The name may be a mouthful for some…pronounced “Com-pon-EE-ya-DAY-la-BAY-LET-za,” Compagnia della Bellezza translates into “Company of the Beautiful” in Italian.

Maria Paonessa

Owner Maria Paonessa has created an elegant escape where she combines serious hair care with extensive training and professionalism. Incorporating her team of stylists and junior stylists, her menu offers clients the best of cuts, colors, highlights, corrective coloring, and even texturing techniques. This Mecca for design and creativity is an experience not to be missed.

While Maria’s roots are firmly planted in Italy, Compagnia della Bellezza Chicago is located in the heart of Old Town neighborhood in a building called Believe It Or Not! All the businesses in the building have been cherry-picked by Maria (she owns the building), and almost all are focused on beauty, from esthetics to electrolysis and nails to facials. Maria stays current with trends by frequently traveling to Italy to discover and learn new techniques. While there’s a select number of Compagnia della Bellezza salons in the U.S., it is a huge trend in Italy with more than 200 salons.

Paolo Bivona

Owner Paolo Bivona has been on the Chicago beauty scene for more than 20 years along with their associates and provides customized service based on each client’s unique hair, facial structure and features.

Our team is passionate about beauty, fashion and tying them together to create a distinctive style – your style. That’s why we call ourselves image consultants. Rather than simply giving you a cookie-cutter haircut or color, we focus on enhancing your total image. Creating a look that successfully reflects your personality and lifestyle is a matter or combining what we learn about you in our in-depth image profile with our artistic intuition and technical expertise. It’s about capturing your true beauty with a look that is distinctively you and always fashion-forward.

Gianna Samargis

Originally from Italy as well, Gianna has been a member of the Chicago salon team since 1997. She has created hairstyles for dance magazines and modeling agencies for more than 30 years. She chose to work with CDB for their trendy European styles and professional environment.

Compagnia della Bellezza Chicago

1500 North Wells Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610


Validated discount parking at Carriage Parking next to Boston Market.


Sunday - Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: 11am - 7pm
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm