Hidden away on the lower level of the JW Marriott (151 W. Adams Street, 312-660-8250) is an oasis in the middle of this freezing urban jungle. Spa at JW Chicago provides a respite from the cold and the kids and the co-workers. It is a luxurious vacation from the stresses of regular life…without the expense of a passport.
Spa at JW Chicago is serene and gorgeous, boasting immaculate lockers, prep areas, wet lounges and transition rooms and features all of the services generally offered by top level spas: manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and waxing. But the jewel in the crown at Spa JW Chicago is the Moroccanoil Hydrating Hammam Experience (80 min, $215). Traditionally, the hammam aka Turkish bath is the Middle Eastern version of a steam bath and follows a particular pattern: the bath starts with relaxation in a warm room heated by a continuous flow of hot dry air, which allows the bather to perspire freely. Bathers then move to the hot room, followed by a cold water wash. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers head to a cooling room for a period of relaxation. The bath is often a community affair, albeit segregated by sexes and the bathing/exfoliating has been known to be aggressive.
Spa at JW Chicago takes this bathing ritual to the next level. The spa uses products from Moroccanoil, the leader and pioneer in argan oil-infused beauty products. The bather’s experience begins with an attendant using the Moroccanoil Fleur d’Oranger Cleansing Bar with an exfoliation mitt to scrub the body clean on a heated marble table under dimmed lights near a flickering fireplace. This is followed by a full body application of the shea-butter rich Moroccanoil Body Souffle, designed to “restore hydration and radiance to the skin” and a Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask is pulled through the hair to deeply nourish and replenish moisture. The treatment finishes in a private warm chamber designed to allow the body to decompress, improve circulation and enhance mental clarity.
Another unique service at Spa at JW Chicago is the Couples Treatment, including the Couples Journey (80 min, $525) which features an exfoliating full body scrub, followed by “a cozy soak in an infinity tub perfect for two” and includes side-by-side massages. All of the services included in this package, as well as a giant dual shower, are provided in a large suite, providing unmatched privacy and escape.
Perhaps the best part of Spa at JW Chicago is that it is not restricted to patrons of the JW Marriott Hotel. Both the spa and the fitness center offer monthly membership packages to the general public. Benefits include: valet parking, a reserved locker, guest passes, a fitness assessment with a Nike certified personal trainer, a complementary 50 minute spa service each month, preferred member pricing on spa services and unlimited access to group fitness classes, fitness, pool and spa facilities. Also notable is the spa cuisine which features healthy and delicious snacks, small plates and bento boxes, as well as an assortment of sparkling, red and white wines.
Spend a day at the luxurious Spa at JW Chicago and emerge feeling as though you have been on a trip to Marrakesh…without the international flight.