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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 Aesthetes: The Elysian Spa & Health Club

The check-in desk at The Elysian Spa & Health Club
The check-in desk at The Elysian Spa & Health Club
 

If you’re the type who is never entirely satisfied if the aesthetics are flawed, the three-year-old Elysian is for you. The place is exquisite—all buffed white marble offset by tasteful dark grays and taupes—and the staff is just as polished. The pristine women’s lounge contains every conceivable amenity, including two kinds of footwear: white cotton-waffle slippers and brown rubber flip-flops (a nice touch). The room where you await your treatment is furnished with six velvet chaise longues that ensure you’ll put your feet up. It’s all so lovely that you barely notice the facilities are on the small side. (While there are workout rooms—gorgeous, natch—they’re cramped compared with those at, say, Trump.)
Oh, yes—the treatments. The spa’s signature is the Elysian Cleanse ($335 for two hours), which is costly but gives considerable bang for the buck. It involves dry-brushing of the skin, a citrus salt scrub, a full-body slathering of marine-mud-based lotion, and a wrap in plastic (and a heated blanket—profuse sweating and mild claustrophobia follow), plus a foot massage, mini facial, and body massage, all competently executed. And as long as you get at least a one-hour treatment, you get free access to all spa and health amenities for the day.

The major downside: The relaxation room ceased to be relaxing when a group of women entered and began yakking. If staff were to ask spagoers to keep their voices low, this place would be one step closer to perfection. 11 E. Walton St.; elysianhotels.com

Includes: Men’s services, gym, pool

 

Photograph: Courtesy of The Elysian

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