Manicure, Road to Recovery Manicure and a Happy Feet uber-Pedicure. Located across from the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Spa Space is perfect for stopping before heading home for the weekend or on the way downtown for a theater or dinner date.
Havana Nights Spa
4754 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Havana Nights recently moved from Lawrence Avenue but still has the same friendly atmosphere and concern for healthy skin and nails. Customers will be glad it continues to offer its famed Mojito pedicure. The classic pedicure is $31, which puts the spa in the budget category. The signature Mojito is $50, but it includes rum (you can get a glass of Mojito too), and the treatment takes longer. Manicures are $17. The salon uses such eco-friendly polish as Zoya and Sparitual. This is a good place for foot care treatments. Aside from the Cuban drink pedicure, there is also a chocolate pedicure, a mango pedicure and a champagne/rose pedicure.
Juko Nail And Skin Rescue
2130 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
If your work and sleeping habits are such that you want a salon that opens late and stays open late, Juko, a popular Wicker Park salon, fits the need. Its prices are in the popular range with regular manicures at $17 and pedicures at $30. Skin pampering services and special nail services are higher but still reasonable. A spa manicure is $28, and spa pedicure is $40.
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