With Chicago still clutched firmly in the chilly grip of winter and icy winds blasting the city streets, it’s perhaps little wonder that Red Square is doing so well - but this curious amalgam of sauna, bar and restaurant is guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart and impart a glow from head to toe. Originally dating from 1906, the Division Street Russian and Turkish Baths have seen everyone from Jesse Jackson right back to Al Capone passing through their hallowed doors, and in their latest, updated and upgraded incarnation you’ll find women just as welcome as men with pristine, if basic facilities, and a relaxed, but professional vibe.
While the large 180 degree dry sauna is coed, the rest of the bath house features separate steam rooms, Jacuzzis and clothing optional lounges for men and women, with towels, sheets, wraps and robes laid on for the less demonstrative, and a simple massage menu encompassing Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone, plus tanning beds, facials and nail care. Finish your experience with a shot, or three of vodka and a spoonful of caviar (American Hackleback) and step back into the mad March air with a Russian spring in your step. Tvajó zdaróvye!