All this took place at King Spa and Sauna in Niles, Illinois, and it cost 90 bucks. In addition to their often unpleasant yet somehow satisfying body scrub/massage, this place has hot pools, cold pools, restaurant, salt room "made of 350 million year old natural salt base rocks", amethyst room (interior walls entirely covered in amethysts), oxygen room, and ice room—all with heated floors to lie on. Photo gallery here. I ate a tasty plate of pan-fried dumplings at the restaurant and fell asleep on a faux leather lounger in front of a television. All the relaxation rooms have televisions because—how else could one relax?
But the business next door had the most important stuff—food. Super H Mart is a Korean mall including grocery store and food court. Still hungry, I ordered fried rice from Wang's that looked like nothing special but was indescribably delicious.
The fried rice of which I speak.
The grocery store proper carried a large selection of produce, seafood, and kim chee.
If I can't buy kim chee made fresh in front of me, I don't want it at all.
If you can't find kim chee here, that's on you.
Because folks can not live on one condiment alone, please sample these others.