Relax, stay awhile
Make a day of your spa experience by hanging out at these urban oases.
THE SPA AT TRUMP Yes, the menu is extravagant (case in point, the $300 Purifying Diamonds Massage), and the services are excellent. Yes, you can lift weights, log treadmill miles and swim laps in the health club that boasts views of the river, lake and street below. Sadly, no, an overnight stay in one of the luxe spa hotel rooms ($345 a night and up) isn’t included with your treatment. If only!
KOHLER WATERS SPA, BURR RIDGE Living up to its reputation as making bathing a luxurious experience, this spa lets you melt your muscle aches in hot and cold pools, under a waterfall, and in a steam room, 360-degree shower and sauna.
THOUSAND WAVES SPA After loosening up your muscles in the hot tub, cedar-scented sauna and eucalyptus steam room, you’ll be happy to find curtained-off sleeping pods lining one end of the relaxation room at this women-only Japanese spa.
ALLYU Boasting natural treatments like manicures that incorporate ingredients such as coconut milk and garbanzo beans, this eco-minded spa already has our attention. Bonus: You can escape to a cushioned bench in the tentlike, candlelit meditation area with a warm cup of tea.
BLISS What gives the services at this chic spa located in the W Chicago–Lakeshore Hotel a run for their money? The lounge area, which features comfy sofas, a huge selection of magazines, a flat-screen TV (in the men’s lounge) and, most important, the spa’s famous bite-sized brownies.