It’s all about fresh faces and easy beauty routines for the steamy months ahead, but that can’t start without a good old-fashioned spa day. Conveniently enough for Chicago natives and tourists alike, there are plenty of great spas and salons that are anything but old-fashioned, and perfect to help you get your perfect summer hairstyle, massage, or makeover.
Dana Hotel & Spa
Located in the Dana Hotel, Dana Spa is perfect for anyone coming in from out of town. It’s just what you’d hope for in a spa day, complete with a calming atmosphere that’s an ideal contrast to the downtown craziness. They can help with everything from waxes to ginseng facials and mimosa manis, so peruse their whole delicious treatment menu before you select. Speaking of delicious, the spa is only steps from freestyle food and drink restaurant, making it easy to top off your massage with a cocktail hour. Try the seared pepper crusted tuna and hibiscus margarita to keep the “fresh” theme going.
George the Salon
A new location in the heart of the Gold Coast has given extra life to George the Salon, already a favorite of Chicagoans and glamorous celebs alike. The sleek decor lets you know this salon is sophisticated and ready to serve the latest styles, but the staff is warm and welcoming—and they seriously know their stuff. Feel free to bring in photos of your vision or ask them for ideas. It’s a great place to try if you’re not sure about your look, or if you need a quick touch-up from pros even supermodels rely on.
The Virgin Hotel is new to Chicago, and it’s certainly making a splash, thanks to stellar dining and visits from Sir Richard Branson himself—but don’t forget The Spa. The simple, straightforward name says it all: it’s your one-stop shop for pampering, and their goal is to leave you feeling as good inside as you look outside. Do a deep detox with the hammam steam from Morocco, unwind with a Jet Lag Massage with heady, warming cardamom amber oil, or just try the hot stone pedicure for sandal-ready feet.
Aveda salons are known for being the best, and Civello in the Gold Coast is no exception. Visit Jennifer Roskey, their color expert, for those highlights or balayage you’ve been dying to try. You’re in the hands of their director of hair color and a certified master hair colorist who helped design Aveda’s FW15 color palette, so you couldn’t ask for a better guide. Oh yeah, and a head, neck and hand massage is part of your spa day treatment. Plan on spending an afternoon with the team for the full experience.