Beat the Winter Blues on Oak Street

It is easy to fend off a case of the winter blues during the holidays, when you’re enjoying festive meals and shopping for the perfect surprise present for your spouse.

But it can be a little harder to stay cheerful come early January, when your resolutions are already feeling impossible and there isn’t another holiday to look forward to for at least a month!

Fortunately, Oak Street has just the solution- or, actually, a few solutions- to your winter blues weariness! From delicious dining destinations to soothing spa treatments, there are plenty of ways to keep your spirits up during the long Chicago winter.

Look Forward a Little Bit

Just because it’s dull and dreary outside, that doesn’t mean that you can’t dream of better days! Have you got a vacation planned for the spring? Perhaps you already know that your significant other will be taking you on a romantic getaway somewhere tropical this Valentine’s Day?

It’s never too early to start shopping for great 2015 resort-wear! In fact, winter is actually the perfect time to do so thanks to off-season sales at all of your favorite stores like Kate and Jack Spade, Barney’s New York, Calypso St. Barth, and Jil Sander!

 Why wait? Go On a Mini Vacation

There are a number of hotels on Oak Street that can offer you all of the rest and relaxation that a longer vacation can for less time, money, and mileage if you can only get away from work for a weekend. Stay in and enjoy the view from The Four Seasons. Ease your soul and your eyes with the ‘no-color’ color palette that the rooms at Public Chicago feature.

Settle in next to the fireplace with a good book, a mug of cocoa, and a comfy blanket at the Waldorf Astoria. Whatever mini-vacation destination you choose, rest assured that a local escape weekend of decadent room service, unlimited hot water, spa treatments, and scenic views will be just what you need to get you out of the winter doldrums.

Boost Your Winter Beauty Routine

Whether you’re interested in a full-on makeover or just a massage, the beauty salons and spas at Oak Street won’t let you down! You can get a new do fit for a Vogue model at Marianne Strokirk, or you can just get lost in the 14,000 square foot Elysian Spa and Health Club at Waldorf Astoria.

If you fear your day-to-day schedule is too hectic for a dreamy spa day, don’t. You’ve got no excuse not to pamper yourself with the extended hours at Charles Ifergan Salon, which is recommended by celebs and locals alike.

Beat Those Winter Blues!

There’s no need to be weary so soon in the year, and there’s no need to be wary of taking a little bit of “me” time to make sure you start off 2015 on the right foot.  After a packed holiday season taking care of everyone else in your life, it’s time to take care of yourself now, with the many spas, retail therapies, and mini-vacation destinations that Oak Street Chicago has to offer you.

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