Large indoor swimming pool with a view at the St Regis  Chicago.
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The 10 best spa hotels in Chicago that will make you feel like new

Get some well-deserved ‘me time’ at one of Chicago’s most enviable hotel spas

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If you’re not careful, Chicago can be a pretty stressful place. From zipping between must-see tourist attractions and scrummaging around the city’s magnificent shopping districts to dancing your socks off at one of the Windy City’s famed watering holes, a short weekend in Chicago can be so exhausting that you'll need somewhere relaxing to rest up.

So how do you make sure you don’t burn out in Illinois' busiest city? Book a spa trip. There's nothing more refreshing than a facial, massage, or manicure. Or even a steam in the sauna to release any worries.

Update for 2024: Below we’ve laid out the best spa hotels in Chicago, with a few newcomers too: LondonHouse Chicago and St Regis for their unique range of spa and wellness treatments. And now… relax.

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities, and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best Chicago spa hotels

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  • Boutique hotels
  • River North
Langham Hotel
Langham Hotel

The Langham is part of the very fabric of downtown Chicago. Designed by acclaimed architect Mies van der Rohe, the hotel is home to the Chuan Spa. Taking its lead from traditional Chinese practices, they specialise in holistic treatments relating to the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Book in here and your experience will start with the Chuang bathing ritual before moving on to a treatment (or treatment package) of your choosing. There’s also a steam room and healing liquid pool, plus a variety of traditional Chinese medicinal remedies on offer to help you feel like the best version of you.

Where is it? North Wabash Ave, just two blocks from the abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment at Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile.

Which room? You may not need two tellies and a cellaret in your room, but it's nice isn't it? Book the one-bed Lake View Suite and you'll get just that.

Time Out tip: Given its North River location, The Langham make for a perfect spot from which to watch the St Paddy’s Day parade.

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Four Seasons Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel

With a location just off the Magnificent Mile, the Four Seasons is a great place to stay if you’re into retail therapy. But after a long day of shopping – or working, or sightseeing, delete as appropriate – it’s also nice to relax in a slightly more traditional sense. That's where the hotel's unique spa treatments come into play, such as the Black Diamond Facial, which uses real fine diamond particles. How very de rigueur. Afterwards, relax alongside the 50-foot pool.

Where is it? East Delaware Place, mere steps from shopping galore on North Michigan Ave, aka Magnificent Mile.

Which room? Not only is the Lake Michigan Terrace Suite brimming with wonderfully natural touches (including hand-painted wallpaper, wool carpet and wood floors), but it provides one jaw-droppingly beautiful view from the private terrace.

Time Out tip: Night spa anyone? This evening treatment package is especially aimed at couples.

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3. LondonHouse Chicago

If you're in want of some really luxurious pampering, LondonHouse Chicago is where you should head. The hotel sits on Michigan Avenue between the river which mean you're in for rooms that offer stunning panoramas of Chicago's skyscrapers that look particularly spectacular at night. Enjoy a glass of fizz at Chicago's exclusive tri-level rooftop bar, or if you want to turn in early, enjoy a quiet one down at the spa with a Body Melt Therapy massage. You'll sleep like a baby. 

Where is it? You can find it on Michigan Avenue, where you'll  be within walking distance of the Navy Pier and the Art Institute of Chicago - the exhibitions are a must-see.

Which room? Hands down, we recommend staying in the King room with balcony view of of the river. Ugh, the city lights reflecting on the water will get you everytime. 

Time Out tip: Make the most of the lakefront views by dining out at one of the best Navy Pier restaurants.  

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  • Boutique hotels
  • River North

From body polishes and massages to chromotherapy (a kind of therapy that uses colour to help you relax) and ancient rituals, this boutique hotel is all about the spiritual details of rest and relaxation. The sauna at Eurostars Magnificent Mile even has walls made of Himalayan salt, designed to make you feel as zen as possible.

Where is it? North State St, steps away from the Magnificent Mile and a stone's throw from the Loop.

Which room? The wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows in the Panoramic King Room give off major wow-factor.

Time Out tip: Make a reservation at River North Bistro for a post-pampering indulgence. This first-floor restaurant specializes in locally-sourced comfort food.

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5. The St. Regis Chicago

Beautifully appointed rooms, sweeping city views, and high-style Japanese and Italian fare. Who could say no to that? It's nothing less than five-star treatment at St Regis. From the riverfront terrace all the way down to the facials and wellness treatments at the spa, the occasion is yours to indulge in. Get booked in for a range of goodies including, manicures, body treatments, waxing, and even Yoga Sculpting sessions. 

Where is it? Situated right where the banks of the Chicago and Michigan Rivers meet. 

Which room? It's got to be one of the deluxe king rooms with a river-facing view. 

Time Out tip: With the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art so close by, it's well worth swinging by to catch their current exhibition Descending the Staircase – a fascinating exploration of the human body.

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  • Rush & Division
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To put it simply, the Waldorf Astoria is really swanky. Think marble bathrooms, 460-thread count sheets and cozy fireplaces in (almost) every room. And as for the spa? It's renowned and rightly so. There’s a huge range of deluxe experiences on offer, from shea butter sugar scrubs to Himalayan salt stone massages.

Where is it? East Walton St, in Chicago’s historic Gold Coast district.

Which room? You may as well take full advantage of the great city views from the private balcony of the one-bed Corner Terrace Suite.

Time Out tip: Suffering a bad bout of jetlag? Plump for the CBD body wrap and warm oil scalp treatment, which is anti-inflammatory and gently exfoliates.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Streeterville
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Peninsula Chicago
Peninsula Chicago

A chance to take in Chicago's sprawling skyline is a must for visitors and residents alike, and the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the Peninsula Spa’s half-Olympic–length pool offer just that. Toss in a fully equipped fitness center, 19th-floor sun terrace and a yoga room, and you've got everything you need to fully relax.

Where is it? East Superior St, a short walk from Water Tower Place, which is over the road, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Which room? The Water Tower Suite is absolutely huge, with a home theater, pantry and marble reception area that'll fit ten comfortably. Plus stellar views to the north, east and south of the city.

Time Out tip: Hit up The Lobby from 2pm, Friday to Sunday, for the sumptuous and long-running afternoon tea.

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  • Streeterville
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If you’re looking to relax in a hurry, then the spa at Loews Chicago Downtown is the place to be. In addition to a full suite of standard spa services – massages, facials and mani-pedis – Loews offers a series of on-the-go services that each take only 25 minutes.

Where is it? North Park Dr, in Streeterville, with easy access to the Magnificent Mile, the Loop and Millennium Park.

Which room? Get a Grand Corner Room, where floor-to-ceiling windows frame the Chicago river and skyline beautifully.

Time Out tip: Head straight to the top, where you'll find two bars and two lounge areas—the perfect summer spot to sip cocktails and play games like pétanque and oversized jenga while taking in city views.

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  • Chain hotels
  • Streeterville
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Downtown Chicago might seem like an odd place to go for rest and relaxation, but that’s exactly what you’ll find in the Park Hyatt’s NoMI Spa, where you can choose from a line-up of services including massages, facials, mani-pedis, waxing and full body treatments. House specialties include the Hydrafacial, which promises medical-grade results minus the downtime, and a customized massage service that the staff can adjust to meet your personal needs.

Where is it? North Michigan Ave, one street from the Water Tower, and Lake Michigan is a ten-minute walk.

Which room? All the rooms offer lovely views, but none quite as enjoyable as the Water Tower Terrace king/queen rooms, which come with cute private balconies.

Time Out tip: Get cultural without leaving the building, as the Park Hyatt has an estimated $23 million worth of artwork on show. Ooh la la.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • River North
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Don't let the name put you off. When you visit The Spa at Trump International, you can enjoy top treatments and services, like their signature gemstone massages and full body therapies. There are a handful of couples packages, too, as well as a full-service fitness center that offers private training and group classes.

Where is it? North Wabash Ave, within walking distance to numerous family-friendly attractions at Navy Pier.

Which room? Spa Deluxe Queen. These rooms are secluded on two floors, with direct access to The Spa and extra amenities to help you relax.

Time Out tip: The close-up view of the Wrigley Building from the 16th floor of Trump Tower is something you simply must see.

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