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Feb 20, 2014 >> Pampering Staycation: Splurge & Steal!


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We’re taking a leave of absence this issue. Maybe a winter getaway at the Grand Geneva or a sartorial sabbatical with Topshop isn’t your cup of tea? But the little time you do have to spare can be spent on some serious relaxation and mental repose—right in your own city! Sometimes an hour (or three) of pampering and self-serving beauty treatments is just the type of quickie we need to get turbocharged to make you feel like you’ve just taken a very energizing trip.

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above: THE POOL AT THE PENINSULA—HELLO, LUXURY!

We’ve got splurge and steal options for you to enjoy the best of the best in the city. Swap your cable knit for an eye mask, sit back and relax—it’s time to do a little spacation staycation.

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Purva Karma Four Hand Massage
WHERE // Spa at The Peninsula, 108 E. Superior Street, 312.573.6860
WHY WE LOVE // Four hands are better than two! Based on the traditional Purva Karma massage of synchronized motion, this deeply relaxing massage is the ultimate luxury. It detoxes the body with ayurvedic oils and calms the mind. Finish with an overall body scrub and relax.
MORE INFO // 2 hours | $450 Monday through Thursday and $465 Friday through Sunday. 

Kate Somerville DermalQuench
WHERE // Spa at The Trump, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, 312.588.8020
WHY WE LOVE // Results are immediate and totally age-defying. A trained Kate Somerville aesthetician creates a custom facial to fill your skincare needs. The DermalQuench is a hydration treatment using hyaluronic serum combined under hyperbaric pressure for luminous results. You glow girl!
MORE INFO //  1 hour | $250

Deluge Shower Experience
WHERE // Spa at The Trump, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, 312.588.8020
WHY WE LOVE // A unique experience in the mood-enhancing Deluge shower with chromotherapy and nine deluxe shower heads for total immersion. Each shower head is separately adjustable for water flow direction and water pressure to accommodate your height and skin sensitivity.
MORE INFO // Price upon request

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Massage Envy Membership
WHERE // Five Chicago city locations
WHY WE LOVE // For the cost of a night’s worth of drinks, you can enjoy a custom massage every month at Massage Envy.  Monthly memberships start at $59 and unused massages roll over. With five locations in the city and dozens more in the suburbs, consider it the perfect getaway. Reducing stress is the best way to start looking and feeling better.
MORE INFO // $59/month membership = 1 massage each month. Deal. Visit MassageEnvy.com to find the closest to you

The Rapid Rub, Fabulips & ‘Heel’-lelujah pedicure
WHERE // Bliss Spa, 644 N. Lake Shore Drive, 312.943.9200
WHY WE LOVE // We love Bliss (and not just because their pun game is on point), but they’ve created an attainable escape. Perched on the 8th floor of the W Hotel, Bliss is home to sixteen treatment rooms, four movie-while-you-manicure nail stations and the legendary brownie buffet. Staycation or heaven?
MORE INFO // Rapid Rub, $80, Fabulips, $40 and ‘Heel’-lelujah, $70

Foot + Body Massage Special
WHERE // Fit Foot, 1459 W. Fulerton Avenue, 773.525.4705
WHY WE LOVE // For $28 you can get an amazing one hour massage.  Relax in chair with a hot towel on your face while someone performs ancient reflexology on your tired feet.  Transition to the next half of hour of bliss with a neck, back, shoulder and arms massage.

– Samantha Gossman + Alaina Africano