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Five spa specials during happy hour


Arbre While this one’s more of a weeknight special than a happy-hour deal, it’s good for you workaholics who are still stuck in the office at 7pm. Stop by Arbre any time Monday or Tuesday and enjoy $5 off a mani-pedi (normally $40 at the Old Town location, $45 at Streeterville location). Best of all, it’s BYOB, and Sex and the City episodes stream around the clock. 1244 N Wells St (312-274-9935, El: Red to Clark/Division. Bus: 22, 36, 70. Mon, Tue 9:30am–8pm. •401 E Ontario St (312-643-3100). El: Red to Grand. Bus: 29, 65, 151. Mon, Tue 8:30am–8:30pm.

Beauty Bar The deal on tap at this New York import is almost too good to be true: a $10 mani and martini, and not even limited to the happy hour. While you can’t count on serious quality control as far as manis go, you can be sure a strong Three Olives vodka drink and a quick polish will get the job done (choose from about two dozen OPI hues, and yes, tacky, glittery colors are encouraged). 1444 W Chicago Ave (312-226-8828, El: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 9, 66. Sun–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat 5pm–3am.

D.O.C. Wine Bar You had us at an $8 glass of sparkling rosé. Every first Wednesday of the month from 7–10pm, Sheque Chicago offers lucky ladies complimentary manicures and massages to accompany those discounted glasses of bubbly. Stick around for a skillet-baked chocolate-chip cookie for a sugary nightcap. 2602 N Clark St (773-883-5101, El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 8, 22, 36, 76. Aug 4, 7–10pm.

Elysian Hotel If spending the night in one of the Elysian’s classic-like-Coco suites is simply out of your price range, here’s another way to clock in some time at the swank Gold Coast hotel: Any day Monday through Friday from 5–7pm, enjoy a mani paired with an aperitif à la peach Bellinis and Chilean wine for $45 (normally $60). 11 E Walton St (312-646-1300, El: Red to Chicago. Bus: 22, 29, 36, 66. Mon–Fri 5–7pm.

The Spa at the Dana The rooftop bar at this River North hotel can wait until 8pm. Detox the day’s stresses away by enjoying 10% off any spa service (everything from a four-hand massage to a customized facial and glycolic peel) any day Monday through Friday from 5–7pm. 660 N State St (312-202-6040, El: Red to Grand. Bus: 29, 65. Mon–Fri 5–7pm.

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