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%.

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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Cosmetology Schools Near You

A Little Spa Institute | Chicago

3656 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

ABC School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology Inc | Lake in the Hills

9213 S Illinois Route 31
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Advanced Permanent Cosmetics Academy | Naperville

7119 E Sahuaro Drive
Naperville, IL 60563

Art Institute of Makeup | Des Plaines

1870 Busse Hwy
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Bell Mar Beauty College | Cicero

2 Nelson Ave
Cicero, IL 60804

Ben Mollin Hair Education | Griffith

314 E Washington Street
Griffith, IN 46319

Cameo Beauty Academy | Oak Lawn

530 E Golf Road Suite 126
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Cannella School of Hair Design - Aurora

9012 South Commercial Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617

Cannella School of Hair Design | Blue Island

733 N Milwaukee Ave
Blue Island, IL 60406

Cannella School of Hair Design | Chicago

4269 South Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632

Cannella School of Hair Design | Elgin

13004 Western Ave #1
Elgin, IL 60120

Cannella School of Hair Design | Elmwood Park

6500 Colerain Ave
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Cannella School of Hair Design | Villa Park

285 Changebridge Road
Villa Park, IL 60181

Capelli Academy of Cosmetology, Inc | Chicago

1900 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60623

Capri Beauty College | New Lenox

1680 E 6th Street Suite B
New Lenox, IL 60451

Capri Beauty College | Oak Forest

137 S Post Road
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Champions Beauty Barber University | Crest Hill

2600 Lake Lucien Drive #140
Crest Hill, IL 60403

Charles Ifergan Workshop | Chicago

9050 Telegraph Road Suite 102 A
Chicago, IL 60611

Chazap | Chicago

5520 Johnston Street
Chicago, IL 60628

Chicago Academy Of Permanent Makeup | Algonquin

4201 John Marr Drive Suite 206
Algonquin, IL 60102

Chicago Beauty Exchange | Chicago

8492 Baltimore National Pike
Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago Microblading Academy | Schaumburg

24310 Meadowbrook Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Chicago Microblading by Brows Beauty Couture | Schiller Park

120 E 8th Street #501
Schiller Park, IL 60176

Chicago School for Damage-Free Eyelash Extensions | Libertyville

7535 Poe Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048

City Colleges of Chicago - Harry S Truman | Chicago

114 W Orange Street
Chicago, IL 60640

City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X | Chicago

8101 E Colfax
Chicago, IL 60612

College of DuPage | Glen Ellyn

101-801 Greenville Ave
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Cosmetology & Spa Academy | Crystal Lake

615 City Park Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Cosmetology & Spa Academy | Schaumburg

100 Campus Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology | Dekalb

4840 Roswell Road Building E Suite 201
Dekalb, IL 60115

Denmark College | Merrillville

4050 Crooks Road
Merrillville, IN 46410

Don Roberts School of Hair Design | Schererville

19 Bank Street
Schererville, IN 46375

Douglas J Aveda Institute | Chicago

610 Route 206
Chicago, IL 60657

Dudley Beauty College | Chicago

1166 E Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60620

Educations In Hair | Mokena

2384 86th Street
Mokena, IL 60448

Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology | PERU

2394 Mountainview Drive
PERU, IL 61354

Elegante School of Beauty | Chicago

3811 E 120th Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

Elle International Beauty Academy | Chicago

6320 Ritchie Hwy Suite F
Chicago, IL 60616

Empire Beauty School | Stone Park

5140 S Federal Boulevard
Stone Park, IL 60165

Empire Beauty School | Vernon Hills

2510 Freedom Drive
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Epiphany Beauty College | Richton Park

3028 S U.S. 1
Richton Park, IL 60471

Eric Alexander University of Cosmetology | Mount Prospect

4601 Boat Club Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute | Skokie

595 Hillsboro Road Suite 325
Skokie, IL 60077

Esthetic World Beauty Academy | Norridge

7825 Campus Drive
Norridge, IL 60706

F.A.B. Face and Body | Algonquin

108 N 40th Street
Algonquin, IL 60102

Fine Makeup Art & Associates | Chicago

1 Maurice Culberson Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Futurama Beauty Academy | Chicago

12450 Parklawn Drive
Chicago, IL 60609

G Skin & Beauty Institute | Oakbrook

1111 S 10th Street
Oakbrook, IL 60523

Glam Lab Makeup Studios & ACADEMY | Chicago

10898 E U.S. Hwy 36
Chicago, IL 60622

Glam Lab Makeup Studios & Academy| Chicago

10898 East U.S. Highway 36
Chicago, IL 60622

Glitter Nail Academy | Oak Park

46000 Old Ox Road #104
Oak Park, IL 60302

Hair Galaxy | Waukegan

3209 Virginia Ave
Waukegan, IL 60085

Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology | West Dundee

25 Scotch Road
West Dundee, IL 60118

Hair Professionals Career College | Oswego

320 E Culver Road
Oswego, IL 60543

Hair Professionals Career College | Palos Hills

21193 Malta Road
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Hair Professionals Career College | Sycamore

28914 Roadside Drive #219
Sycamore, IL 60178

Hairs the Bling | Elgin

112 State Street Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123

Haskana Institute of Cosmetology | Palatine

440 S Broadway Street Suite G8
Palatine, IL 60067

I.M. Beauty School | Glenview

3609D Chain Bridge Road
Glenview, IL 60025

Jemist Glamour Academy | Chicago

14665 D Lebanon Road
Chicago, IL 60608

John Amico School of Hair Design | Oak Forest

1755 U.S. Hwy 68
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Joliet Junior College | Joliet

7020 Professional Parkway E
Joliet, IL 60431

Kossof Hair Academy | Northfield

465 W Boughton Road
Northfield, IL 60093

L.A. Style School of Cosmetology | Chicago

605 SW Military Drive
Chicago, IL 60643

Lake County Tech Campus | Grayslake

5121 Blanco Road
Grayslake, IL 60030

Lena's Artistic Beauty College | Chicago

9101 Kings Parade Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60620

Lil Lou's Beauty and Barber College | Gary

1513 W 70th Ave
Gary, IN 46409

Lil Lou's Beauty and Barber College | Portage

1570 E Colorado Boulevard
Portage, IN 46368

London Eyes Inc. International Academy of Makeup | Rosemont

118 W Colorado Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018

Loricee's Beauty & Barber Acadamy College | Merrillville

887 W Marietta Street Suite A
Merrillville, IN 46410

Lucas Space Cosmetology Schools | Chicago

2285 Grant Ave
Chicago, IL 60606

Marco Polo Schools | Chicago

40688 Van Dyke Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

Metanoia Beauty School | Chicago

150 E Pennsylvania Ave Suite 250
Chicago, IL 60632

Microblading Academy | Naperville

8354 Princeton Glendale Road Suite 109
Naperville, IL 60563

Ms. Roberts Beauty Academy | Hillside

1915 W Redlands Boulevard Suite 111
Hillside, IL 60162

Nail Technology School | Waukegan

210 Edgewood Ave NE
Waukegan, IL 60085

New Age Spa Institute | Des Plaines

2555 Delk Road Se Suite A2
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Niles School of Cosmetology | Niles

5620 Nolensville Pike
Niles, IL 60714

Occhi Institute | Oakbrook Terrace

2121 S 230 E
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Om SPA | Chicago

1100 E Apache Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60630

Paul Mitchell | Bourbonnais

6525 S Western Ave
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Paul Mitchell | Chicago

2525 Drew Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Paul Mitchell | Lombard

4900 Old Pineville Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Paul Mitchell | Merrillville

311-A E Hwy 303
Merrillville, IN 46410

Paul Mitchell | Tinley Park

539 W University Parkway
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Pivot Point Academy | Bloomingdale

695 Wentworth Ave
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Professional Salon Concepts | Rockdale

4405 International Boulevard NW Building B-112
Rockdale, IL 60436

Professional's Choice Hair Design Academy | Joliet

4000 Central Florida Boulevard
Joliet, IL 60435

PS Lash & Hair Extension Academy & Studio | Chicago

12218 University Mall Ct
Chicago, IL 60642

Rosel School of Cosmetology | Chicago

5907 Turkey Lake Road Suite 112-6
Chicago, IL 60659

Roza Nail Technology School | Skokie

6029 N Figueroa Street
Skokie, IL 60077

Sandra Rossi Education Center | Arlington Heights

264 W Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Sassoon Academy | Chicago

181 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Silk N Classy Barber College | Dolton

804 E Sibley Blvd
Dolton, IL 60419

Steven Papageorge Hair Academy | Chicago

1113-15 W Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657

Technology Center of DuPage | Addison

301 S Swift Road
Addison, IL 60101

The B.A.C Room | Calumet Park

12545 s. Ashland Ave Ste #1
Calumet Park, IL 60827

The Beauty Crew Academy | Chicago

4217B N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

The Curl Society
| Chicago

923 W 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609

The Curl Society
| Chicago

923 W 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609

The Curl Society | Chicago

923 W 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609

The Illinois Institute of Art | Chicago

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

The Illinois Institute of Art | Schaumburg

1000 Plaza Drive, Ste. 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173

The Nail Inn & School of Cosmetology | Lemont

47 Suitephen Street
Lemont, IL 60439

The Nail Program at CTC | Stone Park

3408 W North Ave
Stone Park, IL 60165

The Salon Professional Academy | Shorewood

335 Vertin Boulevard
Shorewood, IL 60404

The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology | Downers Grove

1037-1043 Curtiss Street.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Thrive Skin Institute | Oak Brook

1301 22nd Street #102
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Trenz Beauty Academy | Calumet City

695 Wentworth Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture - Northeast | Chicago

6458 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture - Northwest | Chicago

5321 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL 60656

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture | Bridgeview

7350 W 87th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture | Elgin

264 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture | Glendale Heights

530 E North Ave
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture | Highland

2549 Highway Ave
Highland, IN 46322

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture | Libertyville

751 E Park Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048

True U | Chicago

845 N Michigan Ave Ste 925 W
Chicago, IL 60611

Ultimate Touch Barber College | Richton Park

3732 Sauk Trail Road
Richton Park, IL 60471

University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology | Chicago

1357 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Wild Hair Beauty Academy | Maywood

811 South 5th Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153

Your School of Beauty Culture | Chicago

116 East Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60653

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