If you do find yourself in Chicago and you need a massage like experience (trust me, you will), and your on a budget, check out these massage schools which offer student massages that are great and won’t cost you a fortune.
These are two inexpensive places for massage and bodywork in Chicago. This is where I went when i needed to de-stress when I lived there, which was all the time.
Cortiva has several locations all over the country. The one in Chicago is conveniently located in the Loop on State Street, very close to Millennium Park. They do good work and offer a basic Swedish session for a reasonable price. The waiting room is more soothing than most massage schools, despite being right across the street from the El.
When I wanted a more specialized form of bodywork, I would go to Pacific College. The emphasis there is on eastern healing and philosophy… acupuncture, shiatsu, Chinese herbs… Unlike Cortiva, Pacific College actually encourages its clients to stick to a therapist if they find one they like. This can help with conditions that are chronic so that the practitioner and the patient can create a gameplan for healing. But if you are just in town for a few days and are looking for more than Swedish, this is a good place to check out.
Just remember, these are both schools, so most of the time the bodywork you get will be awesome, but every once in a while you’ll get someone who isn’t as good. Try to be flexible, but if you really feel the work missed the mark, be sure to let the front desk know.