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The 13 best spas in Chicago

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

Edited by
Zach Long
Written by
Morgan Olsen
,
Samantha Nelson
&
Emma Krupp
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If you’re dealing with a lot of stress, you should take some time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. That’s easy to do when you visit one of the best spas in Chicago, where you can have your knots of tension worked out through an intense massage, enjoy the ancient tradition of a soothing bath or try a CBD treatment meant to reduce pain and anxiety. There are kid-friendly treatments, ones tailored for pregnant women and options designed for men or couples if you’re looking for something romantic to do in Chicago. And if you're looking for a fancy Chicago staycation, you'll find some of the best spas in Chicago inside the city's finest luxury hotels.

The best spas in Chicago

  • 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. You can just explore the indoor and outdoor baths—ranging from frigid to hot and incorporating steam, salt and jets—or add on a relaxing massage. The spa also offers packaged experiences for one or two people such as the wine bath, where you’ll take advantage of the antioxidant properties of grapes with a 30-minute soak and cranial massage and an hour-long massage with grapeseed oil.

  • Health and beauty
  • Massage and body treatments
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

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.

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  • Health and beauty
  • Massage and body treatments
  • River North
  • price 4 of 4

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 includes an acupressure massage with heated bamboo and a full-body mud mask. Weary travelers can also reap the benefits of the Chuan Jet Lag Revival, which combines an herbal salt scrub and full-body massage that are designed to combat fatigue and mental exhaustion.

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Lake View

This Lakeview spa specializes in skin and body treatments such as wraps designed to increase circulation and pore-cleansing facials that include exfoliation and a massage. Make sure no part of your body feels left out with a back, shoulder and elbow facial using cleansing steam and massage to relax your tired muscles. Health-focused treatments include hydration drenching using the anti-inflammatory properties of Shea butter. Membership packages let you develop a facial routine and add on other treatments at a discount.

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  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Lincoln Park

The 20,000-square-foot Lincoln Park spa (not to be confused with locations in Burr Ridge and Kohler, Wisconsin) specializes in hydrotherapy. You'll find treatments like Lavender Rain, which features a lavender and eucalyptus scrub, warm rinse and full-body moisturizing, and Still Waters, which uses CBD exfoliation and moisturizing to relieve stress and restore energy. The services change with the seasons and also include an extensive selection of facials, pedicures and massages, using a mix of traditional and modern techniques such as cupping and microcurrents. Continue relaxing after your appointment in the sauna, cool plunge pool or the thermal suite’s hot tub.

  • Health and beauty
  • Humboldt Park
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This cozy massage studio is known for soothing scrub treatments and deep tissue massages. What it lacks in space it makes up for in skill and affordability. You can nab a relaxing 60-minute Swedish massage for–wait for it–$69, or a 2 hour signature massage for $199. The services are all top-notch, so if you're not into the fancy steam room, lap pool, and all the extra frills, save a bundle and come here instead. Another great perk? There's $5 valet at Parthenon down the street. 

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  • Health and beauty
  • Massage and body treatments
  • Streeterville
  • price 4 of 4

Our favorite part of spa-ing at The Peninsula Spa is the time we spend chilling in the lounge area. Single-person beds with fluffy comforters are nestled in draped enclaves. You can spend hours reading or napping, completely undisturbed—except for someone refilling your tea. Nearby, a fire flickers in the fireplace. The spa menu is pricey (the Hydrating Manicure is $75 Mon-Thurs or $80 Fri-Sun), but the top-notch products make a body treatment worth the splurge.

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Streeterville

Get ritzy at this wellness-focused spa housed inside The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago hotel, which offers revitalizing treatments ranging from full-body exfoliation to antioxidant boosting facials. Want to take your relaxation to the next level? Tack on additional upgrades to your services, like a Knesko collagen-infused facial enhancement, for an extra-luxurious effect. If you get hooked, you can join The Carlton Club to receive 20% off all spa services and access to the hotel’s fitness center and 52-foot atrium lap pool.

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  • Health and beauty
  • Massage and body treatments
  • East Village
  • price 3 of 4

Located in the heart of Wicker Park, Ruby Room is a soul-soothing oasis that offers cupping and healing massages you can modify with hot Himalayan crystals or essential oil-scented cold stones designed to soothe headaches. Ruby Room also offers a variety of intuitive readings using numerology, tarot or a cowry grid, which can be done over Zoom. Quiet your mind and connect with your body at Sunday Meditation, where groups learn focused breathing and visualization techniques that promote deep relaxation.

  • Health and beauty
  • Massage and body treatments
  • Streeterville
  • price 3 of 4

As you may expect, the spa services at the Four Seasons are no less than divine. The seasonally-changing menu includes novel treatments like the vintage bourbon massage, where your back is exfoliated with bourbon and brown sugar before a healing massage incorporating essential oils and warm stones. You’ll also get a glass of Knob Creek after your rubdown. Want to splurge on a romantic treatment for two? One of the spa's more unique bookings is the Skylight Swim, which closes down the 50-foot Roman-style indoor pool for one lucky couple. The experience starts with a massage and continues with a bottle of champagne and canapes.

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  • Lifestyle
  • Loop

The opulence of the historic Palmer House is the perfect backdrop for some rest and relaxation. Book specialty treatments like the Chicago Fire and Ice Massage, using a mix of heated and cooling salts, and Honore's Hydrotub Immersion, which uses water to relieve stress and relax muscles. Can't decide on just one thing? Ask for the Empire, a 50-minute massage, 50-minute facial, manicure and pedicure for a cool $320.

  • 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. Urban Oasis also offers a special prenatal massage geared towards reducing back, neck and joint pain and helping with digestive issues.

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  • Health and beauty
  • Massage and body treatments
  • Rush & Division
  • price 4 of 4

There's a spa service for everyone at the Waldorf Astoria, where therapists will personalize services based on your age, skin type, body type and stress levels. Kids can indulge with an in-room ice cream manicure or pedicure, while couples can share a romantic massage. Before or after your treatment, you can enjoy some light bites and drinks in one of the spa’s cozy nooks, warm up with a eucalyptus steam or dry sauna, or work out in the Gyrontonics facility.

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