Best Spas in Chicago
Credit: Courtesy of The Langham, Chicago

Traveling can be stressful—tough on the skin, rough on the muscles. Unwind upon your arrival in the Second City with an upscale massage, a facial peel, or a laser treatment to restore your tired skin to its youthful glow. Here, there is no shortage of outlets for rejuvenation. Of course, finding the best place to relax can be demanding. Do you want a quick in-and-out treatment, or a full-blown spa day? Luxury hotels are, of course, one way to go. These sophisticated decompression chambers have recognized every creature comfort and deliver that coveted (and expensive) let-yourself -go experience. If you prefer fewer bells and whistles (and less of a time commitment), go local. Smaller spas put less emphasis on ambiance but offer up an equally delightful forms of bliss. Many feature sauna and steam rooms, but some are minimalist—even bare bones. Either way, you will emerge refreshed and ready to explore Chicago!

Mario Tricoci Spa

Tucked away on the lower floor of 900 North Michigan Avenue, the cornflower-blue Mario Tricoci Spa team is quietly eradicating stress and defying the ravages of time. Massages are sturdy. Waxing, tanning, and nail services are flawless. Meanwhile, facials range from classic to those that achieve the age-defying effects of a facelift using microdermabrasian or a diamond-tip exfoliation.

Leah Chavie

An hour with Leah Chavie feels like having a cameo on Star Wars. Her laser and her lights, however, take one to a much happier place—the planet of hydrated, luminous skin. Chavie will jumpstart collagen production with a customized treatment featuring such sci-fi specialities as LED lights, laser genesis, and thermojet infrared body wraps.

Chuan Spa At Langham

The view of the Chicago River is the crown jewel in the signature Chuan Spa, known for its serenity. The décor and treatments are based on an East-meets-West spa concept, with many of the services—massage, facials, and an array of well-known traditional Chinese medicine treatments, including cupping and acupuncture, designed to restore balance and increase overall energy.

The Peninsula Spa

From the second you arrive in the lobby of The Peninsula Spa, you’ll be transported. Natural wood interiors and raku-style tiles evoke an Asian oasis, while your prime location on the Magnificent Mile is reiterated by a spectacular view from the glass-enclosed pool. Before or after a treatment, guests can gaze dreamily at the skyline; with premium snack and glass of port.

Waldorf Astoria

The stone Greek god and goddess banking the spa’s changing rooms are symbolic of the sybaritic pampering (try the new silk peel facial) that awaits guests. Memorable features include a spa sun deck, eucalyptus steam room, and mosaic-tiled lap pool where thousands of individually-patterned tiles offer an illusion of swimming in a bed of roses.