Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us! But for every Christmas tree bursting with presents and each turkey roasted to perfection, there’s the madness of last minute shopping and frantic trips to the grocery store to stock up on food. With all the joys of the holiday season, comes the stress of hosting, shopping and cooking – not to mention the other daily responsibilities that come with being an adult (ugh, when did that happen?). Between the festive chaos of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we all deserve a little pampering and relaxing and a Chicago staycation can do just that!
I’ve rounded up four Windy City hot spots that are the perfect combination of invigorating and refreshing (Plus, this list can also act as a vacation itinerary for all you readers who don’t inhabit Chiberia). Get staycation-ing, L&C-ers!
From the unique décor adorning the walls of the lobby, to the mirror-like exterior that reflects Lake Michigan, every detail of the W is custom and inspired by the spirit of Chicago. Anthony Ingham, VP of Brand Management at W Worldwide said “this boutique hotel is so unique in it’s incorporation of Chicago’s culture – the nightlife, art and restaurants – into visible aspects of the W. It’s unlike any other structure you’ll find in the city.”
Plus, they’ve got some special holiday shopping events including this one, providing gift cards, spa discounts and other savings to optimize holiday shopping!
SPA AT DANA
What would a staycation be without a trip to the spa? And Spa at Dana is no ordinary spa- it’s the Chicago mecca of pampering and relaxing. They offer services varying from body wraps and massages to the classic pedicure and every heavenly treatment in between. Their customized facial is unequaled, with an expert analyzing your skin and then applying customized care that leaves skin glowing and ready to take on the Chicago cold. In case you needed any more reason to visit this up and coming spot, prices are competitive and truly a steal for the quality services and products you’ll be receiving.
BEAUTY BAR CHICAGO
The next must-visit spot isn’t just a place of pampering, but also my choice for your trip’s dose of fun. Beauty Bar Chicago is a one-of-a-kind venue that doubles up as a nail salon, as well as a boutique bar from the early evening into the wee hours of the night. With a 1960’s-vintage-meets-Paris interior, Beauty Bar pairs the unique atmosphere with experienced manicurists and exceptional live music to become one of Chicago’s hidden treasures. I recommend their Manicure & Martini Special that starts at $10 along with the French Twist martini.
A staycation is only as good as the food so I’m recommending a stop by Bar Takito, a game-changer in the West Loop, offering a hybrid of Latin food with a tapas style. Inspired by Mexico, Central and South America, the feel is both urban and authentic. But more importantly than the venue, THE FOOD because OMG THE FOOD. Chef Dworshak will push your spicy limits by pairing entrees with pops of fresh seafood and seared veggies. Their drinks are no exception to their incredible reputation and infused fruity cocktails with bursts of more spice. Don’t leave without trying their Brunkow Cheese Taco and a Peruvian Margarita!
Whatever floats your boat and gives you that moment of relaxation and calm, just be sure to take time for yourself in between the rush of the holiday craziness this season!