The 6 Hottest Wellness Trends to Hit Chicago
Don’t get us wrong—we’re thrilled that wellness is trending. Except that there are now so many ways to practice self-care that we’re sort of overwhelmed. If you’re in the same boat, read on as we run through six of the hottest wellness trends, plus where in Chicago you can try them.
1. Infrared Sauna: Lume Wellness
You can try several trends at this River North warren of wellness. The spa-inspired environment contains rooms for getting an IV drip (it’s supposed to energize and hydrate you, FYI), cryotherapy (both for body and face), massage and more. Our favorite feature is the infrared sauna room. You get the same benefits of an actual sauna (relaxation, healing, recovery) without the intense, hard-to-tolerate heat.
351 W. Hubbard St.; lume-wellness.com
2. Mindfulness: CH/LL
Before you book that ten-day silent retreat, test your tolerance for it here. Their modern approach to meditation breaks things down into tracks focused on breathwork, insight and more. Sessions last 30 minutes to an hour, so you can take things at your pace and ramp up to that big retreat.
222 W. Kinzie St.; chillchicago.com
3. CBD: Equilibria
Learn the ABC’s of CBD from this women-owned and female-focused company. Your dedicated dosage specialist will help you create a personalized routine with the brand’s farm-to-bottle products. There’s pain-relief cream and stress-calming drops, all in chic minimalist packaging.
4. Sound therapy: Lululemon
Gong bath meets Spotify. That’s sort of what the Tune beds are like at Lululemon’s flagship Lincoln Park store. You’ll wear headphones and lie back on a padded bed while sound and vibration bring your body to a meditative state. Personalize your 15-minute session to promote focus or creativity and grab one of the luxurious knit blankets for maximum coziness.
Multiple locations; lululemon.com/stores
5. Mocktails: Boqueria
Why limit your sober spell to just January? Especially now that you can sip on delicious craft cocktails across the city. This Fulton Market tapas bar has some of our favorites, like the Valencia Sunrise, made with orange-apricot marmalade, fresh lemon, cinnamon and Seedlip, the world’s first nonalcoholic distilled spirit.
807 W. Fulton Market; boqueriarestaurant.com
6. Cryotherapy: GOAT
Curious how it feels inside a -180°F cryotherapy chamber? The best way to try the trend is after an intense workout. This River North studio’s VersaClimber classes provide an efficient, full-body workout with less impact on your joints than running. Its cryotherapy sessions will promote speedy muscle recovery (plus bragging rights).
300 W. Ontario St.; goatchicago.com