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It can be hard to justify the cost of a spa day--those eucalyptus steam rooms don’t come cheap. But here’s how we look at it: Improved circulation, glowing skin and a few less knots in those shoulders are all boons to our overall health. And if we can relax in heated loungers while tending to our wellness, that’s even better. Here are six spa treatments worth splurging on.


Chuan Spa: Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments

Guests at Chuan fill out an in-depth survey upon arrival, which the spa's technicians use to design custom therapies to treat anything from anxiety to indigestion. Typically 90 minutes, the services involve a combination of massage, acupuncture and additional Eastern therapies such as ho guan (or cupping). And if that doesn’t cure what ails you, just head to the locker rooms: You’ll find heated loungers, a Himalayan salt sauna and a chamomile-scented steam room.

Treatments, $325 to $435; Chuan spa at the Langham, Chicago, 330 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-923-9988 or



Any dewy-skinned Chicagoan will tell you: The start of a new season merits a facial. Get yours at the newly revamped JW spa, where the HydraFacial uses medical-grade techniques to whip skin into shape. Peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid all do their thing to hydrate; your only job is to lie back on the pillowed treatment table. Afterward, stick around for lunch: Beginning later this month, the hotel's chef is creating bento-box-inspired meals just for spa guests.

Spa at JW Chicago, 151 W. Adams St.; 312-660-8053 or Purifying HydraFacial, $220 to $350.


The Peninsula Chicago: Vedic Aromatherapy Full Body and Facial Marma Massage

Blame it on the killer indoor pool--the spa at the Peninsula Chicago is way up there on our list of Enjoyable Places to Linger. If we could spend a full day at the urban sanctuary, we’d devote 105 glorious minutes to the new full-body and facial massage. Inspired by ancient Indian practices, the treatment incorporates a ritual foot soak and aromatherapy oils.

The Peninsula Spa, 108 E. Superior St.; 312-337-2888 or Vedic Aromatherapy Full Body and Facial Marma Massage, $340.


Cowshed Spa: Ultimate Cowshed Pedicure

Every pedicure should come with a neck pillow, a leg and foot massage and a hydration mask for your feet. Cowshed has all of the above--plus a personal TV in front of each cushy chair. (We recently learned a new recipe for apple pie while being pampered.) If you have a few gal pals in town, look into the Pretty Parties. You’ll get treatments, snacks and bubbly in a group setting.

Cowshed Spa at Soho House Chicago, 113-125 N. Green St.; 312-521-8000 or Ultimate Cowshed Pedicure, $75.


Virgin Hotels Chicago: Red Flower Hammam Body Treatment at the Spa

As far as we know, the Virgin Hotel is the only spot in the city that has a “Shag Room.” (It’s a circular room swathed in shag carpeting, and it’s awesome.) The hotel’s basement spa has another exotic attraction: a 90-minute, Turkish-inspired detoxification ritual. You’ll get cozy in a cocoon-like treatment room while a technician rubs you down with an olive-stone-lemon scrub, wraps you in Moroccan mud and softens your face with rose-collagen serum.

The Spa at Virgin Hotels Chicago, Lower Level at Virgin Hotels, 203 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-940-4790 or Red Flower Hammam Body Treatment, $175.


Trump Chicago: The Balancing Diamond Massage

The Trump spa has a 90-minute service that’s everything you want a massage to be: It’s indulgent, it’s relaxing and it may be snooze inducing. Oh, and the service incorporates essentials oils that are infused with crushed diamonds. (Benefits are said to range from enlightenment to clarity, but we prefer bragging rights--we were just doused in diamonds.) Afterward, kick back in the ultra-plush Relaxation Lounge, which offers skyline views, tea and healthy snacks.

The Spa at Trump, 401 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-588-8020 or trumphotelcollection.comThe Balancing Diamond Massage, $300.

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