A Gem of an Evening

This past Saturday the Hotel Felix was honored to attend the 4th Annual Emerald Gala hosted by our Chicago Chapter of the US Green Building Council. For those of you who do not know, the US Green Building Council, according to their website, is “a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation”, but we know they do much more. It’s appropriate that 4 years ago, the USGBC gave birth to this event in May, a month which boasts the emerald as its official birthstone.  However, something tells me that our hosts had something else in mind when envisioning the moniker for this truly special event… 


Saturday night began with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and raffle.  The generosity of Chicago’s Green Business community was on full display as several dozen high-end auction items were furiously bid upon. From a very chic water-conserving porcelain toilet to Cross-Town classic tickets between the Cubs and White Sox to, yes, a complimentary night stay at The Hotel Felix Chicago, party goers had quite a variety to choose from.  In addition to money raised through the Auction, each $25 raffle ticket that was purchased will go toward supporting Chapter programs, events, and initiatives throughout the year.


As the band struck up a happy tune (naturally), the Hotel Felix made our way inside the ballroom to our table. The first course was a delicious salad of greens, fruits, and nuts. As we sat drizzling our raspberry vinaigrette onto our salads, it occurred to me that tonight was a special night not just for the Hotel Felix to be among such a great group of people, but a time for all of Chicagoland’s Green Building Community to shine (or shall I say, sparkle?).  One of the main purposes for the evening, is to honor individuals and businesses with a Natural Leaders Award Presentation.  Recipients were recognized in categories such as EnvironMotion, Re-Generation, Intent to Matter, and Small Feet, Big Feat.  Our congratulations go out to Uncommon Ground (coffee shop), Vincent Iturralde (Principal of a Chicago Public School), Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Xavier University respectively.  These individuals and organizations are the spirit of the evening, and an inspiration to many I am sure. Hotel Felix left feeling inspired to do our part, in our way, to share in the responsibility of caring for our earth. Hotel Felix encourages you to ask yourself, how can I show my green spirit and shine today? Book a reservation here, of course!


Unique Experiences 101

Like many, I’m a curious person. I want to broaden my perspective of life. It’s like when a friend or family member tells you about a vacation spot you’ve never gone to or a restarant you’ve never dined in.

When I signed on to be part of the Hotel Felix project in December 2007, I got a unique experience of my own. I’d never worked in an eco-friendly hotel that’s designed to be LEED Silver certified. In fact, I couldn’t have told you what that meant at the time. I didn’t know I’d see guests from literally all over the world just a month into opening the hotel. I’ve even had the opportunity to coordinate extensive marketing, sales & PR.

Those unique experiences spoke to me & with the team, we decided to ensure our guests recieved ones of their own. For example, our very first check-in was a 40th birthday party for a gentleman named Stan. He & his family and friends planned a weekend of fun. When they asked us for a van cab so everyone could travel together to dinner, we booked a limo at no additional cost & made sure there was champagne. I think Stan will remember his 40th birthday at the Hotel Felix! (See you for your 41st, Stan.) We want to make your visit in Chicago a Unique Experience. So visit our website & book your reservation now at www.hotelfelixchicago.com. We’ll make you Happy. Naturally.


Kermit was wrong; It is easy being green

Having worked in the hotel industry for many years, I’ve been under the impression that being a green business was both difficult & expensive. The logic that you couldn’t possibly be green with hundreds of thousands of people through your halls every year is prevalent amoungst hoteliers. We were very, very wrong.

Currently, almost every one of our vendors have green options. There are Green Seal chemicals, bleach-free products, recyclable cups for coffee, mops made of plastic bottles & even plates that melt to a recyclable state when put in sunlight. How cool is that? Those icky blue bins that take away from the aesthetics of a room….they aren’t your only option anymore. Now, you can buy trash cans that are made of bamboo or recycled metals that have multiple liners in them for trash & recyclables. Did you know that white paper towels can’t be recycled because they have bleach in them? The only option before was to use brown paper towels.  Now there are paper towels made of recycled paper that have attractive designs on them.

So no more excuses hoteliers. Now we can have our hotel attractive & care for the environment too. Turns out being green IS easy. Sorry Kermit.