Do you love the idea of attending school in the hustle and bustle of the city? Douglas J Aveda Institute – Chicago is located in the antique and historical Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema, an exciting location to pursue a creative career in hair, skincare or nails. As the only Aveda Institute in Illinois, you can receive an education that prepares you for your dream career.
Douglas J Aveda Institute – Chicago has been in The Century Mall for 20 years! While we love our historic neighborhood, our school is anything but old-fashioned. The two key pieces to our school are:
Our facilities are designed to help students gain experience just like they are working in a professional salon or spa! And with passionate instructors, students can receive an education that creates a community and family-like atmosphere while tailoring their education based on their personal learning styles. Come in for a tour to experience the inclusive environment we’ve worked so hard to cultivate.
If you’re looking to make a change or practice some self-care, visit our student salon and spa for a haircut, facial or other beauty service. All services are provided by our students under the supervision of licensed professionals. Schedule your appointment today!
The people are what make Douglas J Aveda Institute – Chicago what it is! When students and guests walk in they feel the unique energy and atmosphere our school has.
As a student you can build an instant connection with other students and our instructors no matter what your background is. We firmly believe each student has unique potential to become a future hair and beauty professional.
You can get personalized support, no matter if your dreams are to work in a salon and spa or open your own business. And, because of our school’s culture, you can be part of a diverse and inclusive community that accepts you as YOU. You are always welcome at Douglas J Aveda Institute – Chicago.
“After touring Douglas J Aveda Institute in Chicago and hearing how much hands-on experience you received there, my decision was made.”
– Cosmetology Student, Caitlyn H.
At Douglas J Aveda Institute – Chicago, you can pursue an education in beauty in hair and more. Learn cosmetology or specialize in skincare by studying in our esthiology program in esthetician school. Plus, with day and evening schedules available, you can learn through a schedule that fits best with your life.
As the only Aveda Institute in Illinois, we teach our programs with salon quality Aveda products that are designed to be all-natural and organic. But, we offer so much more! Because the beauty industry is constantly evolving, our curriculum evolves as well.
That’s why our students can learn specialized skills like hair extensions or lash extensions, and the latest hairstyling techniques, such as balayage and baby lights. This is especially true at our Chicago location, because as part of a big city that’s always growing, we are always inspired and evolving with new trends.
Our goal is to help students be prepared for any type of client, no matter their hair or skin type. And this emphasis in diversity permeates everything we do, as our school is as diverse and big as the community is around us.
If you have a passion for beauty, whether you want to become a professional hairstylist or an esthetician who helps clients relax, you can do what you love at Douglas J Aveda Institute – Chicago!
Our location is a huge part of who we are. We’ve been a big part of our community for over 20 years! You can find us in historic Century Mall, but people most often know us as just a few miles away from Lakeview near Boystown and Lincoln Park. Just south of us is Wrigley Field, so there is plenty to do near our school.
If transportation is a concern, it’s easy to get to our school. Our school is central to most public transportation options, as we are right in between the Brown Line and the Red Line and we’re within walking distance of both bus and train stops. For those who have a car, there’s ample parking at our location, with a parking garage and parking discounts available to our students.
Do you live nearby or want to move near our school to get an education that’s only possible at an Aveda Institute? There are a variety of grocery stores and shopping available nearby, making our Chicago beauty school a central and convenient place to be!
Like all other Douglas J Aveda Institute locations, our students have access to a wide range of resources to help them do what they love! As a student at our school, you can work with local Illinois charities and non-profit organizations and support causes you’re passionate about.
If there are factors that may hold you back from your beauty school education, it’s possible to do what you love at our Chicago location! Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
We also know finding a career after completing your education is important. While we cannot guarantee employment, you can participate in career fairs, mock interviews and more to help you achieve your career goals. Our goal is to provide you with the skills to be ready for your new salon job or rent a studio right out of school and be successful.
What made you choose Douglas J? Douglas J has a great reputation, so word of mouth led me here. When I toured the school, I immediately felt welcome — our guide gave us a good grip on everything involved — from explaining how we would have plenty of one-on-one time with our Educators, so I knew I wouldn’t be lost to seeing the layout of the school, to explaining what it would take to graduate. Now, in the homestretch of my program, the Educators continue to guide me in the Douglas J Aveda ways, step by step.
What do you love about your training? Douglas J isn't too big or too small, it has the perfect student to teacher ratio. I always have a good support system from both the Educators and my classmates. A standout moment for me was just a few weeks ago when one of my peers needed help and the Educators chose me to guide her through the whole process and I felt really honored for being chosen. The other student was really appreciative. These kinds of experiences are what really set Douglas J apart from the rest.
What makes Douglas J stand out? I love Douglas J's holistic approach and their focus on overall well-being. It’s not just a spa service — it’s about our guests and their relaxation. When you come in for a facial, it’s not just about deep cleansing and steaming your face. It’s about your full body, so we look at things like pressure points and relaxation and doing what’s best for the guest. I make sure I’m in a good place and positive, because in doing so, the guests will walk out feeling good and feeling relaxed.
Creating Style and Confidence: Kelsey is most rewarded when she helps guests feel good about themselves and knows she’s done her job well when they leave her chair, check out how they look and feel like they haven’t felt in years. Her Beacon Inspiration: Pushing out of her boundaries, she wanted to work with a model who had texture and curls (opposite of her own hair) as well as set aside the tame makeup looks she’d been so comfortable creating and try something new and different. Ethereal beauty was her focus — soft texture and soft color.
Breaking Free: After being raised in a small town, Ashley wanted to explore, be creative and travel. During her senior year in college, she met Sonia Roselli, a professional makeup artist, and found her to be very educated, possessing a great perspective on all aspects of the industry. For more than 20 years, Sonia has worked behind the scenes to help create some of the world's largest cosmetic brands and their award-winning beauty products. Armed with a degree in Spanish and philosophy — disciplines that forced Ashley to think outside the box, it’s only fitting she enrolled in cosmetology school at Douglas J. She also says the culture aligned with her personal mission and goals.
Choosing to train with Douglas J is not just attending cosmetology school, it's the first step in building a career.
The Douglas J team offers a complete system of excellence and support for every student in every facet of education. From the quality of the educators, to the relationship with salon owners seeking talent, to the network of global artists affiliated with the company, everyone is completely committed to developing the student to their highest potential. We give Douglas J education system our highest endorsement.
See if our school is the right fit for you! Get in touch with our team to see what the culture of our school is like, get more information about our programs, and learn how to apply. We can’t wait to help you pursue your passion in beauty at Douglas J Aveda Institute!