Get Pampered For Pennies–Our Favorite Spa Deals

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We think of days at the spa as special days (special days that often cost a lot of money). A true treat, and they can be a major decision that comes with a major price-tag. But what if your next spa day was, like, Tuesday? Getting pampered doesn't have to demolish your budget, and when you really get down to it, Chicago has an army of luxurious spas and salons that package their favorite services together to help you get your money's worth. Digging for (affordable) gold can be time consuming, which is why you have us to do the recon for you Whether you're taking beauty baby-steps or going for a serious overhaul (hey, we all have those days), or just feel the need for a little self-indulgence, you'll be spending smart. And anyway, while you're lying there getting treated like actual royalty, you'll feel like a million bucks.

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All spa images courtesy of the Spa at Equinox, Channings Spa, the Elysian Spa, Salon Blue, Spa Space, and Urban Chic.

1.Equinox Spa
We love Equinox as a gym (anything that gives us another spin around 900 North Michigan Avenue deserves some kind of award), and their Five-Pack Upgrade makes us love them as a spa too. Purchase any Five-Pack of 50-minute deep-tissue or Swedish massages through September 21 ($550-$575), and have them all instantly upgraded to 80 minutes. 900 North Michigan Avenue (at East Walton Street); 312-254-2500.

2. Channing’s Day Spa
You go to the spa to be pampered, but Channing’s Decadent Package has taken indulgence to a new level. Imagine a chocolate-truffle body facial paired with an aromatherapy facial all topped off with a hydrating eye treatment, for $180. It's the same principle as bundling your cable and phone services, but with much less stress. 54 East Oak Street (between North Rush Street and North Lake Shore Drive); 312-280-1994.

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3. Spa Space
Camp out for some serious “you time” with the Serenity Now Package at Spa Space. Starting off with a 50-minute massage customized to your body’s tension areas and pressure points (we have lots), Spa Space will also upgrade your standard mani/pedi to a Seasonal Manicure and Signature Pedicure with paraffin. Almost three hours at the spa for $160? We’re very much in. 161 North Canal Street (between West Lake and West Randolph streets); 312-466-9585.

4. Urban Spa Chic
Just because you may not have the time to spend hours upon hours at the spa doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy all of the perks. Taste of Heaven is the perfect fix for the woman about town, complete with a 30-minute facial, 30-minute massage, and signature manicure for under $100 ($99, to be exact). You may be busy, but you have time for this. 1401 Hubbard Street (at Noble Street); 312-492-8050.

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5. Salon and Spa Blue
Beauty is pain, you know this. But Salon and Spa Blue's waxing special somehow hurts less. Book your next bikini- and brow-waxing at the same time, and get $10 off the whole uncomfortable experience. This one is only available Wednesday through Friday though, to get ready for the (wink) weekend. 2915 North Sheffield (at Oakdale Avenue); 773-525-2583.