No doubt about it, being a kid is heaps of work. After all the fort building, slime making and wall climbing, they’ll probably need to take a much-needed chill break. Good news: Chicago has several spas that not only welcome kids but have treatments designed just for them. Whether hosting a kids 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; Online: spotlighton3.com
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.
Covid-19 update: The retail shop opened as of Jun. 18, but the nail spa is closed for the time being. Check their website for updates.
1468 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park; Online: mojospa.com
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.
4 locations throughout Chicagoland; Online: ashasalonspa.com
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; Online: kidshairsalonandspa.com
Blo Blow Dry Bar
Sometimes you just want to be pampered, and Blo offers just that. Your mini sidekick can choose a fun hairstyle (mermaid braid, perhaps?) and you can get yourself a blowout to make it an official mommy-and-me day.
887 N. Milwaukee, Vernon Hills; Online: blomedry.com
The Peninsula Spa Chicago
The Peninsula Chicago is the perfect hotel for a decadent weekend of wellness, kids included. Step into kid-sized slippers and robes and head to the half-Olympic-sized swimming pool, and be sure to order some poolside snacks then head to the spa for a kid-focused mani-pedi.
108 E. Superior St., Downtown; Online: peninsula.com
French export Mireille Hamon's superb makeup artistry has been beautifying Chicagoans for over 20 years, including a wide range of celebrities while at the Oprah Winfrey Show from 1991 to 2011. At her Gold Coast studio, Hamon specializes in facials, waxing, eyebrow shaping/tinting/3D microblading, eyelash tinting/lifting/extensions, plus makeup application & lessons, as well as full-body massages. While teens are free to book any of the specialized services, Hamon’s signature teen facial promises to cleanse, scrub, steam, and when necessary extract whiteheads and blackheads, followed by a soothing masque. A home care regimen is discussed, too, making the experience a valuable lesson in self-care for the beloved tween/teen in your life.
49 E. Oak St., Downtown; Online: mireillesstudio.com
— Amy Bizzarri