BY Laura Hine, Jacquelyn Lumley and David Zivan | April 29, 2019 | Lifestyle
Put a little spring in your step with these Chicago pros who will keep you looking and feeling your best.
Ritual Hot Yoga offers a luxe experience for yogis looking to fuse self-care with fitness.
THE ZEN DEN
Ritual Hot Yoga
Every class at Ritual Hot Yoga exudes a spalike experience. Impeccable details like luxurious showers, freshly laundered mat covers, a fully stocked beauty bar and eucalyptus towel massages during savasana seamlessly fuse self-care with fitness. The philosophy behind the studio, where Vinyasa-style classes flow to the beat of the music, aims to cultivate community. An added bonus? The studio pays each instructor a set salary, attracting top-notch talent while raising the bar on compensation in the fitness industry. Classes from $30, 750 N. Franklin St.
THE MASTER HERBALIST
At the Chuan Spa at The Langham—the only Forbes five-star spa in Chicago—you can experience five proprietary oil blends made by a Chinese master herbalist to promote health and healing. In consultation with your therapist, one of these oils can be added to a treatment to address minor injuries, headaches, soreness or pain. In addition, Chuan Spa has traditional Chinese treatments like acupuncture and cupping. One-hour massage $205-$230, oil enhancements $35-$40, 330 N. Wabash Ave.
Neiman Marcus just added cult fave Augustinus Bader to its Trending Beauty shop-within-a-shop. Initially developed by a doctor as a gel for burn victims, the cream’s formulation works with the body’s own stem cells to rejuvenate skin. Better yet, it works as moisturizer, eye cream, neck cream and serum—no need to buy or layer multiple products. The Rich Cream, $265, Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave.
THE SUITE LIFE
Vitality Suite at Swissôtel
Soak in a tranquil salt bath after a high-intensity interval training workout before dozing off on a spelt pillow spritzed with relaxation mist—all in the comfort of your own room at the Swissôtel’s new Vitality Suite. Chicago is the first property to introduce the wellness-inspired suite, which spans 1,700 square feet and offers an en suite workout room with a Peloton bike, a rowing machine and monitors loaded with versatile fitness routines. From $1,200 per night, 323 E. Wacker Drive
THE MASK BAR
One session at this West Loop DIY face mask bar will have you hooked. Reserve a seat and get ready to steam away stress as you apply your own hot compress and then brush on a matcha clay mud mask mixed with activators like turmeric and honey. To really indulge, book the entire space and let the skin revolution commence. From $38, 843 W. Randolph St.
Images Med Spa
Prep for glowy summer skin with a rejuvenating photofacial (from $150) at this boutique medispa in Lincoln Park. The results-based skincare professionals specialize in medical-grade treatments using top tech like the Halo machine ($1,500) for restorative resurfacing. Plan a night out in the Instagramworthy spa to indulge in mini HydraFacials from the in-house esthetician and gather preventative aging secrets from the personable team. 1006 W. Armitage Ave.
Customized raw bars from Ingrained Chicago are packed with the nutrients you need most, like these Key lime bars made with maca, sprouted cashew and almond.
Sprinkle a handful of these crunchy little superfood seeds on top of just about anything for a protein-packed boost. Swap sugary granola for the naturally derived matcha and cacao flavors ($7), or go savory with the original seed available at Lyfe Kitchen on the Superfood Salad ($10). The sprouted buckwheat seeds pack in 10 times more antioxidants than quinoa, and they’re also raw, grain-free, paleo and vegan, thus declaring Lil Bucks the new superseed in town. Southport Grocery and Cafe, 3552 N. Southport Ave.
THE FUNCTIONAL TREAT
Sydney Verwilst’s strikingly beautiful adaptogenic raw bars not only taste amazing, but each bite is custom-tailored to boost your system. After speaking one-on-one with clients, Verwilst invents nutrient-packed recipes like the restful lemon blueberry with CBD, or the energetic Peanut Beeter with beets, peanut butter and dark cherry. Superfoods like papaya, spirulina and acai are layered into colorful works of art that are both indulgent and nourishing. Custom orders from $60
RIGHT FOOT FORWARD
Ashiatsu at the Park Hyatt
“Many people think of this as a modality from the East,” says Lauren Hendricks, who has brought Ashiatsu massage to the spa at the Park Hyatt. “But it was actually invented here. Really, it’s an Asian-inspired combination of techniques.” During a session, Hendricks holds on to a pair of bars hung from the ceiling, using body weight and numerous positions to allow her feet to do the work. One of the few therapists in town trained in the practice, Hendricks says the unusual approach allows her a much greater variety of pressures and angles of attack on trouble spots. 90 minutes for $305, 800 N. Michigan Ave.
BREATHE IT IN
Subtle Energies at The Peninsula
It’s no wonder Subtle Energies chose The Peninsula hotel to exclusively debut its line of aromatherapy and natural skincare products in the U.S. The Australian-based company originally started as a clinic specializing in healing techniques based on ayurvedic principles. Each of the 10 spa treatments incorporates potent essential oil blends designed to achieve results for both the mind and the skin. Indulge in the Blissful Marma Massage (from $215), with the 90-minute option featuring cooling and collagen-boosting mogra oil to renew, rejuvenate and restore both inside and out. 108 E. Superior St.
Photography Courtesy Of: ritual hot yoga photo by garrett roth/courtesy of ritual hot yoga | Ingrained chicago photo by Sydney verwilst/courtesy of ingrained chicago