With big cities like Springfield and Chicago and regions that boast an abundance of natural beauty like Pana and Galena, the state of Illinois is an alluring holiday destination. It’s also home to a collection of tranquil spa resorts, where you can relax, recharge, and escape the stress of everyday life. From extensive spa packages to in-room Jacuzzi’s and family-friendly hotspots, read on to discover our picks for the best spa resorts in Illinois.
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The crème de la crème of spa resorts in Illinois, Eaglewood Resort and Spa is just 26 miles from Chicago. The 295 rooms and suites at this 4-star hotel boast panoramic views of the 18-hole championship golf course in addition to private balconies, in-room coffeemakers, and pillow-top mattresses. Soak up the area’s beautiful rural setting, then head to the full-service spa for a day of pampering. Indulge in a Swedish Massage or Soothing Lavender Wrap, then refresh with an Organic Aromatherapy Facial or manicure. There are even spa services for teens. Afterwards, enjoy the hotel’s indoor swimming pool with a sun deck and bowling alley.
A resort where it’s seemingly impossible to be bored, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa has a heated indoor pool, golf course, full-service spa and plenty of outdoor activities like canoeing, kayaking, fishing and hiking trails available. There are 80 rooms in the main inn and 300 villas, which range in size from one to eight bedrooms. Sitting on a beautiful 6,800-acre site, the villas are popular with larger groups who want to take advantage of amenities like fully-equipped kitchens, separate living and dining rooms and furnished balconies. The on-site spa is a haven of tranquility, where 10 treatment rooms offer couple’s massages, organic facials and reflexology in addition to a state-of-the-art steam room.
Lincolnshire Marriott Resort is a beautiful 175-acre property with a luxurious day spa, PGA Championship Golf Courses and renowned Marriott Theatre. Pick up hot coffee at the on-site Starbucks or dine on Midwest cuisine with locally sourced ingredients at Three Embers steakhouse, then take a dip in the pool or head to the spa for head-to-toe pampering with eye treatments, body wraps, makeup services and massages. Retreat to your King Room with coffee makers and pillow top mattresses, or head out for a day trip to nearby Six Flags Great America or Downtown Chicago, just 35 miles away.
Pheasant Run Resort is considered the largest entertainment resort in the Midwest and is a 250-acre retreat with an 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service spa and a lively indoor replica of New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. There’s even an on-site theater and comedy club, a terrace with a fire pit, DJ pool parties and an arcade. The spa here doesn’t disappoint, as they’ve got a full range of services that include body scrubs, wraps and facials in addition to couple’s massages designed to re-invigorate you. Retreat to an apartment-style Bi-Level Whirlpool Suite for a whirlpool tub and Fox Valley views, or stay in the Bi-Level Family Suite for bathrooms and living areas on both floors.
Oak Terrace Resort and Spa offers an alluring escape just an hour from Springfield in Pana, where the beautiful retreat overlooks a wooded space and lake. The day spa is renowned for its spa packages that include full body massages, facials, aromatherapy, body wraps and manicure and pedicures. There are 37 rooms with golf course views to choose from, which also include private balconies and access to an indoor pool and hot tub. Upgrade to a two-bedroom Fairway Townhome or enjoy private whirlpool baths in the Lakeside Villas. Play a round at the Oak Terrace Golf Course, then dine on steaks, seafood and pasta at Mulligan’s Bar & Grille.
Nestled in a 150-acre estate in Oak Brook just west of downtown Chicago, Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort is home to the 18-hole Championship Willow Crest Golf Club. Resort-style leisure comes easy with its sparkling pools and high-tech golf simulators in the Tin Cup gastropub, while Monarch Spa treats guests to body treatments, facials and in-room massages. For a luxurious overnight stay, book a One Bedroom Presidential Suite for 780-square-feet of space, black-out curtains, whirlpool bath and premium TV channels in addition to panoramic views of the city and golf course.
Offering an impressive amount of amenities, Chestnut Mountain Resort is located amongst the hills overlooking the Mississippi near historic Galena. Enjoy a romantic midwinter escape or an action-packed ski trip at this resort, then unwind and re-charge in the 100-room slope side lodge with gorgeous vistas and Jacuzzis just steps from the Village Ski Center. There are plenty of perks to staying here, from the indoor pool and sauna to the fun-filled game room, while year-round adventures include alpine slides, zip lining, snowboarding, hiking and biking. Enjoy fine dining cuisine at Sunset Grille, or watch the latest game with craft beer and fine wine at the Summit Sports Bar.
The only hotel on the shore of Lake Michigan, Illinois Beach Resort & Conference Center is located in a beautiful state park just 40 minutes’ drive from Chicago. The Lakeside Restaurant pairs prime rib and beer-battered Atlantic cod with views of the beach below, while the on-site spa boasts a Classic Swedish Massage, Aromatherapy Massage and Hot Stone Massage. Spend your days touring Jelly Belly’s Warehouse, hiking in Illinois Beach State Park or playing games in the on-site arcade, then return to the hotel and unwind in a luxury suite. The Lake View Suite comes equipped with a king-size bed, Jacuzzi tub and balcony overlooking the lake.