By Erin Gibbons
10:30 AM CST, February 27, 2012
Whether you’re looking for bachelorette beautifying or pre-wedding pampering, these spas will treat you and your girls right—no matter what your style or budget.
For a girls' night out: Mojo Spa
1468 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-235-6656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This lofty Wicker Park spot offers a clublike experience, minus the clublike prices and pretention. Come for a pre-rehearsal-dinner luncheon or a bachelorette party that starts (or ends) the night; you and your pals can get manis, pedis and facials (average price $35-$50) while enjoying your own dinner, cocktails and music in the back lounge area. (A room fee based on the size of the group also applies.) If you still have the urge to hit up a legit nightclub afterward, Mojo has some VIP hookups for you.
For splurge-worthy treatment: Elysian Spa & Health Club
11 E. Walton St. 312-646-1300
Bachelorette parties should defer to other spots on our list; this full-service spa is best reserved for serious spoilage. Massages and facials ($65-$285) are popular with brides and their mothers and sisters the day before the big day, and hair and makeup services ($85 and up) with bridal parties the morning of. Grooms also can get properly groomed with shaves, haircuts and more ($25 and up) at the spa’s barbershop, called the Men’s Atelier.
For brownies and beautiful views: Bliss Spa at the W Chicago Lakeshore
644 N. Lake Shore Drive 877-862-5477
Gaze out onto Lake Michigan and Navy Pier while indulging in Bliss’ signature brownie buffet and movie-while-you-manicure nail stations. The most popular treatments for bachelorette and bridal parties are the Blissage 75 massage ($155), triple oxygen facial ($165), mani ($50) and pedi ($55). Special packages for the bride (“The Prenup,” $90) and bridesmaids (“Wedding Belles,” $240) are also great ways to de-stress before walking down the aisle.
For a girls' night in: Head 2 Toe Mobile Spa
2157 W. Fletcher St. (business office) 773-698-8883 or email@example.com
Tired of the bar scene but still want a fun girls’ night? This mobile spa brings the party to your home or hotel room, accommodating from two to 500 guests. Sip your own coordinating cocktails while getting a mimosa manicure (raw sugar, champagne and orange peel) or a cosmopolitan pedicure (raw sugar, orange peel, sunflower oil exfoliant and cranberry cream). Nail services run $20-$75; facials start at $45 and massages at $55. Bonus: All products from this eco-chic spa are chemical-free.
For budget-friendly pampering: Arbre
1244 N. Wells St. 312-274-9935; 401 E. Ontario St. (entrance on McClurg Court) 312-643-3100
This affordably luxurious spot lets you bring your own bubbly and spread (and also offers catering options) while they supply the glasses, chilling buckets and table setup for $5 per person. The Old Town location recently received its liquor license and has a separate party room with a bar. Get a mani ($15), pedi ($35) or both ($45); chair massages and facials also are available.
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