Cosmetology Schools and Careers in Chicago

Becoming a cosmetologist in Chicago can open doors to all the opportunities a big city offers—including hundreds of salons, spas, and beauty schools. Chicago is also known to be one of the most "beauty-friendly" cities in the U.S. In 2018, Expedia ranked it #4 of the 26 most stylish cities in the country. Chicago hosts several beauty shows, including the renowned America's Beauty Show, which is owned and produced by Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC). Tens of thousands of salon professionals, teachers, and students from all over the world come to the show to learn about the latest techniques and products. In May 2019, Chicago cosmetologists earned a mean salary of $30,960 per year ($14.89 per hour). The state of Illinois expects 3,030 job openings between 2016 and 2026—a solid job growth rate of 4%.

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The schools listed below are all great places to start your beauty career and get the 1,500 training hours that Illinois requires for licensing.

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Paul Mitchell The School

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Aveda Institute

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Georgia Career Institute (GA)

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Cameo Beauty Academy – Accredited

9714 South Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

(708) 636-4660
Cosmetology, Esthetics

700 East Terra Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 207-8599
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

609 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Barbering

142 East Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

(815) 572-4797
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

3602 Marquette Road Suite 2
Peru, IL 61354

(815) 223-7326
Cosmetology, Teacher Training, Nail Technology, Continuing Education

1200 Harger Road
Oakbrook, IL 60523

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Continuing Education, Barbering

825 Village Quarter Road
West Dundee, IL 60118

Cosmetology, Esthetics

2245 Gateway Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178

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

8057 North Milwaukee Avenue
Niles, IL 60714

Cosmetology, Hair Design, Esthetics, Nail Technology

15301 South Cicero Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452

(708) 687-7800
Cosmetology, Nail Technology

307 Golf Mill Center
Niles, IL 60714

(773) 508-5600
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Teacher Training

3401 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

(773) 561-2376
Cosmetology, Teacher Training

16108 Illinois Route 59 Unit 200
Plainfield, IL 60586


7350 West 87th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

5321 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

6458 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

264 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

530 East North Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Barbering, Cosmetology, Esthetics

2549 Highway Avenue
Highland, IN 46322

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

751 East Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

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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

Bollywood Salon & Beauty School

4847 West Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60077

Cannella School of Hair Design – Accredited

4269 South Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

Cannella School of Hair Design - Aurora – Accredited

9012 South Commercial Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632

Cannella School of Hair Design

117 West Chicago Street
Elgin, IL 60120

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

Champions Beauty-Barber University – Accredited

4374 East New York Street
Aurora, IL 60504

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

Debutantes School – Accredited

145 North 3rd Street
Dekalb, IL 60115

Denmark College – Accredited

8101 Polo Club Drive
Merrillville, IN 46410

Don Roberts School of Hair Design – Accredited

152 East U.S. Route 30
Schererville, IN 46375

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

Empire Beauty Schools – Accredited

3106 West North Avenue
Stone Park, IL 60165

Empire Beauty Schools – Accredited

226 Hawthorn Village Commons
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Epiphany's Beauty College

3719 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

90 West Hillcrest Boulevard Suite 302
Schaumburg, IL 60195

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

I.M. Beauty School – Accredited

630 Milwaukee Avenue Suite 200
Glenview, IL 60025

Illinois Valley Community College

815 North Orlando Smith Road
Oglesby, IL 61348

Jemist Glamour Academy

2454 South California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608

John Amico School of Hair Design

4335 West 147th Street
Midlothian, IL 60445

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

Lil Lou's Beauty and Barber College – Accredited

4853 Broadway
Gary, IN 46409

Lil Lou's Beauty and Barber College – Accredited

5625 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN 46320

Loricee's Beauty & Barber Acadamy College

155 East 61st Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410

Moraine Valley Community College

9000 West College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Morton College

3801 South Central Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804

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

Paul Mitchell The School Bradley – Accredited

1600 North State Route 50 Room 522
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Paul Mitchell The School Chicago – Accredited

1225 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Paul Mitchell The School Lombard – Accredited

106 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148

Paul Mitchell The School Merrillville – Accredited

7990 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410

Paul Mitchell The School Tinley Park – 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

Sandra Rossi Education Center

264 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Technology Center of DuPage

301 South Swift Road
Addison, IL 60101

The Nail Inn & School of Cosmetology

47 Stephen Street
Lemont, IL 60439

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

Trichology Trends Institute

341 West Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL 60067

William Rainey Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067

Your School of Beauty Culture

116 East Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60653
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