The holiday season, while joyful, can also bring about stress due to a variety of reasons. From planning family gatherings to gift shopping and busy schedules, it’s important to find moments to relax.

Unwinding might look different for each of us but however you choose to find your zen, we can ensure that you will find it throughout Chicagoland. Follow our lead as we share the wealth of relaxing things you can indulge yourself within the Chicago Northwest suburbs.

The Salt Escape

Step into a space offering a unique and rejuvenating experience unlike any other at The Salt Escape. The Arlington Heights spa is crafted entirely of Himalayan Salt imported from Pakistan and will impress all who step in. Visitors can immerse themselves in the salt or lay in any of the comfortable zero-gravity chairs inside during a 50-minute session. Whichever way the salt cave is enjoyed, breathing in the micro-sized salt particles will help cleanse the respiratory system, promote relaxation, and boost overall wellness.

Eaglewood Resort & Spa

Tranquility and impeccable hospitality come together at Eaglewood Resort and Spa. The Itasca hidden gem is a haven for those seeking a full indulgent retreat during this time of year. Guests can expect upscale hotel accommodations, but the allure of Eaglewood extends far beyond its luxurious rooms. The resort is home to an 18-hole golf course, a golf simulator, multiple dining options, a bowling alley and a world-class spa. Nothing says R&R like putting on a robe and slippers and treating yourself to a spa service. Your mental and physical well-being take top priority whether it’s a massage, facials, or body treatment.

BullsEye Axe Throwing Lounge

Let’s be candid, sometimes the best way to deal with dress is by releasing some frustrations. At BullsEye Axe Throwing Lounge, trained staff members ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. There’s just something about throwing an axe that stimulates both our mental and physical being. It’s no surprise this ancient activity has taken off in popularity in recent years. Whether you're aiming for the bullseye or simply seeking the satisfaction of hitting the target, BullsEye offers a unique blend of fun, challenge, and camaraderie.

Lynfred Winery

Sometimes a glass of wine is just what we need to take the edge off and the team at Lynfred Winery are the calming experts. The Roselle treasure holds the distinction of being one of the oldest and most renowned wineries in Illinois. A combination of gentle craftsmanship and top-tier wine cellar conditions result in Lynfred’s award-winning wines. One could argue the heart of the Lynfred Winery experience lies in its tasting rooms. Guests can enjoy tastings, flights, and wines by the glass within the cozy space. Bottles are also available for pick-up for those who prefer to enjoy from the comfort of their home.

The Bakester

For some, relaxing often comes in the form of a warm cup of tea. There's something about sipping on the hot beverage that encourages mindfulness, invites us to slow down and savor the present moment. The Bakester in downtown Arlington Heights offers a charming high tea experience for tea aficionados or those looking to sip some comfort. Herbal teas like chamomile are known for its ability to soothe nerves and promote better sleep. The patisserie also serves  freshly baked desserts and custom cakes made from scratch – perfect for pairing with tea.

Remember, the holidays are about joy, love, and connection. Prioritize what matters most to you and allow yourself the grace to enjoy the season in a way that brings you happiness and peace. For those that turn to a great bite to feel better, we have you covered too! The Chicago Northwest is home to a diverse list of incredible restaurants.

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