‘F’ is for Fun Festivals in Chicago

Mark your calendars...it's festival season!

Though festival season has already kicked off in Chicago – SausageFest, Ribfest, Green Music Fest, and Gay Pride Weekend – the city really gets into full swing come July. Festivals are a great way to explore other neighborhoods, scope out the music scene, and eat delicious food from various local restaurants. So I’m providing you with a full list of fun this summer. (Tip: Check deal sites like Groupon for special festival discounts!). Trust me, you won’t be bored…





Mojo Spa: Be a natural beauty in Wicker Park

Get pampered from head-to-toe at Mojo Spa, located at 1468 N. Milwaukee Ave. Last Tuesday, I happened to walk in for a much needed pedicure. (Tip: Call the shop to see if they have any spa specials. Mojo offered a FREE mani with pedi the day I went!). I’ve been to Mojo twice before and I simply love its business model – spa, boutique, and bakery all rolled into one!

Step inside Mojo Spa!

Step inside Mojo Spa!

Owner and innovator Amanda Kezios was a personal chef before opening Mojo Spa. She relayed her love of cooking with fresh, natural ingredients to creating handmade beauty products. Though Amanda is running a successful beauty business, she hasn’t parted from her culinary background. You’ll notice most of the products sold at the store are made to look like baked goods or sound like a food recipe. For instance, my fabulous manicurist Anna used Mojo’s Sinful Strawberry Face & Body Scrub (pretty sure I spotted some seeds in it) to exfoliate my worn feet.

Mojo Spa Beauty Products

Mojo Spa Beauty Products

Mojo’s spa menu may not be as extensive as your typical nail salon (e.g., acrylics, waxing, etc.), but it does have impressive spa packages. (Tip: Have a morning of Beauty and Brunch! Schedule a Silver, Gold, or Platinum Package on a Sunday to receive a complimentary brunch. It’s a fantastic gift for bachelorettes and birthday girls!). Some packages come with special hand and foot masks, as well as soy candle massage. Regardless, you will always receive a sweet treat with service, like these…

Mojo Desserts

Mojo Desserts: Lemon Sugar Cookies (left), Layered Raspberry Cheesecake (right)

If your hands and feet are already perfectly polished, go window shopping! Amanda makes awesome accessories in addition to amazing beauty products. She crafts jewelry, knitwear, and handbags in her spare time. Is there anything this woman can’t do? My favorite Mojo accessory is the clutch with agate stone. It’s a beautiful handcrafted bag with smart compartments – take a peek at the photo below. (Tip: If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the store, visit the Mojo Spa Style page on Etsy!).

Mojo Spa Style Clutch with Agate Stone

Mojo Spa Style Clutch with Agate Stone

Schedule an appointment at Mojo Spa today! There’s nothing artificial about it!

Mojo is open on select Mondays, Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Tip: Attend Pajama Nights on the first Friday of select months for makeovers, facials, and desserts!).

Other tips about the area:

  • Need to perk up after a relaxing day at the spa? Then walk next door to Wormhole Coffee. Get a side of 80s nostalgia with your Vanilla Bean Latte or Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa. You can’t miss the DeLorean à la “Back to the Future” inside Wormhole!
  • Have a “High Fidelity” moment just around the corner at Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Double Door is a music venue and Chicago institution. Just look at the pictures of legendary performers plastered along its walls! It’s the rockin’ party you always wanted to throw in your parents’ basement – listen to live music, order a drink special from the massive bar, have fun in the photo booth, or hold an impromptu ping pong tournament.