Aire Ancient Baths Chicago
800 W. Superior St., River West
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.
224 N. Ada St., River West
Elaina Vazquez spent her early years honing her fine-dining skills (her résumé bullet points include the Culinary Institute of America as well as the kitchen of Joel Robuchon). But a strong entrepreneurial streak and a familial pull to Chicago took over: Boutique Bites was founded in 2008. In the last ten years, Vazquez has built one of the most in-demand catering companies in Chicago. There are few chefs who could pull off a six-course tasting menu (with wine pairings) for a large wedding like Vazquez. The BB team also handles the rentals, setup, staffing, and execution. And for those clients stuck for space, Boutique Bites has recently opened its own event venue—a beautifully restored warehouse in the West Loop neighborhood called Brique.
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