Chicago goes green for st. paddy’s day

Get out your green garb because one of Chicago’s favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day, is just around the corner. No hard feelings Kermit the Frog, but we here at Hotel Felix think it’s easy being green, and we jump at any chance to celebrate our favorite color.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade and dyeing of the river have been part of Chicago’s culture for more than 50 years. On March 12, 2011, Chicagoans begin the festivities and gather around the Michigan Avenue bridge at 10:45 a.m. to witness the iconic Chicago River turn a vibrant shade of Kelly green. A cherished tradition, thousands gather to watch the boats drive up the river, “painting” it bright green along the way.

Following, the city swells with Irish pride during the annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where floats glide down Columbus Avenue. The parade starts at noon and kicks off at the corner of Columbus and Balbo. The parade is a reflection of the enormous influence the Emerald Isle has had on our beloved Chicago and it’s truly an event not to miss.

Because of the parade’s continued popularity, we strongly suggest public transportation.

If you head out on the parade route, please share your pictures with us on Facebook at

Headed Anywhere Fun? Study Finds Leisure Travel is Up

Fun news for our fellow travel enthusiasts! Tripology, the online travel referral and a service of Rand McNally, announced recent findings that the average leisure trip budget is at an all-time high. The study found that consumers are spending roughly $5,786 per trip, a 20 percent increase from the first quarter of 2010. These findings from Tripology signal an upward trend and a sunny outlook for the future of the travel industry.

What’s next on your travel plans?  Headed anywhere fun?

Hotel Felix all smiles for the 146th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting

Open your mouth and say, “ahhh” Chicago, thousands of dentists are coming to town. The Chicago Dental Society is holding it’s 146th Midwinter Meeting February 24-26, 2011 at the McCormick Center. This year’s theme is Great Expectations: A Dental Continuum.

The Midwinter Meeting is one of the top three largest dental exhibitions in the United States and one of the top 10 conventions in Chicago. According to Dental Tribune International, the 2010 Midwinter Meeting drew more than 31,000 attendees, including nearly 7,000 dentists, to the windy city. Around 600 manufacturers, dealers, suppliers, and labs participated in the 2010 Midwinter Meeting.

Check out this video that captures why dentists and exhibitors flock to the Midwest Meeting year after year.

(Video courtesy of Chicago Dental Society)

We welcome all attendees of this year’s 146th Midwinter Meeting to Chicago, and invite you to stay at downtown Chicago’s first hotel designed to meet Silver LEED certification, Hotel Felix.

A Happy Vibe – Guest Review

There’s nothing better than a positive review from one of our guests.  This one really struck a happy cord with us:

What a great place. I will definitely return. The ‘Be Happy’ vibe was felt everywhere. Again, thank you to Troy and Blake at front desk for helping us add a special touch to our clients’ rooms upon their check in.  And Benjamin (concierge) – what a great way to be greeted upon each encounter with him.  With a name like Joy Hart, it’s not hard to align with brands that endorse happiness. Cheers – Joy Hart

Looking to read more from Joy?  Check out her blog.

Special Blizzard Rate

All Chicagoland meteorologists are in agreement: A blizzard is coming!  Even TODAY Show’s Al Rocker is in town to report on the snow storm headed our way.

Take cover from the storm and stay at the Hotel Felix Chicago!  We’re offering a special Blizzard rate of just $79 per night.  Whether you want to avoid the commute or your flight is delayed, we’re here to help.

Avoid the knee-deep snow and stay warm. Just follow these easy steps:

  • Book your room at, then
  • Select Dates for reservation
  • Check Availability by selecting “Check Now”
  • Click on “Corporate Rates” in top menu on booking screen
  • Enter access code “BLIZZARD” select “OK”