Grab a Blanket, the popcorn, and a Spot on the Lawn

From classics to new hits, Chicago lights up the screen in local parks for you to enjoy. This summer kicks off the annual Movies in the Parks hosted by the Chicago Park District and Charter One. Each day from June to September 16 a new park will welcome patrons of the city into the comforts of their lawns for a different movie showing. The parks are located all throughout the city and range from Belmont Harbor to the Chicago History Museum.
Movies in the Park is the perfect way to get out in the beautiful weather and enjoy a night with family or friends.  Click here to download a PDF of our full schedule or head over to their Facebook page for up-to-date scheduling information. The park district has also created a Movies in the Parks hotline for daily listings and updated weather-related cancellations at (312) 742-1134. All movies are FREE and begin at dusk, just don’t forget the popcorn and your favorite candy.

Win Big in the Hotel Felix Photo Contest

Attention all shutterbugs! We’re thrilled to announce today marks the start of the first ever Hotel Felix Photo Contest. From now until August 3, simply snap a photo of yourself with Loren or Madeline (our two eco-sculptures outside our front door) and upload it to the Official Contest on our Facebook page for a chance to win our grand prize: a free 2-night stay plus a 60-minute spa treatment and $50 worth of food and drink at Elate, the upscale organic restaurant adjacent to Hotel Felix.

The photo that receives the most amount of votes will win the grand prize. The remaining five runners-up will each receive a $100 gift card for use during a stay at Hotel Felix. In keeping with Hotel Felix’ green commitment, the contest takes place entirely online, a truly paperless affair. For official rules please check out the contest on Hotel Felix’ Facebook page.

Both Loren and Madeline will be vying for your vote to see which sustainable sculpture reigns supreme at Hotel Felix and now’s your chance to play favorites… Who will it be? Submit your photo (if your photo was taken on a past visit, please feel free to enter) for a chance to win today!

Last Minute (Green) Gift Guide for Dad’s Day

Still scrambling to find your fab father the perfect gift for his big day? Fear not, we have several last minute (green) gift ideas that will have your dad wishing it was Father’s Day everyday.

For the athlete

Is your dad always on the go? Treat him to some well-deserved pampering with the Asha Sports Massage ($95) at the SPA at Hotel Felix. This deep-tissue sports massage is designed for those who are active with a focus on prevention of injury and enhancing muscular performance. For more info check out the website or call the SPA at (312) 447-3440.

For the chef

If you’re father is a fixture at the stove or grille, get him a set of socially responsible gourmet hot sauce. The Coop Hot Sauce Gift Set ($34.95) from Chicago’s own Greenheart Shop includes four sauces all handcrafted from Chicago community gardens. Each set contains two bottles of classic, one habanero and one jalapeno. All proceeds go directly to supporting Co-op Image’s free youth art center and community garden in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Neighborhood.

For the clothes horse

Pick up Dad an American Apparel Organic Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Tee ($18) in his favorite color. Made of 100% organic cotton this tee is so irresistibly soft you might want to pick up one for yourself too!

For the stressed

Give Dad the R&R he deserves with the Sundari Gentlemen’s Facial ($105) at the SPA at Hotel Felix. This targeted treatment is specifically developed for the unique needs of a man’s skin. Dad will leave with his skin feeling cleansed, soothed and refreshed.

For the beer aficionado

We couldn’t pass up these one-of-a-kind Recycled Corona Beer Bottle Glasses ($9.95) from Greenheart Shop. Recycled glass tumblers are created from the bottom of -you guessed it- Corona bottles by the Green Glass company in Wisconsin. Each bottle is made of 100% reclaimed glass.

Happy Father’s Day!

Go Green and Win Big with the Bike Commuter Challenge

Curious about commuting to your workplace via bicycle? Now’s your chance to hit the trail and celebrate Bike Commuter Challenge in Chicago June 11-17. The goal? To get healthy and go green, while entering for a chance to win prizes from Bike Commuter Challenge sponsors and earn bragging rights as Chicago’s greenest and healthiest company.

The plan is simple: enlist your coworkers and compete on behalf of your company against other area businesses to get the most employees biking to work this week. First step, pick a team leader. Second, bike! Third, submit your team’s results, and -last but not least- potentially relish the fruits of your victory. Check out the full details and sign up here.

Active Transportation Alliance, Chicagoland’s voice for better biking, walking, and transit, provide a number of helpful tips on their site, including suggestions on what to wear, how to pack, and how to prepare for your bike commute. Hotel Felix provides complimentary bike storage for all employees, but if your employer does not, here are some tips on urban parking and locking. Want to find out how to (securely) load your bike onto a CTA bus or train? Active Transporation Alliance breaks it down here and you can also check out this video.

Best of luck to all cyclists and thank you for commuting green!

Hotel Felix In the News

A short announcement from the “Pat Yourself on the Back” department: We’re thrilled with our recent appearances in the news and wanted to highlight some of our favorites.

The Green Review showcased Hotel Felix as a “LEED-er” (how clever) in Energy-Efficient Hospitality. They especially loved our quiet quarters, soothing spa, paperless front desk and our carpeting made from recycled materials.

Star Chefs, the magazine for culinary insiders, included Hotel Felix in the piece “Going (and Earning) Green: The Business of Eco-Hospitality”, noting how seamlessly Hotel Felix combines luxury with sustainability.

Greenheart, Chicago’s premier eco-fair trade non-profit shop, posted details and a photograph of the LEED Silver Unveiling Event held at Hotel Felix, Chicago’s first LEED certified hotel.

Thank you on behalf of Hotel Felix for recognizing our commitment to green practices.

LEED Silver Unveiling Event: (l to r) Hotel Felix General Manager George Jordan, NBC’s Ginger Zee and First Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Environment Josh Milberg