One of the worst beauty blunders that can happen? Getting a bad manicure or pedicure. Do you ever wonder why it can bother you so much? Here's one reason: We go into a nail salon with the intentions of indulging in a little rest and relaxation, even if it is only for 30 minutes on our lunch break. The point is that nail salons are cherished places that we go to relax, unwind and pamper ourselves. So when that doesn’t happen, our moods can significantly drop (and, of course, our nails look less than perfect). On the other hand (pun intended), when we get an amazing manicure and pedicure, we walk out of the salon feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and like a million bucks.
So to avoid all of the heartbreak of a depressing salon experience, here are our staff picks for our favorite nail salons in Chicago. Also, please help join us in preventing any of us from getting a bad mani and pedi ever again by leaving your favorite nail salons in the comments below!
Nail Fairy Salon and Spa | 1249 W. Fullerton Ave. | 773-883-3040
“This salon is hands down the best place I’ve been to for a mani and pedi. They have a wide selection of colors, including the most recent lines of nail polish form OPI. They also give complimentary back rubs, which is a great bonus for a reasonably priced manicure. They always take their time with you, even if they get a little busy. This place is also great because they are usually playing a movie, which is great when you are spending quality time there getting a mani and pedi.” –Darla Weaver, Chicago Shopping Intern
Linda Magic Nails | 401 North Michigan Ave. | 312-329-9828
“I am a huge fan of this place in the basement of the Equitable Building. The owner and her staff treat you like family! Tiny, efficient and reasonably priced!” – Ellen Warren, Chicago Tribune Senior Correspondent
CiCi Nails | 3323 N. Lincoln Ave. | 773-880-0989
“A friend recommended this place, and even though it’s a bit out of the way, I keep going there because the service is great and they do a great job. I get their no-chip manicures, which last forever. The first service comes with a free kit to take home to keep your nails looking good between services. Plus, it’s all natural products that let your natural nails breathe – no harsh chemicals or soaking your hands in acetate for removal. The owner Michael is really passionate about what he does and it shows.” –Belinda Englman, Chicago Shopping General Manager
Mojo Spa | 1468 N. Milwaukee Ave. | 773-235-6656
“Mojo Spa in Wicker Park offers signature manis ($18) and pedis ($40; get both for $50) using its sweet-scented, luxe handmade products. Upgrades include moisturizing treatments, arm and leg massages, scrubs and mineral soaks.” -Rebecca Palmore, Chicago Shopping Events Editor
Pinky Nail Chicago | 1400 W. Grand Ave. | 312-243-0560 (plus two other locations)
“Pinky Nail is the perfect lunch hour escape - a clean, modern space; speedy-yet-friendly service complete with not one, but two neck massages during your service; a wall full of OPI and Essie colors, AND The Real Housewives on TV!” –Wendy Wollenberg, Chicago Shopping Web Producer