Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.
Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.
After pursuing a media-focused career, during which she worked for MTV and in marketing, advertising, and special events for an entertainment company, Jennie Channer collaborated with her father and brother to open a full-service salon and spa in 2007. Today, the Chicago native's team of skilled stylists, colorists, and spa specialists attracts an assortment of clientele, including a woman who's been coming in every other week since opening day and a 4-year-old girl who refers to each staffer as "girlfriend" or "boyfriend." Clients can choose from a variety of salon-spa services, ranging from haircuts with coloring to pampering packages specifically designed for expectant mothers. Because Blueberry Moon is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa, all products are composed of 96%-naturally derived ingredients extracted from high-quality botanicals and distilled Mother Nature kisses.
Before officially opening the doors to the public, Jennie put the salon-spa?located inside a building more than 100 years old?through a complete gut renovation to unearth its rich history and hidden brick walls. She then added morsels of local history by installing fixtures she acquired from a local salvage yard, including the former front door of a demolished Gold Coast mansion and an old printing table from historical Printers Row. Jennie has also been modernizing the salon-spa to minimize its effect on the environment, incorporating technologies such as a reverse-osmosis water-filtration system and energy-efficient light bulbs filled with immortal fireflies.
A stay at W Chicago City Center places you in the heart of Chicago, steps from Chicago Board of Trade Building and Skydeck Ledge. This 4-star hotel is close to Willis Tower and Art Institute of Chicago.
Make yourself at home in one of the 403 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and plasma televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Premium TV channels and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on recreational opportunities including a nightclub and a fitness facility. This Beaux Arts hotel also features a concierge desk, gift shops/newsstands, and tour/ticket assistance.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Planning an event in Chicago? This hotel has 14,000 square feet (1301 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
As you float weightless in the darkness, your mind begins to wander. Your breathing slows, and your thoughts quiet as you sink into a state of meditation. These sensations might not occur for all visitors to the isolation tanks at SpaceTime Tanks Floatation Center, but there's a good chance the process will at least help them relax. Technicians start by filling each eight-foot tank with 10 inches of water heated to the average temperature of human skin. Then they add 800 pounds of Epsom salts to the mixture so that the human body floats effortlessly on the water's surface. Between each session of blissful sensory deprivation, the technicians sterilize the ventilated tanks with a mixture of ozone, hydrogen peroxide, and diatomite earth filters.
Outside the tanks, the staff eases customers' tension with more hands-on techniques such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage. They can also fit clients with headphones and LED light goggles for light and sound therapy, during which rhythmic visual and aural stimulation synchronizes brain waves to basic mental states, such as relaxed wakefulness or sadness that Friends is over. Building on the idea of soothing sound, the NexNeuro system uses motion, acoustic vibration, and music to promote calmness.
When guests come in for Center Nails’ signature manicure and pedicure, they’re in for a treat. The spa’s nail specialists begin by immersing their clients’ hands and feet in an organic aromatherapy soak, which softens skin while treating the senses to intoxicating aromas. Next, they alternate wrapping hands and feet with lavender paraffin and warm towels, massage skin with an organic moisturizer, then color nails with coats of non-toxic polish. These treatments are only the beginning of an extensive list of nail services that also include no-chip manicures, nail art, and silk wraps.
Center Nails and Spa also flaunts signature facials for women and men, the former boasting extractions and a custom mask and the latter focusing on easing razor burn and revamping hydration levels. Advanced skin treatments such as diamond microdermabrasion and lactic-acid peels make skin look younger without resorting to invasive facelifts or harsh dimple-implantation procedures. The spa doesn’t skimp on the rest of the body, either, as their massage therapists knead muscles with custom strokes and waxing specialists swiftly remove hair from men’s and women’s bodies.
When asked to describe The Palmer House Hilton, most will probably mention its soaring columns, ceiling murals, and elaborate wall sconces. But there's more to this historic Chicago landmark than just a pretty face—specifically, it hosts Lockwood Restaurant & Bar, an upscale eatery celebrating all the flavors to be gleaned from fresh, natural ingredients. Chef Joseph Rose and Sous Chef Valeria Benner craft entrees with ingredients reaped nearby, such as meat and eggs from Slagel Family Farm in Fairbury, fish harvested from Lake Superior, and produce from their own rooftop garden. They pair this farm-to-table feast with an extensive wine list featuring hundreds of vintages from all over the world. Inside, the restaurant bears all the same earmarks of century-old elegance as the grand hall that serves as its lobby. Plush carpets and dark wood paneling anchor a dining room of marble walls and etched-glass partitions. Massive chandeliers hang overhead, bathing the space in a warm, flickering light that hearkens back to an age of chilled martinis, flapper dresses, and unstable power grids.