When you need a break from your hectic day-to-day schedule, therapeutic massage can be like a mini-vacation from stress. Holistic therapy has been growing in popularity in Chicago since the 1980s.
The city is home to several massage therapy licensing schools, and massage is offered as an a la carte service in just about every spa and salon in the area. If you’re looking for the best massages in Chicago, head to one of these posh spas.
12 W. Maple Street
Chicago Ill. 60610
939 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Relax and rejuvenate at Urban Oasis. A staff of more than 40 licensed practitioners offer everything from Swedish massage to acupuncture and Reiki, including several Oriental styles such as Thai massage and Shiatsu. An Aculift facial combines acupuncture, facial massage and herbal masques to smooth out and rejuvenate the face. Oncology massage is another specialty – it combines Western and Eastern techniques and is designed to complement traditional cancer treatments. Moisturizing soy and rice milk products, aromatherapy candles, heated neck pillows and more are available for sale in the shop. The spa is open Monday, noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments fill up quickly, so be sure to book in advance.
161 N. Canal Street
Chicago, Ill. 60606
Spa Space is a peaceful urban retreat in the West Loop offering individual treatments as well as signature group packages for bridal parties, corporate events and more. In addition to Swedish massage, the spa features stone therapy massage for relaxation, several sports therapies including a runner’s massage, reflexology and a prenatal pampering package for expectant moms. Manicure and pedicure packages incorporate hand or foot massage. Customers may order a light snack between treatments from a selection of gourmet and vegetarian sandwiches, fresh salads, soups and light entrees. If customers like any of the products used during their treatments, they may be purchased in the Spa Space shop. Gift certificates are available. Hours are Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lincoln Park Massage Spa
630 W. Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
An ivy-covered stone and brick building in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park offers a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle. This spa is dedicated to therapeutic massage, and clients may choose from traditional Swedish massage, hot stone treatments, massage for expectant moms, deep tissue and sports massage. Package deals are available for groups of five or more, so treat your bridal party or employees to some of the best massages in Chicago. Gift certificates and treatment products are available for purchase. The spa is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call ahead or book online.