Memorial Day and summer vacations are upon us! That means we will be spending a lot more time in O’Hare airport over the next few months. Here to make your travel experience less stressful is the Terminal Getaway Spa, located right in the middle of Terminals 1 and 3 (you can access it through the other terminals as well).
Recently, I had the pleasure of spending time in the Terminal 3 spa for a manicure and pedicure with nail technician extraordinaire, Jillian Lawler. Jillian helped me pick out the right color – light blue, one of the biggest color trends of the season – then sat me down in a comfy seat equipped with phone charging plugs.
Before I get into the details of my incredible service, the most important thing to know about Terminal Getaway is that everything on the menu is listed with specific time increments – and they stick to it. Massage and nail services range from 10 to 60 minutes each, so you know exactly what you are getting into while you wait for your flight. Whether you’re on an extended layover or you’ve arrived early for a flight, there is time and space for you to get pampered at this spa.
The spa is magically sheltered from all of that airport background bustle, making it easy for me to peacefully enjoy my time chatting with and being pampered by Jillian.
Jillian gave me a dry manicure – which means no soaking was involved. The beauty of the dry manicure is that it saves time and makes the nails less susceptible to cracking and chipping. To ensure the manicure will last as long as possible, the techs use CND products. Jillian’s favorites include the cuticle remover gel (a key component of the dry manicure) and the sticky basecoat which sticks to both the polish and your nail to help extend the life of the manicure.
In terms of the facilities and tools, there are three massage rooms, several massage chairs, four manicure stations and at least three draining pedicure sinks (these are critical for sanitary reasons). All of the nail techs use a new set of tools for each guest and guests can even take the tools home if they like.
While waiting for my nails to dry, I bumped into nutritionist (and repeat TGS customer), April Winslow. As owner of Choose to Change Nutrition Services, she reiterated the importance of regular manicures and pedicures for health reasons. (Did you know cleaning up the nails and sloughing off dead skin cells allows oxygen to reach your blood stream?) Thank you, April, for giving me another excuse to pamper myself on a regular basis.
For your next visit to O’Hare, plan a visit to Terminal Getaway Spa. I guarantee it will make those layovers and flight delays much more tolerable.