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


2 years ago
Posted by SpaConsultant

What surprises me is the proffering of these spas, albeit good choices all, as "day spas." It would be difficult for ANY genuine day spa to compete with a spa resort in terms of amenities, scope, scale, and the like. This list is profiling the best spas in hotels and resorts, and fortunately they happen to permit day guests. Now, we'd love to see a list of the best Day Spas as defined by the spa industry -- spas which have no association with an Inn, Hotel, or Resort property.

2 years ago
Posted by itsmyopinion!

what affiliation does allyu have to a hotel or resport? none. it's (or was) the best kept (day spa) secret in chicago!!!

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