Located in a renovated 19th-century home, Brennan Massage and Spa swathes visitors in quaint atmosphere. Rocking chairs and potted flowers cover the front porch, and inside, original woodwork and contemporary furniture furnishes sunlit rooms. The staff offers guests complimentary cups of organic tea and free baths in piles of woodchips before pampering them with organic, paraben-free facials, relaxing massages, or all-encompassing spa packages. The spa also features a variety of organic, handmade products purchased from small businesses, including scented lotions, shea butters, and skincare lines.
At 7 Days Spa, nail techs pamper hands and feet with the Ultimate Angel spa mani-pedi, a beautification session that takes about 80 minutes and includes a soothing massage and sea salt scrub. But clients can also opt for treatments that get them in and out the door quickly such as mini manicures and pedicures. When they aren't painting nails with OPI, Essie, and China Glaze polishes, staffers wax away unwanted hair, a much more effective tactic than giving your upper lip a stern talking-to.
John Montalto, a 26-year veteran of the hair-styling industry, delivers a variety of luxurious treatments for men and women at his Western Springs salon and spa. Deft hands transform female tresses with custom cuts and colors and sweep strands into updos for charity balls or cubes. Manly follicles flee from faces after hot shaves, beard trims, and mustache modifications. A mirrored wall reflects aestheticians as they cosset nail beds during mani-pedi, and potted foliage shades clientele during facials, waxing, and various modalities of massage.
For Antonette Johnson, beauty runs in the family. Her earliest training came from her mother, a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner. Now a licensed aesthetician herself, Johnson glitzes up clients at Face2Face Spa Studio. She specializes in makeup, laser hair removal, and skincare—revitalizing skin with facials and glycolic peels and creating luscious looks with eyelash extensions.
Harmonic Haven's owner and operator, Robin Kroupa, ameliorates ailments with a host of treatments deeply rooted in the concepts of wellness and holistic therapy. Choose from any of Haven's healing feel-goods, from the medium-to-firm-pressure profundity of a deep-tissue massage to the soothing strokes of a therapeutic massage that clears muscles of tension caused by subcutaneous SAT tests. Robin zeros in on aches and pains with trigger-point therapy, and fuses rhythmic stretching and breath work in a Thai massage that both relaxes and rewards stressed bods. Harmonic Haven’s eclectic repertoire of procedures aims to treat body and spirit through a mixture of physical manipulation and positive energy to spruce up muscle suits and balance out negativity from sneering electrons.