Celebs Spotted in Chicago

Celebrity sitings are as common as mustard on a hot dog here in Chicago. Just this week we had the pleasure of welcoming two more famous faces to our city: FLOTUS (a.k.a. First Lady of the United States) Michelle Obama and Halle Berry! This Wednesday Mrs. Obama was spotted having dinner at RPM Italian, the newest hot spot owned by Giuliana Rancic and Chicago-native Bill Rancic. She is in Chicago promoting the three year anniversary of Let’s Move, her anti-obesity program. Halle Berry is in town too, here’s a picture of her with B96’s Showbiz Shelly!

Photo credit: jfwphoto
Photo credit: jfwphoto

Picasso in Chicago

From now through May 12, the Art Institute of Chicago will display the work of the legendary Pablo Picasso in a unique exhibit. This event draws from the museum’s own exceptional archives and private collections throughout the city.

Photo Credit: delayedneutron
Photo Credit: delayedneutron

Exactly 100 years ago, in 1913, The Art Museum of Chicago became the first museum in the country to present the work of young Picasso. Since then the relationship between the preeminent 20th century artist and the museum blossomed as the museum continued to collect his work. This exhibit is the first large-scale Picasso show organized by the art museum in more than 30 years.

For information on the show, please visit the Picasso and Chicago homepage here.

We’ve had some work done…

We’re excited to announce that our website had a virtual facelift! It has been entirely revamped, complete with cutting-edge features and social and mobile channel enhancements.

We designed the website in collaboration with TravelClick, Inc., the award-wining leader in hotel e-commerce solutions worldwide. Here’s a peek at one of the new features below, a video montage that displays our unique amenities:

We’d love to hear your feedback. Check out the new site here and let us know what you think!

And the Oscar goes to…

We love watching movies here at Hotel Felix and are very much looking forward to The Oscars this Sunday. Whether you’re catching it on the couch or throwing a viewing bash with your buds we have some great entertaining tips to green up your night:

-Consider purchasing your party food and supplies from a locally-owned grocer (if you’re in Chicago, we love Green Grocer Chicago, Goddess & The Grocer and Southport Grocery)
-If you aren’t able to buy your items from a local grocer, buy organic when possible
-Do you have a stockpile of old wine corks? Recycle them for the party. (Carefully) cut a slice halfway down the corkscrew and insert a piece of paper that serves as a placeholder or describes the food you’re serving.
-Ideally use reusable plates, serving ware, cups and utensils but if you have a very large group that might not be possible. In that case we recommend Whole Foods’ 365 store brand – they have sturdy plates, cups, etc. that look like paper but are actually made from renewable and biodegradable sugar cane.
-We hope this one is a no-brainer but recycle your rubbish from the night’s festivities. If you’re unsure whether something is recyclable, check the container’s label. Every little bit helps!

Last but not least, have fun celebrating Hollywood’s biggest night!

Photo Credit: Melissa Mercier
Photo Credit: Melissa Mercier

Happy President’s Day!

Today is a day to remember the great presidents of our nation and celebrate Abe, George, Thomas… the whole gang! There are all sorts of fun ways to take advantage of this holiday in Chicago. Here are some ideas:

-Head to the last day of the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place.
-Take a leisurely skate at the World’s Highest Ice Skating Rink on the 93rd floor of the John Hancock.
-Check out the history of Chicago’s most revered candy makers, including Snickers, Butterfingers at a (free!) exhibit at Harold Washington Library Center entitled “Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital”.

Photo Credit: adamjonfuller
Photo Credit: adamjonfuller

Tweet us, Facebook us and comment down below to let us know how you enjoy the day!

Happy Fat Tuesday from Our Team

At Hotel Felix, we’re always happy and finding way to celebrate!  Our GM, George Jordan, got into the Mardi Gras spirit today during one of his many conference calls.

We’ll be adding photos of our team members on Facebook all day today – share your Mardi Gras spirit too!


Our GM, George Jordan, getting into the Mardi Gras spirit on Fat Tuesday.
Our GM, George Jordan, getting into the Mardi Gras spirit on Fat Tuesday.

We have a Winner!

We want to give a huge thank you to our friends and fans for participating in our #VISITFELIX Twitter contest. We asked for creativity and you all delivered in a big way! It was tough to narrow it down, however we are thrilled to announce we’ve chosen a winner… @soniaesh!

Congrats Sonia!

Celebrating Black History Month

February is the month we honor and remember the history of African-Americans in the United States. In 1926, the roots of Black History Month were planted originally as Black History Week. Designated as the second week of February, this particular week was chosen because it included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Eventually in 1976 the week was officially recognized by the U.S. government as a month and Black History Month was born. It’s a time for schools, businesses and communities across America to recognize the important impact African-Americans have had on our country’s history. For more information please visit the official website here.

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