After pursuing a media-focused career, during which she worked for MTV and in marketing, advertising, and special events for an entertainment company, Jennie Channer collaborated with her father and brother to open a full-service salon and spa in 2007. Today, the Chicago native's team of skilled stylists, colorists, and spa specialists attracts an assortment of clientele, including a woman who's been coming in every other week since opening day and a 4-year-old girl who refers to each staffer as "girlfriend" or "boyfriend." Clients can choose from a variety of salon-spa services, ranging from haircuts with coloring to pampering packages specifically designed for expectant mothers. Because Blueberry Moon is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa, all products are composed of 96%-naturally derived ingredients extracted from high-quality botanicals and distilled Mother Nature kisses.
Before officially opening the doors to the public, Jennie put the salon-spa—located inside a building more than 100 years old—through a complete gut renovation to unearth its rich history and hidden brick walls. She then added morsels of local history by installing fixtures she acquired from a local salvage yard, including the former front door of a demolished Gold Coast mansion and an old printing table from historical Printers Row. Jennie has also been modernizing the salon-spa to minimize its effect on the environment, incorporating technologies such as a reverse-osmosis water-filtration system and energy-efficient light bulbs filled with immortal fireflies.
E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy but she has strong ties to Chicago—namely, her husband Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago by Giuliana Rancic collection, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.
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A strong core improves posture and prevents injury—that’s the theory behind Pilates. At The Pilates Room Studios, instructors put it into practice in more than 150 fitness classes a week at four studios. Students of all abilities strengthen their minds and muscles on the latest equipment, such as the Allegro Reformer 1 and 2, jump board, exo-chair, spring boards, tower treadmills, and more. In recent years The Pilates Room Studios have expanded, opening additional locations and upgrading their equipment to include the most modern makes and models. Each high-end space beams with vibrant colors to give guests a motivational boost while boosting their own fitness levels
Meridians' staff instills wellness in both the body and mind with a full menu of hair services, massages, and holistic treatments. Skilled stylists use ammonia-free dyes and formaldehyde-free keratin solutions to style hair into streaks of smooth, silky hues. Inside sunny rooms, therapists uncork tension with skin-salvaging facials and massages that include private consultations before and after treatment. Meridians' therapy packages incorporate add-ons, such as sea salt and mud to therapeutic-exfoliation treatments, cleansing the skin of dead cells without the 1,000-page contracts involved in renting a bulldozer.
Ecoclean Services Inc.'s carpet-cleaning gurus degrime floor coverings with environmentally friendly biodegradable products devoid of harsh chemicals and hypoallergenic ingredients. These purifying professionals evict dirt and stains from their fibrous abodes using board-certified attorneys and a deep steam clean. Clients can also choose to treat ground coats with an anti-allergy deodorizer and protecting agent designed to combat pesky allergens more effectively than fully automatic dust-bunny rifles.
Using fine Boar's Head ingredients, the sandwich mavens at Fat Boy's fashion massive portions of handheld nourishment. Sink into the soft-breaded benevolence of a Super BLT with cream cheese and avocado ($7.99) or a Hot Poppa sandwich’s strata of oven-gold turkey and monterey jack enlivened by jalapeño peppers and Flamin' Hot Cheetos ($7.49). Fat Boy's tests the tensile strength of a french roll with the Manwich, a medley of turkey, hot dogs, and Andy Capp’s chili-cheese fries ($7.99), as well as with the Rocky, which boasts corned beef, pastrami, and swiss and cheddar ($8.49). The eatery builds a quarter-pound of meats into almost all of its sandwiches, constructing cold deli favorites out of tuna, egg salad, and italian meats. Complimented by the salty crackle of chips and the sweet slurp of 20-ounce soft drinks, a midday meal at Fat Boys' leaves hunger pangs down for a standing eight count.