Your little neighborhood bubble has everything you need, except 14th-century massage techniques and ridiculously fluffy robes.
For those, you have to travel (just twenty minutes) to Essence MedSpa & Wellness Center in Edgebrook. The new 10,000-square-foot sanctuary is decked with treatment and steam rooms, yoga classes, saunas, a kinesis trainer, cafe, and ergonomic resting pods.
Services are thorough and plentiful: Masks, peels, and microdermabrasion are served a la carte. A rubdown with steamed herbs is fashioned after a 600-year-old Thai massage. And a deep pore-cleansing facial is worth the pain for the glowy aftermath. As is the commute.
Essence MedSpa & Wellness Center, 6413 North Kinzua Avenue, at Devon Avenue (773-763-1212 or essencechicago.com).
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