Chicago Health & Beauty
Health & Beauty neighborhood
600 W. Chicago Ave., River North
Cleise Brazilian Day Spa
732 N. Wells St., River North
Owner Cleise Gomes moved to Chicago from Brazil in 2000, working tirelessly to bring traditional Brazilian beauty techniques stateside ever since. Given her experience and background, it’s no surprise that Cleise is famous for her excellent waxing techniques, but it's her facials that are actually one of the city's best kept secrets. The classic treatment errs on the clinical side, but she also offers more luxe options (like a gold-leaf facial and a diamond peel) if you’re interested in trying something more spa-like.
Core Fitness Chicago
1030 W. North Ave., Ranch Triangle
Half hard-core, high-intensity training gym, half holistic therapy center, Core Fitness offers a personalized program that intermingles the two. After an assessment, which includes measuring body fat, weight, and size, Core Fitness offers a custom workout and therapy recommendation, which could include anything from pilates, to cupping, infrared sauna sessions fascial stretch therapy, and more.
Dermatology & Aesthetics of Wicker Park
1455 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park
The team of dermatologists working out of this massive, tricked-out office are the real deal (several friends have mentioned Dr. Karen Horn by name as the one to ask for). They offer facials and microdermabrasion as a complement to more extensive cosmetic dermatology treatments or a la carte. While the facials definitely err on the clinical side, they don't skimp on the massage. You can also pop in for a quickie "party peel" to prep for a special event.
Dr. John Q. Cook
737 N. Michigan Ave., Gold Coast
Dr. John Q. Cook has 20 years of experience in skincare and has two beautiful Whole Beauty Institutes (one in Winnetka and another in Gold Coast) to show for it. What takes the clinical facials (they also perform fantastic medical-grade chemical peels) to the next level is the meticulously developed Whole Beauty product line; his team of aestheticians will send you home with a set of products specifically picked out to extend the effects of your time in the office. There's also a location in Winnetka.
Dr. John Q. Cook
118 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
Dr. John Q. Cook has 20 years of experience in skincare and has two beautiful Whole Beauty Institutes (one in Winnetka and another in Gold Coast) to show for it. What takes the clinical facials (they also perform fantastic medical-grade chemical peels) to the next level is the meticulously developed Whole Beauty product line; his team of aestheticians will send you home with a set of products specifically picked out to extend the effects of your time in the office. There's also a location in Gold Coast.
Mila Moursi Skincare
Barneys, 15 E. Oak St., Gold Coast
Mila has been taking care of many high-profile LA women for decades, all of whom swear by her skin and body treatments. More specifically, it's her European facials (tack on a dry contouring session for a bit of extra lift), "face-changing" line of skincare products, and discretion that keep everyone coming back. While the flagship spa on Sunset Boulevard is worth an in-person visit, you can also book treatments at Barneys New York outposts in most major cities (besides Chicago, also Los Angeles and New York).
49 E. Oak St., Gold Coast
Mireille counts Oprah as one of her makeup and skincare clients, which is probably all we really need to say. She actually grew up and received her training in France, which totally explains her signature less-is-more approach. She's kind of a wizard at clearing blemishes, though her extraction technique is famously gentle. P.S. This woman is also an eyebrow genius.
The Few Institute
875 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3850, Gold Coast
Full disclosure: The Few Institute is primarily a plastic surgery center, and a very well-respected one at that. The Skin Clinic inside the institute is run by a badass team of aestheticians who specialize in seriously effective, medical-grade peels (which they'll customize to your specific skin type), as well as rejuvenating Ultherapy. Dr. Julius Few, the mastermind behind the entire operation, has also designed an extensive line of products—given his experience, they're worth the investment.
The Peninsula Spa
108 E. Superior St., Gold Coast
The Peninsula’s ESPA spa is perched high above the city on the 19th and 20th floors of the hotel, and as can be expected from ESPA, the products and services are top-notch. And, since it’s the Peninsula, you won’t be disappointed by the amenities either—there's a eucalyptus steam room and a relaxation room where you can curl up next to a working fireplace. The facials can absolutely stand alone (ask for Sunny), but if you're splurging, invest in one of the famous half- or full-day spa journeys.
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