Beauty Schools and Cosmetology Schools in Chicago, IL

Known as the Windy City, Chicago is one of the largest cities in the Midwest. Whether you want to beautify people's hair, skin, or nails, Chicago has opportunities for beauty school graduates.

Check out our comprehensive directory to find schools that can help you reach your career goals. You can find cosmetology schools that have a broad range of programs, and smaller schools that specialize in one beauty career. It’s important to compare several programs to be sure you choose the right one for you. That’s why we make it simple to contact multiple schools all from our site. So go ahead, and start your journey towards a new career in beauty today!

Beauty Salaries in Chicago

As you choose what type of beauty career you want, it can be helpful to know the income ranges for different beauty professionals. Living in a metropolitan area like Chicago, you may be able to earn more money than beauty workers in suburban or rural areas. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following average salaries for different cosmetology jobs:

  • Cosmetologists & Hairstylists - $18,160 to $45,580
  • Manicurists & Pedicurists - $18,360 to $44,310
  • Estheticians - $18,650 to $62,480

Not only is your salary affected by which job you choose, it is affected by how you enter the field. If you become a salon owner, you might start out with a lower salary and then earn substantially more when your salon becomes profitable. Stylists that rent chairs or work for salons may earn tips on top of their regular salaries.

License Requirements in Illinois

When you start evaluating different beauty schools, check out how many hours of experience you earn at each school. The State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has strict requirements for cosmetology professions. By the time you graduate from a program, you must complete a certain amount of hours:

  • 1500 Hours – Barbers & Cosmetologists
  • 750 Hours – Estheticians & Skin Care Specialists
  • 350 Hours – Nail Technicians

Once you've completed your education, you can take a skills exam and a written exam. Upon passing these exams, you get a license that is good for up to two years. Your license must be renewed by July 31 during odd-numbered years.

Getting Around and Networking

The Chicago Transit Authority makes it easy for you to get to and from class every day. As a college student, you qualify for reduced rates on weekdays. You can also get a U-Pass to travel around town all semester.

Once you begin your education, look into joining a local professional organization. Cosmetologists Chicago offers a variety of membership benefits, including access to America's Beauty Show, continuing education courses, and scholarships.

Also consider these nearby beauty schools. View Aurora, IL, Rockford, IL and Springfield, IL.

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Cosmetology Schools in Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL

G Skin & Beauty Institute Chicago will join the family of G Skin & Beauty Institute Oakbrook Illinois and Las Vegas Nevada as well Naperville Skin Institute and Hair/Skin Professionals Academy.
Chicago, IL

As the only school in Illinois with comprehensive certificate programs dedicated solely to the art of makeup, Make Up First has a competitive edge...
Chicago, IL

Learn to succeed in a recession-proof career that has options: barbering! A Success School is a unique place...
Chicago, IL

At the University of Aesthetics in Chicago, we provide our students with more than just an average aesthetics education. We are dedicated to...
Chicago, IL

Dedicated to the highest ideals of cometology education, Steven Papageorge Hair Academy is the perfect place...
Chicago, IL

Our school's professional instructors focus on building the foundation students need to become beauty artists and professionals...
Chicago NE, IL

Experience award-winning beauty education that can help you begin a successful career in the exciting beauty industry
Chicago NW, IL

Experience award-winning beauty education that can help you begin a successful career in the exciting beauty industry
Chicago Area/Skokie, IL

We provide our students with the latest developments in field of esthetics, as our classes provide a thorough understanding of skin care and related disciplines and skills.
Stone Park, IL

For 70 years, Empire Beauty Schools have presented the finest talent into the world of cosmetology. We are driven to make a rewarding career in cosmetology available to you.
Oak Lawn, IL

Cameo Beauty Academy has earned a reputation for excellence and quality of education. This is evidenced by its graduates, who have achieved success in many different aspects...
Bridgeview, IL

Experience award-winning beauty education that can help you begin a successful career in the exciting beauty industry
Palos Hills, IL

Hair Professionals Career College provides you with an education that will prepare you for your professional career in Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Technology.
Chicago / Rosemont, IL

We offer several levels of courses in the field of Makeup Artistry that will help you learn everything you need to know.
Oak Brook , IL

G Skin & Beauty Institute of Oak Brook joins the family of Hair Professionals Academy, Naperville Skin Institute, and G Skin & Beauty Institute Las Vegas.
Des Plaines, IL

The New Age Spa Institute was founded to provide start of the art education in Esthetics. We are dedicated to teaching the most superior and professional standards in esthetics and...
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

We offer several levels of courses in the field of Makeup Artistry that will help you learn everything you need to know.
Oak Forest, IL

Amico?s school is designed to have the feel of a real salon, so students have a sense of working in an authentic setting. The school is equipped with the latest unique visual...
Darien, IL

Regency Beauty Institute is one of the fastest growing beauty schools in the country. Contact us today to visit one of our stunning campuses...
Downers Grove, IL

At the University of Aesthetics in Downers Grove, we provide our students with more than just an average aesthetics education. We are dedicated to...
Arlington Heights, IL

Learn the skills needed to be a part of one of the largest growing industries. As a Nail Technician you can choose from many career paths.
Lemont, IL

If your goal is to work as a creative professional in the world of cosmetology then The Nail Inn & School of Cosmetology is the perfect place to channel your passion
Glendale Heights, IL

Experience award-winning beauty education that can help you begin a successful career in the exciting beauty industry
Arlington Heights-Chicago, IL

For 70 years, Empire Beauty Schools have presented the finest talent into the world of cosmetolog...
Lisle-Chicago, IL

For 70 years, Empire Beauty Schools have presented the finest talent into the world of cosmetology. We are driven to make a rewarding career in cosmetology available to you.
Chicago Area/Schaumburg, IL

We change lives through world-class training in skin and healthcare. There is no better place than ISBA to become a top-level skin care professional!
Chicago Area/Schaumburg, IL

The Cosmetology and Spa Academy is very proud to be the first Vidal Sassoon Connection in Illinois and one of the first nationwide.
Palatine, IL

Bold. Confident. Creative. Do you want to work in an industry that values talent, innovation and artistic inspiration? The Haskana Institute can help...
Hanover Park-Chicago, IL

For 70 years, Empire Beauty Schools have presented the finest talent into the world of cosmetology.
Vernon Hills, IL

For 70 years, Empire Beauty Schools have presented the finest talent into the world of cosmetology. We are driven to make a rewarding career in cosmetology available to you.
Libertyville, IL

Experience award-winning beauty education that can help you begin a successful career in the exciting beauty industry
Aurora, IL

Regency Beauty Institute is one of the fastest growing beauty schools in the country. Contact us today to visit one of our stunning campuses...
Joliet, IL

We prepare our students with preliminary training to pass state exams, and to produce and prosper in the salon environment. We also intend to help our students realize their own...
Joliet, IL

Regency Beauty Institute is one of the fastest growing beauty schools in the country. Contact us today to visit one of our stunning campuses...
Shorewood, IL

The Salon Professional Academy is committed to excellence. We train students in all the business, technical and academic skills to assure a successful career.
Elgin, IL

The Salon Professional Academy is committed to excellence. We train students in all the business, technical and academic skills to assure a successful career.
Elgin, IL

Regency Beauty Institute is one of the fastest growing beauty schools in the country. Contact us today to visit one of our stunning campuses...
Elgin-West Dundee, IL

Our licensed graduates work in all areas of the beauty industry including stylists, make up artists, educators, colorists, estheticians, nail technicians, and salon owners.
Oswego, IL

Hair Professionals School of Cosmetology prepares you for your preofessional career in Cosmetology.
Chicago Land-Crystal Lake, IL

At CSI, you will learn the latest cutting techniques through our Sassoon Academy School Connection program. Combine our outstanding education with your talent and...
Crystal Lake, IL

Regency Beauty Institute is one of the fastest growing beauty schools in the country. Contact us today to visit one of our stunning campuses...
Aurora-Naperville, IL

Our licensed graduates work in all areas of the beauty industry including stylists, make up artists, educators, colorists, estheticians, nail technicians, and salon owners.
Kenosha, WI

The Salon Professional Academy is committed to excellence. We train students in all the business, technical and academic skills to assure a successful career

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