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Chicago's Best Spas
Chicago's spas run the gamut from the super-luxe to the more simple and elegant. Many are located in hotels but there are also several stand alone properties.
Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Comfort and relaxation are taken seriously at this Four Seasons spa, where the private treatment rooms are soundproofed for maximum serenity; in the lounge guests can stretch out on daybeds and snack on fresh fruit and tea for as long as they like before and after services. A lovely, large pool and hot tub are also a part of the options here. Global influences include an herbal mud wrap from Hungary and a wrap that uses cane sugar and honey from Hawaii. There's a flip-flop pedicure—including a new pair of shoes—to get your feet ready for spring, and treatments that use bourbon in the spa and end with a drink of bourbon in the bar. If you're ready to splurge, go for the mini-spa escape package, which includes a manicure, mini-pedicure, 55-minute massage, and 25-minute facial. Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Pl., Near North, Chicago, IL, 60611. 312/280–8800. www.fourseasons.com/chicagofs. Daily 8–8. $150 55-min massage, $150 50-min facial, $290 4-treatment package. Lap pool, sauna, steam room. Gym with: cardiovascular machines, free weights, weight-lifting equipment. Services: body wraps, facials, massages, scrubs, waxing, tinting, nail treatment. Classes and programs: personal training.
Spa at Trump. The one thing most Trump hotel spas have in common is that they're likely the swankiest places in their respective towns to relax and rejuvenate, with luxe locker rooms tricked out with multijet showers, signature gemstone massages with the essences of rubies, diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires (you can see the tiny stones in the oil bottles), and your every need addressed. What makes each location unique, though, are its seasonal offerings, such as a hot-chocolate pedicure or body scrub, very welcome in the middle of a brutal Chicago winter. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N. Wabash Ave., River North, Chicago, IL, 60611. 312/588–8000. www.trumpchicagohotel.com. Daily 8–9. $150 60-min massage, $185 60-min facial. Lap pool, sauna, steam room. Gym with: cardiovasular machines, free weights, weight-lifting equipment. Services: body wraps, facials, massages, tinting, waxing, nail treatment, scrubs. Classes and programs: body sculpting, kickboxing, personal training, Pilates, Spinning, weight training, yoga.
Sir Spa. There's nothing pretty or poufy about Sir Spa, and that's the way the clients who come to this men's spa—awash in black leather, exposed brick, and marble—like it. The space is well appointed, including a Grooming Club Lounge with armchairs, a plasma TV, and beer-stocked fridge. With services like a back buff and detoxifying mud wrap, treatments are just as focused on cleaning and revitalizing from the inside out as they are on purely relaxing. 5151 N. Clark St., Andersonville, Chicago, IL, 60640. 773/271–7000. www.sirspa.com. Weekdays 11–9, Sat. 10–8, Sun. noon–8. $90 60-min massage, $195 3-treatment packages, $150 couple packages. Hair salon, steam room. Services: Botox, facials, reflexology, sports and deep-tissue massages, tanning.
Simple and elegant
NoMi Spa at Park Hyatt. This simple and elegant spa offers big-time customer satisfaction by operating with the mantra "Eat well, live well, be well." NoMi, whose name is derived from its North Michigan location, has just two spa treatment rooms. One even comes with its own steam shower and bathroom, so there's no need for traipsing through the locker room to extend your indulgence. Spa-goers also have access to the hotel's swimming pool and fitness center, both with cityscape views. The products used include seasonal ingredients, French sunflower seeds, ground olive pits, and citrus. Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan Ave., Near North, Chicago, IL, 60611. 312/239–4200. www.nomispa.com. Daily 8–8. $160 60-min massage, $180 75-min facial. Hair salon, steam room. Gym with: cardiovascular machines, free weights, weight-training equipment. Services: aromatherapy, facials, light therapy, manicures, pedicures, massage, waxing.
The Spa by Asha. It pays to be early at this spa on the lower level of the James Hotel so that you have time to take advantage of the complimentary preservice aromatherapy foot bath in the darkened lounge; a therapist will also tuck a heated pillow behind your neck and massage your feet and calves with a scrub of walnut, lavender, and herbal extracts. It may feel like a shame to leave for the actual treatments, but services that include Aveda plant-based facials, body wraps, and massages will only up your relaxation factor. Special services catering to moms-to-be include a hydrating belly treatment. There are massages and facials designed exclusively for men, and a Himalayan rejuvenation treatment claims to boost your immune system during the change of seasons. James Hotel, 55 E. Ontario St., Near North, Chicago, IL, 60610. 312/664–0200. www.ashasalonspa.com. Weekdays 9–9, weekdays 10–6. $105 60-min massage, $115 60-min facial. Services: body wraps, facials, hair, makeup, massage, nail treatment, scrubs, waxing.
Valeo Spa. This isn't your typical spa, although you can get typical treatments if you like. Focused on wellness, the sprawling space includes a fitness center, pool, and elegant, understated locker and transition rooms, where you're offered a glass of wine at the end of your treatment. Men and women will feel comfortable in their separate spaces, but there's also a couples suite for those so inclined. In Valeo's "clarity chambers"—based on Turkish or Moroccan hammams—guests are warmed by a fireplace and heated stone benches and floors. At the center is an oval-shape "belly stone"—a slab of heated marble used for body treatments or just for relaxation. Among the options in the clarity chambers is an hour-long treatment to exfoliate and purify the skin with a clay compound from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Most treatments are priced based on length of time, so you can decide just how long a treatment will last. JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St., Loop, Chicago, IL, 60603. 312/660–8250. www.valeochicago.com. Daily 8–8. $150 60-min massage, $125 90-min facial. Hair salon, sauna, steam room. Gym with: cardiovascular machines, free weights, weight-training equipment. Services: baths, body wraps, facials, massage, nail treatment, scrubs, waxing. Classes and programs: body sculpting, personal training, weight training.
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