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JW Marriott Chicago
Chicago is getting a leg up on the spa scene with cutting-edge treatments at a trio of new spa concepts — all inside downtown hotels, from the Loop to the Gold Coast.

Valeo is 22,000 square feet of urban chic in the basement level of JW Marriott Chicago, in the heart of the city’s Loop. It hosts the country’s only dual-clarity chamber, with eight hip-height heated stone slabs that are used in a variety of treatments modeled after a Turkish hammam (several even feature an exfoliating clay compound sourced from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco; $125 to $175). Afterward, relax in a plush deep-purple armchair in the transition lounge. Short on time? No problem. New this summer is the express spa near the lobby, which offers guests three services (including facials) simultaneously, followed by a glass of wine ($25 to $150). www.valeochicago.com

A half block off North Michigan Avenue in the tony Gold Coast, The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago recently completed a slew of renovations, including the opening of the Allium Restaurant & Bar, which offers a spa lunch menu. This summer, there are also three new treatments: the Men’s Bourbon Retreat, a hand and foot soak in hot bourbon followed by a
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The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
single-barrel bourbon drink in either the Spa’s Relation Lounge or in Allium Bar ($45 to $75); the Burst of Colour Pedicure, which includes a pair of Havaianas and a mint julep ($55 to $85); and a resculpting facial using Circ-Cell skin-care products ($150 to $195). www.fourseasons.com/chicagofs/spa

Last summer, three years after The Palmer House Hilton Hotel — just off South Michigan Avenue and two blocks from Millennium Park — finished its $170 million restoration, Balance opened on the fifth floor. Minimalist decor (white walls, soft creamy-plaid blankets and gauzy beige curtains) inside the 10,000-square-foot spa puts the focus on a menu of 50 treatments, including the Traveler’s Tonic Massage ($110 to $205), which helps fight fatigue. Balance’s fitness center is the pièce de résistance, with a curved glass ceiling that allows natural sunlight to coax your workout along. www.balancespachicago.com