Chicago for a Girls Getaway

There are times that call for significant others, and there are times that require just the girls. Maybe it's a long overdue get-together with the besties from childhood who have scattered around the country, maybe a bachelorette party weekend or maybe just gathering a few friends from the suburbs for a weekend in the city and some good, old-fashioned girl gossip.

Chicago welcomes it all with outstreched arms—and plenty of fun and wine. Mix up the socializing with some sightseeing, shopping and culture, and it's the perfect blend for making memories and taking social-media-worthy selfies.

Spa Space

This urban chic spa in the West Loop pampers from head to toe, offering facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, body treatments, microdermabrasion and spa parties.

Urban Oasis

Focusing on body work, this peaceful spa lives up to its name. Massage options include Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, sports and bamboo fusion massage. Or try reflexology. M noon-8 pm, Tu-Th 10 am-8 pm, F 9 am-7 pm, Sa 9 am-6 pm, Su 10 am-5 pm.

The Second City

Second City has launched the careers of superstars like Bill Murray, Tim Meadows, Tina Fey and more. The theater’s three resident stages offer shows seven nights a week, with Saturday and Sunday “Best of The Second City” matinees for the earlybirds.

The iO Theater

This improv theater and training center boasts alumni such as Mike Myers and Amy Poehler. The space has four theaters and plays host to shows seven nights a week. Check website for schedule.

900 North Michigan Shops

The 900 North Michigan Shops offer six chic levels of shopping, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, along with Gucci and boutiques like J. Toor. Dining options include the Oak Tree Restaurant & Bakery. M-Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 11 am-6 pm (some stores and restaurants may have extended hours).

Chicago Architecture Center

For more than 50 years, Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) has been celebrating Chicago’s magnificent architecture. The foundation offers 85-plus docent-led tours, including Chicago’s most popular river cruise and many downtown walking tours that depart from its current location above the CAC River Cruise dock.

Three Dots and a Dash

A discreet location down an alley in River North just makes the reward all the sweeter: fresh tiki cocktails served in the most curious of barware, from conch shells to ceramic pineapples. The Polynesian touches are as sugary as the cocktails.

ENO

Wine, cheese and chocolate are the focus at this lively hangout in the InterContinental Chicago, with more than a dozen featured wine flights, 35 different cheeses from around the world, and an ever-changing list of gourmet and hand-made truffles and chocolates by local chocolatiers.

For The Win (FTW)

At FTW Chicago, you get to embrace your younger days with more than 130 arcade games and a virtual shooting lounge, while enjoying adult beverages. Su-Th 11 am-midnight; F-Sa 11 am-2 am.

Art Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s major museums, housing an extraordinary collection of objects from across places, cultures, and time.

Cindy's

Atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Cindy's affords some of the best views of Millennium Park from its outdoor deck. Without a reservation, expect wait times to be high, especially for the outdoor seating in warm weather. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).