An established arts emporium in its Roscoe Village neighborhood since 1999, Unicoi Art Studio continues to make a name for itself as the go-to destination for children’s art classes. It was the 2008 and 2009 Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Pick Award winner for Best Children's Artsy Classes in the city, and was featured on WGN’s “Around Town,” where youngsters crafted wallets and shoulder bags out of duct tape rather than more conventional materials such as leather or feelings. With an emphasis on unearthing everyone’s innate artistic abilities, the teachers at Unicoi have recently begun instructing adults as well, helping them glean art fundamentals, stretch canvases, and find their own distinct styles.
River West Fitness bottles up exercise routines inside a loft-style fitness studio with exposed brick walls and wooden beams. Dancer and personal trainer Heidi Milby inflects workouts with fluid movements rooted in Pilates, yoga, and gyrotonic sessions, which use pulley machines to strengthen and stretch muscles without jerky movements. Guests can chisel physiques during private lessons, wallop punching bags under the guidance of former professional boxer Johnny Higgins, or steal ab muscles by osmosis from others exercisers during group classes. Aching bodies can retreat to the massage table, where massage therapists soothe sores with the kneads of deep tissue, Thai, or Ashiatsu modalities.
Providing a restful escape from stress and the hectic pace of everyday life, East Meets West's massage therapist uses healing bodywork to promote a sense of calm and well-being. The therapist deeply relaxes clients with gentle Swedish strokes incorporating organic oils; pain-alleviating deep-tissue pressure; hot-stone therapy; or shiatsu techniques. Above all, East Meets West strives to make the rejuvenating effects of massage therapy accessible to everyone. To that end, it offers house calls to any location in the greater Chicago area and custom treatments tailored to address issues such as chronic pain, tension, and muscles knotted together after a tug-of-war match gone awry.
Certified massage therapist Qiana Shelton believes relaxation should be easy. That's why she presents clients with the option to enjoy a Swedish massage in her South East–side spa or in the comfort of their own homes, and schedules appointments seven days a week until 8 p.m. While Swedish massage is the only style available for home service, Shelton's business excels in many techniques, ranging from sports massage to trigger-point therapy, and her spa even hosts couples massages for partners, friends, and tense buddy cops, as well as instructional classes on infant massage.
Best Chicago Barbers helps faces exude professionalism and swank with classic straight-razor shaves and a wealth of other men’s grooming services. Barbers coddle brows, cheeks, chins, noses, and necks and sculpt manes in a variety of styles. Relaxing and therapeutic massages promote stress relief, whole-body wellness, and sympathy for gingerbread men. The barbershop also administers specialized services such as shoeshines and teeth whitening to help gents dot their i's and cross their t's. TV and music provide entertainment while barbers ready each client to face the world a sharper, more confident man or wolfman.
Tes Nail Spa Inc. artfully crowns nails in shimmering hues during three levels of extremity services. Classic mani-pedis run the gamut of soaking, shaping, and moisturizing nails before sweeping tips with a favorite shade. For a smoother finish, nail technicians wipe out rough patches with exfoliating scrubs and oil treatments, then conclude with a coat of OPI polish. No-chip gel lacquers cure under a UV light to last even longer, letting nail techs simultaneously nourish nails, embellish hands, and hide nail-bed tattoos from disapproving parents for two to three weeks.