The Infrared Sauna and Detox Spa Guide
When we’re looking to complement a full-on detox, or invest in some next-level self-care, this is where you’ll find us: spas with lymphatic massages, infrared saunas, steam rooms, clay wraps, and more (hello, barometric pressure chamber). The heat treatments are also brilliant for anyone new to (or intensifying) a workout program as they can work wonders on sore muscles. All these treatments fit blissfully into the span of an afternoon; for travel options, see our guide to full-on wellness and detox retreats.
Allyu Spa600 W. Chicago Ave., River North | 312.755.1313
Allyu (pronounced eye-you) is the Quechua word for community, and this Riverwalk-neighborhood spa's commitment to community spreads far beyond its clients. Sustainability manifests itself in nontoxic beauty products, cabinets made from reclaimed barn wood, and locally made soaps for sale. Besides a range of more traditional services, the incredible facials incorporate healing grape stem cells, rose-quartz massage, and smoothing enzyme masks, plus an amazing chakra balancing treatment.
Cowshed at Soho House113 N. Green St., West Loop | 312.754.6915
This British import, located inside the Soho House in Chicago's buzzy West Loop, offers extraordinarily comfy treatment chairs and farmhouse vibes. It's particularly popular for its indulgent manis and pedis (60 and 75 minutes, respectively): Each of the chairs features its own TV and freshly brewed tea served in a teapot is available upon request. There are only five treatment rooms, but they'll do everything from facials (some with SkinCeuticals products) to body wraps, scrubs, and deep tissue massages.
The Peninsula Spa Chicago108 E. Superior St., Gold Coast | 312.573.6860
The spa is high up on the 19th and 20th floors of the hotel, and the treatments are beyond-pampering and impressively corrective. The Cryo 3R Facial uses chilled air to regenerate skin and support collagen (you look remarkably glowy immediately after), while the European Deep Cleansing Facial involves a revitalizing massage, thorough pore detoxification, and layer upon layer of nourishing serums and creams. There's a eucalyptus steam room, as well as a relaxation room where you can curl up next to a fireplace. The facials can absolutely stand alone, but if you're splurging, consider one of the famous half- or full-day spa journeys.
Aire Ancient Baths Chicago800 W. Superior St., River West | 312.945.7414
Much like its New York counterpart, Aire Chicago looks quite a bit like the Temple of White and Black from Game of Thrones. Candle-lit stairways lead you to a gorgeous, catacomb-like space with many baths and steam rooms (at many different temperatures, from hot to ice-f-ing cold to a sublime extra-salt version where you float like you’re in the Dead Sea). After sweating/freezing it out, they have really great massages, which are easy to add onto booked time in the baths.