Galos Caves

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Galos Caves
4.5
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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ChicagoLynda
Naperville, IL79 contributions
Last Saturday afternoon, I visited Galos Caves on Irving Park in Chicago with my friend Lisa (who has been many times & loves it). What a wonderfully relaxing place! The "cave" is a medium size room (guessing 30 by 25 feet) which has been completely covered in salt crystals. Combined with the diffused lighting - some are placed inside of conch shells positioned high and low on the walls and columns - there is a nice, serene glowing atmosphere. There are stalactites hanging from the ceiling. You must bring a pair of clean, white socks (cannot wear them there - need to change into them) as the floor is covered in salt crystals a few inches deep. Upon entering, you need to find a chair (very relaxing anti-gravity lounge chairs) and a blanket (the temp is a little cool.) At the beginning of a session (Adults pay $15 for 45 minutes) a soft recording recommends that you walk a few minutes through the crystals to absorb the minerals and for a nice foot massage. The lights then dim and light tempo classical music plays over the sound of waves with occasional sea gull calls. I can't speak about the health benefits of the minerals, but I can say it is a very soothing environment and at the least a great place to nap. If you like to chat alot or are claustrophobic, this may not be the place for you. There are even times which welcome children - there is a little sandbox and toys to occupy them. Reservations are recommended - there are only about 12 chairs in the room and they are open 7 days a week, 9am - 9pm. Appts are on the hour.
Written September 10, 2009
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arriveanddepart
Chicago, IL96 contributions
Jan 2012 • Friends
I always get a kick out of bringing a new friend or family member to the Galos Salt Caves. This time, my stepdaughter wanted to decompress from a recent, stressful medical trip and flight back to Chicago. We entered the otherworldly salt cave and walked around on crushed Russian rock salt in our white socks for about ten minutes. The walls are formed from bricks of the same salt and the ceiling is crafted in faux stalactites, which are still nonetheless appealing. We ultimately seated outselves and leaned back into comfort on the zero gravity lounge chairs, while salt lamps embedded in the wall shed their glowing subtle light. After that, it was nothing but 45 minutes of blissful meditation while peaceful New Age music played and sounds of the sea accompanied our bask in the salty air. I feel the salt cave helps my sinuses and allergies, and my stepdaughter found the entire experience to be a relaxing welcome back home.
Written January 26, 2012
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Tomas A
Chicago, IL1,048 contributions
So i received a groupon of this facility for a bday gift ive done many different types of spas all over the u s a and mexico. this salt cave was a first for me tho i as was skeptical and not sure what to expect so i made my appt i arrived was told to take my shoes off place them in a cubby i was guided to the salt cave where there was salt on the floor a foot deep and the walls and ceiling where covered lights are dim soft ocean noice and music laid back in there zero gravity chairs and 45 minutes later it was done and to be honest i really felt a difference in my breathing and my smell and i felt very relaxed and stress free i do recommend it if this is your type of thing or your not sure do try it really does do something and works i truely did feel better after words
Written May 17, 2015
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Lulabell2014
Chicago, IL92 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
Located on the Northwest side of the city - this place is really a hidden treasure. I just love this place.

I try to visit it about 6 times a year. I would go more often - but just don't have enough time to do it more often.

Go on line and check it out. Reservations needed and about 2 times a year - you can purchase a package for five sessions for only $35.00 dollars.

I treat several friends once a year to this place and I even take my husband. He really has enjoyed this place.
Written March 6, 2015
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Trish0905
Villa Park, IL40 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
Unique experience. $20 PP/45 min. I was very relaxed when I left the cave. I would definitely go back again! I would have given it 5 stars if it had been for a whole hour, but like I said, they only give you 45 min. Still, a pretty cool place.
Written July 22, 2014
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Hannahbears_mom
Tempe, AZ561 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
As part of my birthday treat, my girlfriend bought us a 45 minute stay at the Galos Caves. I was pleasantly surprised by how relaxing sitting in a salt cave was! I'm glad they had the blankets as I would have been a chilly mommy afterwards! I admit, I was VERY relaxed, almost to the point of falling asleep before being brought back to the 'real world'. I hope we have something like this in Arizona....I could really use this on a weekly basis for stress relief!
Written October 8, 2013
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ORRNROSE
Chicago, IL157 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
Used a Groupon for a single visit. Seemed kind of contrived. If I want to meditate, I'll do yoga or get a massage.
Written March 14, 2013
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karen f
Bartlett, IL127 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
if you need to dump the mind, rest the body, and relax this is the place to go. the caves are made of salt from the black sea. you go in lay back listen to soft music and let the salt work its magic, rub your feet in it, your hands, or just breath in. when you walk out you feel clean, a bit salty you can taste it on your lips kind of like when you get out of the ocean it is well worth it. 45 minutes of relaxation. then next door is a great polish restrauant
Written February 13, 2013
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Te R
29 contributions
Aug 2011 • Solo
I had business in Chicago, so my long anticipated visit to the Galos Caves - the only salt cave I could locate in the Midwest - was unconvincing. I appreciate many ways to wellness, and had done a lot of searching to understand why sea salt is beneficial for health - it seems logical. However, I can't determine by my visit whether there are really any healing benefits from visiting this cave. Testimonials indicate that respiratory illnesses were alleviated and that it's a peaceful and stress-relieving event to sit in the cave, and particularly with repeat visits. Nothing noticeable happened during or after my session. The cost is ok- about $15 for a 45-minute session, if I lived close enough to go repeatedly and test it over several sessions I would do that. The cave was empty when I went in at about 4:45 pm on a weekday. The chromatherapy is pleasant, as is the children's play area - like a sandbox (but with salt) with toy shovel, bucket and dump truck. I would also like to take the small children in my life and see how they respond- children will more quickly respond positively to wellness therapies.

This might be a nice place to chill while in the area, for travelers who want some nice downtime with their kids or just for adults - a refuge from a hyperstimulating world and daily stress.
Written March 29, 2012
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Alice D
Des Plaines, IL81 contributions
Jan 2017
it only last 45 minutes but between the soft music that encourges you to take slow deep breaths it is a wonderful break from reality. Also good to help me clear my sinus just relax
Written January 20, 2017
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