In about the length of just one generation, body modifications like piercings and tattoos have gone from being something rare and avant-garde to something seen regularly and among ever walk of life. Piercings have also gone from the occasional navel or nose ring to an array of piercings pretty much anywhere on the body that one can think of. Although there are a lot of places that offer this service, it’s important to know you’re going to a shop that knows what they’re doing, and does so in a clean professional environment. Here are some of the best places in Chicago to get your piercings and create a new look that’s all you.
The Tat Cave
3629 N Harlem Ave.
Chicago, Il.
(773) 725-2283

Owned and operated by Kidd Joe, an award-winning tattoo artist with more than two decades in the industry, The Tat Cave employs a staff of veteran artists, each with more than 10 years experience. Located on Chicago’s northwest side, The Tat Cave is quickly becoming a favorite shop among tattoo and piercing enthusiasts. Known for having some of the most reasonable prices in the city, The Tat Cave’s studio is bright, clean and welcoming with a friendly staff. The Tat Cave has a parking lot and is insanely close to public transportation, as well.

Identity Body Piercing
1514 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-9047

If you’re in the market for a new piercing but the idea of going to a tattoo shop doesn’t appeal to you, then Identity Body Piercing is for you. Rather than a small area in a tattoo shop designated for piercings, that’s all they do at Identity Body Piercing. Located in the trendy Wicker Park area, Identity Body Piercing’s staff will help you pick out the perfect piece of jewelry to suit your personal style, and then even serve you a cup of coffee while the piece you choose is sterilized. In addition to the body jewelry and piercing service, they’re also a clothing boutique — it’s one-stop shopping when looking to create a new look!

Insight Studios
1062 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 342-4444

When walking into Insight Studios on Milwaukee Avenue, you might momentarily forget where you are and think you’ve just wandered into a modern art museum instead. Insight Studios is bright, beautiful and decorated with a glass block and vivid colors, and also happens to be a favorite place in Chicago when looking for a new piercing or tattoo. The first studio in Chicago to be recognized by The Association of Professional Piercers, Insight Studios religiously adheres to the highest industry standards. Located in Chicago’s West Town area, Insight Studios prides themselves on their highly experienced and professional piercers.

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Chicago Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing
3200 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60618
(773) 777-9663

With regularly scheduled hours available, as well as appointment options available for special needs, Chicago Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing aims to fully accommodate both new and return customers. Set in Chicago’s Avondale area and close to public transportation, Chicago Ink Tattoo & Body Piercing specializes in all kind of piercings and microdermals and has created a clean, relaxed atmosphere in their shop. A full list of piecing options and services are listed on the website with prices, as well as specials and coupons. Customers even receive a free T-shirt with a $100 purchase.

Native Rituals
15105 S. Cicero Ave.
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 687-7633

Also known as the Native Rituals Tattoo and Party Emporium, Native Rituals without a doubt sounds like one of the most fun places in the Chicagoland area to get a piercing or new tattoo! Located in near-by Oak Forest, Native Rituals employs a skilled selection of quality artists with years of experience and various artistic backgrounds. A member of the Association of Professional Piercers, Native Rituals is dedicated to the health and safety standards. Super clean and professional with rave reviews, Native Rituals is worth the trek to Oak Forest when looking for a new piercing or jewelry.

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Soon after earning her BA in journalism, Melanie Falina began writing about one of the loves of her life – music. Since then, she’s covered some of the biggest names in music, in addition to writing on an array of other topics as well. She has written for Black Belt magazine, KISS: The Official Authorized Quarterly Magazine, Examiner,, Yahoo Voices, and more, and was editor for Don Lemmon’s KNOW HOW Book Three, Refuse To Fail. Melanie is also a poet with five published collections of poetry available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various establishments.