Chicago is well known for its architecture and design and as an added bonus many buildings are home to some of the best spa retreats in the Midwest. From signature treatments that are sure you help you relax to innovative experiences that make your skin feel rejuvenated, luxury hotels in Chicago curate their spa menus to tend to every need. Here are the 7 best places to go in the city to indulge in quality downtime.
Best for Location: The Spa and Fitness Centre at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Located on the Magnificent Mile in the 900 North Michigan building in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago has one of the best addresses in the city. From hydrating facials to interesting treatments like the Bourbon Massage (which includes a bourbon scrub, hot stone massage, and glass of bourbon from the Allium Bar) the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago is a great way to jump start your introduction to the city. Bring your swimsuit and make time for swimming in the 50-foot indoor pool.
Best for the Holistic Experience: Chuan Spa
Bring your swimsuit and arrive early to Chuan Spa to experience the Chuan Bathing Ritual. You’ll alternate between the herbal or salt stone saunas to the aromatherapy showers to the Oriental Steam Room. Once your body has loosened up and feels stress-free, you will be met in the relaxation room for your treatment. For the full holistic experience, book the Chuan Rituals package, a 2 hour and 30 minute treatment that includes a signature massage, facial, and scalp massage.
Best for Style: The Waldorf Astoria Spa
Sleek and stylish, The Waldorf Astoria Spa and Health Club offers invigorating treatments in a space with an atmosphere of elegant Parisian tranquility. Swim in the lap pool, breathe in the eucalyptus in the steam room, soak in the hot tub, and stretch out your feet in the relaxation lounge. Book a custom treatment based on your specific needs, whether it’s a full-body polish and massage, a facial, or even the 5-hour Restore Package, which includes lunch. If you have your little one in tow, you can book the Ice Cream Manicure to spend some quality time with your child.
Best for Manicures and Pedicures: The Ritz-Carlton Spa
Body massages, hydrating facials, scrubs, and more are on the spa menu here at The Ritz-Carlton Spa but it’s the manicures and pedicures that will keep you coming back for more. The Ultimate Pedicure and Ultimate Manicure include a soak, cuticle work, massage, wax treatment, and more to beautify and nourish your hands and feet. You’ll spend nearly 2 hours in a relaxing environment and then walk out of the spa feeling your best.
Best for a Mini Retreat: NoMI Spa
NoMI Spa at the Park Hyatt Chicago knows that our lives can be over planned and scheduled and that we can be in great need of a wellness vacation. Stone, prenatal, and couples massages are offered here as well as HydraFacials and body polishes. Book a treatment and then you can enjoy the lap pool and fitness center as well.
Best for Groups: Cowshed Spa Chicago
Cowshed Spa, located inside the trendy Soho House Chicago, over delivers on their body treatments, facials, and nail care. Visit with your friends and get side-by-side manicures and pedicures and indulge in massages. The Cowshed products smell delicious and will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized. If you book a party of six or more, your group will enjoy glasses of prosecco, spa treatments, bites from The Allis, and a goodie bag at departure.
Best for Spending the Whole Afternoon: The Peninsula Spa
Work out in the gym, take a yoga class, swim laps in the pool, put your feet up near the fireplace in the relaxation lounge, and then get a treatment to help you enter into a Zen-like state at The Peninsula Spa. If you visit during Chicago’s warmer months, spend time outside on the sun terrace, with a warm cup of tea in hand. Unique to the spa is the use of Biologique Recherche skincare, a luxury line of products. The healthy glow facial, paired with a signature massage, is a great way to renew your skin each season.