• How to Explore Lake Michigan This Summer

    Posted on July 20th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    The gorgeous (albeit hot) weather in Chicago continues! What many might not know is that Chicago is called the “third coast.” And for good reason – we have the wonderful Lake Michigan that’s accessible for all and just steps away from our hotel. With beautiful weather all summer long, there are a number of great activities to do during the warmest months of the year on the lakefront.

    Chicago skyline
    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/zrfphoto

    The Chicago Air and Water Show returns this summer on August 20 and 21. Watch from the beach or from a boat and you’re guaranteed to get some great views of the military and civilian pilots. Or, simply walk around downtown Chicago during the Air & Water Show days and you’re bound to see some exciting jets zooming overhead.

    Young man practicing on Lake Tuz, Turkey
    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/BERKO85

    The 18-mile Lakefront Trail is a great way to see the city, get some fresh air, and exercise all at the same time. The trail starts in Edgewater and ends in Jackson Park on 71st Street. There are a number of parks, beaches and museums along the way that you can visit. Be sure to check out their individual websites to learn their hours and costs.

    We encourage travelers and Chicagoans alike to take advantage of the beautiful weather in Chicago during the summer, because it won’t last forever.

    If you visit Chicago this summer, let us know what attractions and restaurants you visit – we’d love to hear from you!

    #HappyNaturally

  • Museums to Visit in Chicago

    Posted on July 13th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Chicago is home to a variety of arts, culture and music. We have a number of amazing museums that are famous worldwide. If you’ve visited our hotel before, you know we’re a fan of the arts. We even have three sustainable art sculptures outsider our hotel to greet our guests.

    This is "Madeline," one of the three sustainable sculptures outside our hotel.

    This is “Madeline,” one of the three sustainable sculptures outside our hotel.

    Following are a few recommendations, all of which are close to our hotel if you’re staying with us.

    The Museum of Contemporary Art is less than half a mile away from our hotel. The address is 220 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611. The MOCA is continuously updated with different exhibitions and a variety of events that take place throughout the museum. There are also free guided tours daily.

    Admission is free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents and the suggested admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. For more information, check out their website.

    The Art Institute of Chicago has been voted the number 1 musuem in the world and the opportunity to visit shouldn’t be missed! It’s located at 111 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603. Admission for adults is $25 and $19 for students and seniors. Plus, Illinois residents can get in for free on Thursdays from 5-8 pm.

    We hope you take advantage of these amazing exhibits throughout the city.

    Please note – prices are subject to change. Please contact the museum directly for an update.

  • A Visit from Guys Gab

    Posted on July 11th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Sujeet Patel is a writer for the popular blog Guys Gab, and we were lucky enough to have him visit us last month after spending a few days in the city for Chicago.

    Sujeet had some great things to say about our hotel from the moment he walked into the front doors:

    “When entering the Hotel Felix lobby, you’re greeted by a ceiling-high mosaic of logs, water pond, and delicate orbs floating over a fireplace. These elements not only create a calming atmosphere throughout the hotel, but they also symbolize an “earth, wind, fire, and water” theme that embodies their commitment to being green,” he writes.

    He also commented on our location to a number of great restaurants, shopping and nightlife:

    “There are lots of great restaurants to choose from, the Magnificent Mile and other attractions are just a few blocks away, and the night life is pretty sweet, with plenty of clubs, bars and lounges to choose from!”

    To read more about his stay at our hotel, click here.

    Check out some photos that he took during his stay:

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    We hope Sujeet’s kind words have convinced you to plan a visit to our hotel soon!

  • Triple Treat to Beat the Summer Heat

    Posted on June 28th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Not much can beat summertime in Chicago. With a number of festivals, great restaurants and events happening over the next few months, there’s no better reason to visit Chicago. If you need suggestions on events happening in Chicago, stay tuned to our social pages or check out other recommendations from Choose Chicago.

    We have a special hotel deal going on for the summer. Simply book your stay on our website between today and July 31, 2016, and stay through September 30, 2016 and receive 15 percent off of our best available rates.

    Another great hotel offering is checking out our Spa Boutique when staying with us. This amenity is one of the favorites for busy travelers or guests who have a little extra time when on the road. One visit to our Spa Boutique gives you a little R&R! New for summer, freshen your feet with a Peppermint Foot-Melt Enhancer, which is made with a French Green clay, along with a seaweed and peppermint detox mask. Add this treatment on for 15 minutes to your massage for only $15 more (regular price of $30). To reserve an appointment, call 312-256-8000.

    Troquet River North is a restaurant that creates approachable French fare, and adjacent to our lobby and excellent for casual dining. Troquet has live piano music every Wednesday and has an unlimited mimosa special during Saturday and Sunday brunch.

    To book your stay, click here.

    Chicago skyline, Illinois, USA.

    Photo credit: istockphoto.com/Lady-Photo.

    We look forward to seeing you soon. Enjoy summer!

  • Chicago Hotel Deals This Summer

    Posted on June 23rd, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Planning a trip to the Windy City this summer? Take advantage of these special offers and save at our hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of Chicago’s trendy River North neighborhood. We are just steps away from excellent dining and restaurant options, Michigan Avenue’s shopping, and more.

    FELIX SPECIAL
    With our “Hotel Felix Special Rates,” save up to 15 percent on select dates. BOOK NOW

    PARK & STAY PACKAGE
    Take out the hassle of looking for parking and check out our Park and Stay package. Valet parking is included in this rate plan only. Simply leave the hassle of parking to us, including full in and out privileges during your stay. Cancellations require 24 hours in advance to avoid a one night room & tax penalty. BOOK NOW

    DAY DELEGATE MEETING PACKAGE
    Destress on business planning! We take the stress out of planning your next meeting with our custom-designed package that was created with you in mind. Our well-appointed boardrooms are suitable for intimate meetings and cater to everything you need for a successful event, meeting or group planning session from start to finish.

    Meeting prices starting from $79 per person, and your package may include a few or all of the following items such as Complimentary Meeting Room Rental, Morning Coffee Break, Afternoon Coffee Break, Continental Breakfast, Lunch or Advanced Audio Visual Equipment.

    For more information or to book a meeting or event, please contact Vikki McNuckle by phone 312-447-2960 or by e-mail vikki.mcnuckle@hotelfelixchicago.com.

    MICHIGAN AVENUE MADNESS PACKAGE
    It’s all about shopping, especially in a city known for its famed Michigan Avenue shopping. Indulge yourself and experience the pleasure of shopping at “The 900 Shops,” featuring seven levels of premier shops and restaurants, conveniently located on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. Reserve this package and receive 900 Shops gift bag, which includes a gift card, personalized with an exclusive 900 card and more.

    Package requires 72 hours advance booking, and cancellations must be done 72 hours prior to arrival date to avoid one night room & tax penalty. BOOK NOW

  • Chicago Farmers Markets

    Posted on June 20th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Chicago farmers markets are a great way to explore the city and discover new tastes during your visit to the Windy City. These markets offer fresh fruits and veggies, smoothies, cheeses, breads and much more. Take a look at a few of our favorites, and go green this summer:

    GREEN CITY MARKET
    Lincoln Park Location: Green City Market Lincoln Park outdoor season operates from May 7 through October 29, 2016, every Wednesday and Saturday from 7am to 1pm. Green City Market’s Lincoln Park outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark). Click here for a map of vendors for the outdoor market season. Visit the website for parking, biking and public transportation options.

    Fulton Market Location: June 4 through October 29, 2016, every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Green City Market West Loop Park is located at 211 S. Peoria St. (S. Peoria & W. Adams, across from Mary Bartelme Park). Visit the website for parking and public transportation options.

    There is also an indoor farmers market available from November to April. Find more information here.

    LOGAN SQUARE FARMERS MARKET
    The Logan Square Farmers Market runs outdoors every Sunday from May 15, 2016, through October 30, 2016, rain or shine. The Outdoor Market sprawls along Logan Blvd. between Milwaukee and Whipple, running from 10am – 3pm. Visit the website for parking and public transportation options.

    There is also an indoor farmers market available from November to the last Sunday in March. Find more information here.

    CHICAGO FRENCH MARKET

    The Chicago French Market has over 30 local food and artisan purveyors under one roof. Located in the West Loop of Chicago, enjoy fresh selections for cooking at your place, dining at ours or on-the-go. 131 North Clinton (Between Washington and Randolph), Open Monday – Friday 7am – 7:30pm; Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm; Sunday closed. Find more information here.

  • Movies in Millennium Park

    Posted on June 17th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Exciting news for movie lovers: the city of Chicago has announced this year’s Millennium Park movie lineup! The first movie will kick off on June 21 with a classic: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! It’s a perfect fit, considering the movie is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.

    Movies are every Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and will continue all summer long until August 30.

    Seating is first come, first serve! Did we mention this is free all summer long?!

    Check out the movie lineup below. For more information, click here.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986; PG-13, 103 min)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    Soul Food (1997; R, 115 mins)

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    A League of Their Own (1992; PG, 125 mins)

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    Thelma & Louise (1991; R, 120 mins)

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (Full Moon Double Feature)
    Moonstruck (1988, PG, 102 mins)
    Silence of the Lambs (1991, R, 118 mins)

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016
    Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    West Side Story (1961; Unrated, 152 mins)

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016
    Grease (1978; PG-13, 110 mins)

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    Finding Nemo (2003; G, 100 mins)

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    Purple Rain (1984; PG, 111 min)

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    Favorite Chicago Film, to be chosen by the audience at a later date

    Jay Pritzker Pavilion Chicago

    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/Rauluminate

  • Celebrate Summer at Troquet River North

    Posted on June 16th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    What better way to celebrate summertime than with great food, drinks and live music? On Tuesday, June 28, Troquet River North, the restaurant adjacent to our lobby, will host a special event with Lagunitas Beer to kick off Summer 2016.

    Troquet has a new offering in store just for the event: Enjoy a flight of four Lagunitas beers and a special Lagunitas Cheesesteak made by Chef Tim Davidson, served with fries and housemade ketchup and a sugar cookie.

    There also will be live music from Jaik Willis from 6-8pm and representatives from Lagunitas will be on-site to engage with guests and answer any questions.

    This special will be available from 11am to 10pm that and is available for $30, inclusive of tax and gratuity.

    To reserve your spot, click here.

    We look forward to celebrating the start to another beautiful Chicago summer with you at Troquet River North!

    Troquet River North

    Troquet River North

    Cheers!

  • Visit Chicago This Year and You May End Up on TV

    Posted on May 21st, 2016 gjordan No comments

    It is exciting that Chicago has such a vibrant entertainment community with a number of TV shows, movies and radio shows being filmed here every day.

    Shows like “Empire” and “Chicago Fire” have inspired the spin-off series “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” and the most recently announced “Chicago Justice.” These popular television shows have inspired TV show developers to launch even more shows here in Chicago.

    New sows titled “The Exorcist” and “A.P.B.” have shot their pilot episodes in the city. A representative from “A.P.B” recently told the Chicago Tribune that they will base the series in Chicago.

    Netflix’ original series “Sense8” will also be filming episodes in Chicago in June. To see more television shows that will be filming in Chicago, visit this TimeOut Chicago article.

    Do you think you have the acting chops to appear as an extra on any of these shows? Visit Chicago this year and maybe you’ll get your 15 minutes of fame.

    Camera Crew Team People Group Flat Style

    Photo Credit: istock.com/robuart

  • In Full Swing – the Cubbies

    Posted on May 12th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    With Chicago being one of the only cities in the United States to have two major league baseball teams, as well as a popular professional basketball and hockey team, it’s easy to see that we have some major sports fans with great spirit. We love rooting for our hometown teams! With that being said, it’s never a rare thing to see a Cubs fan on the street, at the table next to you in a restaurant, or on public transportation.

    The Chicago Cubs have been keeping an excellent record this year, and reports are already showing them as a potential team in this year’s World Series.

    Their current 24-6 record is the best in the league, with the Chicago White Sox trailing closely behind at 23-10. Baseball season is here to stay, and we can’t wait to see how the Chicago Cubs are going to do in the future.

    Their next game is tomorrow at 1:20pm at Wrigley Field. They will be taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Our team will be rooting for the Cubs this year and even “Loran the Doorman,” one of our sustainable sculptures, shows off his Cubs spirit as he welcomes our guests to the hotel.

    Loran in Cubs

    Go Cubs Go!