Our Hotel Wins Fodor’s BEST Award

We are thrilled to share that we have recently won another award – Fodor’s BEST Award! Fodor’s Travel is the leading name in travel guides and has been for over 80 years. Many editors and writers from Chicago have evaluated our city’s hotels and selected Hotel Felix as one of the best budget hotels in Chicago. 

Not only are we eco-friendly and emphasize the importance of sustainable practices, but we also make sure our rates are affordable without losing the unique elements that make us a boutique hotel that stands out from the rest.

Thank you to Fodor’s Travel for giving our hotel a platform! Click here to book  your visit with us today.

Happy Friday!

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Chicago

Did you know that Chicago is home to one of the biggest Chinatowns in North America? We’re excited to be celebrating Chinese New Year in Chicago this month, beginning February 16 and running though March 4. 2018 is the year of the dog!

Visit the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday, February 16 for a kickoff celebration! The Chinese Fine Arts Society kicks off with dance, music and martial arts. The Chongqing Chuanju Opera Theatre, who will be in town from China, will be giving a special sneak peek of their upcoming performance at Symphony Center on February 17.

The following weekend brings special events to Navy Pier! Their celebration is a family-friendly event with performances, art, food and more to celebrate the year of the Dog. The event will feature performances from award-winning dance troupes and special martial arts demonstrations.

For more info and other events happening in Chicago during Chinese New Year, click here.

Our Hotel Receives TripExpert’s 2018 Experts’ Choice Award

We are happy to share that we have received TripExpert’s 2018 Experts’ Choice Award – which is based on over 1 million reviews. The reviews are composed of 85 travel guides, magazines and newspapers.

We are honored to be receiving this award – one that is awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Having a TripExpert Score of 70 or more
  • Being in the top 10-20% of comparable venues in the same destination.
  • The score is based on how many publications have recommended our hotel.

We thank TripExpert for giving our hotel this platform and for the visitors who have stayed with us during the past year. We look forward to welcoming even more visitors in 2018!

 

Soak Up The Snow!

Who says the best things to do in Chicago are in the summer? We’re enjoying the weather while it lasts, including our favorite spots for sledding, ice skating, and indoor activities for those who prefer to not bundle up. Enjoy!

Visit the Wild Reef Exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium
Experience the thrill of being not-so-dangerously close to the sharks!

Go ice skating at the John Hancock Observatory
Take the opportunity to skate 1000 feet in the air on the 94th floor of this iconic landmark, while taking in to die for views of the city.

Take a snowy selfie with #TheBean
Make a beeline to Millennium Park the moment you see signs of snow for your meet-and-greet with “The Bean,” the famous sculpture and #1 Chicago sight.

A play date with a polar bear
Meet Siku, the 1,000-lb polar bear who’s a resident of the Walter Family Arctic Tundra, one of several new habitats at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Relax in a rooftop snow globe
What better place to watch the snow fall?

Sledding at Soldier Field
North of the field, you’ll find a 35-foot-tall hill perfect for a smooth ride down as you get a view of the lakefront.

Get Ready For Spring in Chicago With New Divvy Features

If you have stayed with us before, you know how much we love taking advantage of Divvy bikes in Chicago. We even have a Divvy bike station just a couple blocks away from our hotel at the intersections of Chicago and Clark.

Divvy bikes are a great way to get around the city, not to mention great for the environment! Divvy has recently announced new pricing structures as well as new features.

Starting on February 1, Divvy will grant unlimited 30-minute rides for $9.95 as well as a new Explorer pass. The Explorer pass costs $15 and lets riders take bikes up to three hours at a time during a 24-hour period.

According to StreetsBlog, there were 3.8 million trips on Divvy bikes in 2017 – which was 200,000 trips up from 2016.  We are super excited to take advantage of these new features come February and hope that our guests try Divvy, too!

Click here for more information on the new updates, via Time Out Chicago.

 

Flashback Friday to Eco-Chick’s Visit to Our Hotel

Last year, we were excited to welcome Lindsey Brown to our hotel. Brown is a blogger for Eco-Chick, which is “the world’s first sustainable living site for women.”

Brown, who is the managing editor. focuses on sustainable fashion, health and travel. We think that our hotel was a perfect match to host her during her time in Chicago!

Here’s a quote from her piece:

“I found Hotel Felix to be equal parts luxurious and environmentally innovative. I appreciated the small details at Hotel Felix during my stay such as its use of gorgeous reclaimed materials throughout the hotel, smart lighting and energy conservation in my room, the abundance of natural sun exposure, and even some ethical art.”

Here are some photos from her visit:

You can read the entire post here.

 

Happy Friday!

 

Celebrate January With These Fun Events

Happy New Year, Chicago!

We’re excited for another great year. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite events taking place in Chicago this month – be sure to get out and explore!

Ice Skating in Millennium Park: A classic Chicago activity! The rink will be open until March 4. Admission is free: you just have to pay to rent ice skates. Have fun!

Donut Fest: The trip to Wicker Park is DEFINITELY worth it for this festival! Try samples from a ton of Chicago donut and coffee shops on January 28. Grab your tickets today before they’re gone.

Chicago Restaurant Week: One of our favorite events returns from January 26 through February 8. Choose from a variety of Chicago restaurants, that are offering prix fix lunches, brunches and dinner. To see the list of restaurants participating, click here.

See a full list of events via Time Out Chicago. Happy 2018!

Book Your New Years Eve Stay With Us!

While the end of the year can be a stressful time for many, we are here to make it easier for you!

Are you looking to book a stay in Chicago for New Years Eve? Look no further! Travel + Leisure recommends our hotel in Chicago for an “especially hip New Years.” Traveling doesn’t always have to be expensive, and we’re here to host you in comfort and style without breaking the bank!

Thanks again to Travel + Leisure for featuring our hotel. Click here to read the entire article.

Happy holidays and Happy New Year!

Throwback Thursday to Gringa Journeys’ Stay With Us!

We love when international travels make the trip to Chicago: there’s so much to do and see and we always make it a priority to give our guests the best possible experiences during their visits. Travel blogger Leah Shoup from Gringa Journeys visited us over the summer and had some great things to say about her visit!

Click here to read her entire post on her stay with us.

“When browsing hotels, Hotel Felix caught my eye as the first eco-friendly hotel in the city with silver LEED certification. I always like to stay in comfort, but when my stay can have an eco-friendly impact as well, all the better. In fact, Hotel Felix prides itself on making its guests ‘happy naturally’.”

“If you’re looking to take your relaxation to another level during your stay, make sure to check out the on-site spa. Moreover, the Hotel Felix also offers other amenities, including the fitness center, business center, and the lobby lounge.”

Thanks for visiting, Leah! If you’d like to book your stay, click here.