Looking to indulge your nails in a bit of luxury and pampering whether it’s for a special occasion or for your routine manicure? These places offer everything from special manicures using fruit or candle wax to soften your hands to letting you chose your own foot soak for your pedicure. And everyone offers their own unique touch from free chocolates to complimentary shoulder massages.
There may be no massaging chairs here while you get a pedicure but that shouldn’t deter you from going. The spa-like atmosphere is still all around. They offer you something to drink when you arrive and they are always on time. The staff is friendly and professional and takes their time. A scrub is even included with the normal pedicure. Specials abound on their website, but being a part of their e-mail address list can get you better perks. You can even book appointments online without having to pick up the phone.
980 N. Michigan Ave.
One Mag Mile Building
2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60611
It looks like the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall place from the outside but they give great service inside. The massage chair while you get a pedicure is a perk but not the only one. You have your choice of the foot soak that goes into your tub and you receive a hot towel treatment across your legs that feels great. While your nails dry at the dryer they give you a quick neck and shoulder massage that puts the frosting on the whole experience.
670 N. Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60686
Pinky Nail Chicago
Pinky Nail likes to pride itself on giving you the “me time” you deserve in a state-of-the-art nail salon. They offer quite a few nail services from the regular manicure to the spa manicure to a European manicure. Kids can also receive a manicure while mom gets one too. You may opt for a 10-30 minute chair massage or they offer a free back massage.
There are three locations in Chicago although prices are more expensive for pedicures and packages at the Grand Ave. location.
3503 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60653
1400 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
1728 W. Division Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The free drinks and chocolate when you walk in would woo any woman. But the pedicure is great too. You will have a choice between lavender and peppermint scrub all while you relax in a massaging chair reading great magazines. The staff is very attentive and friendly, and they even wrap your toes in the winter so you won’t smudge them putting your boots back on. You’ll even get treated to a neck, shoulder and back massage while your nails dry. They offer specials on Wednesdays.
3170 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
Looking for the luxurious side of the mani/pedi experience? Spa Space offers 8 different kinds of manicures including the Mango-Pineapple Enzyme Manicure that they’re known for. Looking for a twist on the paraffin wax treatment? Indulge yourself in their Soy Candle Aromatherapy Manicure. This service includes picking out your own scented candle that is lighted during your manicure and then the warm wax is used to hydrate your skin. Whatever remains of the candle at the end you can take home to enjoy.
161 N. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606
Rachel Azark is a writer and lives on Chicago’s northwest side. Read more of her work on her blog parksandpancakes.com.