You spend too many days zipping around Chicago, trying to see and do as much as you can without losing sight of your other responsibilities. That leaves you tired and, if you’re being honest with yourself, a little burned out. But there is hope for rejuvenation, and it comes in the form of a trip to one of the best Chicago spas. Here are five favorites from around town.
If you want to pamper yourself at one of the city’s hottest spots, look no further than the Cowshed Spa Chicago outpost, the newest in the stable of the Soho House brand. It’s intentionally slick and urbane—complementing the overall theme of the hotel property—and encourages guests to loosen up in somewhat of a party setting. If you’re getting mani-pedis or barber services in the main room, you may order light bites as well as craft cocktails from a vintage drink cart. Then you kick back at a reclaimed, large communal table or in the treatment area to enjoy the refreshments. Other services include facials (including a 30-minute “speedy” cleanse), massages and body scrubs, hair removal, and treatments for expectant moms. Guys hitting up the British-inspired barber shop get a glass of scotch on the house. There are five separate treatment rooms, which successfully insulate you from the party going on beyond your door.
The name says it all: Exhale. This is a spot where you go to completely unwind from the madness of city living. Here you’ll find yoga and barre classes, but also therapeutic services determined to put you in a different frame of mind. Highlights of the indulgences go beyond the usual massages and body scrubs (though they are on offer), including acupuncture, restorative Reiki treatments, and vibrational therapy, which utilizes tuning forks to alleviate pain and increase mental focus. You’ll leave energized and ready to check more items off your Chicago to-do list.
Mario Tricoci Salon & Spa
As great as a day at the spa feels, you can take it to the next level by sharing that time with your special someone. If you want to plan a luxurious outing with a significant other, book a couples’ room at the Magnificent Mile location of the Mario Tricoci Salon & Spa for a few rounds of pampering. It’s much more interesting to mix it up with a variety of treatments, so reserve the 50-minute sticks and stones massages, which features hot stone therapy and organic bamboo fusion, oxygenating lift and brighten facials, and Moroccan oil mani-pedis. After a few hours in this relaxing locale you are sure to feel your stomach rumble, so make sure to order lunch at the time of the reservation.
Terminal Getaway Spa
The hours leading up to a flight can be stressful, especially if your mind keeps wandering to the loose ends you’re not quite sure you tied up. But you can board the plane in a relaxed state of mind by visiting one of three Terminal Getaway Spa locations at O’Hare. All you need is a little sliver of time—these services cater to the busy traveler, so there’s no need to continuously glance down to your watch. Massage times vary from a 10-minute chair session to a 90-minute “Bod Voyage” deep-tissue rubdown. Those, of course, are conducted in private treatment rooms. You can also get time-considerate manicures, pedicures, waxing, and facials at what may be the most necessary of all Chicago spas.
You’ve had your eyes on that one precious day on your calendar when you’ve got nothing planned. That free time is meant to be spent at a relaxing spa, and SIR Spa may be just the place. You’re probably long overdue for some serious R&R, and this guys-oriented Andersonville spa may be just the thing you need to satisfy that need. The “Crown Jewels” package is a head-to-toe day of decadence that includes a customized massage, body scrub, hydration wrap, age recovery face treatment, hand detail and foot recovery, all taking place in just under six hours. Lunch is included. You’re welcome.