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King Spa & Sauna, Niles

809 Civic Center Drive, Niles
847-972-2540

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This opulent Korean-owned, internationally patronized jjim-jil-bang features hot tubs, steam rooms, Wi-Fi common lounge with chess boards, a movie theater, and a full-menu Korean restaurant. Less than two-thirds the price of a double in the Super 8 O'Hare buys you 24-hour access, where you can toast yourself in one of seven dry saunas—from the gold-plated Pyramid Room ("activates human bio-energy,") to the crystalline Amethyst Room ("prevents psychic attacks") to the blazing Fire Sudatorium (not for the pregnant). Chill out in the Polar Ice Room, call it a night in one of the overstuffed leather recliners in the unisex Meditation Room, and use the money you save for a forceful morning body scrub/massage combo. —Mike Sula

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