I've been a loyal customer of "The Art of Healing" since the first salon was on Division St. in Wicker Park. The salon on Ashland was always a pleasant experience. This new space is no longer a salon. It is has metamorphasized into a luxurious day spa. It's like entering a world of beauty, peace, and tranquility. Allyu (pronounced ah-you) is decorated in a modern Moroccan style using only earth- friendly organic materials throughout the entire spa. At the center of the spa is the 'meditation' area where you can relax and sip a glass of cucumber or lemon water before or after your massage. There are plenty of private rooms to handle every service they offer. There's three private shower rooms, a infrared sauna room, a separate area for manicures and pedicures, and even a double sized massage room for couples. There's lot parking and street parking for those who drive. The Riverwalk area also has the restaurants "Japonais" and "Kitch'n" for those who want to have a good meal. The entire experience from the first moment you're warmly greeted to the blissful feeling you have when you exit, is truly wonderful. I hope more people from the entire Chicagoland area discover and treasure this remarkable gem.
I found Spaforever by chance. I received an email from Pretty City and saw that they had some Feb discounts. Looked at the spa's offerings and thought Spa forever would be a good choice. I was SO right! It was easy to get to and parking is very easy. I was greeted politely and introduced to my aesthetician who led me to the room. The details as you enter upon the spa rooms was nice. It was very calming and relaxing and it smelled great. I was not sure if it was vanilla but definitely pleasing to the smell. I had the forever facial and it was great! We spoke for a few minutes on what was going on with my skin and she suggested a gentle peel and she explained everything without talking too much and let me relax. The neck, shoulder and arm massage was great. Don't change a thing!! I did not want to leave. My face felt great and I was SO relaxed. I will definitely be back. I booked a massage for my next visit and I hope it is as great as the facial.
SpaForever is my favorite budget massage place in the City of Chicago! It's a (big) step above the budget massage chains that emphasize quantity over quality, and is affordable enough that I've able to go every few months for the last 3 years! The front desk staff is always friendly, the reception area is cute and hip, and all of my masseuses have been professional and super-skilled. It doesn't have full spa amenities like showers and steam rooms, but with that location and those prices, I don't miss them one bit. I'm a big sucker for customer loyalty punch cards (one of the reasons why I only go to one place for manicures)--and I've almost racked up my first free massage. I'm also glad I signed up for the email list, because they tip me off to insanely good secret promotions like $49 one-hour massages. I recommend this place to all my friends.