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By Wenqing Xu 

Beat those Chicago winter blues and stress of holiday shopping. Treat yourself at the spa.

AIRE Ancient Baths – West Town

Originally a Spanish concept, AIRE is inspired by the bathing traditions of ancient Roman, Greek, and Ottoman civilizations. Find it located in a uniquely restored historic West Town building. You can choose from different baths at different temperatures and explore at your own pace. After your bathing experience, treat yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating massage. 

Chuan Spa – River North

Located at the award winning Langham Hotel, Chuan Spa is one of the higher-end spas in Chicago. ‘Chuan’ literally means ‘flowing water’ in Chinese, which explains why you’ll experience a hot and cold water bath ritual before your treatment, reducing stress, and soothing respiratory and skin ailments. The Chuan ritual is followed by an aromatherapy shower and a visit to the Oriental steam room. 

Allyu Spa – Goose Island

Allyu (ah-yu) is the Quechua word for community, representing the commitment of this spa to its clients and the earth. Allyu Spa offers a safe space, superior treatments, resources, education, and products that promote good health and well-being. And with their many features in local and national media, they must be doing something right.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago Spa – Gold Coast 

The Waldorf Astoria has a spa for everyone. While the kids enjoy an in-room spa experience with a gentle manicure or pedicure, dad can treat himself to a Gentleman’s Facial or a Fitness mani-pedi and mom can pick one of their many luxurious body treatments, facials, or massages.  

The Spa at Palmer House – the Loop 

The iconic Palmer House hotel has a long and intriguing history. It also offers some of the most interesting specialty spa treatments around. Honoré Palmer’s Hydrotub immersion uses water to relieve stress and relax your muscles, and the Chicago Fire and Ice Massage include a mix of heated and cooling salts. Not sure what to pick? Go for the Empire treatment, which includes a massage, facial, and mani-pedi.

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