A calendar chock full of soirées and a seemingly endless gift list to conquer can make the holiday season feel stressful—but getting ready can be a blast. From bouncy blowouts to moisturizing facials to revitalizing massages, leave your pre-party needs to Chicago’s expert salons and spas with services that promise to have you looking and feeling your best (and much less stressed!) when the season gets hectic. Book now—party invites will be piling up before we know it….
Pressed for time? Drop in post-work for a quick shampoo and glossy blowout courtesy of Oribe’s signature products. Multitaskers can even complement their tamed manes with no-chip manis and pedis or makeup applications. 1315 S. Michigan Ave., 312-929-3078.
A waterproof airbrush makeover will ensure a flawless look as you juggle a weekend full of events, so no need to reapply between back-to-back soirées. For guys, the experts at Petrosino’s, which debuted on the scene in September, will moisturize your mug and trim your beard before you hit the town. 111 W. Jackson Blvd., 312-616-0016.
Mario's new signature massage infuses the skin with products rich in minerals from the Great Salt Lake to nourish and revitalize tired muscles. The relaxing experience begins with a back treatment using Salt of the Earth Mineral Mud and Thermal Powder that detoxes, alleviates muscle tension, and gets circulation moving. A head-to-toe stress-relieving massage comes next—perfect to get your mind off of seasonal stress. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 847-202-1900
Detox from holiday treats and cocktails galore with a treatment combining acupuncture and an abdominal massage that promises to leave you feeling lighter and more energized. This tailored acupuncture session targets the digestive system, while the hot oil abdominal massage makes you feel oh-so-relaxed. 945N. State St., 312-753-6500.
This gilded facial utilizes a luxurious 24-carat gold mask for truly stunning results. The service uses a gold powder and silk extract to moisturize, hydrate, lift, firm, and reduce any irksome fine lines and wrinkles so you can put your best face forward at all those parties. 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-254-2500
Rev up your normal pedicure routine with Indira Salon & Spa’s Elemental Pedicure. Products at this AVEDA spa and salon use essential oils and are 98% plant based, plus the salon offers exclusives, like special pricing for first-time clients and complimentary makeup touch-ups with cut or color services. 3337 N. Southport Ave., 773-348-3838, 1513 N. Wells St., 312-971-9567
Get that summer glow back with Spa@theWit’s seasonal body polish. This service removes dry winter skin and moisturizes with an organic, seasonal fruit body polish made from freshly harvested ingredients and mixed with raw cane sugar. 201 N. State St. 312-239-9402
Relax in vintage Koken or Paidar barber chairs as you enjoy an old-school hot towel shave comprising layers of hot towels and shaving lather, plus other luxury products tailored to your type of facial hair. Afterward, men are invited to sip a cold beer or a shot of top-shelf bourbon. 1010 W. Lake St., 312-243-9367