Christkindlmarket Returns to Chicago in One Month

Whether you want to admit it or not, the holiday season is right around the corner! Here at Hotel Felix, we can’t be more excited for the holidays! What better way to celebrate than with a trip to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket?

The market, a Chicago staple, opens a month from today, on Friday, November 17.

Never been before? Make it a mission to go this year! More than 50 food and beverage vendors attend and offer German and European treats. There are also handcrafted ornaments and nutcrackers available to purchase. Click here to read more about the event from Time Out Chicago.

Mmmm German candy 🇩🇪🍬🍫

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Happy holidays!

Rave Reviews Of Our Hotel

Chicago is one of the best cities in the world. We have a never-ending list of new things to do, food to eat, concerts to attend, sights to see, and new people to meet. What more could you want out of a city?

If you’re thinking about visiting Chicago soon and booking your stay with us, maybe these reviews of our hotel will finally convince you to book that trip. We pride ourselves in providing excellent service to our guests and continue to positively influence our world and environment. We are happy to be Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel.

Check out these kind words about our hotel and book your stay today!

Spend Your Friday Night On The Chicago Riverwalk For Friday Night Flights

Do you love beer, Chicago, and experiencing all that the city has to offer? Friday Night Flights is perfect for you! The festival returns to the Chicago Riverwalk, just minutes away from our hotel, for a special Oktoberfest Event this Friday, October 13.

Photo Credit: Choose Chicago

Chicago Friday Night Flights is back on the Chicago Riverwalk for a special Oktoberfest edition on Friday, October 13!

The event, taking place right off of the Chicago river, has over 20 participating breweries and will also offer Oktoberfest themed food and live music.

Tickets are $15 and you can pre-order yours here.

The event will feature beer from the following breweries. Read more about the event in this Choose Chicago article.

  • Hopewell Brewing Company,
  • Cruz Blanca Cerveceria
  • Illuminated Brew Works
  • Haymarket Brewery
  • Eataly’s Birreria
  • Revolution Brewing
  • Argus Brewery
  • Old Irving Brewing Company
  • On Tour Brewing
  • Finch Beer Company
  • Pipeworks Brewery
  • Begyle Brewing Company
  • Half Acre Beer Company
  • Dovetail Brewery
  • Lo Rez Brewing
  • Whiner Beer Company
  • Goose Island Brewing Company
  • Aleman Brewing
  • Baderbrau
  • Marz Brewing Company
  • Rock Bottom – Chicago
  • Spiteful Brewing

Happy Oktoberfest!

 

Cheer on The Chicago Marathon Runners This Weekend

The 40th Chicago Marathon returns this weekend on Sunday morning, and we’re excited to be spectators for the big event!

More than 40,000 participants will be gathering at the start line in Grant Park early Sunday morning (around 5:30AM) – Columbus and Monroe, to be exact.

We have the inside scoop on the start times thanks to DNA Info:

7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start
7:21 a.m. – Handcycle Start
7:23 a.m. –  Athletes with Disabilities Start
7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start

Are you heading to Chicago this weekend to cheer on a loved one? You can track their progress and even send them a “good luck” message that appears on big screens at miles 13 and 27! Click here to enter your message.

Get inspired and ready to run (or cheer) this weekend with this awesome video of the marathon course, featuring footage from a Drone! Thanks to Virtual Scribe on YouTube.

Good luck this weekend!

Ways to Spend Your Time During Fall in Chicago

Fall brings cooler weather, which means you can enjoy a day outside without the sweltering heat of summer. We’ve compiled a list of all the fun things to do in Chicago to get you out of the house and into those giant piles of leaves that were made for jumping into. Plus, getting outside and enjoying fall is the best way to spend your weekend Happy, Naturally.

For the outdoorsy-type:

The best pumpkin patches near Chicago

For a date with you and your beau:

The best apple picking near Chicago

For a fun workout:

Rent a bike and plan your route here

For a day spent like a tourist:

Enjoy the architecture tours on the river

For a true October experience:

Visit Oktoberfest for brews, brats and bands

For a music-filled weekend:

Honor the best of Chicago blues

For a spontaneous lunch or dinner:

Because nothing says “fall” like food trucks

For your favorite place to stay:

LEED certified and right downtown? Yes, please!

Happy fall!

Celebrate Happy Hour at Troquet River North

With the sun shining this week and sky high temperatures rocking Chicago, what better way to celebrate the last few days of warm weather with a visit to Troquet River North for Happy Hour?

Troquet is a french bistro located right next door to our lobby that serves breakfast lunch and dinner. Happy Hour takes place Sunday through Friday from 4:30-7pm, including deals like:

  • $4 beers
  • $4 truffle fries
  • $5 house mixed drinks
  • $5 salmon rillette
  • $6 glasses of house red & white wine
  • $6 croque monsieur & croque végétarian

To see other specials that Troquet offers, click here to visit their website.

Things to Do in Chicago This Fall

While the official start of fall isn’t until Friday, Sept. 22, we’re definitely in the fall mindset! We are seeing the leaves start to change, the temperature is slowly dropping and we’re making the change from iced to hot coffee.

A lot of people say that Chicago is the best in the summertime, but we think that it’s just as fabulous during the fall! Time Out Chicago has compiled a great list of things to do in Chicago this fall and we’re excited to share our favorites. To read the post in its entirety, click here.

Photo Credit to Huffington Post.
  1. The Chicago Humanities Festival – This year’s fall fest includes a huge variety of talented thinkers, innovators, and creators who will be leading discusses around the theme of “belief.” Some highlights are writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jill Soloway, Al Gore and more. Click here to visit The CHF website.

    Photo Credit to Time Out Chicago.
  2. Football Season – Who doesn’t love a good football match at Soldier Field? We love supporting Chicago sports teams, and The Bears is no exception. Plus, Soldier Field recently added a whopping 17 new food items on their menu, including crab salad, buffalo mac and cheese, steak tacos, and more. To see all of the new menu additions, click here.

    Photo Credit to Time Out Chicago.
  3. Halloween – Here at Hotel Felix, we never think you’re too old to celebrate Halloween! There are plenty activities for kids, a ton of movie screenings, haunted houses, and plenty of local activities to visit throughout the Chicagoland area, like Six Flags Fright Fest, and a TON of corn mazes. See what else Time Out Chicago recommends doing to celebrate Halloween.

Are you ready to book your trip to Chicago this fall? Click here to stay with us!

Happy fall!

 

 

Tablet Hotels Recommends A Stay With Us

Do you love traveling but hate dealing with the stress that comes with picking a hotel to stay at and also booking it at an affordable price? Look no further: Tablet Hotels will help you out!

Tablet Hotels has been offering “effortless online booking at the lowest available prices, and live, dependable customer service” since 2000, “in search of a cure for boring travel and an antidote to the internet’s most common affliction: an overdose of options.”

Visit their website to get more information.

We’re thrilled to be featured on Tablet Hotels’ website, showcasing our Silver LEED Certification and our “occasional nod to Chicago’s long history of modernist architecture and design.”

 

Below are a few photos from the article: click here to see what else Tablet Hotels had to say about our hotel!