Let Us Be Your Hurricane Haven

Irene got you down? Dodge the East Coast rush and grab a quick flight to Chicago to be our guest. Hotel Felix is offering an exclusive Hurricane Special, a 20% discount off all room rates this Sunday through Thursday. Take refuge in our comfortably elegant and eco-chic decor, impeccable guest services and outstanding luxury amenities.

Booking online? Enter the code FELIX SPECIAL for your discounted rate. If you’d like to book by phone, call us at (312) 447-3440 and mention our Hurricane Special.

And The Results Are In…

The Hotel Felix Photo Contest has come to a close and we would like to send out a huge congratulations to our winner Sophia Vu!

Our five runner ups, also winning fabulous prizes, are:

Kristoffer Carter

Matthew Weiner
Victoria Vu
Leah Jones
Deborah Palacios-Hayes

Our grand prize winner, Sophia Vu, will be enjoying  a two-night stay and one spa treatment. Plus, a $50 credit toward the lobby bar, room service, or Elate Restaurant, the sumptuous eatery adjacent to Chicago’s Hotel Felix. The top five runner ups receive a $100 gift card to be redeemed during a stay at Hotel Felix. We would like to thank all of our shutter-bugs for participating in the contest and hope to see you all again soon.

Travel Green

Heading to the Chicago Air and Water show this weekend? Whether you’re a Chicago resident or visiting for the big show this weekend, we encourage you to take advantage of Chicago’s superb public transportation system.

The Air and Water show takes place along Lake Michigan and attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. The most economical and eco-friendly way to travel to the show (besides walking or cycling, of course) is by using Chicago Transit Authority. CTA bus routes 151 or 156 are the best ways to get you to the lakefront to check out the sights.

Have a smartphone? Download one of several CTA Bus Tracker apps so you know when your bus will arrive, down to the minute (for the iPhone we love Buster). For more information please visit CTA’s website and check out the schedule. Enjoy the show!

The 53rd Annual Chicago Air and Water Show

For over 50 years, The Chicago Air and Water Show has been providing entertainment from the lake shore for Chicago patrons. On August 20 and 21, trained professionals and the military will be soaring through skies and hitting the water. The headliners include U.S Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S Army Parachute Team: Golden Knights, and U.S Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs.

The performances can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach being the intermediary of the show. The Chicago Air and Water show begins at 10 a.m. and wraps up at 3 p.m. – the 151 or 156 bus routes will be the best ways to get to the lake front. Check out the CTA schedule online for the most up-to-date information. Over 2 million people were in attendance in 2010, so make sure to get there early to snag a spot!

Chill Out

We were recently inspired by our friends at Elate and their latest playful and inventive concoction, the watermelon jalapeño popsicle. These little pops made their big debut at Lolla this year and we have our fingers are crossed hoping they might make another appearance before summer’s end. In the meantime we set out to find some eco-friendly homemade popsicle recipes that will cool you down without reaching for the A/C.

Image Credit: Elate

Green Tea Peach

-2 cups of organic green tea, cooled
-2 tbsp raw honey
-1 cup diced organic peaches
-1 tbsp organic lemon juice

1. Combine ingredients into a blender, blend till smooth.

2. Add ingredients into popsicle molds and freeze.

Apricot Crème

-2 cups organic apricot juice
-1/2 cup organic vanilla soy milk

Mix ingredients, add to popsicle molds and freeze.

Recipe Source: Growing A Green Family

Organic Fudge Pops

-3 cups local organic milk
-1/2 cup organic chocolate milk powder
-2 tbsp malted milk powder
-2 tbsp raw honey

1. In a blender combine the milk, chocolate milk powder, malt powder, and honey and blend well.

2. Pour into a popsicle mold with lids, insert wooden sticks, and then freeze.

Recipe source: Planet Green

Honeydew Lime

-2 tbsp raw honey
-1/4 cup water
-1 (3 1/2 lb) ripe honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (4 cups)
-2/3 cup fresh lime juice
-6 to 10 popsicle molds and sticks

1. Blend half of melon and half of lime juice in a blender until smooth. Add honey, water and remaining melon and lime juice and puree until smooth. Force puree through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart glass measure or bowl, pressing on solids and then discarding them.

2. Pour mixture into molds and freeze until slushy, about 2 hours.

3. Insert sticks, then freeze popsicles until completely hardened, about 6 hours.

Recipe Source: Epicurious

If you decide to give these sweet treats a whirl share some pics on our Facebook page, we would love to see them. Stay cool!

And the Finalists are in…

Congratulations to the top 10 finalists of the Hotel Felix Facebook Photo Contest! The shutterbugs remaining now need YOUR vote to win.

Head to Hotel Felix’ Facebook page and vote for your favorite picture. Everyone is allowed one vote per day until August 18. The picture with the most votes will win a 2-night stay, one spa treatment, and $50 dollars toward the lobby, room service, or Elate Restaurant. Good luck!

Two Days and Counting

The Hotel Felix Photo Contest will be coming to a close on August 3rd. Chicagoans and visitors have just two days to upload their photos with our eco-friendly sculptures for a chance to win big. All you have to do is pose with either sculpture, ‘Like’ Hotel Felix on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hotelfelix), then upload your picture to the photo contest. Contestants have a chance to win a two-night stay, one complimentary spa treatment, and a $50 credit toward the lobby bar, room service, or Elate Restaurant. So head out to 111 W. Huron St. downtown Chicago!