Outstanding Bucktown spas and fitness studios
Traditional nail services are available, but you’ll also find elevated options like the mint chocolate pedicure. After a mani, most lucky patrons are treated to a mini shoulder massage while their nails dry. 2010 N Damen Ave (773-394-0897).
Ray’s Bucktown B&B
Sitting several worlds away from a B&B’s traditionally chintzy image, Ray Reiss’s Bucktown operation is a bed-and-breakfast for the 21st century. The 11 rooms are crisp, fresh and modern, and the facilities are awesome: In addition to Wi-Fi throughout the building, rooms have TiVo-equipped televisions. The icing on the cake: an all-access steam room and sauna. Rates start at $119. 2144 N Leavitt St (773-384-3245).
Solão Fitness and Dance Studio
This facility boasts 35 classes, including Spinning and Zumba, geared toward exercise. New clients get unlimited classes for seven days for $25. One-off classes cost $18, but you can always nab package deals. 1800 N Western Ave (773-235-7500).
The space may not be fancy, but it delivers solid services for a fraction of what you find at most spas. The menu brims with facials, massages and waxing options. 1917 N Damen Ave (773-394-0000).
If hoity-toity spas rub you the wrong way, this low-key alternative should suit you just fine. Housed in a remodeled vintage apartment, this space feels like home. Find more than a dozen facials, as well as manicures, massages and more. 1733 N Milwaukee Ave (773-395-9000).