Chicago >Manicures & Pedicures > Spa Emilia
21 W Elm St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061041.902995 -87.627602
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
No thank you - Rudeness Reigns – noticed immediately the employees seem to hate each other here. it's entertaining if nothing else. my girlfriend recommended this place for waxing. i went to the wrong person on my one and only visit. the job done was awful -more hair missed than removed. lady doing waxing TALKED the entire time about how she wants to find a another job and complained about her boyfriend. gee, that's nice but i don't really care about your problems...waste basket in waxing room was overflowing with trash - why?? did not look clean or sanitized in there. my girlfriend complained to the clueless owner one time about poor job done on pedicure (next-day chipping) and was given an icy stare instead of a comp. WTF is up with that?? we quit going there. too bad but money isn't for throwing away.
I highly recommended – I've been going to Spa Emilia for year and half now. Their pedicures are fantastic, no matter who does my toes, they always look and feel awesome. Their European signature pedicure is $50, but its worth every minute of it. Nobody spends almost an hour just on your feet, but they do. Also, every time I walk in, girls welcome me with a smile and friendly "hello". Also, after many convesations with their estheticians I finally decided to try their facials. Oh my God, Fabulous!!! I even got a foot massage with my facial ( which was included in a price). Who does that??!! I would recommend this place to anyone.
Lily does the Best Brazilian Wax in Chicago! – Lily is the absolute best! She is the greatest in the city hands down! I have had many brazilians and other waxing all over the city and finally I met Lily. Other places take 45 min+ to wax your bikini and brazilian! Lily does an excellent job in 15 minutes flat. She is VERY quick with an eye for detail. In the past 2 years I have NEVER gotten off the table and seen hair left over. She does a great job EVERYTIME which is more than what I can say for other people. I would not rec seeing the other lady they have b/c she did a terrible job and left hair everywhere. It was an emergency and Lily was off that day. I recently had the opportunity to tell the owner this when she rec. seeing her again and she did not even offer to comp me for it which I thought was odd. I literally told her I don't know how that lady keeps her job with that kind of work. I will never go anywhere else no matter what because Lily is awesome. Lily also gives amazing facials. Her facial was the best I have ever had. My mother is now her regular too and was also very impressed with the waxing and facial. I had a pedicure once with Margaret, it was great! Excellent job but at $50 a pop I will continue with my regular pedicurist as she does a fantastic job at a much lower price $36. But don't forget that this place is in the gold coast so you won't find manicure/pedicure specials here for $30 like at other asian nail salons. It is a very nice place that is very clean, its higher end. The staff is european and does have a tendency to talk among themselves like another reviewer mentioned, however, since I'm cultured I don't mind it. Lily, again, is great! You will NOT be disappointed. Try her. At $55 for a brazilian bikini you can't miss this opportunity to have the most thorough, fast, professional, and comfortable brazilian wax. Yes I said it! It can be a good experience with the right person! You must try her! Girls that like to go bare down there need Lily's waxing magic!
overpriced and unprofessional – Rude employees. The employees all speak another language in front of clients during your service which is not relaxing or professional.
Too pricey for the unprofessional atmosphere. – I booked a pedicure/manicure combination 1 day in advance. They're pedicures are a bit pricey ($50) but good, especially the relaxing foot massage! However, the manicurist spoiled the entire experience by interrupting my pedicure to begin the manicure. She sat on the left side of my chair, causing me to have to stretch my arms over to one side of the chair, switching hands back and forth. When I had enough, I asked if we couldn't do the manicure at a different time and she said "No! We're booked for parties and other things". So much for that idea -- however after finishing my manicure (and disrupting the relaxation of my pedicure) she sat across from me reading a magazine for the next 15 minutes while several of the employees (having nothing else better to do) gave each other manicures. Obviously there were enough available employees to have allowed me to have my manicure at a separate time as I requrested (and as I saw several other customers doing). Why would managment allow a customer to grow frustrated over how she's being treated and not intervene?
Solid nails and great facials. – My nails were perfect when I left Spa Emilia. They did a wonderful job. It was relaxing. But I really like massage chairs and a spa soak when I get a pedicure. There was none of it. To compensate they do give a killer foot massage. The facial I had was great and relatively inexpensive considering the $120 most places cost. It was wonderful and I was in heaven. I would recommend it.
Editorial Review by Citysearch Editors – Loft-like Gold Coast spa offering nail services, facials, waxing and body masks.
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