After hours spent on Chicago's fitness scene—from CrossFit to biking the lakefront, a little R&R is well deserved. Thankfully, the city's packed with spa treatments aimed to sooth the fitness-crazed. Here, five standout services to indulge in post-workout.
There’s a reason people keep talking about the Langham Hotel Spa. The Asian-influenced décor sets you in relaxation mode the second you step off the elevator. Sit back while your beat-up hands and feet are covered in soothing essential oils and exfoliated to reveal a softer skin you didn’t realize was there. 330 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-7650
When your legs are still tight from an intense TRX session two days ago, a sports massage from exhale is the fix. Prepare to relax while your masseuse strengthens your flexibility and rejuvenates your tired muscles. The treatment can also be customized to suit pre-race muscles, too, leaving you deeply stretched and ready for the shotgun start. 945 N. State St., 312-753-6500
Free up the afternoon—this three-hour package delivers what it takes to make you feel good and look good. Begin with a 50-minute massage that targets your deep tissue muscles. Then, extend the restorative benefits to your complexion with a performance facial that will even out skin tone, followed by a sport pedicure, the icing on a well-deserved afternoon that’s served alongside a cocktail. 660 N. State St., 312-202-6040
The key to quick post-race recovery? Good-for-you vitamins and plenty of fluids to restore hydration. Find that—and then some—through an IV with IVme’s Athletic Performance package. The environment is more spa-like than doctor’s office, and you’ll leave feeling refreshed thanks to a flow of vitamins, anti-inflammatory medicine, and antioxidants to your system. 1347 N. Wells St., 312-350-1822
Go from gym to spa without ever having to leave the building. At The Spa @ Equinox, spa-goers get access to the club on the day of their appointment. Your legs will need it after taking a precision running class, a serious calorie-torching treadmill workout. The sports massage focuses on tired, sore muscles with an emphasis on deep stretching—perfect for those who skimp on the recommended post-workout stretching. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-254-2500