• Folk Fridays at Troquet River North

    Posted on February 11th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Fridays are perfect for live music! Troquet River North, the restaurant adjacent to our lobby, has a special night of music and great drink specials every Friday.

    From 8-11 p.m. every Friday night through April, you can purchase the Town Branch Flight for just $25, which includes TB Pearce Lyon Reserve, TB Bourbon, TB Rye, and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. There are also $8 moonshine and bourbon cocktails as well.

    Troquet River North has arranged a great lineup of live performers as well – following is the complete list to date:

    February 12th – Rob Anderlik
    February 19th – Ben Barefoot
    February 26th – Coyote Riot

    March 4th – Dime Store String Band
    March 11th – Crazy Heart
    March 18th – Eric Lambert
    March 25th – Laura Joy

    April 1st – Robert Rolfe Fedderson
    April 8th – Jaik Willis
    April 15th – Ben Barefort & the Handshakes
    April 22nd – Trillium
    April 29th – Bourbon Aristocracy

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    We hope to see you at Troquet for Folk Fridays soon! Cheers!

  • Fat Tuesday Celebrations

    Posted on February 9th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Every year, we celebrate Fat Tuesday – also known as Mardi Gras – with our entire team. Everyone working is invited to join in on a delicious (and big!) feast.

    This year, Troquet, the restaurant adjacent to our lobby, created a unique menu again for us complete with gumbo, cornbread and honey butter. Is your mouth watering yet?

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    Plus, in true Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday tradition, we had a King Cake where one baby was hidden in it. As the tradition goes, whoever eats the piece of cake with the baby in it, is then crowned the “king” or “queen” of the celebration. Marissa Kuck, our director of human resources and accounting, had the slice of cake with the baby in there. This also symbolizes luck and fortune but what she doesn’t know is that it also means she’s responsible for buying next year’s cake! We’ll see if she abides to tradition… or maybe we’ll let her off the hook!

    Here’s Marissa as “Queen for the Day.”

    Queen for the Day - Marissa found the baby in her cake, which symbolizes luck and good fortune.

    Queen for the Day – Marissa found the baby in her cake, which symbolizes luck and good fortune.

    Fat Tuesday is a fun time to gather the team and enjoy a great lunch – following are a few more photos from the afternoon:

    Mardi Gras Celebrations 2016.

    Mardi Gras Celebrations 2016.

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    Mardi Gras Celebrations 2016.

    Mardi Gras Celebrations 2016.

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    Happy Fat Tuesday!

  • Welcome to Tranquility

    Posted on February 4th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Time to relax and unwind! Here at Hotel Felix, we strive to give you the best experience when you visit our hotel and the exciting city of Chicago. After a long day at a work conference, hectic travel or even just shopping on Michigan Avenue, the perfect way to end the day is at our Spa Boutique. Guests often say a little spat time eases away all the stress and worries.

    This February, we’re wishing you much love and tranquility with all that you find meaningful. We have a number of wonderful treatment options depending on your spa preferences: Massages, facials, nails or waxing. To see a full listing of our treatments, simply click here

    A few of our spa specials include:

    Rest Massage:
    This deeply relaxing treatment features long, connective strokes designed to soothe and ease fatigue and calms the nervous system.

    Pure Results Facial:
    This active organic facial uses a high performance enzyme peel to target the signs of aging, plump and firm the skin and reduce fine lines.

    Upgrades to treatments:
    Eye Contour Treatment: This facial add-on will reduce puffiness, fine lines and under eye discoloration.

    Body Melt Stone Therapy:
    Soothing hot stones create a delicious and penetrating effect on fatigued and achy muscles.

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    We hope you’ll find tranquility and relaxation when visiting our Spa Boutique. To learn more or make a reservation, please call 312-256-8000. Our spa welcomes guests of the hotel along with local area Chicagoans as well.

    Relaxation awaits at the Spa Boutique!

  • Exciting Openings this February in Chicago

    Posted on February 2nd, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Here’s to Spring! It looks like Chicago will be getting an early Spring this year, thanks to the groundhog that did not see his shadow this week. With that being said, there’s no better time than now to check out all of the exciting openings in Chicago that are taking place this month.

    Grab your (light) coat and some comfortable shoes get out there!

    Weekends in February:

    February 6 – Attend “the world’s biggest bar crawl” at Navy Pier to celebrate Mardi Gras.

    February 13 – Pay a visit to the Chicago Handmade Market at the Empty Bottle.

    February 14 – Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade.

    February 21 – The Chicago Auto Show is back at McCormick Place.

    February 27 & 28 – The famous Randolph Street Market returns to the Plumbers Union Hall.

    To see the rest of the exciting events that are opening this February, visit Time Out Chicago here.

    Happy Adventures!

  • Spend Valentine’s Day at Hotel Felix

    Posted on January 26th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Chicago is the third biggest city in the United States, which means we have a (seemingly) never-ending list of restaurants, bars and shops to keep you entertained for any occasion. We believe there’s no better city (or more romantic city) to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other.

    This Valentine’s Day, we are offering a wonderful Valentine’s Day Package to celebrate with your special someone. The Romance Package runs through February 14 and includes accommodations for two in one of our luxurious guest rooms and a bottle of champagne delivered to your room. That means you don’t have to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the actual holiday to take advantage of this sweet room package and deal.

    To book a room, visit here.

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with passion and excitement…the Hotel Felix Way!

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  • Adler After Dark

    Posted on January 19th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Although many people believe that visits to the planetarium should be reserved just for children, the Adler Planetarium has another idea in mind.

    The Adler Planetarium, located in Chicago’s South Loop, has a monthly exhibit that invites adults 21+ up to explore the planetarium with drinks and entertainment. On every third Thursday of the month, it offers unique entertainment that’s perfect for local Chicagoans or tourists.


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    A $20 ticket gives you access to the following:

    - Full access and admission to museum exhibits and galleries
    - Unlimited sky shows in our 3 state-of-the-art theaters
    - Special guests and lectures
    - Stellar hands-on educational programs
    - Access to the Doane Observatory (weather permitting)
    - Live entertainment
    - The best view of the skyline from anywhere in Chicago!

    The next event is Thursday, January 21 and it will feature the topic “First Contact,” which includes a variety of exhibits that show us what would ever happen to Earth if we ever encountered alien civilizations.

    To learn more, visit the Adler Planetarium’s website.

    Happy exploring!

  • Chicago Cubs Convention: Need a Hotel?

    Posted on January 13th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    At Hotel Felix, we are fans of Chicago’s very own Cubs. So much so that our own “doorman” Loren sported his Chicago Cubs shirt until the very end when they fell to the New York Mets.

    But luckily for all Cubs fans, we still have the 2016 Cubs Convention to look forward to on January 15 to January 17. And if you still need a place to stay, we have you covered. If you book a stay on our website, we will give you 15% off our Best Available Rate.

    With tremendous Chicago skyline views, plush furnishings, and high-tech amenities you’re sure to stay comfortable while reveling in all things Chicago Cubs over the three day convention. We offer non-smoking King, Queen, and Double bed rooms with complimentary high-speed internet access and L’Occitane bathroom amenities. For a complete description of our rooms and availability please visit HotelFelixChicago.com.

    To book, reserve your room today through our website at HotelFelixChicago.com. We hope to see you soon and Go Cubs Go!

  • Indulge in Chicago Restaurant Week

    Posted on January 13th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    It’s the most delicious time of the year in Chicago, and each year at Hotel Felix we look forward to indulging in Chicago Restaurant Week. And never fear – there will be food featured beyond our city’s famous deep dish pizza.

    With cuisine that ranges from French, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Korean, and more at over 250 restaurants, there is something for even the pickiest of eaters to enjoy. The best part? You’re able to purchase special prix fixe menus at participating restaurants with reduced prices.

    While reservations are not required, they are strongly recommended, especially for some of Chicago’s hot spots. Chicago Restaurant Week takes place January 22 to February 4. A complete listing of participating restaurants will be posted at EatItUpChicago.com in early January.

    And remember, be sure to check out Troquet, the restaurant adjacent to our lobby, that’s participating as well. You can see their menu here:

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    Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to enjoy Chicago’s finest restaurants and cuisine.

    Bon Appetit!

  • Visit Troquet During Restaurant Week

    Posted on January 11th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Troquet River North, the approachable, upscale, French restaurant adjacent to our lobby, is participating in Chicago’s delectable Restaurant Week.

    More than 350 restaurants will be featured from Jan. 22 – Feb. 4. Plus, more than 50 of them are new to the event as first time participants. All participating restaurants will offer price-fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 for dinner. This is a great way to get a taste of Chicago’s best restaurants in a much more wallet-friendly way. Save a little, enjoy a lot!

    Troquet River North will be offering dinner options for $33 – a great price for the three course meal. The first course is unique in that it has a selection of three cocktails accompanied by a Cider and French Cheese Fondue. You will get to choose from an assortment of mouthwatering cocktails and delicious entrees.

    To make a reservation, call 312-202-9900. Enjoy and let us know what you explore in Chicago during Restaurant Week!

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  • Green Resolutions for the New Year

    Posted on January 6th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Most New Years resolutions tend to be personal and vary between individuals. The most popular often range from getting into shape, less time using technology, etc. But what would happen to the Earth if we all agreed to integrate eco-friendly resolutions into our daily routines? One thing is for sure: we would be one step closer to saving our environment.

    Kevin Pink, writer for the Center of EcoTechnology, has a few green resolutions to try for the new year. We thought these were great ideas for green resolutions to incorporate into our daily routines. You can see the full article here here. A few tips from the article:

    1. Save energy. Determine your energy use, then figure out how you can reduce it by a significant amount.

    2. Choose green energy.

    3. Commit to reuse. Bring your own bags when you go shopping. Stop drinking bottled water and carry a high-quality reusable water bottle. Make your coffee at home and use a thermos or reusable mugs. These little steps can save you a lot of money and are great ways to reduce waste at the same time.

    4. Don’t trash it, donate it! Thinking about renovating in 2016? Carefully deconstruct and donate your kitchen cabinets. If you have some extra tiles, molding, or even screws, donate them to EcoBuilding Bargains or other eco-friendly organizations instead of throwing them out. If you’re cleaning out your closet, remember to keep your local Goodwill Industries in mind.

    5. Travel smarter. If you can, bike or walk to work, and watch the holiday pounds melt away! If you can’t do that, talk to some coworkers about carpooling. You’ll reduce wear and tear on your vehicles, save gas, and reduce carbon emissions, all of which will save you money!”

    To read the rest of the article, click here.

    We hope you decide to integrate a few of these resolutions into your life. Let us know if you do!

    Happy New Year – we wish you a happy, healthy and green 2016!