60015: Midtown Athletic Club, 2211 Waukegan Rd., Bannockburn; 847-945-1818, midtownclubs.com. The luxurious spa arm of this workout club is open to nonmembers, with bikini waxes for $35 and Brazilians for $55.
60606: Spa Space, 161 N. Canal St.; 312-466-9585, spaspace.com. This soothing Loop spa is centrally located for pre- and postwork appointments. Bikini waxes start at $25, and Brazilians start at $60.
60026: Silken Tent, 2300 Chestnut Ave., Glenview; 877-774-5536, thesilkentent.com. This sprawling spa with a holistic bent is worth a stop for its spa services alone, but it addresses the necessities as well. Bikini waxes are $35; Brazilian waxes start at $55.
60563: Timeless Anti-Aging Day Spa, 1324 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville; 630-428-0700, timelessdayspa.com. Choose among three options: a bikini wax for $40, a Brazilian for $80, or a Brazini, which splits the difference between the two, for $60.
60614: Cleise Brazilian Day Spa, 1841 N. Sheffield Ave.; 312-440-1060, cleisespa.com. The true Brazilian Carioca wax, which requires much more skill than the traditional, is the signature of this spa. Prices range from $35 to $75. The method uses hard wax without strips—which is less painful, but hardly pain-free.
60611: Bliss Chicago, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr.; 312-201-9545, blissworld.com. There are ten waxing options available here, ranging from $35 to $145, but for our money, the “betweeny” wax ($50), which compromises between the Brazilian and the basic, is the best bet.
60053: House of Wax Day Spa, 9215 Waukegan Rd., Morton Grove; 847-583-2292. Facials and waxing are the hallmarks of this cheekily named spa, offering a range of waxing options, from $35 to $115.
60622: Trim, 1629 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-276-8746, trimwax.com. This Wicker Park spot, dedicated solely to waxing, offers a dazzling menu of possibilities from a basic bikini wax ($25) to a Bedazzled bikini wax with crystal appliqué ($55, crystals not included) to a full leg and Brazilian ($100).