Honored as a Green Leader from TripAdvisor

We’re ecstatic that we were selected as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader! It is an honor to be recognized by this prestigious program, which was created with travelers in mind.

Developed by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, the program was designed in partnership with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program, the U.S. Green Building Council and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The GreenLeader Program makes it easier for green-minded guests to select hotels that meet a distinct set of eco-friendly criteria. To qualify for the program, Hotel Felix passed a series of requirements, including having a towel and linen re-using program, using energy-efficient light bulbs, recycling, tracking energy usage and educating staff and guests on our green practices.

According to TripAdvisor, 79% of travelers place importance on properties implementing eco-friendly practices. As Chicago’s first LEED-certified green hotel, we’re thrilled that so many guests value environmentally conscious hoteliers.

Last Day for Complimentary Yoga!

Namaste! Tonight is the last Wednesday in Earth Month, which means our last day for complimentary yoga in partnership with Elate Yoga. Yoga takes place at 6:30 p.m.

There’s just a couple spots left so email contact@elateyoga.com if you would like to join us.

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Earth Day Event: Recycle Your Electronics for a Chance to Win a Stay with Us

On Earth Day, recycle your electronics at Best Buy on Michigan Avenue for a chance to win cool prizes, including a one-night stay with us at Hotel Felix.

Here’s the 60-second rundown on how to participate in the event at Best Buy in the John Hancock Center (875 N. Michigan Ave.) from 12-3 p.m.

Radio 60 Sec. Spot Mix Drive Rewind 45 hits

Hint: You may have heard this on the Mix (101.9), the Drive (97.1) and Rewind (100.3)

Happy Guests, Happy Hotel!

We are incredibly proud to be selected as Fielding Fowler (a USA TODAY Road Warrior)’s favorite hotel! It is a huge honor and we are thrilled. We work hard to ensure our guests have a wonderful experience and it is so rewarding to hear reviews such as this. Thank you Fielding and USA TODAY!

“Comedian Fielding Fowler’s favorite is Hotel Felix, a boutique hotel he has stayed at four or five times since it opened in Chicago in 2009.

‘I stumbled across it on Priceline.com, so expectations were low,’ Fowler recalls. ‘I have never seen a friendlier staff from top to bottom. They really do care.

Beside friendly staff, Fowler applauds the hotel’s cleanliness.

‘Even in four-star hotels, you will see dust in corners, a hair in the shower, because housekeeping is generally understaffed and doesn’t have the needed attention to detail,’ he says. ‘In my four or five stays at the Felix, I have never had that issue.’

USA Today

Pick up a copy of USA TODAY or check it out online here!

Earth Day Couture for a Cause

Columbia College students are proving that haute couture can be eco-friendly too! This Earth Day, April 22, Best Buy and Oak Street Design are collaborating with the fashion students of Columbia College Chicago to create window displays using recycled electronics. The project is a dynamic effort to encourage the community to participate in Best Buy’s Recycling and Trade-In program. Participants are invited to gather their old electronics and drop them off at Best Buy at the John Hancock Center (618 S. Michigan Avenue) from noon to 3 p.m. on April 22 to enter for a chance to win a number of fun Earth Day prizes, including a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix! While there, participants can check out the artful and creative Columbia College Chicago student-made Earth Day window displays and enjoy live music.

Don’t forget to tune in to 101.9 The Mix, 97.1 The Drive and Chicago’s Rewind 100.3 all this week for updates on this free event. It’s a great chance to have fun while supporting local students and contributing to a wonderful cause! We hope to see you there.

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Thank you Examiner!

Thank you Examiner for sharing our Earth Month specials in today’s article. Some highlights include our exclusive Earth Day room rate, free yoga each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. during April and our partnership with a local environmentalist to sell t-shirts benefitting a nonprofit committed to the preservation of the river.
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To view the article in it’s entirety please click here. To see how we’re rolling out the green carpet this Earth Month please click here.

Sustainable Chic

Today we are pleased to showcase two ecofriendly designers who preserve and respect the earth without sacrificing cutting edge couture. Vaute Couture (“vaute” pronounced as “vote”) is a Chicago-based independent fashion house started by former model Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart. What began as Leanne’s desire for a warm, yet fashionable, cruelty-free faux fur winter jacket turned into an eco-chic fashion empire which counts Oprah and Alicia Silverstone as fans. Vaute Couture has since opened their flagship in Brooklyn near the Garment District where each piece of their environmentally friendly clothing is made.

“Sultry.” “Sophisticated.” “Endlessly wearable.” These are some of the words Elle Magazine used to describe Chicago-based environentally-friendly fashion designer Lara Miller. Lara takes extensive measures to ensure her garments are green and also makes an effort to support the local economy. Case in point: all of her sweaters are loomed here in Chicago using no electricity beyond stitching the garments together! Lara’s garments are carried in stores around Chicago, the country, and internationally as well.

We hope you enjoyed our sustainable chic showcase. Check out these fantastic ecofriendly designers and let us know what you think!

Photo credit: suzyq212
Photo credit: suzyq212

Spotlight on: Elate Yoga

We’re thrilled to partner with Elate Yoga for Earth Month! Elate Yoga is a unique mobile yoga service that brings yoga classes to offices and homes around Chicago. Each Wednesday this month instructors from Elate Yoga will teach a complimentary yoga class at Hotel Felix at 6:30 p.m. Classes are open to guests as well as the community. We recommend RSVP-ing to secure a spot as class sizes are limited. To RSVP please email contact@elateyoga.com or call 312-772-6459.

Elate is a wonderful fit for Hotel Felix because they promote wellness and share our mission of being green. Elate is entirely paperless and their instructors drive eco-friendly SmartCars. The nature of their business is environmentally friendly as well. By leveraging existing studio space, Elate has a minimal impact on the environment.

Photo credit: Elate Yoga
Photo credit: Elate Yoga

Do you plan on taking advantage of our fun Earth Month partnership with Elate? Please share your experience, we love hearing from you. Namaste!