Best Spas in Chicago

Chicago's Best Spas Offer Wellness, Relaxation and a Bit of Bliss

As the song says, Chicago is a toddlin' town and all that toddlin' can be exhausting. Spas provide much-needed respite from the cacophony of the city, whether it’s just an hour service or a day of retreat and rejuvenation. 

If you’re on the Magnificent Mile or downtown Chicago, the state-of-the-art Chuan Spa at The Langham Chicago, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago Spa and the Spa at the Peninsula Hotel offer cutting edge five-star services (with price tags to match). While kids are verboten at most hotel spas, the Ritz Carlton provides their very own services. You won't be disappointed in your time spent at a spa at the dana hotel in River North and the Spa@theWit is a fun, more affordable experience. Mario Tricoci, a Chicago family business for 40 years, is conveniently located on the Mag Mile and a dozen suburbs. AIRE Ancient Baths is an easy cab ride to the West Loop and a multi-sensory journey to ancient Roman, Greece and Turkey for bath experiences extraordinaire. 

King Spa, about 30 minutes away and located in a strip mall with a large Korean grocery store as its neighbor, is a traditional Korean Spa that features nine unique saunas for a price that can’t be beaten. Head about 20 miles west and take advantage of Kohler Waters Spa at Burr Ridge. It focuses on hydrotherapy and it's one of the best stand-alone day spas in the Chicago area. 



Spa@theWit is just as cooly casual as its home, theWit Hotel at the corner of State and Lake. Get yourself to the fifth floor and slip into a robe and slippers before your de-stressing or healthy glow treatment. Spa@theWit offers organic, seasonal skincare products to assuage the effects of Midwestern weather. Consider an invigorating exfoliation treatment, healing masks, nail glamour or the spa's signature massage that uses Swedish massage, hot stones and aromatherapy (there's a couples' version, too - Two to Tango). Available for men and women, Sexy Back detoxifies and smoothes your back just in time for summer clothes. Spa packages, that include two and a half to five hours of treatments, cost as much at one treatment at tonier hotel spas.

Recommended for Spas because: Although not as large or elaborate as other hotel spas in town, the unpretentious Spa@theWit may be more affordable.

Jacky's expert tip: Tourists might consider the Witty Foot Ritual - it's a foot soak, invigorating exfoliation, healing mask and a therapeutic massage that's sure to feel great after a day of walking around Chicago.

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Outside the city
King Spa & Sauna
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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 northern border, the 24/7 sauna has a very international feel. After a rough but fantastic scrub-down, wander in and out of the numerous crystal saunas, and stretch out in the sprawling relaxation rooms, some of which are lined with oversized leather recliners. The order-at-the-counter restaurant lets you sample a variety of Korean food and bento box meals. It's easy to have a relaxing, all-day outing here and for less than the cost of a single massage in a tony downtown hotel spa.

Recommended for Spas because: Unlike Western-style pampering spas, this 24-hour Korean spa is budget friendly and a real respite when you need to unplug for a few hours.

Jacky's expert tip: Put a cooler in the car because you'll want to shop at H Mart just across the parking lot for aisles of Korean specialty items.

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Gold Coast

Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas is a family-owned Chicago-based business offering skin care and spa services in addition to haircuts, styling and color services. Operating in 14 locations around the Chicagoland area, Mario's team has been clipping and styling hair, massaging and treating skin for 40 years. One of the latest options is the RevitaPen facial, a cutting edge service that enhances product absorption for visible, instant results. The Chicago location is located in The 900 Shops of the Magnificent Mile and the lively salon offers all the services busy shoppers and visitors could need: tanning, scrubs, wraps, massage and facial therapies, waxing, make-up and lashes, hair and nail services. Staff members are professional and attentive.

Recommended for Spas because: Conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile and around Chicagoland, Mario Tricoci offers a roster of wellness and beauty services.

Jacky's expert tip: For those driving, parking is a deal in the 900 North Michigan parking garage for just $10 for three hours after validation.

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Everyone spas at the Ritz. Couples can enjoy a massage together at the day spa (then a romantic dinner at Torali's); girlfriends should plan a weekday (Mon-Thurs) outing when they can choose two 25-minute treatments then enjoy full access to the spa relaxation lounge, fitness center and steam and sauna rooms - all for one discounted price. There are eight treatments specifically for men. The Ritz spa is one of the few that offers kids' services such as a Berry Delight manicure/pedicure and Teen Facial. The Luxe Teen (ages 13-16) includes a teen facial followed by an aromatherapy manicure and pedicure. Inspired by nearby Lake Michigan, the treatment menu showcases several water-based treatments like the Indulgent Drench Body Experience. During the summer, the spa also hosts a variety of wellness offerings including rooftop yoga, beach body boot camp and others that incorporate Chicago and Lake Michigan themes. Check the web site often.

Recommended for Spas because: The kid's spa menu at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago is unique among elegant hotel spas making it a destination for the whole family.

Jacky's expert tip: Families may also consider the American Girl package, which includes a take-home doll travel bed and milk and cookies at turndown.

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Forbes, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure magazine and many devotees love the compact spa for its innovative and restorative treatments, professional therapists, calming scents and music and chill atmosphere. The spa offers the integration of pink Himalayan salt into every guest experience and there are Chromotherapy showers with self-selected colors depending upon your present energy. Himalayan salt walls in the saunas help draw out impurities. Opt for an Intraceuticals oxygen infusion facial, bright eye treatment or a quick 25-minute head, neck and shoulder massage to melt away tension. The hanakasumi ritual that includes body exfoliation and massage is a great gift for a tense loved one or yourself. Waxing, nail services, scrubs and men's services round out the menu.

Recommended for Spas because: Tucked into the chic dana hotel, the spa at dana is a peaceful respite in busy River North with amenities not found in other downtown spas.

Jacky's expert tip: If you're the least bit hungry after your service, don't hesitate to get a bite at Portsmith, the hotel's fabulous seafood restaurant.

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Located inside the serene Waldorf Astoria hotel, the spa was designed like a Greco-Roman European Spa. It's spacious (14,000 sq. ft) and includes a state-of-the-art fitness facility, impressive lap pool and separate men's and women's locker rooms, each with a Eucalyptus Steam Room, Dry Sauna, Jacuzzi and relaxation lounge. You're bound to find something appealing among the wellness offerings and experiences are tailored for each guest's needs: customized facials, men's services, treatments for hands and feet and even eyelash extensions. The Waldorf Cleanse is a particularly indulgent experience inspired by ancient bathhouse practices that includes a coffee and olive stone scrub, clay cocoon wrap and a full body and scalp massage. It'll either loll you into dreamland or make you spa-rkle. For something completely different, try Ashiatsu Massage - the therapist hangs onto overhead bars for balance and delivers broad, consistent pressure utilizing the feet and body weight.

Recommended for Spas because: The award-winning Five Diamond hotel in the Gold Coast boasts an equally lovely spa with signature treatments, health club and salon.

Jacky's expert tip: Experiences are tailored to your specific needs, so don't be shy about communicating your concerns and how a specific treatment can help.

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Chicagoans are used to heading north to The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin looking for some Kohler time but just 30 minutes away from the city is its sister spa: Kohler Water Spa in Burr Ridge. Highly regarded for its innovation in hydrotherapy, the spa recently completed renovations and offers additional seating around the Circle of Tranquility, a self-guided water journey that includes a whirlpool with a brand-new sauna, steam room and cascading waterfall. Experience the benefits of bathing in mineral-rich and moisturizing marine extracts for improved sleep and overall well-being. The VibraAcoustic® bath blends music and sound vibrations for a soothing bathing experience. Combine a soak and a massage. There are also facials, nail and body treatments and services just for men There is a two service requirement on Friday and Saturday.

Recommended for Spas because: The Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge focuses on hydrotherapy and it's one of the best stand-alone day spas in the Chicago area.

Jacky's expert tip: Click on the "New Treatments" tab at the web site when it's updated with the rollout of the brand's annual spa menu, around May 1 every year.

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Housed in a restored factory circa 1902 in River West, Aire Ancient Baths Chicago offers a multi-sensory journey via ancient Roman, Greek and Ottoman bath experiences. The signature bath experience includes six thermal baths including hot bath, ice and cold plunges, a warm pool, salt water flotarium and a jet pool. The hot and cold plunges boost circulation, promote flexibility, may enhance immunity and provide a nice endorphin rush. Kind of like love. The Red Wine Bath Experience for Two submerges love birds in antioxidant and polyphenol-rich Spanish red grapes followed by an hour-long massage with grapeseed oil. If it's possible to chill any more, get to the relaxation area to loll on warm marble stone and sip a selection of teas. Here's your chance to Be Present so leave the cellphone, chatter and ideas of Instagramming this sensual, relaxing experience behind.

Recommended for Spas because: A truly transformative experience for single spa goers, friends or couples, AIRE is unlike any other spa in the Midwest.

Jacky's expert tip: Don't fret if you didn't bring toiletries: L'occitane products are supplied to help get yourself back together after your experience.

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Magnificent Mile

The Peninsula Chicago has maintained its Forbes Five-Star rating for 17 years. Among the many perks for guests, the spa, spanning the 19th and 20th floors, is a 15,000 sq.ft. oasis in the middle of the Mag Mile. There are many Asian and Ayurvedic-inspired treatments and an Immune Booster wrap and Immune Boosting full body massage can keep travel fatigue at bay. The spa recently launched a partnership with an Australia-based Ayurveda Aromatherapy, natural skincare and wellness solutions brand, Subtle Energies (their first entry into the American market). Available in the US only at the Peninsula Spas in NYC, LA and Chicago, ten new treatments debut spring, 2019 in Chicago including the Blissful Marma Massage that incorporates Ayurveda strokes, Marma point therapy, aesthetic lymphatic drainage and kasa bowl work that increases circulation and blood flow. Other therapies address sleep and adrenal issues elevating the Peninsula's menu above the rest.

Recommended for Spas because: The Spa at The Peninsula Chicago is one of just three spas nationwide with new treatments developed by the Australia-based wellness solutions brand, Subtle Energies.

Jacky's expert tip: The Sun Terrace, pool and fitness center are available to spa guests enjoying two or more hours of services.

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Magnificent Mile

Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago has been rated Illinois' first and only Forbes 5 star spa - and it shows. Ensconced in The Langham Chicago, rated a Five-Star hotel by Forbes Travel Guide, Chuan Spa is the best spa in the city. Complete a five-element questionnaire to ensure you get the most from your treatment. A Chuan ("flowing water" in Chinese) experience begins with a bathing ritual of hot and cold elements to smooth out the kinks: Herbal or Salt Stone Sauna, shower, Oriental Steam Room, then onto a relaxation recliner radiating warmth. And that's just the beginning. There are wonderful massages, wraps, scrubs and skin treatments including HydroPeptide® and HydraFacial MD facials; multi-hour detox and serenity rituals and retreats; hand and foot therapies; and even Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments like Gua Sha and cupping. Travelers might consider Chuan Jet Lag Revival to combat fatigue and mental exhaustion.

Recommended for Spas because: Chuan Spa may be the best spa in the city offering more detailed and remarkable treatments than many of the others.

Jacky's expert tip: Chuan Spa is special so even a pedicure is singular - it's waterless and you're in a zero gravity chair for ultimate relaxation.

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