Spa - ahhh. Chicago's Best Spas Offer Wellness with Dose of Relaxation

Chicago is known for its bustling energy but sometimes we all need a break. Day spas provide much-needed respite from the chaos, whether it’s just an hour service or an entire day. 

Facials, hot stone massages or time in the relaxation lounge can help rejuvenate our tired bodies and brains. Many spas offer additional services such as yoga classes or fitness centers.

If you’re in the Magnificent Mile or downtown Chicago, The Spa at Trump or the Spa at the Peninsula Hotel offer five star service with a five star price tag. Mario Tricoci is conveniently located on the Mg Mile and Kiva Day Spa is just down the block. A 5 minute and easy cab ride away is Allyu Spa in the River North area which features a beautiful meditation area in a natural environment. Just west of the Loop is Kaya Day Spa with a delightful artisanal grocery store on the first floor.

About 30 minutes away, oddly located in a strip mall with a Home Depot and Korean grocery store as its neighbors is King Spa, a traditional Korean Spa that features nine unique saunas for a price that can’t be beat.

Finally, a good 45 minutes away but worth every minute of the trek is Yoga 360 in suburban Frankfort. Granted, you’re out of the city by that point and the question after a treatment here is whether you’re ever going to return.

Outside the city
King Spa & Sauna
Photo courtesy of Photo by Jamie Bartosch

If you don't mind the required nudity in the open treatment areas (men and women are in separate rooms), then this massive Korean spa is the best deal in town. Located just beyond the city's north border, this 24/7 sauna has a very international...  Read More

Mario Tricoci

Conveniently located in the The 900 Shops of the Magnificent Mile, this lively salon offers all the services busy shoppers could hope for. Staff members, clad all in black, are as professional and attentive. The winding, lower-level labyrinth is...  Read More

Chicagoans are used to heading north to The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, when we need some Kohler time but just 30 minutes away from the city is its sister spa: Kohler Water Spa in Burr Ridge. One of the main attractions of the clean and...  Read More

A bit off the beaten path, Kaya Day Spa is discreetly located on the second floor of a West Loop building. The first floor has a great little artisanal grocery store but take the stairs up one flight and be transported into a quiet space and be...  Read More

Gold Coast

With over 100 different spa services, Kiva is the reigning queen (or king) of full-service pampering. Located next to the Ritz Carlton in the Streeterville neighborhood, from the moment you enter, the sage- and earth-toned walls seem to melt...  Read More

You're paying for 5 star service at The Spa at Trump but you're also getting 5 star service. Getting a treatment here also provides you access to the gym, steam room, fitness classes and a locker room filled with amenities. The relaxation room...  Read More

One of Chicago's most expensive and luxurious spas, it's also one of the best. Located inside the quiet and classy Waldrof Astoria hotel, this spa's massages and facials aren't unique (except a massage done with lava shells). The focus here is...  Read More

Take two elevators to arrive at The Spa at the Peninsula Hotel but once you arrive, you've arrived. A luxe spa which shares space with the fitness center and swimming pool (which you're welcome to use if you have 2-hour or more treatment...  Read More

Best known for its yoga classes (it also provides yoga teacher training), Yoga 360 doesn't immediately come to mind as a day spa. The fact that it's in Frankfort (about 45 minutes south of Chicago) doesn't help matters. Trust us, though, it's...  Read More

Many spas offer a relaxing environment but few make the experience as calming and relaxing as Allyu Spa. The space pays homage to Mother Earth. Guests will find many natural elements throughout the space from reclaimed barnwood, walls of...  Read More


Meet Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and most of her life in Chicago. While she’s traveled extensively internationally, visiting each of the 50 states is on her...  More About Megy

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