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The Review: Spa at JW Marriott Chicago

JW Marriot Chicago Spa Entrance

Spa at JW Chicago Entrance

By Tenley Satre

When you step out of the elevator on the galleria level of the JW Marriott Chicago you are greeted with clean lines and an urban decor that plays to the aesthetic of the building.  Originally designed by legendary architect Daniel Burnham in the early 1900s, the Chicago landmark has been transformed from a bank into a luxury hotel, featuring a 20,000 sq ft spa and fitness center.  The Spa recently underwent a renovation and reopened in summer 2015; it has 10 well-appointed treatment rooms, including 2 private Hammam chambers, as well as an infrared sauna.

This winter we recommend that you cure “What Ales You” with an exclusive package designed to nourish the body.  It begins with a Hammam experience; the Spa at JW Chicago is one of the only in Chicago to offer a signature treatment known to detoxify, relax and rejuvenate.  Warm water is poured head to toe as you lay on a heated marble table in the wet room, followed by full body exfoliation with a Moroccanoil Fleur d’ Orange Cleansing Bar and mitt.  You are then completely enveloped in lemongrass bubbles, a scent known to enhance mental clarity.  Next you move to the dry room of your Hammam, where you lay fireside on another heated marble table as the aesthetician uses hot stones to massage Moroccanoil Body Soufflé into your back.  The combination of argan oil and shea butter is also swept across the rest of your body to restore hydration.  The treatment is finished with a relaxing scalp and foot massage, after which you can sip on verbena mint tea in the private relaxation room of your Hammam.

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Private Hammam Room in the Spa at JW Chicago

A purifying Hydrafacial follows the Hammam experience.  Tailored to your needs with SkinCeuticals or Éminence Organic products, this facial promotes cleansing, exfoliation and intense hydration.  The aesthetician finishes the treatment with a Vortex-Fusion of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid, a technique that brings radiance to the skin.

Inspired by the lemongrass bubbles, we recommend you end the experience with glass of champagne in the Lobby Lounge.

“What Ales You” Windy City Package – $399, Spa at JW Chicago