5 Ways for Busy Moms to Unwind in Chicagoland

This is the perfect time for a little me-time.

As parents with busy schedules, finding time to take care of ourselves is usually at the bottom of our “to-do” lists. Between work, appointments and the chaos of daily life, moms are lucky if they have a chance to shower in peace. Me-time is super important, though, and helps us function better in every other area of our lives. 

Practice a little self-care at these Chicago-area spots. 

Ancient Aire Baths

Address: 800 W. Superior St., Chicago

A bath at home is nice, but the relaxation is usually short-lived. Escape the house and schedule a soak at a local spa such as Aire Ancient Baths. Aire offers a variety of experiences at different price levels. The “Renewing” packages have options for full body exfoliation and massage in addition to time in the Ancient Baths. 

Silent Book Club at Nighthawk

Address: 4744 N. Kimball Ave., Chicago

Love to read, but can’t commit to the deadlines of a traditional book club? Silent Book Club, dubbed “Introvert Happy Hour,” is the perfect place to get your literary fix in a calm environment, surrounded by other book lovers. Grab whatever book you’d like and sip a cocktail or coffee while reading in total silence for an hour. Attendees are welcome to socialize before and after reading. The Chicago chapter meets monthly at Nighthawk, a coffee shop and tavern in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. 

Infrared Sauna at Perspire Sauna Studio

Address: 640 Ogden, Unit D, Downers Grove

Chances are, you’ve enjoyed time in a traditional sauna, but sweating in an infrared sauna has even more benefits for your body and mind. The cooler temps and infrared waves deeply penetrate your skin, resulting in better blood circulation, a calmer nervous system and even improved sleep — something we could all use. 

Goat Yoga at Nature’s Trail Yoga

Address: 14655 82nd Ave., Orland Park 

Yoga is a great way to de-stress. Add adorable baby goats into the mix and you’ve got a fun and unique sweat session that will leave you feeling uplifted. The baby goat yoga class at Nature’s Trail is laid-back, with no pressure to perfect your poses. The 1.5-hour session includes yoga and playtime with the goats. 

Ceramics Class at The Pot Shop

Address: 1224 Chicago Ave., Evanston

If you’re in need of a creative outlet, take a weekday or weeknight pottery class. Learn how to make a mug or pitcher while in the company of other beginners. Engaging your tactile senses through throwing clay has been proven to reduce stress chemicals in the brain, plus participating in social activities increases your dopamine levels.

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