Chicago Health & Beauty

Health & Beauty neighborhood
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.
Chill Chicago
222 W. Kinzie St., River North
As the name suggests, Chill is the place to come to escape. It’s a River North meditation studio that breaks the daunting task of quieting the mind into thirty-minute sessions, each designed to calm and reset a specific area of concern. “Breath” is focused on mental clarity and the elimination of brain fog. “Insight” is for the career-minded looking for work dilemma breakthroughs, while “Rest” is for those on a quest for better sleep. There’s even a course for kids, designed to train younger minds to de-stress and find stillness amid jam-packed schedules.
Cleise Brazilian Day Spa
732 N. Wells St., River North
Owner Cleise Gomes moved to Chicago from Brazil in 2000, and has been working to bring traditional Brazilian beauty techniques to the U.S. ever since. Given her experience and background, it’s no surprise that Gomes is famous for her waxing techniques, but it's her facials that are actually one of the city's best kept secrets. There are glycolic peels, oxygen and LED light therapy, and a face massage-focused session that includes a rousing, heavenly scalp treatment.
Cowshed at Soho House
113 N. Green St., West Loop
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.
Dermatology & Aesthetics of Wicker Park
1765 N. Elston Ave., Wicker Park, Chicago, IL
The team of dermatologists working out of this massive, tricked-out office are the real deal (several friends have mentioned Dr. Karen Horn by name as the one to ask for). They offer facials and microdermabrasion as a complement to more extensive cosmetic dermatology treatments or a la carte. While the facials definitely err on the clinical side, they don't skimp on the massage. You can also pop in for a quickie "party peel" to prep for a special event.
Dr. John Q. Cook
737 N. Michigan Ave., Gold Coast, Chicago, IL
Founder and medical director Dr. John Q. Cook, M.D., has over two decades of experience in skin care and a hawk eye for discerning the best therapy to treat a particular issue. The Institute’s big draw is aesthetic plastic surgery but the non-surgical treatments are some of the most skin-perfecting. Fantastic medical-grade chemical peels, LED light therapy for breakouts, dermaplaning (a blade is smoothed across skin to exfoliate and support new, healthy skin), and some pretty incredible oxygen therapies are on the menu. What’s more, the team of aestheticians send you home with a set of products specifically picked out to extend the effects of your time in the office—which we love.
Dr. John Q. Cook
118 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka, Chicago, IL
Dr. John Q. Cook has 20 years of experience in skincare and has two beautiful Whole Beauty Institutes (one in Winnetka and another in Gold Coast) to show for it. What takes the clinical facials (they also perform fantastic medical-grade chemical peels) to the next level is the meticulously developed Whole Beauty product line; his team of aestheticians will send you home with a set of products specifically picked out to extend the effects of your time in the office. There's also a location in Gold Coast.
Mila Moursi Skin Care
Barneys, 15 E. Oak St., Gold Coast
Mila has been taking care of many high-profile LA women for decades, all of whom swear by her skin and body treatments. More specifically, it's her European facials (tack on a dry contouring session for a bit of extra lift), "face-changing" line of skincare products, and discretion that keep everyone coming back. While the flagship spa on Sunset Boulevard is worth an in-person visit, you can also book treatments at Barneys New York outposts in most major cities (besides Chicago, also Los Angeles and New York).
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