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Best Bets for a Cheap Mani/Pedi

Chicago's Most Affordable Nail Salons

The only thing New York does cheaper than Chicago is a mani/pedi. But heading east for a polish doesn’t seem worth it. We rounded up the best bets in town, so you’ll never have to wander again. 

Wicker Park
For excellent service, a friendly staff, and killer hand and foot massages, head to Juko. One of the best deals around, the $210 prepaid card gets you ten pedicures. At-home moms, hooky-players, or work-at-homers can indulge in Reina Spa’s Morning Delight: a mani/pedi for $29 before noon, Monday through Wednesday (must book an appointment).

DePaul/Lincoln Park
You might have trouble finding the basement-level Nail Spa (1781 North Clybourn Avenue, at Sheffield Avenue; 312-280-8718). But once you’re in, throw down just $15 for a pedicure Sunday through Wednesday (or $18 Thursday through Saturday). Mani/pedi combos are only $27. It’s a no-frills joint, but it’s clean and gets the job done.

Old Town
Magnifique (153 West North Avenue, at Wells Street; 312-787-5952) first-timers, rejoice: Mani/pedis are $28 every day of the week. And the first and third Tuesday of each month, anyone can score a mani/pedi for just $26. Technicians even take a razor to your calloused heels (you can decline if it’s not your thing).

Lakeview
For a long-lasting, basic pedi, try Mini Nails (3174 North Broadway Street, at Belmont Avenue; 773-472-9139). At just $26, it’s a great weekend steal. FYI, cash tips only.

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LOCATIONS
Nail Spa Nail Salon
1781 N Clybourn Ave
@ Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
312-280-8718
Mini Nails Nail Salon
3174 N Broadway
@ Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
773-472-9139
Magnifique Nail Spa
153 W North Ave
@ Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
312-787-5952
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