With celebrity fans including Lara Flynn Boyle and George Clooney, not to mention a whole city of makeup mavens who worship at its pretty n' polished altar, Bravco holds the reputation of Chicago's best-stocked beauty emporium. The two-level ode to hair and makeup puts flyaway hair and poorly blended foundation to permanent rest. Enter on the ground floor and discover a maze of products for your mane, including fancy blow dryers, about 50 kinds of rollers, brushes and every kind of shampoo known to man. Prices range from ordinary (products by Paul Mitchell, Sebastian and Nexxus will cost the same as they do in salons) to over-the-top expensive. (But do you really need an ionic dryer?)
Head upstairs and browse through one of the largest arrays of beauty products this side of Lake Michigan. Stock up on all of your basic drugstore needs. Aveda skin care? Check. Same goes for Goody products. You can also score some under-the-radar goods from a slew of trendy brands: Colorscience, Rocket City, Kiss Me Mascara, Little Shop of Beauty and Joey New York.
Centerstage Reviewer: Jennifer Berg