Being a kid is hard work. After all the fort building, tea party hosting and wall climbing, they’ll probably need to take a much-needed break. Good news: Chicago has several spots that not only welcome kids, but have treatments designed just for them. Whether hosting a spa birthday party or introducing your little one to manicures, go ahead and get in on the action and make an appointment for yourself. You deserve it!
Spotlight on 3
Mix spa services, runway training and glamour shots at this little-known photo studio. It doesn’t normally offer spa services, but if you book a photo party for eight guests (ages 4 & up), everyone is treated to up-dos and make-up. Rock stars and princesses can also get manicures, etiquette lessons and design-your-own feather fans (a sassy prop if we ever saw one). Top things off with a fashion runway show, complete with fancy gowns and accessories. As a bonus, every guest leaves with a professional group photo.
2245 W. Irving Park Rd., Lakeview
Reasonable prices? Check. Natural products? Check. Nail art? Check. Visit stat and sit beside your sidekick while you get your fingers painted at the comfortable Wicker Park locale. It might be hard to leave without picking up a few of the natural, handmade products filling the store. Spoil your sweeties with cupcake soap to take home.
1468 N. Milwaukee Ave.
photo: Piggy Paint
For teens who can’t get enough pampering, check out ASHA SalonSpa at one of their locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs. The Spa-Palooza package will leave even the most stressed teen a break from homework, gossip and must-dos. For $155, teens are treated to a Teen Clean Facial, Reflexology Experience and end their appointment by creating a signature perfume. Customized massages are also available.
6 locations throughout Chicagoland, with one in Schaumburg opening soon
The Spa at Ritz Carlton
A spa treatment here is nearly as satisfying as a night in one of the decadent guest rooms. Guests 10 and under can enjoy a chocolate manicure and pedicure designed especially for younger guests. Mmmmm! Be sure to arrive early to take advantage of all of the first class amenities.
160 E. Pearson St., Downtown
photo: Pickle’s Playroom via Yelp
With snacks to munch and a large indoor playground, even the most reluctant spa goers will be eager for a trip to get a haircut or manicure at Pickle’s Playroom. Hair and nail services are available for kids and adults.
2315 W. Lawrence Ave., Lincoln Square
Lilies and Spikes
From first haircuts and daddy daughter dance updos to mommy-and-me mani pedis, Lilies and Spikes has your pampering needs more than covered. After ten years of salon ownership, the owners wanted to create a space that made kids feel special, and boy did they succeed. Not only can kids express their individuality by adding special touches like hair chalk and feathers, but there are party packages designed to facilitate memorable birthday and spa experiences.
1105 Chicago Ave., Oak Park
Where’s your favorite pampering destination with littles in tow? Let us know in the Comments below.
— Maria Chambers & Lisa Snart