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Rub you the cheap way

Chicago Touch offers massages at soothing prices.

Photograph: Mireya Acierto FIVE-FINGER DISCOUNT Chicago Touch’s massages don’t cost an arm and a leg.
By Jessica Girdwain |

Mark Weiss, 55, has been visiting Chicago Touch, a Northwest Side “stress-reduction center,” every week for the past two years. “Out of the past 20 years of getting massages, this is the best place I’ve been to, hands down,” he says. “It’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets.”

Here’s how it works: Make your appointment at least an hour before you plan to visit. A 50-minute service costs $50; walk-in rates run $75, and you can extend your service by 50 minutes for just $40 more ($90 total for 100 minutes). Save extra cash when you buy a package of ten, which costs $440 (and comes with either a free 50-minute massage or $40-off discount).

What’s the catch? Chicago Touch is short on ambiance—the “rooms” are partitioned-off areas with thin walls. But take the leap and you’ll be rewarded: New clients who mention this article pay just $39 before February 22. 1121 N Ashland Ave, 773-342-3650,