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 Photo: Banana Split Facial at the Spa by ASHA at The James Chicago
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Chicago's Best Facials: Banana Split Treatments, Ayuervedic Assessments, and More

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Photo: Banana Split Facial at the Spa by ASHA at The James Chicago

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When the seasons change (or, in Chicago, the hours), it's a great time to get a facial. From treatments that moisturize the skin in the most luxurious way to a new service that takes less than hour to make skin look dewy and fresh, here are seven of Chicago's hottest facials of the moment.


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1. Leah Chavie Skin Care Boutique

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2457 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 327-7051
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Beloved among local taste-makers and socialites, Leah Chavie offers a Stem Cell facial that's said to give skin a luminous glow. The treatment begins with a micro-needling of the face. Then pure stem cells are applied to help the body replace damaged skin cells with new, more youthful looking ones. The service typically costs $275, but Chavie will offer $100 off to anyone who mentions this Racked feature. [Photo: Courtesy of Leah Chavie]

2. Buff Beauty

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2231 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 904-8065
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Buff Beauty is a hidden gem in Lincoln Park, recommended to us by a pro makeup artist. Owned by two industry pros who wanted to create the spa they'd like to visit, the cozy spot offers Caudalie Vinothérapie facials ($165 for 75 minutes) that regenerate moisture levels through a long massage, and accelerates cellular renewal to improve skin texture. [Photo: via Buff Beauty]

3. Spa Soak

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1733 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 395-9000
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Spa Soak's treatments use a customized blend of essential oils, plant extracts, vitamins, and minerals. The "Essential Facial" ($90) uses cleansing, exfoliation, massage, serums, and masks to balance the skin. Optional add-ons include the "Copper Eye Treatment," which brightens under-eye circles and gives skin a healthy boost of antioxidants. [Photo: via Facebook]

4. Elysian Spa & Health Club

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11 East Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 646-1310
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The Elysian Spa & Health Club has a new SilkPeel Dermalinfusion treatment. The treatment includes non-invasive exfoliation with customized skincare solution, and is said to deliver results (read: silky skin and that beloved post-facial glow) within approximately 30 minutes. [Photo: Courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago]

5. The Spa by Asha at The James Hotel Chicago

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55 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-1000
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The Spa by ASHA at the James Hotel has new KidSpa treatments that are available for tweens and teenagers. The Banana Split Facial ($85) skips the extractions to be gentle on first-time spa-goers, but it includes a strawberry cleanser, a banana-scented mask, a chocolate scrub, a vanilla moisturizer, and soothing bouts of steam and massage. Bonus: there's a pop-up ice cream shop in the hotel's lobby, perfect for a post-facial treat. [Photo: courtesy of Spa by ASHA]

6. Acchaa

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500 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 321-0011
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This Ayuervedic spa in River North has an Essential Balancing Facial ($90 for 60 minutes; $135 for 90) that includes an Ayuervedic assessment that helps determine a customer's individual skincare needs. The calming, spiritual-feeling treatment also includes a foot soak, essential oils, and a special (short) ceremony that dispels bad energy from the room. Products come from Eminence Organics and SkinCeuticals.[Photo: Courtesy of Acchaa]

7. The Spa at Trump

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401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 588-8020
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The Spa at Trump is here to save dry skin. Its Dermal Quench Facial ($250), is a hydration treatment that combines oxygen, vitamins, and hyaluronic serum under hyperbaric pressure. The result? Reps say the service results in healthier and younger-looking skin—instantly. The treatment is particularly good before a special event or to help cure jet lag. [Photo: Courtesy of the Spa at Trump]

1. Leah Chavie Skin Care Boutique

2457 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Beloved among local taste-makers and socialites, Leah Chavie offers a Stem Cell facial that's said to give skin a luminous glow. The treatment begins with a micro-needling of the face. Then pure stem cells are applied to help the body replace damaged skin cells with new, more youthful looking ones. The service typically costs $275, but Chavie will offer $100 off to anyone who mentions this Racked feature. [Photo: Courtesy of Leah Chavie]
2457 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Buff Beauty

2231 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Buff Beauty is a hidden gem in Lincoln Park, recommended to us by a pro makeup artist. Owned by two industry pros who wanted to create the spa they'd like to visit, the cozy spot offers Caudalie Vinothérapie facials ($165 for 75 minutes) that regenerate moisture levels through a long massage, and accelerates cellular renewal to improve skin texture. [Photo: via Buff Beauty]
2231 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Spa Soak

1733 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Spa Soak's treatments use a customized blend of essential oils, plant extracts, vitamins, and minerals. The "Essential Facial" ($90) uses cleansing, exfoliation, massage, serums, and masks to balance the skin. Optional add-ons include the "Copper Eye Treatment," which brightens under-eye circles and gives skin a healthy boost of antioxidants. [Photo: via Facebook]
1733 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Elysian Spa & Health Club

11 East Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60611
The Elysian Spa & Health Club has a new SilkPeel Dermalinfusion treatment. The treatment includes non-invasive exfoliation with customized skincare solution, and is said to deliver results (read: silky skin and that beloved post-facial glow) within approximately 30 minutes. [Photo: Courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago]
11 East Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611

5. The Spa by Asha at The James Hotel Chicago

55 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611
The Spa by ASHA at the James Hotel has new KidSpa treatments that are available for tweens and teenagers. The Banana Split Facial ($85) skips the extractions to be gentle on first-time spa-goers, but it includes a strawberry cleanser, a banana-scented mask, a chocolate scrub, a vanilla moisturizer, and soothing bouts of steam and massage. Bonus: there's a pop-up ice cream shop in the hotel's lobby, perfect for a post-facial treat. [Photo: courtesy of Spa by ASHA]
55 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Acchaa

500 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
This Ayuervedic spa in River North has an Essential Balancing Facial ($90 for 60 minutes; $135 for 90) that includes an Ayuervedic assessment that helps determine a customer's individual skincare needs. The calming, spiritual-feeling treatment also includes a foot soak, essential oils, and a special (short) ceremony that dispels bad energy from the room. Products come from Eminence Organics and SkinCeuticals.[Photo: Courtesy of Acchaa]
500 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. The Spa at Trump

401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The Spa at Trump is here to save dry skin. Its Dermal Quench Facial ($250), is a hydration treatment that combines oxygen, vitamins, and hyaluronic serum under hyperbaric pressure. The result? Reps say the service results in healthier and younger-looking skin—instantly. The treatment is particularly good before a special event or to help cure jet lag. [Photo: Courtesy of the Spa at Trump]
401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611