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Nail Art
Ombre nails in spring pastels.

It?s still too soon for sundresses, but we?re heralding the arrival of spring with an equally vibrant fashion statement: nail art.

Here?s where to add a dash of flash to your fingertips. 

AstroWifey This Jefferson Park artist (real name: Ashley Crowe) works out of her apartment and creates everything from Missoni-esque zigzags to stripes, glued-on jewels and more. Manicures, $20 and up; designs, $15 to $45 for all fingers; book by calling 773-241-4120 or go to

Spa at Dana The nail techs at this plush downtown hotel spa are now offering ombré and marble-like designs that mix and fade colors to create abstract art on your fingertips. Manicures, $30 and up; 660 N. State St.; 312-202-6040 or

Nas Salon & Spa Two manicurists at this spot near Wrigley--ask for Lina or former tattoo artist Avka--are pros with freehand designs like polka dots, flowers, cherries and cupcakes. We opted for a simple heart, which lasted for a solid week. Manicures, $15 and up; designs, $3 and up per finger; 3757 N. Racine Ave.; 773-248-6483 or

George the Salon Go classic with a perfect mani by Jade Morales, who tended her fair share of celebrity nails while on staff at Oprah?s Harpo Studios. Morales says shimmery nudes and creamy pastels are the look of the season--let her pick your color. 23 W. Hubbard St., 4th fl.; 312-923-9444 or

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