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New fitness and spa add-ons at area hotels make an urban escape well worth
The BIKE Package at The James Hotel
We love J Bar, this boutique hotel’s swanky lounge, but save the mojito for after your ride. Sign up for the BIKE package and you’ll get two bicycles and helmets, plus bike maps to explore Chicago’s trails and lakefront. The concierge sends you off with a sports bag filled with energy bars and bottled water, plus a picnic lunch of your choosing: Cyclists seeking a long trek can customize a light lunch with organic greens and veggie sandwiches; those seeking a more leisurely outing may opt for the decadent meal of roasted prime rib with doughnuts for dessert.
55 E Ontario St at Rush St (312-337-1000, www.jameshotels.com/chicago). When making reservations, refer to booking code “BIKE.” $299 a night. Through Oct 29.
Equniox workout and passesat W Hotel
Guests looking for fitness perks should book the workout package at either Chicago W location. At check-in you’ll receive passes to any Chicago-area Equinox, healthy snacks, a $15 iTunes gift card and a sports bag, plus a special in-room workout designed by Equinox area group-fitness manager, Marcelo Ehrhardt. Feeling sore after all that sweating? Bliss Spa is on the eighth floor of the Lake Shore Drive location. Pick up the phone and book a treatment; discounted treatments and special packages are available for guests.
644 N Lake Shore Dr between Erie and Ontario Sts (312-943-9200). 172 W Adams St between LaSalle and Wells Sts (312-332-1200). www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels. $209 a night. Ongoing.
Serenity Bathat Fairmont Hotel
For a more indulgent overnight stay, splurge on a room at the Fairmont, then order the Serenity Bath ($60). Your bathroom is taken over by the hotel’s on-site “bath sommelier,” who will help you choose between a milk-, mint-, sugar-, mud- or grape seed–themed bath. The tub will be infused with salts and tricked-out with specialty products like body scrub, body wash and lotion. The service comes with candles, a fruit plate and sparkling water (or for $16 more, add a glass of champagne). Fitness-minded guests can also take advantage of a full-service gym (including a rock-climbing wall), thanks to a parntership with the nearby Lakeshore Athletic Club.
200 N Columbus Dr at Lake St (312-565-8000, www.fairmont.com/chicago). $169 a night. Ongoing.