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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 Custom Treatment: NoMI Spa

NoMI Spa’s manicure station
NoMI Spa’s manicure station
 

Last June the Park Hyatt raised the curtain on a seventh-floor renovation that included a makeover for its fine-dining restaurant (NoMI became NoMI Kitchen) and a complete 180 for its spa. Tiffani Kim Institute Medical Wellness Spa is out (along with anything resembling Botox). The warmly modern NoMI Spa—and its softly sleek furnishings, attentive staff, and luxurious products, including the French line Carita—is in.
The list of services totals just under 40, and about a third of them involve waxing. But the relatively limited number of facials, massages, body treatments, and nail services leave room for customization—and, notably, the spa’s technicians have the kind of expertise and active listening skills required to pull it off. A “tasting menu” option allows guests to piece together any three of its 45-minute offerings, at a discount of 20 percent. We chose the signature facial ($110 for 45 minutes), the custom pedicure ($65 for 45 minutes), and the premier manicure ($70 for 45 minutes).

Then we spent a blissfully untroubled afternoon tucked inside the birch-wood-paneled rooms—softened by gray knit throws, stacks of thoughtfully selected fashion and health books (for sale, from $20), and filigreed Voluspa candles (also for sale, from $8)—and felt right at home. A home with a steam room, rain showers, and a beautiful new lap pool with an equally beautiful glimpse of Chicago’s skyline. 800 N. Michigan Ave.; parkchicago.hyatt.com

Includes: Men’s services, express services

 

Photograph: Anthony Tahlier Photography

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