Ready to shed the chill of winter from your bones and step into spring? What better place than a warm and relaxing spa to rejuvenate your body and mind. Step into one of our five favorites and work the knots out of muscles too used to hunching against the cold.



Azul Holistic Spa
842 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 455-2985

Looking for a warm, inviting space, soft robes and calming atmosphere? Look no further than Azul Holistic Spa. In addition to deluxe massages and organic skin care, it offers threading, waxing and sugaring. The facials are complete with full facial massages afterward and the technicians will be happy to explain their process to you completely if it is your first time. Group rates are available for adult and children’s events as well as corporate chair massage events. Anyone can add fondue, cupcakes, frozen yogurt and the like to their group party for a little extra.

600 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-1313

Allyu Spa on Chicago Avenue has earned its reputation for being among the best spa experiences in Chicago. The relaxation begins instantly from the moment you enter the spa as Allyu has cultivated a soothing ambiance. You can easily chill for an entire day if you wanted (and could afford it), pampering yourself with samplings from the extensive treatment menu. See a full list of services here. Try the couple’s package for a romantic treat and settle in for three and a half hours of mutual pampering. After one of the top-notch massages, be sure to check out the warm rain showers.

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Spa Soak
1733 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 395-9000

If you’re on a bit more of a budget and still want to treat yourself, try Spa Soak in Wicker Park. The spa is still open, airy and relaxing, but you won’t be up-charged for adding aromatherapy to your massage. Spa Soak does not cut corners as far as its treatments are concerned, however. The massages and facials are reputed to be amazing. Another fun bonus is that the packages are suited to the season. Click here to look at the seasonal packages and here for information on private parties.

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Johnathan Breitung Salon & Luxury Spa
3226 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-1800

Johnathan Breitung Salon and Luxury Spa is a spa and then some. All of the usual spa packages are available from body wraps, nail treatments, facials and the ever popular hot stone massage, but go the extra mile and treat yourself from top to bottom if you wish. Multiple hair treatments are available as well as medical spa services. Looking for a fun outing with a group? Check out the spa parties offered as well as the bridal packages and other group offerings.

Thousand Waves Spa for Women
1212 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-0700

If you want to spend an entire day in a spa and not break the bank, try Thousand Waves. Before and after your service, you are free to visit any part of the spa area including the jacuzzi, the sauna, the steam room and the amazing relaxation room. The relaxation room is set up with chairs, magazines, tea and even cots in curtained areas should you want to take a quick nap. For only $20, you can avail yourself of the spa for three hours without booking an additional service. The spa is women only, so no need to worry about running into the men’s changing room accidentally. For a complete list of services, check here.

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