Spa experiences in Evansville are just fine; really great, actually. With numerous day spas and massage therapists, traditional and new, more progressive treatments are available here. Worth the drive (or flight or train fare), though, is an indulgence at The Spa at Trump Chicago.
The 98-story Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, currently the 10th tallest building in the world, opened in 2008 on the Chicago River where the locally reviled Chicago Sun-Times building previously was sited.
The Spa at Trump is a luxurious 23,000-square-foot space located on the 14th floor that combines spa services; a well-equipped, state-of-the-art health club where guests exercise with a view of the Chicago skyline; and a 75-foot heated swimming pool.
During a May business trip, I booked a Trump Classic Massage. I arrived early enough at the property to enjoy a sip of wine at the Trump Terrace Lounge on the 16th floor. Though wine generally is not recommended before a massage, a glass of Cakebread sauvignon blanc was easily justified because of the view — one of the best alfresco views in the city.
I arrived two floors down at the spa with ample time before my massage with therapist Jon Meltzer. After resting briefly in the beautiful relaxation room, Meltzer led me to the massage room were I enjoyed the perfect Swedish-style massage.
The entire experience exceeded my expectations, which were high, given the Trump brand. After my massage, I took advantage of the steam room in the women’s well-appointed locker room, where guests may use essential oils offered to promote “Trump Inspired Personal Intentions” — purify, balance, revitalize, calm, and heal.