Best places in Chicago to pamper yourself

Drybar gets you in and out in a flash

By Sara Rontal Fisher

Contributor and blogger

It's cold out, the daylight is still dim, yet it's February and tradition says it's the month where we're supposed to treat ourselves to a little something special.

But who has time for a 90-minute massage or a 60-minute pedicure? Not me, and likely not you. So here are some ways to get pampered without punishing your busy schedule.

1 Blowout at drybar, 1611 N. Sheffield Ave., (312) 288-3087

This salon opened just in time for me to test it out and the experience definitely lives up to the hype. Providing hair-drying expertise for only $40 and paced to get you in and out, drybar is going to be the hottest spot to hit the North/Sheffield quadrangle since Whole Foods. And a whole lot more fun.

2 Express *Quick Fix* mani at Noktivo, 4831 N. Damen Ave., (773) 908-2263

Sometimes I'll cheat on time and get an hour-long no-chip manicure that lasts two to three weeks (it saves time in the long run), but when I want to go the quick route, I head to the newest nail salon on the north side. Run by nail veteran Jenny Perillo, the Quick Fix mani is a shaping and polish for $12.

3 Eyebrow threading at Benefit, multiple locations

Book at Benefit at the last-minute when your brows may have the best of you. Benefit's team of threading, waxing and plucking experts will get you from bushy to beauty in less than 10 minutes.

4 Dermaplaning at The Few Institute, 875 N. Michigan Ave. #3850, (312) 202-0882

For about 40 minutes (and $150) I tried out dermaplaning-an exfoliation technique that removes dead skin and peach fuzz from the face. The process felt like a rough tickle and I even took a little snooze during the treatment. Unlike other skin treatments, you can put makeup on immediately and get right back to your meetings or school pickups. A great midday mom moment!

  • Tip: Book last-minute beauty appointments at the new site Pretty Quick, Pretty awesome!

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