Five relaxing spas in Chicago that are perfect for moms

To most moms, just taking a long shower alone is a luxury not afforded. To take a shower, get a massage and even spend the time to get your hair highlighted? That's a fantasy. But there are places in Chicago where you can do all that-while your children are playing happily. It's a dream come true.

 
 

FFC

  • Spa: Get a deep tissue massage, a tan, a wax and a hot shower here to come out looking and feeling like a new person. Bonus: If you book a spa service here, they'll let you work out for free that day.
  • Childcare: $7 for two hours. Children must be at least 3 months old. There are games, toys, a TV and a babysitter.
  • Details: They have seven locations throughout Chicago and one in Oak Park.FFC.com.
 
 

LA Fitness

  • Spa: They don't offer traditional spa services, but they have a very relaxing pool, whirlpool and sauna. With a $15 access fee, you can use anything in the gym for the day-so try taking a yoga class paired with a dip in the whirlpool and a long shower while your children play in the Kids Club.
  • Childcare: Children 3 months to 12 years are allowed to use the Kids Club, which is $5 per child per two-hour visit.
  • Details: There are 10 LA Fitness clubs in the Chicago area, but only seven that have a whirlpool, sauna and indoor pool. Those locations are: Century City, Cumberland, East Loop, Morgan Park, River East and South Loop. LAFitness.com.
 
 

Equinox

  • Spa: Even if you don't belong to this club, you can use their spa. They have everything from manicures to facials. We're obsessed with the Diamond Facial ($225 for 50 minutes offered at the Gold Coast location), which will make you look the way you did before you had kids-or at least take away a few wrinkles. Once you're done, step into the locker room to use the showers and Kiehl's lush hand cream.
  • Childcare: $10 for two hours. Children must be at least 3 months old.
  • Details: Three of the locations have spas. The spa menu varies per gym, so contact your local Equinox for more info. 900 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 254-2500; 1750 N. Clark St., (312) 254-4000; 799 Central Ave., Highland Park, (847) 681-7777.
 
 

Studio 209

  • Spa: Get your hair cut and highlighted, or go for The Quick Fix, where they'll turn your bad hair day into a good one in 20 minutes (starts at $20 for women).
  • Childcare: There's no structured supervision, but they have a playroom in the front of the store, and kids can entertain themselves with the board games, play table and video games provided.
  • Details: 109 W. Front St., Wheaton, (630)752-0380, studio-209spa.com.
 
 

Mathews Mobile Massage

  • Spa: We splurged a little here, but Mathews Mobile Massage is so convenient that we couldn't leave it off the list. The massage ($70 for Swedish massage or $150 for a couple's massage) comes to you. The massage therapist brings his own massage table and even provides the music.
  • Childcare: If you do this, we recommend waiting till night so the children are sleeping and you don't need to hire a babysitter. Slinking off to bed minutes after the massage ended was priceless.
  • Details: Call (708) 218-6884 to schedule a massage or check out MathewsMobileMassage.net for more information.
 
 
 







 
 
 
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