So, if you're not going as frequently, we suggest getting a pedi that's a little more heavy-duty than your average buff and brush. We're not tell you to breakup with your nail gal — maybe just cheat on her once in a while with one of these top-notch treatments. Calluses be damned!
Mojo Spa: Hot Mama ($60)
We can't get enough of this Chicago original — including all of its homemade retail products such as the Midas Touch hand balm and Get Up And Glow body cleansing scrub. Our pedi pick is the Hot Mama, a stimulating treatment utilizing Mojo's warming Shanti Spice scrub and Shanti Spice body lotion (both available for purchase). Made with a almost-good-enough-to-eat blend of apple puree, clove, cinnamon, and ginger to help increase circulation, it's perfect for this time of year. You'll also get a mineral-rich foot soak and leg massage before your nails are filed, trimmed, and painted to perfection.
Mojo Spa, 1468 North Milwaukee Avenue (between Evergreen Avenue and Honore Street); 773-235-6656.
The Nail Social: Foot Fetish ($55)
Free Wi-Fi? BYOB? We'd want to hang here even if we weren't getting an amazing pedicure. But since duty calls, this foot fixation focuses on getting rid of even the toughest callouses (the safe way), thanks to a little good old-fashioned elbow grease. Chill with a mask on your feet and drink that glass of vino. If you don't feel like venturing out in the winter cold, The Nail Social will travel to your home, hotel, or even your office — the ultimate lunch break.
The Nail Social, 73 East 16th Street (between Federal and Clark streets); 312-583-9903.
Fuga Centro Salon And Spa: Pedicure Fuga ($60)
This full-service salon and spa touts itself as an "Italian escape," right down to the espresso bar. And just like a vacation in the Amalfi Coast, this pedi pampers to the utmost degree. Sip your cappuccino while a skilled tech exfoliates your dogs with a fruit scrub. This luxe treatment also includes a reflexology massage, warm aromatherapy wrap, and paraffin treatment — and the standard cleaning and shaping of nails, of course!
Fuga Salon And Spa, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 200 (between Madison St & Monroe St); 312-332-3842.
Photo: Courtesy of Mojo Spa