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 Zenning Out: Allyu

Allyu’s relaxation tent
Allyu’s relaxation tent

Who knew that the old Montgomery Ward distribution center—a huge complex that now houses Groupon’s headquarters—is home to the most spiritual spa in town? Wafts of incense? Check. Sitar music? Check. Buddha statues for sale? Well, it is a business. Allyu’s big draw is its South-American-meets-South-Asian atmosphere, which evokes the saturated colors of Mira Nair’s Bollywood gem, Monsoon Wedding. Aspiring maharajas and maharanis can reserve 30 minutes in a private infrared sauna ($25; $20 with another service), where you can sweat it out, replenish with a provided carafe of cucumber water, and lather up with eco-friendly sage and lemongrass soap in a personal rain shower (no extra charge). Then head to the spa’s pièce de résistance: the relaxation tent, free and open to the public. Weary wanderers can find peace—and silence—while sitting on cushioned chairs surrounded by gossamer curtains. (Think classy hookah bar sans smoke and belly dancers.)

Allyu’s services skew toward Eastern techniques, such as shiatsu massage, eyebrow threading, reflexology, and chakra balancing, but more traditional offerings are available too. Brave enough to give Allyu’s shiatsu a whirl? Not for the faint of heart—or those with shoulder or knee issues—it’s an intense method where the therapist digs in her thumbs, then twists your arms and legs like a merry-go-round ($65 for 40 minutes). 600 W. Chicago Ave.;

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


Photograph: John Faier



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