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The best spa hotels in Chicago

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

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen
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Lola Christina Alao
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We’ve all been there: a long-awaited day trip from Chicago turns into a non-stop whirlwind of must-see destinations and energy-zapping activities. Where did those dreams of a relaxing break disappear to? How did we lose our way?

Don’t let this happen the next time you’re vacationing (or staycationing) in Chicago. Book an appointment, or a stay, at the city’s best hotels with day spas. Soon you’ll be drifting away on the massage table or showing off your glamorous new manicure. Now that's a bit more like it...

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Best spa hotels in Chicago

Peninsula Chicago
  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Streeterville
  • price 4 of 4

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, a 19th-floor sun terrace and a yoga room, and you've got everything you need to fully relax. Of course, if you want to up the ante, book one of 11 spa retreats, with options like the Peninsula Radiance package, which includes 3.5 hours of age-defying treatments.

Langham Hotel
  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • River North

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 a healing liquid pool, plus a variety of traditional Chinese medicinal remedies on offer to help you feel like the best version of you.

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  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • River North

Previously known as dana hotel and spa, this boutique hotel, Eurostars Magnificent Mile prides itself on offering a luxury five star experuence. Its spa ensures ultra relaxation for all its guests, offering ancient body ritual hanakasumi, body polishes, massages and more. You also have the option to spend some "you" time in the sauna where the walls are made with himalayan salt. Or, you could spend some of your time in their relaxing showers, where you can experiemce the joy of chromotherapy where the shower will change colours and help you feel zen. Eurostars Magnificent Mile is within walking distance of Chicago's city centre, so you'd be in the perfect location too.

Four Seasons Hotel
  • Things to do
  • Streeterville

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—it’s also nice to relax in a slightly more traditional sense. That's where the hotel's unique spa treatments come into play. Brown-spirit aficionados will love the vintage bourbon massage, which uses a scrub crafted with brown sugar and Kentucky bourbon. After your massage, head to the hotel bar to grab a pour of Knob Creek Barrel Select bourbon on the house.

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Loews Chicago Hotel
  • Hotels
  • Boutique hotels
  • Streeterville
  • price 3 of 4

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. And since the hotel is located in Streeterville—with easy access to the Magnificent Mile, the Loop and Millennium Park—the odds that you’ll be short on down time are high. 

Park Hyatt Chicago
  • Hotels
  • Chain hotels
  • Streeterville
  • price 3 of 4

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 lineup 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 NoMI staff can adjust to meet your personal needs.

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

When you visit the Spa at Trump International, you can choose from numerous individual 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. But to really get the full experience, you should stay at one the hotel’s special Spa guest rooms, which are secluded on two floors, provide direct access to spa and come with extra amenities to help you relax. If you’re looking for the most comprehensive spa experience in the city, this is it.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
  • Travel
  • Rush & Division
  • price 3 of 4

The Waldorf Astoria hotel situated in the Gold Coast of Chicago can be described with no other word than fancy. They offer many luxury experiences, for example the hydrating seaweed body wrap, which consists of a treatment blended with potent herbal extracts and different essential oils to give you that extra bit of relaxation. Travelling to Chicago with your partner? The couples massage package is a great way to spend quality time with them. There's also a pre natal massage for any expecting mothers out there. This location features 215 luxurious rooms and suites spread over 19 stories. And if you were wondering, it's very moderately priced too.

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