Since 1976, Chicago Costume has festooned trick-or-treaters, performers, and everyday masqueraders with a trove of eye-catching costumes, theatrical makeup, and whimsical accessories. Façade aficionados find a vast lineup of themed costumes for purchase including zombies, pirates, and Harry Potter characters, and more than 10,000 rental costumes ($65–$250 on average) allow for post-celebration returns with a refundable $100 deposit. Purchase a hip-swiveling Elvis getup ($49.99), or don a Catwoman costume ($54.99) to conquer pretend superheroes and real-life laser pointers alike. A collection of political masks, including those of Barack Obama ($25) and Sarah Palin ($19.99), keeps costumes current, and accessories such as wigs, makeup, and hats outfit people planning multiple costume changes to portray the entire ensemble of Cheers.
At Dye & Wave, the team of beauty experts has one focus: to create looks that complement each client's inner beauty. Stylists administer fresh haircuts along with keratin treatments that leave locks sleek and shiny. Nail care, waxing, airbrush tanning, and facials are also available for all-over beautification and pampering.
Zazoz Palette Hair Salon & Boutique’s owner and head stylist, Zayda, trained at the Illinois Art Institute in Chicago and then gained experience by working at salons such as Gallery of Hair. She also sharpened her metaphorical paintbrush as the color coordinator at Compagnia della Bellezza. Now, at her own salon, Zayda presents a full slate of hair services and even purveys gifts and accessories from local designers.
On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci protégés study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.
Though nail treatments are often considered purely aesthetic, the technicians at Logan Square Nail Salon view their manicures and pedicures as an opportunity for relaxation. Whether using traditional or no-chip polish or applying acrylics or gel overlays, technicians always upgrade their services with a hot-towel shoulder massage with olive or green-tea lotion. In private rooms, the team also performs waxing services, removing unwanted fuzz from legs, underarms, or excessively linty sweaters.