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The 10 best spas in Chicago

Treat yourself to a massage, facial or body treatment at the all-time best spas in Chicago

By Morgan Olsen and Emma Krupp

Now more than ever, we could all use a little break from the world—and there are few better places to seek temporary bliss than the best spas in Chicago. Whether you prefer to unwind with the help of a muscle-soothing hot stone massage, a rejuvenating facial or a full-body red wine bath (seriously, you can do that), these spots offer a huge variety of treatments to set your mind and body at ease. Bonus: Many of the city's top spas are housed within the finest luxury hotels in Chicago, if you're inclined to turn your spa day into a fancy Chicago staycation. Looking for a more affordable indulgence? We've even found a handful of options for wallet-friendly relaxation. Take a deep breath and scroll through the best spas in Chicago.

Note: Some spa services—especially communal spaces like saunas and pools—may be closed. We've updated this list accordingly, but check ahead before booking for best results.

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The best spas in Chicago

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1. Chuan Spa at The Langham

Health and beauty Massage and body treatments River North

This posh spa within the Langham Hotel bases its practices around the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the five elemental forces of Wu Xing: metal, wood, fire, water and earth. You can get a relaxing taste of all five elements through the Chuan Chicago Signature Escape, a two-hour experience that that includea acupressure massage with heated bamboo and a full-body mud mask. Weary travelers can also reap the benefits of the Chuan Jet Leg Revival, which combines an herbal salt scrub and full-body massage that are designed to combat fatigue and mental exhaustion.

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2. Cowshed Spa at Soho House

Shopping West Loop

Much like the rest of Soho House, downstairs spa Cowshed is tastefully decorated in Midwestern barnwood, crystal chandeliers, pristine vintage sofas and leather wing-backed pedicure chairs. While all of the spa's treatments are equally stellar, it's the Ultimate Pedicure you can't miss out on. The service exclusively uses all-natural Cowshed brand products, with a special exfoliating drill brought over from the UK, which will whip even the worst winter toes into shape. This is followed by a relaxing leg and foot massage, hydration mask, shoulder massage and polish, to top it all off.

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3. The Peninsula Spa

Health and beauty Massage and body treatments Streeterville

Our favorite part of spa-ing at the Peninsula Hotel Spa is the time we spend chilling in the lounge area. Single-person beds are outfitted with fluffy comforters and nestled in draped enclaves. It's the perfect place to disconnect before enjoying one of the spa's treatments, which are inspired by Ayurvedic and Asian philosophies. The Hot Stone Massage is a fan favorite, but we prefer to ball out with the Ultimate Indulgence Full Day Spa Retreat, which includes an hourlong facial, full body massage and a complimentary meal. Make time to splash around in the hotel's Olympic-length indoor pool before checking out of the Peninsula for the day.

AIRE Ancient Baths
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4. Aire Ancient Baths

Health and beauty River West/West Town

Breathing new life into the ancient tradition of Greek and Roman bath houses, Aire Ancient Baths is a singular spa experience in Chicago. The awe-inspiring space, which is built inside an old factory in River West, is like a hidden bunker designed for peaceful retreats. Once inside—and with an appointment—guests can enjoy massages and "rituals," like the Wine Experience, which includes a facial massage, a red wine soak and a 60-minute full-body massage.

Photograph: Stacie Scott

5. Allyu

Health and beauty Massage and body treatments River North

A good spa is all about relaxation, and this River North spot sets the tone as soon as you show up for your appointment. Instead of sitting in a typical waiting area, kick up your feet in a calming, dimly lit, semi-private tented chamber. The treatments are similarly next level—think chakra-balancing massages, infrared sauna therapy and a volcanic clay body wrap. Be sure to reserve a complimentary shower room when you book your appointment; the walls are covered in beautiful Moroccan plaster, and guests are treated to plush towels and eco-friendly products.

Photograph: Courtesy Ruby Room

6. Ruby Room

Health and beauty Massage and body treatments East Village

Located in the heart of Wicker Park, Ruby Room is a soul-soothing oasis that offers traditional massages and cryotherapy as well as intuitive readings, energy healing and clairvoyant readings (the last of which is now available via Zoom). Quiet your mind and connect with your body at Sunday Meditation, where groups learn focused breathing and visualization techniques that promote deep relaxation, or ease migraines with an essential oil-scented cold stone massage.


7. Urban Oasis Chicago Massage

Health and beauty Spas River North

Massages are the specialty here, and the spa offers every type—from classic Swedish to ashiatsu, during which a therapist uses his or her feet to massage you. There's even a specialty CBD treatment to relieve pain and reduce anxiety and stress. Fans of traditional Chinese medicine can also opt to add on extra features, like a cupping session, to their massage package.

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8. Waldorf Astoria Chicago Spa

Health and beauty Massage and body treatments Rush & Division

There's a spa service for everyone at the Waldorf Astoria. The hotel's tiniest guests can indulge with the in-room Children's Spa, which includes a gentle manicure or pedicure. Dudes can treat themselves to the Fitness mani-pedi or the Gentleman's Facial, which targets dehydration and sensitive skin due to shaving. There's also a long list of luxurious body treatments, massages and facials—for maximum pampering, try the dermalinfusion body treatment, which implements a combination of vacuum massage and serums to plump and rejuvenate the skin.


9. The Ritz-Carlton Spa

Health and beauty Spas Streeterville

Get ritzy at this wellness-focused spa housed inside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which offers a battery of revitalizing treatments ranging from full-body exfoliation to antioxidant boosting facials (plus tons in between). Want to take your relaxation to the next level? Tack on additional upgrades to your services, like a microcurrent facial session, for an extra-luxurious effect.

Oxygen Spa Studio
Photograph: Courtesy Spa Week

10. Oxygen Spa Studio

Health and beauty West Loop

What this cozy massage studio lacks in space it makes up for in skill and affordability. You can book a relaxing 60-minute Swedish massage for under $90 or a 30-minute mini-facial for $55. Pro tip: Before you secure your appointment, check Oxygen's website for specials and deals, which often allow you to tack on discounted services, like a 30-minute head and neck massage.

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