AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago

Chicago blogger Jessica Sturdy reviews AIRE Ancient Baths.

One of the things I made sure to do before I left Chicago was visit the new AIRE Ancient Baths that opened not too long ago! (I actually went twice… Once to experience everything firsthand, the second time to quickly shoot the photos you see here before the spa opened in the morning!) I already can’t wait to go back again once I’m home. The entire experience is incredibly relaxing and you should absolutely add it to your Bucket List. Especially as it starts to get cooler, it’s the perfect indoor pampering sesh.

Jessica Rose Sturdy at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago wearing a black one piece.

AIRE (pronounced Ai-Re) is hard to find if you don’t know where you’re looking! It’s in West Town on Halsted, just south of Chicago Ave. When you see the logo painted on the brick, turn the corner and find the little alleyway with a leather couch… That’s the entrance! It’s right in the heart of the city, but once you’re inside, you’ll think you’ve been transported to a world far, far away.

Jessica Sturdy wearing a low cut black swimsuit at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago

There are a bunch of different pools to dip in and out of throughout your time at AIRE… A salt water bath for floating, the bath with jets, the cold plunge, the hot bath, the warm bath, the steam room, the swim-under indoor/outdoor pool with a waterfall, and a sea salt exfoliation area. There are probably a few more I’m missing, too…

Health and wellness blogger Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins reviews AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago.

You take it all at your own pace! Switch between hot and cold water to rejuvenate your joints and muscles while resting your mind. Phones aren’t allowed (you can leave them in your locker), so it’s a forced (and very much-needed) time of disconnection. If you’re anything like me, it takes a minute or two (or 30) to actually decompress and get comfortable with the art of doing nothing. I didn’t bring a book or anything to read, nor did I see anyone else occupying themselves with anything but their thoughts… The space is truly just meant for being.

Fashion blogger Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins wearing a black one piece with shoulder ties in a dark pool.

The ambiance throughout the space is pretty magical, too… The lights are low, the pools are dimly lit, and you’re surrounded by plenty of candles. It’s incredible!

Fashion blogger Jessica Sturdy wearing a black one piece swimsuit with a deep V at AIRE Ancient Baths.

I also opted for a 30 minute massage, which was the perfect way to unwind! If you have a hard time relaxing when there’s nothing to occupy your thoughts (🙋🏼), I’d highly recommend doing a quick meditation before you go in. And you definitely can’t go wrong with starting your experience off with a massage before you enjoy all of the different baths!

Travel blogger Jessica Sturdy at the Chicago location of AIRE Ancient Baths in a white robe.

Each reservation lasts for two hours after your selected start time… I did a 9am start on a Tuesday (perks of making my own schedule), and I only saw a handful of other guests enjoying the baths during the 90 minutes I was there. However, I know they do limit the number of reservations each hour so it will always feel like an intimate experience!

Travel blogger Bows & Sequins reviews AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago wearing a deep V black one piece simwsuit.

Oh and FYI: If you’re not headed home afterwards, there are showers with L’Occitane products and blowdryers in the locker room after you’re done!

Fashion blogger Jessica Sturdy wearing a black Aerie Deep V One Piece Swimsuit at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago.

AIRE Ancient Baths Chicago indoor outdoor swim-under pool.

It was crazy… Even when you’re outside in this pool, all you hear is the cascading water from the waterfall. You really do forget that you’re in downtown Chicago!

Jessica Sturdy reviews AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago. Pictured here in a black swimsuit in the outdoor pool.

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Blogger Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins reviews the new AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago.

Lifestyle blogger Bows & Sequins floating at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago.

Jessica Sturdy wearing a black one piece swimsuit at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago.

Bows & Sequins at AIRE in Chicago wearing a black swimsuit.

Bows & Sequins at AIRE Ancient Baths in the Caldarium hot bath.

A girl floating in the Flotarium salt bath.

Jessica Sturdy at AIRE Ancient Baths outdoor pool with fountain in West Town.

Bows & Sequins wearing an Aerie one piece swimsuit.

Chicago fashion blogger Bows & Sequins in the cold plunge pool at AIRE Ancient Baths.

Blogger Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins relaxing at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago in a black swimsuit.

Lifestyle blogger Jessica Sturdy wearing a black one piece swimsuit at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago.

Bows & Sequins wearing a deep v black one piece swimsuit at AIRE.

Bows & Sequins in the Flotarium salt bath at AIRE in Chicago.

Fitness blogger Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins in the Frigidarium cold plunge pool at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago.

Travel instagrammer Jessica Sturdy at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago wearing a white robe.

Jessica Sturdy of the fashion blog Bows & Sequins wearing an Aerie black one piece swim suit with ties at the shoulder.

Bows & Sequins in the Frigidarium at AIRE Ancient Baths in Chicago.

Have you been to AIRE before?! There are other locations in New York, Barcelona, Sevilla, Almeria, and Vallromanes. Soon to be London, Copenhagen, and Paris, too!

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5 Comments

  1. 10.10.18
    Peppermint Dolly commented:

    STUNNING photography – I love the use of light and the water reflection – amazing job. Also, I very much want that swimsuit – great choice!

    Rebecca | http://www.peppermintdolly.com

    • 10.10.18
      Jessica commented:

      Thank you! Melissa and I really had fun with this one. We typically only shoot outdoors or indoors if it’s super well lit, but this was a fun change of pace. After I visited the space and wished I had my phone to capture how stunning it was, I coordinated coming back for this shoot with their PR team.

  2. 10.10.18
    Alyssa commented:

    These photos are STUNNING! Gorgeous, incredible, I could seriously go on.
    I have always wanted to try one of these ancient baths but I have such a hard time shutting down my brain, that I’m scared I won’t be able to truly enjoy it.

  3. 10.10.18
    R commented:

    Beautiful photos! I recently moved to Chicago and I need to check this place out. It’s going to get in the 30s tomorrow, so… probably sooner than later.

  4. 10.10.18
    Sg commented:

    Been there twice and highly recommend for reducing stress. It’s wonderful.