After exploring the shores of Lake Michigan, digging into the city’s thriving gastronomical scene and perusing art galleries and museums, it would be easy to leave a holiday in Chicago just as tired as when you arrived. Instead, splice in some me time at one of these spa hotels.
Bachelor pad in style – all dark-stained woods, leather headboards and dusky tones – Eurostars Magnificent Mile is a quintessentially American hotel. It’s got enormous, comfy beds, bathrooms big enough to charge rent on and two drinking and dining options that allow you to feast on world-class food without stepping out the front door. If you’re looking to unwind after a big day in the city, the spa is a local favourite and will have you slipping swiftly into holiday mode.
Take your morning workout to the top of the world at the Peninsula, where the spa and wellness center is set high up on the 19th and 20th floors of the hotel. An enormous suntrap terrace sits alongside the indoor pool – perfect for taking in views of the city and Lake Michigan over a post-workout coffee. Further bliss can be found in the spa, which offers myriad Ayurvedic and Asian-influenced treatments.
Ruby Room believes beauty is soul-deep rather than skin-deep, and its approach to wellness follows this ethos to a T. Alongside all the usual treatments, the spa (dotted with crystals and faux fur throws) offers hydrotherapy and healing sessions, plus a range of yoga classes to help you feel alive from the inside out. Upstairs, lime-green armchairs and floods of natural light add a fresh feel to large rooms with pillow top mattresses. Hidden away in the back is a secluded garden, perfect for a morning coffee in the sun.
The Chuan Spa at the Langham Chicago is a heavenly idyll perched high above the busy city streets. Centered around a glittering indoor pool with city views, it’s a setting that’s perfect for unwinding in. The focus is not simply on rebalancing the body, but also the mind and the soul; this holistic wellness experience includes bathing rituals and traditional Chinese medicine treatments such as acupuncture. A pearlescent color scheme adds to the sense of peace, which lingers long after you’ve left the massage room.
The enormous rooms at the Fairmont, with their muted color palettes and floral motifs, are perfectly peaceful spaces to return to after a spa session. The hotel has plenty going for it – personable service, an excellent restaurant and bar and close proximity to Millennium Park – but the spa may be its biggest draw. From the moment you set foot inside, mySpa will drape you in a sense of calm – and that’s before you’ve even tried the incredible massages. With everything from seaweed body wraps to aroma-sensory experiences available as well as a steam room, you’ll leave feeling revived and refreshed.
This restaurant-chain-turned-hotel-hotspot has become synonymous with a certain kind of ethereal peace, and the Chicago outpost is as soothing as its predecessors. In the spa, a cream and pale wood color palette and a design reminiscent of traditional Japanese Zen gardens make the atmosphere extra relaxing. The indoor tranquility pool will help you unwind, while the fitness center, equipped with state of the art Technogym equipment, is the perfect spot to sweat away your stress.