The best Chicago staycation ideas
Written by Taylor Walton

The best Chicago staycation ideas

These Chicago staycation ideas include modern rooms with amazing amenities, classic comforts and fun activities.

Whether you have extra vacation days to burn or need some time away from your cramped studio apartment, a Chicago staycation is the perfect solution. Without spending a fortune on flights, you'll be able to disconnect and recharge while enjoying the best things to do in Chicago, as well as the city's top restaurants and iconic attractions.

Treat yourself to a spa day

Experience the ultimate form of rest and relaxation with a spa day. For a luxurious pampering, book a treatment at Chuan Spa in The Langham or Kohler Waters Spa. Prefer to dip your toes in the water? Then visit hidden oasis for a peaceful retreat. You can just explore the indoor and outdoor baths—ranging from frigid to hot and incorporating steam, salt and jets—or add on a relaxing massage. The spa also offers packaged experiences for one or two people such as the wine bath, where you’ll take advantage of the antioxidant properties of grapes with a 30-minute soak and cranial massage and an hour-long massage with grapeseed oil.

Catch a live show at a theatre

With numerous theaters around town, you can catch live performances of plays, musicals and more any night of the week. For the most options, make your way to Chicago’s Theater District to find long-running productions as well as popular touring shows like The Book of Mormon, Aladdin and West Side Story.

Check out the city's best museums

Whether you’re interested in art, history, science or architecture, Chicago is home to some of the best museums in the world. To make the most of your time, head to the Museum Campus, where you can spend an entire day exploring three different cultural institutions. Check out towering dinosaurs, ancient artifacts and royal Egyptian mummies at the Field Museum, or marvel at the Shedd Aquarium’s captivating world of penguins, whales, sea lions and other marine mammals. If that’s enough, the Adler Planetarium awaits with its dazzling sky shows, exhibits dedicated to astronomy and the largest public telescope in the city.

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