Most people wouldn't see the artistic similarities between a building and a face, but Bisi at Crystal-Eyez Makeup & Beauty Lounge sees it every day. She experimented with makeup long before she was old enough to vote or have a skyscraper named after her, but went on to receive a master's degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. The call of the kit remained strong, though, and Bisi soon found herself the principal artist at Crystal-Eyez. There, she bases her approach to makeup on her previous design experience, decorating faces with graceful shadows, bold colors, and geometric shapes.
Along with experienced makeup artists Lena and Jasmine, Bisi tailors her services, which include traditional and airbrush makeup, hairstyling, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow shaping, to match both special events and everyday needs. Though they currently serve clients in their Pilsen studio, they've traveled across the country and internationally to do makeup for weddings, graduations, and Skype sessions with long-distance boyfriends. They train others to do the same in hands-on private and group makeup lessons, during which they discuss artistic techniques, tools, and products.
Under the guidance of Dr. Estella Hernandez, NutriMedicos helps patients shed pounds and attain healthier lifestyles with a nutrition-focused approach to weight loss. Using detailed history and complete labwork, Dr. Hernandez customizes her programs with any combination of nutrition plans and dietary supplements, without traditional food-restricting or calorie-counting. Instead, she uses a metabolism-based approach to suit the specific weight-loss goals of each patient.
Chinatown Laser Like Lipo is a laser lipo machine, which spot-treats fat by shrinking fat cells on selected areas. Other services include the whole-body vibration platform—which boosts circulation and strengthens muscles—and nutritional counseling to help clients keep off recently lost pounds.
Ellehomme Holistic Med Spa soothes clients as soon as they step into its 4,000-square-foot realm, which is overseen by a medical director, registered nurses, and aestheticians. They specialize in cosmetic treatments, from injectables, such as Botox and Juvederm, to laser hair removal and other services that smooth skin and eschew sandpaper.
In one of the massage spa's five treatment rooms, licensed therapists plunder ligaments for stashes of stress, using more than five modalities such as reflexology and deep tissue. Terry-lined waffle robes and cozy spa slippers escort clients to treatments and the relaxation lounge, where they mentally prepare themselves for reentry into a society filled with stress and evil robots.
As a specialist in emergency medicine, Dr. Bradley Hulten relies on evolved technology to rejuvenate his clients' skin with minimal impact. A team of certified technicians joins him at Chicago Skin Solutions, where clients can smooth skin texture with pulsed-light Photorejuvenation treatments and exfoliate faces with crystal-powered microdermabrasion. In addition to making razors obsolete, laser treatments preempt the need for makeup, stockings, and invisibility cloaks by promoting firm, youthful skin unmarred by veins and rosacea.
Located steps away from the expansive lakefront park that shares its name, Millennium Park Massage is a similar oasis from Chicago's bustling downtown. Inside, Michael Moran—a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine—draws from Swedish, myofascial release, Thai, and Tui na massage modalities to help clients relax amid the stress of constantly directing tourists to the nearest sidewalk. Also an herbalist and acupuncturist, Michael draws from the tenets of traditional Chinese medicine to pave a thoughtful and well-rounded road to relief and wellness.
At A Better Weigh Medical Weight Loss Center, physician Umair K. Nazeer and his clinical team set patients up for success. Just ask staff nursing manager Chanay Walton, LPN, who lost 42 pounds using their methods. She and the rest of the crew provide one-on-one support during programs that incorporate healthy recipes and tools for lifelong weight management. Before clients begin a regimen, a doctor or nurse performs a thorough medical exam in order to recommend lifestyle changes and the FDA-approved medication that best suits their needs. Vitamin-B12 injections, appetite suppressants such as phentermine, and hCG might be an appropriate choice for some patients, whereas others may require fat-burning chromium supplements or water pills that shed unwanted moisture and fears of the ocean.