Cosmetology Schools in Illinois

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9714 South Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

(708) 636-4660
Cosmetology, Esthetics

700 East Terra Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 455-5900
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

609 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Barbering

657 Highgrove Place
Rockford, IL 61108

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Barbering

142 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

3602 Marquette Road Suite 2
Peru, IL 61354

(815) 223-7326

2601 North Mulford
Rockford, IL 61114

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training, Continuing Education

211 East 3rd Street
Sterling, IL 61081

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training, Continuing Education

3106 West North Avenue
Stone Park, IL 60165

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training

226 Hawthorn Village Commons
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

(800) 920-4593
Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training

2245 Gateway Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178

(815) 756-3596
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology

8057 North Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

(847) 965-8061
Cosmetology, Hair Design, Esthetics, Nail Technology

15301 South Cicero Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452

(708) 687-7800
Cosmetology, Nail Technology

6458 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626

(630) 528-3330
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

5321 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

(630) 528-3330
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

7350 West 87th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455

(630) 528-3330
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

2500 Georgetown Road
Danville, IL 61832

(630) 528-3330
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Continuing Education, Barbering

264 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

(847) 376-0740
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

530 East North Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

(630) 790-1500
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

751 East Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

(847) 247-8100
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

755 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761

Cosmetology, Esthetics

602 West Glen Avenue
Peoria, IL 61602

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training, Esthetics

5485 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Cosmetology, Cosmetology Teacher Training, Esthetics

202 East University Street Suite H I J
Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 344-7550
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Continuing Education, Barbering

2913 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

(217) 753-8990
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Barbering

ABC School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology

9213 South Illinois Route 31
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

Bell Mar Beauty College – Accredited

5717 West Cermak Road
Cicero, IL 60804

Cannella School of Hair Design - Aurora – Accredited

9012 South Commercial Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632

Cannella School of Hair Design

12943 Western Avenue
Blue Island, IL 60406

Cannella School of Hair Design – Accredited

4269 South Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

Cannella School of Hair Design

117 West Chicago Street
Elgin, IL 60120

Cannella School of Hair Design

7645 West Belmont Avenue
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Cannella School of Hair Design – Accredited

617 West North Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181

Capelli Academy of Cosmetology, Inc

4518 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623

Capelli Salon Academy

333 East Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Capri Beauty College – Accredited

1938 East Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451

Capri Beauty College – Accredited

15815 South Rob Roy Drive
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Carl Sandburg College

2400 Tom L Wilson Boulevard
Galesburg, IL 61401

Champions Beauty Barber University

2201 Plainfield Road
Crest Hill, IL 60403

Champions Beauty-Barber University – Accredited

4374 East New York Street
Aurora, IL 60504


319 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60628

City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman

1145 West Wilson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X

1900 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60612

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Creative Touch Cosmetology School – Accredited

234 East 3rd Street
Waterloo, IL 62298

Debutantes School – Accredited

145 North 3rd Street
Dekalb, IL 60115

Douglas J Aveda Institute – Accredited

2828 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657

Dudley Beauty College

8501 South Green Street
Chicago, IL 60620

Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123

Elle International Beauty Academy

2113B South China Place
Chicago, IL 60616

Epiphany's Beauty College

3723 Sauk Trail
Richton Park, IL 60471

Estelle Medical Academy

4905 Old Orchard Center Suite 710
Skokie, IL 60077

Futurama Beauty Academy

1822 West 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60609

G Skin & Beauty Institute – Accredited

1200 Harger Road
Oakbrook, IL 60523

G Skin & Beauty Institute – Accredited

90 West Hillcrest Boulevard Suite 302
Schaumburg, IL 60195

Gem City College

700 State Street
Quincy, IL 62301

Hair Professionals Career College – Accredited

5460 U.S. Highway 34
Oswego, IL 60543

Hair Professionals Career College – Accredited

10321 South Roberts Road
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Highland Community College

2998 West Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032

I.M. Beauty School – Accredited

615 Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025

Illinois Valley Community College

815 North Orlando Smith Road
Oglesby, IL 61348

Innovations Design Academy – Accredited

125 East Locust Street
Canton, IL 61520

Innovations Design Academy – Accredited

214 East Washington Street
MaComb, IL 61455

Jemist Glamour Academy

2454 South California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608

John A Logan College

700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918

John Amico School of Hair Design

4335 West 147th Street
Midlothian, IL 60445

Kaskaskia College

27210 College Road
Centralia, IL 62801

L.A. Style School of Cosmetology – Accredited

2145 West 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60643

Lake County Tech Campus

19525 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030

Lake Land College

5001 Lake Land Boulevard
Mattoon, IL 61938

Midwest Technical Institute – Accredited

3620 Avenue of the Cities
Moline, IL 61265

Moraine Valley Community College

9000 West College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Morton College

3801 South Central Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804

Mr. John's School of Cosmetology, Esthetics, & Nails

1745 East Eldorado Street
Decatur, IL 62521

Mr. John's School of Cosmetology, Esthetics, & Nails

1429 South Main Street
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Ms. Roberts Beauty Academy – Accredited

552 Mannheim Road Suite A
Hillside, IL 60162

National University of Health Sciences

200 East Roosevelt Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Oehrlein School of Cosmetology – Accredited

100 Meadow Avenue East
Peoria, IL 61611

Olney Central College

305 North West Street
Olney, IL 62450

Parkland College

2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

1600 North State Route 50 Room 522
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

1225 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

106 Yorktown ShoppingCenter
Lombard, IL 60148

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

1503 East College Avenue Suite L
Normal, IL 61761

Paul Mitchell – Accredited

18454 West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Pivot Point Academy – Accredited

144 East Lake Street Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Professional's Choice Hair Design Academy – Accredited

2719 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60435

PS Lash & Hair Extension Academy & Studio

705 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

Reflections Academy of Beauty – Accredited

241 North Main Street
Decatur, IL 62523

Rend Lake College

468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846

Rosel School of Cosmetology – Accredited

307 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714

Sandra Rossi Education Center

264 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Shawnee Community College

8364 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, IL 62992

Southeastern Illinois College

3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946

Southwestern Illinois College

2500 Carlyle Avenue
Belleville, IL 62221

Stautzenberger College-Rockford Career College

1130 South Alpine Road Suite 100
Rockford, IL 61108

Steven Papageorge Hair Academy

3401 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Technology Center of DuPage

301 South Swift Road
Addison, IL 60101

The Illinois Institute of Art

350 North Orleans Street Suite 136-L
Chicago, IL 60654

The Illinois Institute of Art

1000 Plaza Drive Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173

The Nail Inn & School of Cosmetology

47 Suitephen Street
Lemont, IL 60439

The Salon Professional Academy – Accredited

335 Vertin Boulevard
Shorewood, IL 60404

The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology – Accredited

1037 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Trenz Beauty Academy – Accredited

695 Wentworth Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409

Trenz Beauty Academy – Accredited

2605 West 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60652

Tri-County Beauty Academy – Accredited

219 North State Street
Litchfield, IL 62056

Trichology Trends Institute

341 West Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL 60067

Vee's School of Beauty Culture

2701 State Street East Street
St. Louis, IL 62205

Waubonsee Community College

4S783 IL-47
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

William Rainey Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067

Your School of Beauty Culture

116 East Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60653

Niles School of Cosmetology

8057 North Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

The Curl Society
| Chicago

923 W 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609

Cosmetology Schools Near Me

How to Become a Cosmetologist in Illinois

Illinois Cosmetology Careers At a Glance
  • 1,500 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 14 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for cosmetologists in Illinois is $27,040 ($13.00/hour). This is higher than the national average of $26,090 ($12.54/hour).
  • There is a predicted 4% job increase between 2016–2026 for cosmetologists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 9%.

You know what it takes to make the perfect ombre and which hair colors go with which skin tones. When it comes to makeup, you can name high-end brands and their affordable counterparts.

Why not turn your experience and passion into a new career?

State License Requirements

1,500 Education Hours

Required to earn a cosmetology license

Throughout your beauty career, you are under the supervision of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. After graduating from a cosmetology school in Illinois, you can submit your transcripts and a $45 licensing fee to them. Your license is awarded after you pass your written and skills tests.

Education Details

As a busy cosmetology student, you'll spend lots of time in the classroom and on the salon floor. Your practical experience may first put you behind a mannequin head, and then behind a real client. To become a full-fledged cosmetologist, you have to master many important skills. The ones listed below are required teaching in Illinois.

Required Topics in Illinois Cosmetology Schools

  • Basic training: tools and their uses, shampooing, cosmetology chemicals, hair type, sanitation, hygiene, skin diseases, anatomy and physiology, electricity, and nail technology
  • Chemical application and hair treatment: permanent waving, hair coloring, hair bleaching, hair relaxing, hair conditioning, toning and rinsing
  • Hairstyling and dressing: Cutting, thinning, trimming, shaping, use of equipment, curling, and hair treatments
  • Shop management: labor law, client relations, bookkeeping, and business ethics
  • Esthetics and nail technology

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

14 Hours

Continuing education required

Barber licenses and barber teacher licenses expire on July 31 of each odd-numbered year, and licensees may renew within the month prior to expiration. Cosmetology instructors, cosmetology clinic teachers and cosmetology licenses expire on September 30 of each even-numbered year. Illinois requires cosmetologists to certify on their renewal applications that they have successfully completed 14 hours of cosmetology continuing education within the 2-year licensure period. Cosmetology instructors and cosmetology clinic teachers must show a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education from a sponsor registered with the division within the 2-year licensure period. License renewal is $50 per two-year period.

Illinois Cosmetology Careers


Average yearly salary for cosmetology in Illinois

Beauty industry growth in Illinois is in line with what is expected in other states. Demand for cosmetologists may increase 4% through 2026 (O*Net, 2019). The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an average annual salary of $27,040 for cosmetologists (2019).

A beauty education is flexible, giving you a lot of freedom in your career choices and work settings. Illinois is an excellent place to make a name for yourself as a cosmetologist. Large cities like Chicago and Springfield have high-end, well-renowned salons and spas on every street. Upscale suburban areas have no shortage of spas and salons that help busy professionals relax. No matter which work setting you thrive in, Illinois has a place for you.

Contact the Illinois State Board of Cosmetology

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Illinois possesses a distinctive cosmetology culture, one that is influential and has allowed for numerous people to become professionals statewide. As more are expected to satisfy the demand of clients who enjoy quality service, those looking to get started in cosmetology consult these groups.

Illinois Department of Professional Licensing
Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools
Cosmetologists Chicago