The Best Spas in Chicago to Rejuvenate and Restore

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Need to reset after a busy day in the city? This list of some of the best spas in Chicago are the go-to spots to help you reenergize your body and mind.

Chicago is a world class city with fab theater, restaurants, museums, shopping and more. In other words…it can be exhausting! Luckily, the city is also home to luxurious spas, perfect for a girls weekend in the Windy City.

Find what you need on the SheBuysTravel list of the best Chicago spas, from a standard massage to a eucalyptus exfoliation to a beer soak. Really.

Chuan Hotel in Chicago
Two massage tables and a water bath at the Chuan Hotel, one of the best spas in Chicago, located in River North. Photo credit: The Langham Chicago

Chuan Spa

330 N. Wabash Ave.

The Chuan Spa at the Langham Chicago in River North offers a personalized experience for visitors. The spa uses the “five elements” theory. Guests take a questionnaire which determines which of five elements are out of harmony, then recommends services to fix the imbalance.

Among the spa treatments are multiple types of full-body massages, including a full-body CBD experience with an exfoliation treatment, a deep tissue massage and a full-body anti-aging mask.

The Chuan Spa also uses a mix of acupuncture, massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy to create the ultimate reset.

main rooms at the Allyu Spa
One of the main rooms at the Allyu Spa. Photo credit: The Allyu Spa

Allyu Spa

600 W. Chicago Ave.

The Allyu Spa offers a wide variety spa services, ranging from couples massages to chakra balancing. With 10 treatment rooms, four nail stations and a sauna, Allyu Spa sells packages for individuals, couples or small groups.

The day spa also offers waxing and tinting for both eyebrows and lashes, which will save anyone time from plucking and money on mascara.

With 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor, the spa comes highly recommended. One reviewer said the Allyu Spa “was the highlight of our girls’ trip to Chicago.”

water treatment rooms at the Kohler Water Spa
One of many water treatment rooms at the Kohler Water Spa in Lincoln Park. Photo credit: The Kohler Water Spa

Kohler Water Spa

2358 N. Lincoln Ave.

With 20,000 square feet of space and 21 treatment rooms, the Kohler Water Spa in Lincoln Park offers plenty of room for relaxation.

The spa specializes in water treatments, including hydrotherapy. Different packages include full-body treatments, eucalyptus exfoliation and Himalayan salt scrubs.

The City Life massage focuses on hydrating the skin, stress relief and providing antioxidants to combat Windy City residents’ daily exposure to pollution and UV rays. This rejuvenating massage will have you at your absolute best before you head to the relaxation room or one of the eucalyptus-infused steam rooms to put your feet up.

lap pool at the Waldorf Astoria Spa
The half-olympic length lap pool at the Waldorf Astoria Spa in the Gold Coast. Photo credit: The Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Waldorf Astoria Spa

11 E. Walton St.

The Waldorf Astoria Spa on the city’s Gold Coast offers a variety of massages and body treatments, and even has “ice cream manicures and pedicures” for kids who want to tag along.

Located within the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, the luxury spa also has a top of the line personalized health club. The club offers personal training and semi-private sessions.

Men can partake in the pampering with services specifically tailored for them, including fitness manicures and pedicures, muscle repair and custom facials.

 crystal massage at the Four Seasons Chicago Spa.
A crystal massage at the Four Seasons Chicago Spa. Photo credit: The Four Seasons Chicago

Four Seasons Chicago

120 E. Delaware Place

Between a 24-hour fitness center, a pool (with adult-only swim times) and a spa, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago has a lot of options for someone who needs a break.

Visitors can order just one service, or combine three to four in package deals. Different facials use nutrient-rich volcanic rocks, ingredients straight from the arctic and an exfoliating wand made with real diamond chips. Or try the cherry blossom body scrub and the detox body wrap.

For couples, this hotel spa offers a little bit of romance with the Skylight Swim. The hotel closes its Roman-style indoor pool to other guests for a little bit of romance in this package.

acial massage at the Peninsula Spa
A facial massage at the Peninsula Spa, located on the Magnificent Mile. Photo credit: The Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Spa

108 E. Superior St.

Located within The Peninsula Chicago on the Magnificent Mile, the Peninsula Spa includes an indoor lap pool, a fitness center and yoga studio.

The spa offers Biologique Recherche, a French skincare line, which uses botanical, marine and biotechnical extracts to personalize your facial for your skin.

With numerous types of signature massages, manicures and facials, the Peninsula Spa will have you feeling your most relaxed, while you look over the gorgeous view of the city.

pedicure stations at the Coshed Spa.
A line of pedicure stations at the Coshed Spa. Photo credit: The Cowshed Spa

Cowshed Spa

113-125 N. Green St.

The Cowshed Spa has a signature massage inspired by the famous Swedish massage. Designed to help with stress and relaxation using only light and medium touch, this massage is just what you need.

To add to the relaxation, the spa also offers a variety of services using CBD. The CBD massage is the Cowshed’s signature massage with the added benefits of CBD. The signature facial with CBD adds anti-inflammatory benefits.

With numerous add-ons for different services, the Cowshed Spa offers a semi-personalized experience for guests that has earned it 4.5 stars on Yelp.

 Ancient Thermal Baths in the AIRE Ancient Baths spa
One of many Ancient Thermal Baths in the AIRE Ancient Baths spa in River West. Photo credit: AIRE Ancient Baths

AIRE Ancient Baths

800 W. Superior St.

The AIRE Ancient Baths in River West gives guests a unique experience inspired by the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Ottomans. This spa offers numerous holistic services for individuals or couples using Ancient Thermal Baths, built within restored historic buildings.

Packages include massages, body treatments and aromatherapy steam room sessions. These rituals are meant to renew and rehydrate the body, and are perfect for water lovers.

And for those who struggle with sleep, one Tripadvisor reviewer said: “I slept deeper than I had in months after a morning here.”

the interior of the Ruby Room spa in Chicago
The interior of the Ruby Room spa in West Town. Photo credit: The Ruby Room Spa

Ruby Room

1743 W. Division St.

The Ruby Room in West Town offers various services based in alchemy. Using crystals, music and energy to heal the body, the spa also offers add-ons for massages so they can be customized to your individual needs.

Unique to the Ruby Room, the spa offers tarot, oracle and psychic readings, giving you the opportunity to learn about your future following your massage or waxing.

Healing the body, mind and spirit is what’s most important to the the staff of the Ruby Room. Because of this, you can contact and meet your esthetician before you go in to create the best possible experience and cover all of your needs.

Beer soaking tub
One of the beer soak baths at the PIVA Beer Spa. Photo credit: The PIVA Beer Spa

PIVA Beer Spa

1052 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The PIVA Beer Spa offers something that almost no other spas do: the signature beer soak.

The spa says its beer soak improves damaged skin, hydrates, helps clear breakouts and conditions hair, among other benefits. Packages can be purchased that include massages, beer facials and time in the beer soak.

The PIVA Beer Spa also offers halotherapy services, a salt therapy that helps to detoxify the body and improve respiratory systems.

Camryn Cutinello graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May with her bachelor’s in journalism, and is currently working on her master’s degree at the University of Illinois Springfield in Public Affairs Reporting. She loves to write about anything and everything, especially Chicago city life, politics and sports. When Camryn isn’t writing, you can find her out running, hiking or spending time with friends and family.
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