The holidays can be a stressful time, full of to do lists and events that can do a number on our stress levels. But a girl still has to look her best for those holiday parties! So we tracked down the best places for relaxation and beautification before the holidays really hit the Windy City. From massages to blow-outs, we have the city and suburbs covered…
For those celebrating in the city, the Olivo Medical Wellness Center is perfect for those looking for a customized experience. Cynthia, Olivo’s esthetician, is great at making you feel comfortable in the environment and confident right when you walk out the door. I recommend the Date-Night Peel, which infuses your skin with restorative benefits of peptides and protein for fresh, glowing skin perfect for your holiday work party…or a date night!
If you’re out in the suburbs with family, there are still places to unwind after you do your shopping! Oakbrook Center in the Western Suburbs is a beautiful outdoor mall full of shops sure to impress, but there’s more than just retail fun to be had.
After shopping at the mall’s Nordstrom department store, you don’t even have to walk outside to let the pampering begin. In addition to their in-store spa services, the retail heaven also has their own blow dry bar: blowpro. Only available in select stores, this blow dry bar is one of the best I’ve ever been to. The staff was informative and helpful, basing their styles on my past experiences with both salon and blow dry bar stylings to give me a customized treatment that lasted. It’s also a great place to get expert advice on gifts like styling tools or their custom “faux dry” dry shampoo.
If you’re more into spa days for total relaxation, you would only have to go across the parking lot to Le Meridien, and the newly opened hotel spa. This spa is worth a drive from the city, thanks to the truly custom massage experience. You can choose everything from the music that is played to the flavored water you have in the room to the smell of the lotion used. And make sure you leave extra time in your stay for the included complimentary relaxation time! I wasn’t able to take advantage of all of mine but with a steam room, luxurious bath and more, I wish I’d given myself more time to spend at Le Meridien.
I also love the Kohler Waters Spa at Burr Ridge and their latest Head to Glow seasonal treatment. This begins with a full-body exfoliation, then is followed by a gentle but deep-cleaning facial peel and mask. And then if that wasn’t enough, it’s followed with your choice of either Agave Nectar Body Oil or Sunless Tanner application for a beautiful glow this winter season (I recommend the tanner!). Best of all, this is a treatment that only became available in December, so it’s the perfect time to treat yourself.