Illinois is also known as “The Prairie State” and indie it does have lots of rolling farmland, wetlands and such that characterize the prairies. It is also home to one of the United States’ largest cities: Chicago. Most skin care schools will be found in the greater Chicago area but there are plenty scattered throughout the rest of the state as well. There are even a few that teach medical esthetics as well.

If, for whatever reason, it is difficult for you to attend classes in an actual physical location online schools are always an option.

How To Get Licensed (and stay that way)

Illinois requires 750 hours of training at an accredited school before you can attempt the exams that you’ll need to take in order to become a professional. Get started with finding a school by using your ZIP to locate a school below:

Throughout the United States every state has slightly different requirements, however most of the classes with teach you the same things no matter where you are. Whether you’re an aesthetician in California or New York you will still learn hair removal techniques, makeup application and removal, recognition of skin problems, proper client care, and so on.

Chicago, IL sunrise
Chicago, IL sunrise by Daniel Schwen [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Unlike many other states it is not allowed to get your training via apprenticeship. However, you can also take your time getting those hours since up to four years is allowed to complete your training; being a student on weekends and/or evenings is a real possibility.

Once your training is complete you will — according to the state board — need to take and pass exams, and pay a fee for your license. Once you are a certified professional you’ll still need to refresh your knowledge with 10 hours of training every two years and pay a fee for a renewed licensed.

Esthetics graduates shouldn’t be too concerned about finding a job as there is more demand than supply of fresh graduates. However, there are good resources for job hunters in the state including

Some Esthetician Schools in Illinois

Name AddressCostOther Programs
Highland Community College2998 West Pearl City Road,
Freeport 61032
$7,800 tuition and books and suppliescosmetology, nail technician
Cannella School of Hair Design117 West Chicago Street, Elgin 60123 (and other locations)approx. $10,000Cosmetology Instructor
A Little Spa Institute3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago 60613not knownnails, instructor training, continuing education, cosmetology
Curve Metric School of Hair Design7645 W Belmont Avenue, Elmwood Park 60707unknownunknown
University of Aesthetics and Cosmetology1357 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago 60622$12,785 all includedcosmetology, cosmetology instructor, esthetics instructor
Dudley Beauty College8501 South Green, Chicago, IL 60520not knowncosmetology, instructor
Pivot Point Academy144 East Lake Street, Bloomingdale 60108approx. $12,700cosmetology, makeup, teacher training
Lake Land College5001 Lake Land Boulevard, Mattoon 61938$6,330 for tuition and suppliesmany!
Douglas J Aveda2828 North Clark St.,
Chicago 60657
$12,200 all includedcosmetology, massage
Cosmetology & Spa Academy142 East Golf Rd.,
Schaumburg 60173

700 East Terra Cotta Ave.,
Crystal Lake 60014
$13,500 tuition & fees
$1,000 books & supplies
cosmetology, barber, instructor

Illinois “Instruction Sheet” for estheticians licensing, renewal, and exams – pdf.

Other Illinois schools for nail techs, barbers, cosmetologists and makeup artists.


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