• Trick or Treat Chicago style

    Posted on October 20th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Happy Halloween Chicago! Here at Hotel Felix, we can’t wait to break out our costumes, candy and pumpkin carving skills. If you’re like us and are eager to celebrate Halloween before October 31st, don’t worry – you can! In true Chicago fashion, the city has an endless array of activities to keep you in the Halloween spirit the entire month of October. Below is a list of a few Halloween activities that the Hotel Felix staff would recommend to our guests to enjoy while visiting Chicago.

    1. The Haunted House at Navy Pier, Navy Pier, October 2-November 2
    This year, the Haunted House at Navy Pier is back with a special Zombie Containment series. From the production team that brought Illinois The Fear and Statesville Haunted Prison attractions, the Haunted House at Navy Pier is not to be missed. Based on the premise that zombie’s have taken over Earth guests have a chance to see the undead firsthand on a floating zombie research facility. The haunted house during the day is ‘low scare’ with lights on. At night it becomes high scare as an interactive experience. Tickets are $12 during the day, $20 at night.

    2. Halloween Costume Party, 1501 N. Magnolia Avenue, October 25
    Chicago’s largest Halloween party is back again this year for more. As Chicago’s largest, longest running, and highest rated Halloween party of the season this is an event that’s not to be missed. Taking place in an old 5 building ice factory warehouse, there are three stages to choose from featuring DJ’s LEGO, David Sabat, CZBOOGIE, and Spence: Chicago. A costume contest with prizes, dancing, and haunted exhibits throughout the party round out the fun. Tickets are $75 in advance, $80 at the door.

    3. Northalsted Halloween Parade, Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison, October 31
    If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself into the Chicago Halloween festivities, look no further than the Northalsted Halloween Parade. The 18th annual Northalsted Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Northalsted Business Alliance. The parade invites all Chicagoans to dress up in their own costumes and march in Chicago’s largest Halloween parade. Prizes will be awarded for scariest costume, best adult costume, best couple costume, and more! Registration is free, but each participant must complete a registration form found on the Northalsted Business Alliance website.

    Whether you’re in the mood to have a trick or treat this October, Hotel Felix is happy to help you find an event to celebrate the season. Happy Halloween!

  • Green Travel Tips

    Posted on October 17th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    We love travel tips, especially when they’re green and eco-friendly! Travel Channel created a list of green tips, including renting bikes when on the road, using reusable water bottles and more.

    The idea of renting bikes is a great one and happens to be very easy when staying with us. A Divvy Bike station is just steps away from our front door. If you’re unfamiliar with Divvy, it is the city’s largest bike-share program where you can rent bikes for any amount of time – even just 30 minutes!

    To see the full list from the Travel Channel, click here.

    Divvy Bikes are a great way to get around Chicago

  • Spotlight on River North

    Posted on October 7th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    We’re thrilled to be featured in Choose Chicago’s blog, “Chicago Like a Local.” The blog spotlights our neighborhood, River North, and recommends Hotel Felix as the place to stay.

    We loved that the writer, Max Grinnell, noted that he loved “going green” and highlighted our Silver LEED certified features. Other spots in River North that were featured included Mercadito Counter, which serves breakfast all day long. Foodies and breakfast lovers rejoice!

    Other places noted also includes the restaurant near and dear to our heart (as it is adjacent to our lobby): Troquet River North, which features approachable French food.

    And of course, not to be missed is a little culture while traveling… Visit the Driehaus Museum, which boasts art and collections from the Gilded Age. To learn more about the museum and its hours, visit their website here.

    The full blog post, “River North Awaits, So Stay Overnight” can be found here.

    Thank you again, Choose Chicago.

    Choose Chicago - Chicago Like a Local

    Choose Chicago – Chicago Like a Local

  • Felix Means Happy

    Posted on September 26th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    The word “FELIX” is defined as HAPPY – which is exactly how we hope you will feel during your stay. Following are some of the offerings you can expect while you’re here at Hotel Felix:

    Rest and Relax at Hotel Felix Chicago

    Rest and Relax at Hotel Felix Chicago

    Naturally Unexpected – From the delightful dancing waters to the soothing energy and ambiance, you’ll be immediately embraced by its charm.

    - Take Comfort – In our comfortable and whisper quiet rooms, featuring luxurious linens and beddings, flat screen HDTVs, rainforest showerheads and upgraded L’Occitane bathroom amenities.

    - Eat. Drink. Be Happy – Have a delightful meal at TROQUET, our French Bistro and Bar. Relax by the fireplace in our Lobby Lounge and indulge in creative concoctions that cater even to the most discriminating connoisseur.

    Stress Less – The ASHA SPA features Aveda products, made with pure elemental oils. The art and science of vibrant flower and plant essences connect beauty, environment and well-being.

    Experience life’s little pleasures while you travel. To learn more about our hotel, please visit our website.

  • A Serious Green Vibe

    Posted on September 24th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    We have a serious green vibe and we’re proud of it. Thank you Stash Rewards for featuring us in your blog recently in the article titled, “5 Hotels with a Serious Green Vibe.” You can see the article in full here.

    The article’s author talks about how she was raised by tree huggers and how she does her part in helping the environment – well done!

    We’re in great, green company and pleased to be on the list from Stash.

    Stash

  • We’re Hiring!

    Posted on September 22nd, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Join our team – we’re hiring and expanding our welcoming and hardworking team. We continue to accept resumes or applications, and we are hiring for the positions listed below. We prefer applicants who have a minimum of two years of hospitality experience. We are looking to fill the following positions:

    -Full Time Sales Manager
    -Room Attendant
    -Part Time Bellman
    -Part Time Front Desk Agent

    Our hotel is Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel and we pride ourselves on our sustainable, green efforts. Apply to be on the team with “Scrappy,” our favorite dog in the sustainable family, who greets every guest with an ear to ear smile.

    In order to apply, please email resumes to employment@hotelfelixchicago.com, or walk-in to complete an application. We are located at 111 W. Huron Street in Chicago. No phone calls. We are an equal opportunity employer (EOE). We’re also pleased that more details on the Front Desk Agent were shared at this site.

    To learn more about Hotel Felix, please visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Hotel Felix is Happy. Naturally.

    Hotel Felix is Happy. Naturally.

  • We’re Blushing – Positive Reviews

    Posted on September 16th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Wow, we’re blushing! We’re thrilled to share new positive reviews that we received from our loyal and recent guests. It is our great pleasure to hear what others have to say after staying with us. We hope to see them again soon… and you too!

    Following are the recent positive reviews:

    – Connie: Perry and I stayed here and had a fabulous experience. The room was on the small side but the service was fabulous. We absolutely loved the bell man.
    – Vien: I had an amazing time in Chicago and the hotel was great the location was good as well the staff was very helpful my room view was super nice. I would definitely would stay for another visit i totally would recommend it to others.
    – Shannon: Wonderful hotel! The staff was amazing and took care of us before and during our stay. I would recommend to anyone staying in the area.

    We hope to see you the next time you’re in Chicago.

    Positive Reviews from our guests

    Positive Reviews from our guests

  • Hey Chicago, It’s easy being green

    Posted on September 8th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    At Hotel Felix, we’re incredibly proud to call Chicago our home. And as Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel, we love being based in a city where green efforts are embraced by fellow businesses. Chicago is no stranger to the green movement that has gained momentum in the past few years, and as a result any visitor has a plethora of businesses to choose from that produce their goods and services with the earth in mind. Below is a listing of a few green places that here at Hotel Felix we would recommend to our guests to discover while in Chicago.

    1. The Greenheart Shop, 1714 N. Wells Street
    Since 2007 the Greenheart Shop has devoted itself to fair trade practices while selling eco-friendly products to the people of Chicago. Their home decor, clothing, jewelery, and bath & body products are all beautifully handcrafted, and make perfect gifts for yourself or loved ones back home.

    2. Karyn’s on Green, 130 S. Green Street
    Founded by Karyn Calabrese over 20 years ago, Karyn’s on Green has established itself as a delicious force to be reckoned with on the Chicago culinary scene. With a menu that focuses on an earth-friendly, vegan approach you’ll feel earth friendly as well as stuffed by the time your meal is over.

    3. Chicago Gateway Green, 541 N. Fairbanks Court
    In a city that is often referred to as the ‘urban jungle’ Chicago Gateway Green is the reason Chicagoans breathe a little easier every day thanks to their concentrated efforts to beautify the city through their plantings and artwork. As you explore Chicago, you’ll see many of Gateway Green’s efforts such as the sculpture at O’Hare airport titled ‘The Runners’ by Theodoros Papagiannis or the many plantings that dot Chicago’s expressways.

    4. Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph Street
    Certified green by the Green Restaurant Association, Blackbird runs their restaurant with the ideals of water efficiency, waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable food among others in mind. A Michelin star restaurant, Blackbird is a luxury green dining experience that is certainly not to be missed.

    Whether your in the mood for green shopping, food, or admiring public art Chicago has all you need and more. Because regardless of what Kermit said, it is easy being green.

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  • Spotlight on our Team Member

    Posted on September 3rd, 2014 gjordan No comments

    We’d like to place a special spotlight as appreciation of one of our hardworking team members, Claudia Marchan. She’s been extra helpful in the past month and even took on additional tasks while one of our team members was on a much-deserved family vacation.

    Claudia had a great, positive attitude and we asked her three questions for the spotlight. Thank you again Claudia for your hard work and help.

    1. What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time and why?
    Claudia: I like to relax and enjoy some TV time with a good glass of wine.

    2. Where’s the last place you traveled or vacationed or where’s the one place that you dream of visiting?
    I was on a Carnival Cruise that took me to Florida and Cancun. One place I dream of visiting would be Jamaica. I have visited there before but it is so beautiful I would love to go again in the near future.

    3. What green practice do you do every day, either at work or home?
    I love to recycle both at work and home. I love the fact that I work for Hotel Felix, which has implemented this green practice into my daily routine. I started recycling at work and now make sure that I make good use of my recycling bin at home.

    Thank you again Claudia for all your hard work. To learn more about Hotel Felix’ green efforts, please visit here.

    Claudia Marchan sits in the lobby of Hotel Felix Chicago.

    Claudia Marchan sits in the lobby of Hotel Felix Chicago.

  • Chicago’s Comedy Scene

    Posted on September 2nd, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Chicago’s comedy scene is famous. It’s known as the “Second City” and so many great comedians started their career here If you are in the city and looking for a fun night out with a few laughs there are plenty of comedy acts, stand up and improve shows to choose from.

  • The Classic:
    The Second City is a historic comedy club in Chicago, with stars like Tina Fay and Horatio Sanz performing there. Although there are now Second City performances all of the world, The Second City theater in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago is where it all started.

  • The Second City, Chicago, IL  Picture by: SecondCity.com

    The Second City, Chicago, IL
    Picture by: SecondCity.com


    Take a twist on tradition and check out their Dinner & a Show packages. Taste the best of what Old Town restaurants have to offer while enjoying a show.
  • The Upset:
    The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere. They are known for hosting the longest running musical in the history of Chicago, as well as their uncensored comedy.

  • The Annoyance has many different types of shows throughout the year, from musicals to improve, check out their schedule for more information.

  • The New Kids on the Block:
    New to the Chicago comedy scene Stage 773 on Belmont Ave. opened its doors in 2010. Stage 773 is a multi-complex theater that is welcoming, nurturing and collaborative. Stage 773 hosts many different types of theatrical productions, including dramas, musicals, and more.

  • One of their most anticipated weekly events is the THORSday Night Showcase. THORSday Night Showcase a comedy variety show featuring sketch, improv, and stand up from Chicago’s hottest comedians. Get more information about Stage 773 shows here.

    There are many different types of entertainment in Chicago, but Chicago is famous for comedy. Not sure about these comedy clubs? Time Out Chicago offers more options on comedy events and entertainment in Chicago.