It’s been a long summer, full of activities, sports, camp, play dates, travel and the like. Phew. We need a massage just thinking about it! Your kids are finally back to school, with regular schedules, and you—thankfully—have a block of time free. Treat yourself to a celebratory massage, facial or nail treatment at one of these fabulous Chicago spas.

Club MomMephoto: Exhale

Exhale, located in Gold Coast and Evanston, combines barre, cardio and yoga fitness offerings with a full suite of facials, massages, acu-healing and nail care. You can pop in, sweat it out and then relieve any aches and pains or stress through a Deep Detox therapy, Craniosacral massage, Thai Massage + Stretch or Reflexology healing technique. Exhale promises that moms will “come in, leave better.” Who doesn’t want to be better? We’re sold!

945 N. State St.
Gold Coast
1890 Maple Ave.

For a bit of luxury in your day, visit the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago for a spa treatment, which will also give you access to their pool, sauna and relaxation centers. New this season is an exclusive Intraceuticals Hyperbaric Oxygen Facial, which is only offered at one other hotel in the city. This 50-minute gentle treatment uses cutting-edge technology to visibly lift, tighten and reduce fine lines and wrinkles through Hyaluronic layering, Green Tea and vitamins A, C and E. You’ll exit the spa with a fresh and glowing face that feels deeply hydrated and healthy.

Four Seasons Hotel
120 E. Delaware Pl.
Near North Side

kohler-water-spa-chicagophoto: Kohler Waters Spa

Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge has created the most soothing atmosphere, with their Circle of Tranquility — a large jetted spa, waterfall, steam and sauna rooms and various modern Kohler showers. You’ll want to arrive early, relax in your provided robe and sandals with a mug of herbal tea and snacks in the spa lounge, and enjoy the warm water amenities before indulging in a signature massage, body, facial or hydrotherapy treatment. You can be sure that Kohler Waters Spa is similar, in standards and luxury, to the sister spa at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Kohler Waters Spa
775 Burr Ridge Pkwy
Burr Ridge

pregnancy massagephoto: via Flckr

Definitely one of the best luxury spas in Chicago, The Peninsula Chicago offers deserving moms a full range of treatments and services, access to a large fitness and wellness centre and a half-Olympic length swimming pool with incredible cityscape views. Schedule yourself an Ayurvedic or Hot Stone massage, an Immune Booster wrap or a Deeply Nourishing Pedicure—you won’t regret it!

The Peninsula Chicago
108 E. Superior St.
Near North Side

Find your bliss at Bliss Chicago, located at the W Chicago Lakeshore. This spa offers stunning Lake Shore Drive, Lake Michigan and Navy Pier views; a full list of manicures/pedicures, facials, massages and body treatments; a bright retail store with really great take-home products and a brownie buffet, because who doesn’t like a bit o’ chocolate post treatment? Also, check out the Bliss blog for helpful tips plus spa and wellness info.

Bliss Chicago
644 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Near North Side

Where’s your favorite spot to decompress? Share in the comments below

— Wendy Altschuler