Best Day Spas in Chicago

Cold and cranky? We scoured the city for the top retreats to beat the winter blahs

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For Top Notch Service: The Peninsula Spa by Espa

The lap pool at The Peninsula
The lap pool at The Peninsula

When it comes to five-star pampering, The Peninsula is the reigning queen of hotel spas, thanks in large part to Espa, a renowned UK-based spa company that trains staff for luxury properties around the globe. Espa-approved massage therapist Brenna Bavis instructs The Peninsula Chicago’s crew. A two-hour session with Bavis—or anyone else—will set you back more than $300, but the service feels worth the expense. The Uplifting Mint Experience, offered only in Chicago, begins in the relaxation room. There guests can unwind on a fluffy adjustable bed next to a fire before heading to a private treatment room for a fresh mint foot bath, a full-body exfoliation, and a 60-minute aromatherapy massage. Bavis, an eerily talented massage guru, exorcises every ache from your body, transforming you into a puddle. After you resolidify, head to the steam room or go for a dip in The Peninsula’s Gatsbyesque lap pool. But access to 1920s opulence doesn’t come cheap: Guests must book at least two hours of services to gain entry to the pool and the gym. 108 E. Superior St.;

Includes: Men’s services, express services, gym, pool


Photograph: Courtesy of The Peninsula Chicago



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