Look and feel your best with these premium Chicago resources.
A living wall sets a soothing scene at Lume
BEST WAY TO SUIT UP
When it comes to menswear, few garments top the exquisite luxury of a suit by Italian brand Brunello Cucinelli, and now the maison has upped the ante with the new Sartoria Solomeo made-to-measure experience, available in the U.S. only in select cities—including Chicago. INSIDER’S TIP: Ask for Victor De Leon, the brand’s Chicago-based North American lead for the made-to-measure program, for the ultimate in expert service. Suits $3,995-$15,000, 939 N. Rush St.
MOST UNIQUE SPARKLER
The latest from Adornment + Theory is a stackable set inspired by Chilean author Isabel Allende. Boasting an aquamarine center stone and a series of sapphires, all set in 14K gold, it’s as magical as its inspiration’s words. $4,200, 2644 1/2 N. Milwaukee Ave.
BEST NATURAL BUZZ
There’s no hotter wellness trend than CBD, and Chicago-based Equilibria—owned by and targeted at women—ups the luxury factor with a “farm-to-bottle” approach and a personal dosage specialist. INSIDER’S TIP: Try the Brilliance Box, with softgels, daily drops and relief cream ($160).
BEST WAY TO SAVE FACE
Thanks to a partnership with premier French skincare brand Biologique Recherche, The Peninsula Spa offers a facial like no other: Tailored to fit each guest’s needs, the Triple Lift Luxury Facial ($525) is a clinical skincare restoration service designed to boost cellular metabolism, resulting in the ultimate age-defying treatment. 108 E. Superior St.
BEST HEALTH PLAN FOR 2020
Wellness expert Karina Heinrich of The Karina Method takes a tough-love approach with her intensive five-day one-on-one plan. She coaches clients on her “High Low Lean No” nutrition and the mind-body connection to help them reset the digestive system and aid in weight loss. $499
Opened by a former pro athlete, Lume is a wellness destination offering infrared sauna sessions, vitamin booster shots, cryotherapy and more. INSIDER’S TIP: The 45-minute Glow Getter IV drip boosts collagen, promotes hair and nail growth, and gives skin an instantly radiant glow. $165, 351 W. Hubbard St.
MOST DAZZLING WATCHES
When over-the-top isn’t nearly enough, Geneva Seal has the thing to satisfy your desire for bling—like Swiss watchmaker HYT’s extraordinary H0 ($89,000), whose face dazzles with 1,206 snow-set diamonds; and Ulysse Nardin’s exquisite new Marine Mega Yacht watch ($310,000), in platinum and limited to 30 pieces. INSIDER’S TIP: Geneva Seal offers watch repairs, face restoration and mechanical servicing. 112 E. Oak St.
BEST CLOTHING FOR THE VERTICALLY BLESSED
Robin Harris, former model and CEO of Model Atelier, creates impeccable ready-to-wear garments for her taller clientele, including a sleek executive jumpsuit ($498) and cranberry red Alexandra coat ($1,998).
MOST INDULGENT SPA TREATMENT
Stave off the winter chills with the full-body Ethereal Goddess treatment at Lena Rose Spa ($410). Combining a Rose Reserve facial with a milk bath infused with honey, essential oils and 24K gold flakes, the 2 1/2-hour experience will leave your body feeling nourished inside and out. 4645 N. Rockwell St.
BEST POWER SUIT
It’s easy to see why Brenda Swauger, founder and CEO of BKS Custom Clothiers, specializes in dressing top Chicago execs and A-listers: Her connections to the best fabric mills, including lauded Italian brand Loro Piana, give her clients access to the most prized fabrics for everything from custom shirts (from $175) to custom suits (from $995).
MOST BLINGY BOXERS
Men’s underwear doesn’t get more luxe than Chicago designer Richard Dayhoff, whose trunks start at $80 and go up, up, up. Treat yourself or your man to a custom pair: button-fly trunks or briefs made with eco-friendly MicroModal fabric, with a Robert Lee Morris-designed brass button and personalized monogram ($125-$145).
MOST FAB ANNIVERSARY GIFT
Talk about a happy 25th: In homage to a quarter-century of A. Lange & Söhne’s iconic Lange 1, the German brand has created a stunning new 25th Anniversary version ($47,900), complete with blued-steel hands and an engraved white-gold hinged cuvette. 11 E. Walton St., Burdeen's
MOST ROCKIN’ ACCESSORIES
Josh Kercher is known as a guy’s go-to for red carpet and wedding attire via his line KERCHER. Now he’s showing his rocker side with bespoke leather jackets, plus boots made by his wife, Holly, who trained as a shoemaker in Florence. INSIDER’S TIP: Kercher’s jackets have rock star cred, having been worn onstage at Lolla by Drew Love from the group THEY. Jackets from $5,000, boots from $3,000, 20 W. Hubbard St.
MOST KILLER WORKOUT
Thirty minutes of hardcore exercise is all you need to get seriously fit. That’s the idea behind Strength Society, a new gym in River North that offers one-on-one sessions led by coaches who focus on form and speed to provide a tailored, efficient full-body workout. Drop-in rate $65 per session, 219 W. Chicago Ave., Ste. 600
BEST AT-HOME SKINCARE
The easiest way to get supermodel skin? DefenAge’s all-in-one kit ($324) comes packed with a range of products that decrease damage, reverse signs of aging and work in harmony with your stem cells to literally regenerate skin. INSIDER’S TIP: Start with the one-step multicleanse wash—which not only removes dirt and waterproof makeup, but also preps the skin for treatment— before applying the signature 8-in-1 BioSerum. Dermatology + Aesthetics, 1765 N. Elston Ave.
BEST QUICK CELLULITE FIX
Supplement your workouts with a sculpting sesh at VITAHL Chicago, which offers the brandnew truSculpt iD from Cutera. The 15-minute treatment is completely personalized to each client, targeting and eliminating fat cells in areas like the abdomen, arms and thighs, and improving muscle definition. From $2,250, 1135 W. Madison St.
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