Winter weather can wreak havoc on your hands, and before you know it you look like you have creature-claws. Tame those talons at one of these four Chicago nail salons, and give your whole look a little more polish. Each hot-spot brings something unique to the manicure table, so pick a favorite to match your mood and your geography!
Luxury in the Loop: There are times when you've got to drop some serious cash to get into prime relaxation mode. Spa Space is a top-of-the-line spa with some of the best Mani-Pedi options we've ever seen. If you're sick of winter, try their famous Mango-Pineapple enzyme manicure for a mini-vacation. In the mood for a girl-date? Book their Pedicure Suite for two and share a bottle of wine. Sign us up!
Spa Space, 161 North Canal Street (at West Randolph Street); 312-466-9585.
Allure Magazine - Best Body Treatment in Chicago
Allure's annual "Best of Beauty" issue named Spa Space's renowned Pineapple
Papaya Pacific Paradise as the best body treatment in Chicago, promising
results of silky-smooth skin.
If your hands are a total wreck, you might need the Spa Space Road to Recovery manicure. At $50 it is not cheap, but this manicure is especially designed to heal hands and finger nails that are short or damaged.
Whether you have just removed a set of fake nails and your real nails are looking like they have barely survived or you have dried out your nails with harsh chemicals like detergents, the Road to Recovery manicure will help you to cure your peeling, chipped remains. This manicure includes an extended transformative service that will heal your hands, cuticles and finger nails. As an added benefit, the Spa Space also offers specialized man hands manicures. If you know a man whose hands could use some tender, loving care, Spa Space has what you need.
“Men Head to the Spa for Manicures, Pedicures, and Massage”
At Spa Space in the West Loop, [men] account for 30 percent [of their client base].
"It's really common place. We're not surprised to see a man walk in the doors at Spa Space," said Spa Space owner Natalie Tessler. "We don't ask what their alibi is when they're here." Brian Brundage works in the recycling industry, wears steel-toe boots and does mixed martial arts. He also goes to Spa Space and gets a pedicure at least once a month.
"Its not about how manly it is or isn't, its really about taking care of yourself," he said. The International Spa Association said that 30 percent of spa customers are men. The most popular treatment for both men and women is massage.
Rose petals punctuate a pedicure for patron Desiree Banks at Spa Space. After exfoliation comes a massage with rose oil. (John J. Kim/Sun-Times)
WINE AND ROSES, ANYONE?
The place: Spa Space, 161 N. Canal, (312) 466-9585
The setting: This urban oasis, which is decked in serene blues and greens, leads clients through a long, windowed hall lined with bamboo stalks and a stone garden. A choice of two settings is available for pedicures, including an open area featuring leather saddle chairs and a bamboo wood-accented tub. This area can be sectioned off with semi-sheer chocolate curtains. There's also a private pedicure suite for two.
The service: The Wine & Roses pedicure begins with a footbath loaded with oil-laced rose fizz. Next, an antioxidant-rich grape seed scrub exfoliates the skin before the filing, trimming and buffing begin. As a follow-up, you'll enjoy a massage with rose oil. All the while, you can sip a glass of vino.
What makes it decadent: "This is about serious pampering," says owner Natalie Tessler. "It takes 20,000 rose petals just to make 1 ounce of oil. And the oil itself is incredibly hydrating."
The cost: $60
How to continue the benefits at home: "Follow up with a rich, hydrating lotion -- ideally one with rose oil or shea butter -- as soon as you get out of the shower," Tessler says. "And put a coat of clear polish on the day after your pedicure."
THE SPA TREAT Mango-Pineapple Enzyme Manicure at Spa Space begins
with a mango fizz finger soak that packs fruit-acid antioxidants, as well
as vitamin E to strengthen nails and cuticles. After soaking, experience
a mango sugar scrub to reduce age spots and fine lines.
Be a sport, get your toes done
By Glenn Jeffers / Tribune staff reporter
First impressions: Um, excuse me? I'm scheduled for an appointment at
Mens Space. But that awning near the front door says Spa Space. In fact,
the sign here at the reception desk says Spa Space. Wait a minute . .
. this is Spa Space! OK, so "Mens Space"...
Ladies who lunch
What do you get when you combine the offerings of the ultrahip sushi joint,
Sushi Samba, with the pampering perfection of a favorite Chicago day spa,
Spa Space? Spa Space's Heaven & Earth Stone Massage for starters.
Spa Space offers a package aptly named "Ladies who lunch" that
includes two spa services per person, a three-course lunch at Sushi Samba
complete with wine, and each woman gets a goodie bag stuffed with items
from Spa Space and Sushi Samba. Best of all, at just $175 per person,
a life of leisure won't break the bank.
Please contact Spa Space at (312) 466-9585 for details and additional
packages. This package is available Monday through Thursday and certain
restrictions may apply.
Shape Magazine - Nationwide search for best facials
"We've scoured the country for these superior skin-care spas and their
most effective facials" - Shape selects the Vitamin
C Booster Facial at Spa Space as the best facial for dull and sun-damaged
"Where the Stars Go" to find facials....InStyle names
"I wanted to combine the clinical feeling of being in a doctor's office
with a nurturing environment," says owner Natalie Tessler (her dermatologist
dad is an advisor). Aestheticians exfoliate skin to prepare it for extractions,
then administer a customized facial. Microdermabrasion is popular with VIPs, as is the Epicuren
facial, which features a skin-nourishing protein mask. - InStyle
Chicago Tribune - Favorite spas for facials
I love this spa! I'd never heard of SpaSpace until I received a gift certificate,
so I wasn't expecting much. But I was very pleasantly surprised! The space
is beautiful and relaxing. Every service I've had (I've been back many
times on my own dime) has been wonderful. Consistently outstanding and
friendly service. The best facials I've ever had. I highly recommend Spa
Space!" -- M. P.
Chicago Magazine - The Best of Chicago "
At Spa Space, busy Loop lawyers, traders, and business execs can
carve a little time out from their hectic schedules to focus on
what matters most: golf. The spa's one-hour golf massage ($90) uses
trigger point therapy and deep-tissue massage to target the major
muscle groups used in a golf swing; the facility also offers other
kinds of massages and a full range of beauty treatments, as well
as lunches from the nearby restaurant Nine."
Lucky Magazine "The Loop is the last place you'd expect to find sanctuary,
but that's just what Spa Space delivers, just blocks from the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange. The brainchild of former lawyer Natalie Tessler,
Spa Space offers such signature treatments as Fizzy Finger Soaks
with lavender, mango or rose oil during manicures; and pedicures
performed in a massaging, reclining lounge chair."
Elle Magazine In an article on "unlikely beauty entrepreneurs" around the
world, Elle features lawyer-turned-spa owner Natalie Tessler: "Tessler
more than hit the mark with Spa Space, located in...Chicago's West
Loop. Along with luxurious treatments like the exfoliating body
wrap, Spa Space has a full menu of medically oriented services like
glycolic peels and microdermabrasion. Every service gets a stamp
of approval from a medical advisory board ...the acclaimed Detroit-based
dermatologist Martin E. Tessler, MD (the name is no coincidence;
he's Natalie's father), whose no-nonsense skin-care line, Vibraderm,
is the secret ingredient in Spa Space's gentle facials."
Chicago Tribune - Men's Services
"Male grooming doesn't stop at nose hairs anymore! A self-described
"spa-aholic," 42-year old Barry Moltz has had massages everywhere
from Kenya to Canyon Ranch. I'm the one - not my wife - who wants
to go on spa vacations," he said. Moltz runs Prairie Angel, a Chicago
company that invests in startup businesses. His spa of choice, Spa
Space at 161 N. Canal St., near the Mercantile Exchange and the
Board of Trade, draws 42 percent of its clients from the male population
with its unfussy decor and a separate men's waiting area and locker
room. More than half of its massage clients are men." View our Men's
W Magazine - What's Hot in Beauty
Spa Space was named as one of two spas nationwide: "Nothing is simple
about this spa menu: Prenatal and golfer's massage are just two of the
types available, along with many other innovative treatments."
Maxim Magazine - Best of Chicago
Spa Space is the only spa mentioned in Maxim Magazine's Best of Chicago
issue: "Spa Space has created the Golf Massage ($90) in which your poor,
abused golf-swinging muscle groups are rubbed in all the right ways."
"Owner Natalie Tessler's father is a dermatologist, and his input at this
skin-conscious spa includes the formation of a medical advisory board
that helped develop treatments for both pleasure and efficacy. Hence,
the tongue-twistingly delicious Pineapple Papaya Pacific Paradise body
scrub and massage ($140)."
Today's Chicago Woman - Spa Treats You'll Want to
"It's rush hour in the Loop - traffic's at a standstill, horns are honking
and sidewalks are overflowing with suits. Your daydream of a peaceful
oasis is now a reality. Shoulder to shoulder with downtown office suites,
theaters and office suites, Spa Space is a full-service contemporary spa
that combines the serious side of pain management, massage therapy and
a corrective approach to skin care with world-class luxury treatments.
Once inside, you're surrounded by burning scented candles, flowers, thick
velvet drapery, and nonlinear furniture and walkways. A juice bar takes
center stage in the reception area, while the fully-stocked men's and
women's locker rooms are a highlight of the remaining space. Each includes
a relax room with comfy terry cloth-covered furniture and your choice
of hot herbal tea or ice water flavored with slices of cucumber."
The half-day package includes a grape seed body scrub, aromatherapy
massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. Although each treatment can be
purchased separately, together they create the ultimate day of pampering.
The grapeseed body scrub represents the wine in "wine and roses." You'll
walk into a treatment room named Earth, Sky, Heaven, Space or Water to
find a table scattered with rose petals. The sloughing action of the nonabrasive
anti-oxidant-rich grapeseed granules will make your skin glow. The scrub
is removed with warm moist towels, a pleasure itself. It's followed by
a Swedish massage with rose-infused oil. The scent not only lingers on
your skin long after you leave, but it also fills the room, making you
feel as if you're in a fully-blooming garden.
"Gratefully, the sensory experience isn't over yet. The
same rose-infused oil is also added to the water you'll soak your feet
in as the initiation to the pedicure, which is almost as relaxing as the
massage. Awaiting you is the "pedicure throne" - a vibrating leather chair
with a remote that lets you control the intensity level and target areas
complete with an attached whirlpool. With only two thrones to a room,
the treatment is the perfect stress-reducer. You're offered a glass of
wine to sip as your feet and lower legs are exfoliated with grapeseed
scrub and massaged with rose oil. The final touch, of course, is an expert
polish. You'll find the experience soothing and incredibly romantic. It
makes a perfect gift. Cost: $350.