Mani Pedi in Wilmette

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A line of comfy black-leather pedicure thrones stand against the wall of Edelweiss's main room, letting visitors to sit back kick back as technicians pamper their feet with massages and cuticle treatments. Blonde woods, floral motifs on the cream-colored walls, and a huge flatscreen decorate the new nail salon, where staff are hard at work on Cuccio organic manicures and soothing spa-style pedicures. European and no-chip polish treatments keep keratin shields looking shiny for weeks, while cleansing foot baths make toes feel as soft and fresh as the day they burst forth from their tiny cocoons.

344 Ridge Rd.
Wilmette,
IL
US

A bubbling bath soothes feet as a precursor to the pedicures at Spa Nail City. Clients recline in plush, clay-colored seats, plunging their feet into warm water before a technician grooms their toes. Zebra-patterned chairs punctuate the row of manicure stations, where nail artists lend a glossy tone to fingernails. They add a splash of color with essie traditional or gel polish?or CND Shellac polish, which resists chips so clients don't have to protect their manicures with gloves made from PVC.

60 Skokie Blvd
Wilmette,
IL
US

At Exquisite Nail Boutique, men and women treat their hands, feet, and faces to revitalizing mani-pedis and facials that melt away the stresses of the day. Amid onyx stone tiles and cushy, white-leather furniture, guests forget about work schedules, bills, and the Machiavellian politics of the office break room as they soak their feet in warm aromatherapy masks and coat their nails in protective vitagel and no-chip polish. Shea butter balms and gentle massages soothe hardworking appendages, and customized facials and individually applied eyelash extensions breathe youthful vitality back into faces. Top-shelf products, such as Soul Purpose salt and sugar scrubs, lotions, and ultrarich cremes nourish, shield, and soften skin all over the body with healing conditioners.

400 East Randolph Street
Chicago,
IL
US

In her more than 17-year career, Melinda Rodriguez has participated in fashion shows for Nicole Miller and Armani, and crafted styles for such notable personalities as actress Jane Seymour and Latin-pop singer Chayanne. To expand the reach of her red-carpet styles, she founded Roque Beauty Lounge, a spacious salon and spa where a team of energetic style experts draw on experience in Chicago, Miami, and London to craft face-flattering looks that adhere to the salon's shared creative vision. Here, three tiers of stylists perform services at prices that match their individual experience level while using products by Moroccanoil. Roque Beauty Lounge also houses The Lashe Spot, where lash technicians accentuate eyes by shaping brows and amplify lashes with synthetic extensions.

1922 N Damen Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Ambitious Nails and Lips Bar's digit decorators doll up nails and lips with polish and glosses in an array of hues. Customized to the client's preference, the nail technicians lavish hands and feet with mani-pedis that soften skin and prevent spontaneous hand jives displayed by bored and neglected extremities.

7310 South Ridgeland Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

Soua "Victoria" Her is a triple threat in the beauty industry. She is not only a nail technician with training in CND liquid and powder products, but also a licensed cosmetologist and Clinique-certified makeup artist. Victoria showcases her talents from an intimate studio within Phenix Salon Suites, where dark wood and cream-colored walls set a fitting backdrop for the vibrant hues that adorn each client. A Belava pedicure spa chair with a built-in heater and massagers ensures that each of Victoria’s pedicures are both luxurious and sanitary, thanks to disposable soaking tubs that are replaced after each session. Meanwhile, black wood shelves lined with OPI, CND, Shellac, and Cuccio lacquers frame the space's modest manicure station. For facials, Victoria calls on Refineé products, which match patented plant peptides with time-honored botanical extracts to reverse the aging process. Cosmetics by MAC, Smashbox, and Sormé—which Victoria teaches other professionals to use—doll up complexions for weddings and recent whitewashing accidents.

100 East Walton Street
Chicago,
IL
US