November Events in Chicago

The weather in Chicago may be dropping, but the fun is just getting started! Chicago has a full calendar of fun events during the month of November, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites via Time Out Chicago. Read on to find your own favorite new Chicago event!

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Mac and Cheese fest – Saturday, November 5

This cheesy event is back for its third year! Two, three-hour sessions will make up this event where guests can sample a number of mac and cheese dishes from local Chicago vendors. Vote for your favorite! General admission tickets include unlimited mac and cheese and five drink tickets. Visit the event’s website for more information.

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Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6: SOFA Chicago

Sculptures, objects, and functional art (SOFA) returns to Navy Pier this year as one of Chicago’s longest continually running art fairs. There are more than 80 galleries and deals featured and most of the items are available for purchase! A one day pass is $20 and a three day pass is $30 – talk about a bargain. Find more information on their website.

Photo via Chicago Mayor's Office.
Photo via Chicago Mayor’s Office.
Friday, November 18 – Friday, December 23 – Christkindlmarket
Chicago’s largest open-air market returns to Daley Plaza on Friday, November 18! Check out the market inspired by Nuremberg, Germany, a market founded in 1545, featuring iconic German items perfect for Christmastime. The event is free and open to the public and will have thousands of items available for purchase. Visit their website for more information.
Happy November!

Fly the Win, Cubs!

The Cubs play their fifth game tonight in the MLB Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The series is currently tied 2-2, so Game Five is crucial for the Cubs to clinch the win!

Chicago is definitely getting in the spirit of the series, especially because the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years!

We hope our guests and Chicagoans alike watch the game tonight – the first pitch will be thrown at 7:08PM CST.


Fly the W!

Pac-Man and the Hotel Industry

What do Pac-Man and the hotel industry have in common?  Apparently a lot, according to George Jordan, SVP of Operations at Oxford Hotels & Resorts and our General Area Manager.  George writes about the latest mergers and acquisitions in our industry in his latest column for Hotel News Now.

While the tourism industry was once booming with a variety of different companies and suppliers, it has now dwindled down to just a few major players gobbling up the competition.


Jordan writes, “In fact, the big brands read the writing on the wall quite a few years ago and telegraphed their intentions to the world. The internet had democratized the reservations eco-sphere because customers can now, with the click of a mouse, compare all hotels in a market, by location, quality, amenity and price. The telegraph read, “We’re protecting market share and have created a collection of unique independent hotels throughout the U.S. and the world that allows the discerning traveler more choice and still earn points.”

To read more about how the hotel industry has been affected by Pac-Man like metaphors, read this article in Hotel News Now.

And, given that election season is here, George also reminds us to get out and vote.  It doesn’t have a lot to do with Pac-Man but we agree – certainly important time to exercise that right.

Safe travels, all.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon returns to the city on Sunday, October 9. Although it’s too late to register to run it, there’s still plenty of time to make plans to attend the big event!


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Around 45,000 people will run the 26.2 miles around the city, and there are great tourist spots to check out the runners – from Chinatown and Lincoln Park to Millennium Park! There’s no better way to get into the Chicago spirit than by attending one of the city’s biggest events! The best part is, the event falls in the beginning of October – so we almost always have beautiful weather!

The race kicks off Sunday at 8am.

To find more information about the race, visit the Chicago Marathon’s website and check out this article from TimeOut Chicago.


October Events in Chicago

While the majority of Chicagoans are still mourning the passing of summer, us at Hotel Felix are unbelievably excited to take advantage of the coming months to do a variety of fun activities!

October is a great month to visit Chicago because not only do we look beautiful during the fall, but because we have events ranging from Oktoberfest celebrations to haunted houses at Navy Pier. Here are some of our favorite events to check out in October.

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  1. Octoberfeast on 10/4 – try a ton of Chicago’s best foods at the Bottled Blonde in River North, and continuing to local restaurants with a food tour! The afterparty will take place at Untitled Supper Club.
  2. Bank of America Chicago Marathon on 10/9 – The Chicago marathon returns to our city on Sunday, October 9! Cheer on the hundreds of thousands of participants and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. The finish line will be located in Millennium Park – a perfect place for photo ops and fall activities!
  3. Chicago Museum Week from 10/13-10/23 – Check out the best of Chicago’s museums for a number of special guided tours, exhibits, and discounts!
  4. The Massacre Horror Movie Marathon on 10/22 – The Portage Theater in Portage Park will be showing classic horror movies for 24 hours straight! Advanced tickets only cost $20.

Check out more fun things to do during October in this TimeOut Chicago article.

Happy Fall!

Free Museum Days in Chicago this Fall

Just because the weather is cooling down in Chicago doesn’t mean that the fun doesn’t have to end!

Starting in September, there are a number of museums throughout the city offering free admission days to some of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. What better way to see Chicago in the fall than by checking out some of the best culture in America?

Adler Planetarium – October 10 (Columbus Day), November 11 (Veteran’s Day), December 3-9

Museum of Science and Industry – September 26-30, October 4-6, November 3, 10, December 1

Field Museum – October 2, 16, 30, 31, November 27, December 3, 4, 18

Shedd Aquarium – October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31. November 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

The Art Institute – Thursdays from 5-8pm year round

Check out more information via Thrillist!

Work Hard, Play Harder at Hotel Felix

Work Hard, Play Harder!

It’s important to never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life for yourself. At Hotel Felix, we understand proportions and why they are important to our guests – which is why we created a fantastic deal for you!

Book our “Work Hard, Play Harder”* promotion now! Stay Sunday through Thursday for three nights and get 25% of our Best Available Rates on the third night of your stay.

Life is too short to worry about the small things and it’s important to take time for yourself! Visit our website for more information on how to make the most of your visit to Chicago.

Buckingham Fountain and Skyline

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Happy travels!

Take A Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of our hotel, Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel.

Have you ever wanted to take a tour of our hotel? No matter where you are in the world, you can visit us with our virtual tour video tour and photos.

We’re located in Chicago’s trendy River North neighborhood and we’re Chicago’s first eco-friendly and Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED) certified hotel.


When entering our hotel, guests are greeted by a ceiling-high mosaic of logs, a water pond, and delicate orbs floating over a gentle fireplace. These elements not only create a calming atmosphere throughout the lobby, but also symbolize an “earth, wind, fire, and water” theme that embodies our commitment to the environment.

bar_z Our inviting guest rooms incorporate a contemporary flare with luxury amenities, including: plush bedding, complimentary wireless high speed Internet access, 32-inch flat panel HDTV, comfortable and functional work desk, iHome, in-room safe, upgraded L’Occitane bathroom amenities, and bathrobes.



Book now and take advantage of our special offers. Safe travels, and we hope to see you soon.

Safe travels!

Famous Chicago Attractions to See

While many people choose to visit Chicago for our exciting nightlife, music scene and great shopping, there are a number of other famous attractions and landmarks that are worth checking out.

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Did you know that Chicago’s own Adler Planetarium is America’s first planetarium? With a wide variety of exhibits, the Adler Planetarium has set itself apart from the rest with different activities that vary throughout the year, including the famous Adler After Dark series.

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The Shedd Aquarium has been open since 1930 and was once the largest aquarium in the world. With over 1,500 species, the Shedd is an attraction not to be missed. Check out their website for information on special exhibits and discounted admission days.

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Not only is Soldier Field home of the Chicago Bears, but it’s also a concert haven for music fans. Some of the biggest names in music from Taylor Swift to Beyonce have performed multiple nights at Soldier Field. The stadium holds a number of events throughout the year and has a capacity of 61,500.

Check out this article on Thrillist for more great attractions to visit in Illinois.

Happy exploring!