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.
Profiled by Chicago Social Brides, Crave Chicago, and Today’s Chicago Woman, The Spa on Oak delivers thorough, custom treatments that prep skin and hair for special events or everyday style. A full hour is set aside for each massage and facial, which all commence with 10 minutes of consulting time. Facial tools and ingredients include diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands, glycolic formulas, and oxygen, which clients can store in their pores for their next scuba trip. Salon services and waxing are also available to round out complete spa makeovers.
Headmasters Spa's staff of expert aestheticians spruces up anatomies with age-defying facials, chic haircuts, and soothing massages. The spa mavens smooth skin with exfoliating scrubs and de-fur bodies or beach-bound teddy bears with professional waxing on more than 15 areas. Ten massage modalities such as lymphatic, reflexology, and sports soothe human dorsal sides, and mani-pedis draw from a rainbow of colors to add pop to digital tips. Beautifiers also pull from a grab bag of body wraps to sculpt sleek physiques and employ microdermabrasion to clear pores and polish facial tattoos.
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.
Between ornately tiled ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors, D’Bellagio Spa and Salon's stylists enhance images with facial threading, waxing, chip-resistant Shellac manicures, and massages. In a technique rooted in Indian and Asian cultures, the spa's threading specialists uproot unwanted hair by ensnaring it in twists of cotton string, much like the skincare practices of newborn kittens. Staffers transform hair and nails with acclaimed products by Shellac and Moroccanoil and test-drive all-new beauty products before applying them to clients’ physiques.
No Chip Manicure Boutique specializes in traditional no-chip manicures and pedicures in Bio Sculpture gel polishes. Using a traditional paintbrush technique, digit designers meticulously coat nails in colored gel polish, which is then sealed under a UV/LED lamp. These durable manicures and pedicures can last up to two weeks without chipping, smudging, or migrating toward knuckles. French and express no-chip manicures abound at the nail boutique, and once the fortnight period ends, technicians can soak off the gel polish to prevent damage to the nail.