Find a Nail Tech School in Chicago

It’s not a scientifically proven fact, but there’s an undeniable connection between mani-pedis and relaxation. And in a city of 2.7 million, there’s plenty of need for the calming skills that nail techs are licensed to offer (Wikipedia, 2017). If you’re ready to get started but unsure how to become a nail technician, we’re here to help you managed the steps to enrolling in the Chicago-area nail tech school or courses that are right for you.


Finding the right Nail Tech School

You no doubt have a lot of questions about how to get from “I love creating new nail styles” to building a successful client list as a licensed cosmetologist. So it’s not surprising for your first question to be “Is there a Chicago nail school near me?” The good news is we’ve taken the first step for you and compiled an up-to-date list of nail tech schools and programs. Take a look at the list below, and request more information from the descriptions that interest you. We recommend narrowing your choices and setting up a campus tour of your top two or three nail technician schools before you make a final decision.

Becoming a Nail Tech in Chicago

Why visit a nail tech school? Like the salons or boutiques you may ultimately work in, there’s a lot of differences among learning institutions. Cost, instructor experience and education, class size, course offerings … an in-person visit offers you a three-dimensional look at the school and a better understanding of what to expect if you enroll there. Your choice of cosmetology or nail tech school will be the foundation for your entire career, so it will pay off later if you take your time, ask questions, and make a well-informed choice today.

Career-wise, nail techs are in demand. Manicures and pedicures, which were once a luxury, have gone mainstream. That’s great news for licensed cosmetologists, who can anticipate growth in demand for nail techs -- as much as 10 percent through 2024. For your work, you’ll earn approximately $24,220 per year as a Chicago nail technician (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017).

For a quick look at the opportunities you’ll enjoy once you complete nail school, explore these Chicago-area salons and boutiques:

JUKO Nail + Skin Rescue
Phone: (773) 772-2990
2130 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

Polish and Pour Old Town
Phone: (312) 274-9935
1244 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610

Zazazoo Nail Salon
Phone: (773) 687-9717
1842 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

From the lions guarding the Chicago Arts Institute to the Amur Tigers at Lincoln Park Zoo to … you guessed it … da Bears, Chicago is full of sights and sounds to fuel your artist’s imagination. Create a scrapbook of ideas and images you collect during your free time; it’s a great tool for capturing moments that can translate into creative nail designs. The clients, jobs, and muses are all in place -- all that’s missing is you! So find your school, earn your license, and be on your way to earning great word of mouth and a growing client roster as a successful Chicago nail tech.


Nail Tech Schools in Chicago

manicure at a nail tech school in chicago
University of Spa and Cosmetology Arts

University of Spa and Cosmetology Arts 2913 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

Program: Nail Technology

Below are other beauty schools that offer similar programs

Cameo Beauty Academy

Cameo Beauty Academy 9714 S Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Program: Cosmetology

Cosmetology & Spa Academy

Cosmetology & Spa Academy 700 East Terra Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Program: Cosmetology

Cosmetology & Spa Academy

142 East Golf Road
Chicago Area/Schaumburg, IL 60193

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty Schools

1166 East Lake Street
Hanover Park, IL 60133

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty Schools

226 Hawthorn Village Commons, 226 Hawthorn Village Commons
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Professionals Academy

Hair Professionals Academy 825 B Village Quarter Road
Elgin-West Dundee, IL 60118

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Professionals Career College

2245 Gateway Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178

Program: Cosmetology

John Amico School of Hair Design

John Amico School of Hair Design 15301 Cicero Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

264 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

530 East North Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

7350 West 87th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

6458 N Sheridan Road
Chicago NE, IL 60626

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

5321 N. Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

751 East Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

Program: Cosmetology

Other Schools in this area:

America's Career Institute

Aveda Institute Chicago

Bell Mar Beauty College

Cain's Barber College Inc

Cannella School of Hair Design-Blue Island

Cannella School of Hair Design-Chicago

Cannella School of Hair Design-Elgin

Cannella School of Hair Design-Villa Park

Capri Beauty College

Capri Garfield Ridge School of Beauty Culture

City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College

College of DuPage

Curve Metric School of Hair Design

Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology

Joliet Junior College

Larry's Barber College

Ms Roberts Academy of Beauty Culture-Villa Park

Networks Barber College

Niles School of Cosmetology

Paul Mitchell the School-Bradley

Paul Mitchell the School-Chicago

Paul Mitchell the School-Lombard

Pivot Point Academy-Bloomingdale

Pivot Point Academy-Chicago

Pivot Point Academy-Evanston

Rosel School of Cosmetology

The Salon Professional Academy-Elgin

Trenz Beauty Academy

Universal Spa Training Academy