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Things to Do This Winter in Chicago: Spas, Cleanses, Workouts, and More

BRAND-NEW YOU: Twenty sure-fire ways to rout the seasonal blahs

The spa at Peninsula Chicago
The spa at the Peninsula Chicago




Locate your inner ballerina in a class created by EQUINOX (900 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-254-2500, equinox.com) and the Joffrey—based on Spanish moves from the dance company’s recent production of Don Quixote. $25
ROWFIT CHICAGO (1455 W. Hubbard St.; 773-474-7028, rowfitchicago.com) combines boxing and endurance training with high-intensity rowing-based cardio. Get the ten-visit pass. $150
Cirque du Soleil performers aren’t built in a day. Start your transformation with the nine-week trapeze class at THE ALOFT LOFT (2041 W. Carroll St.; 773-782-6662, aloftloft.com). $275
Life is hectic enough at this time of year—don’t rush your reps. CITYWIDE SUPERSLOW (1901 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-281-7569, citywidesuperslow.com) offers a 20-visit package. $1,040
Relieve sinus pressure and headaches with the Neti Massage at ASHA SALONSPA (1135 N. State St.; 312-664-1600, ashasalonspa.com). The treatment includes a facial pressure-point massage. $55
Replump parched skin with the Monticelli Mud Therapy treatment at FUGA CENTRO SALON (8 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 200; 312-332-3842, salonfuga.com). Bonus: The mud replenishes minerals too. $135
Counteract holiday feasting with a weeklong organ­ic juice fast at GREEN CORNER (1880 N. Damen Ave.; 773-292-4393, greencornerchicago.com). $455
Refresh yourself from the inside out with the Herbal Cleanse at EXHALE SPA (945 N. State St.; 312-753-6500, exhalespa.com). The seven-day treatment includes acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and a 60-minute massage. $610
The Cougar Anti-Aging Manicure at the CAT’S MEOW (4221 N. Elston Ave.; 773-664-8065, thecatsmeowbeauty.com) takes a targeted approach: Grape seed oil and antioxidants smooth roughed-up hands. $18
Champagne grapes are the secret ingredient in the 75-minute Radiant facial at ENER SPA (1702 N. Damen Ave.; 773-278-4700, enerspachicago.com). The gentle acids restore tone to faces gone flat. $150
The 90-minute peptide facial at the spa at the ELYSIAN (11 E. Walton St.; 312-646-1300, elysianhotels.com) employs plant-based stem cells to stimulate collagen production. Plus a December-only treat for the feet: the 75-minute ginger soak and Balinese massage. Get both. $410
Splurge on a series of six full facials by the skin expert Mireille at MIREILLE’S STUDIO (49 E. Oak St., Ste. 3W; 312-587-8727, mireillesstudio.com). Facials include exfoliation, masque, and paraffin hand treatments. $550
Grab the heat every way you can get it at THOUSAND WAVES SPA FOR WOMEN (1212 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-549-0700, thousandwavesspa.com): sauna, eucalyptus steam room, and hot tub. Women only. Three hours. $20
Soothe frost-weary muscles and aching joints with a 90-minute hot-stone massage at MASSAGE ENVY (1845 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-904-1100, massageenvy.com). $196
The two-week boot camp at COREPOWER YOGA (1704 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-227-9642, corepoweryoga.com) includes 100-degree-plus yoga workouts. Starts December 4. $399
Luxuriate in a full day of attention at the PENINSULA CHICAGO (108 E. Superior St.; 312-337-2888, peninsula.com). The package includes foot massage, jade hot-stone massage, and facial—all within proximity of the aromatherapy fireplace. $535
Unclench shoulders and repair aching feet at the NEW SCHOOL FOR MASSAGE (800 N. Wells St.; 312-654-0900, newschoolmassage.com). Supervised student massages last 55 minutes. $35
Newfangled styles of massage come and go. We still love the classic 90-minute Swedish at URBAN OASIS (939 W. North Ave.; 312-640-0001, urbanoasismassage.com), followed by a steam shower. $145
Ultimate Indulgence at Elizabeth Arden’s RED DOOR SPA (919 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-988-9191, reddoorspa.com) delivers hot-stone massage, facial, mani-pedi, hair care, and lunch. $472
Double the pleasure with an 80-minute massage for couples at the FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SPA (120 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-280-8800, fourseasons.com), plus the ultimate foot massage. $515



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