Chicago Winter Activities

While the weather outside is frightful, it doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors and veg in front of the TV.  Instead, there’s great outdoor activities happening in Chicago.  From ice skating to window shopping on Michigan Avenue to other popular outdoor events, there’s no shortage of winter fun.

The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau recommends a few outdoor events, including the Polar Adventure Days, Chicago Winter Dance on the Tribune McCormick Ice Rink.

Enjoy the outdoors and embrace Chicago's winter
Enjoy the outdoors and embrace Chicago's winter

We’ve Got Spirit… Yes We Do!

Just like the old cheer goes: “We’ve got spirit, yes we do!  We’ve got spirit, how about you?”

What a great, action-packed game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. While it wasn’t meant to be, our doormen fully supported the Bears with great spirit as shown in this photo.

Best of luck to the Packers!

While it wasn't meant to be, the Hotel Felix's doormen show their Chicago Bears Spirit
While it wasn't meant to be, the Hotel Felix's doormen show their Chicago Bears Spirit

Big Game, Big Rivals!

The biggest games of the year kicks off this weekend, January 23 at 2 p.m. CT.  The Chicago Bears are facing off against their long time rival – the Green Bay Packers.

At the Hotel Felix, we welcome the Green Bay fans and other sports fans in town for  the game.

Hope to see you soon!

Hotel Felix’s Green Efforts

Hotel Felix strives to offer a relaxing, fun boutique hotel experience while still being mindful of the environment.  Some of this was inherent in the hotel’s design, for example, Hotel Felix is a preserved building structure (the ultimate recycle!), and has a natural northern exposure that reduces energy usage.

Here are a few other things we do and are working on to ensure the eco-friendliness of the hotel:

Our Lobby

  • Hotel Felix is a 100% smoke free building.
  • The front desk is paperless to reduce waste.
  • We offer organic, local Metropolis coffee and tea for our visitors.
  • Newspapers offered in lobby daily with limited supply to reduce waste.
  • Trash cans pending that contain a place for recyclables.

Our Rooms

  • The carpets in each guest room are made of recycled material.
  • Motion-sensored heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems cut down on waste.
  • Water waste reduction valves in the guest bathrooms save about 1 million gallons of water/year.
  • Our linen reuse program is slightly different than other hotels in that we only change linens by guest request, which saves about 45K gallons of water and 325 gallons detergent a year.
  • All of the chemicals used for cleaning rooms and linens are eco-friendly; there is no bleach used.

Our Spa/Fitness Center

  • Eco-friendly products are used for spa services.
  • The spa features decorative walls made of recycled material and bamboo flooring.
  • Our fitness room has recycled flooring.
  • The cups and wipes of the fitness room are recyclable.

Other Stuff

  • The hotel utilizes low energy-use lighting throughout the building.
  • The meeting rooms and business center have eco-friendly cork floors.

The overall cost of maintaining the hotel about 3-4% higher because of these environmentally-friendly initiatives, but it is well worth making sure we are doing what we can to help our planet stay good and healthy for a long, long time!