App Happy – Travel Apps

Check out this helpful list of travel apps from Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Do you go app happy? Are you a frequent traveler? Are you often downloading the newest available apps? If you answered yes to any of these, then you need to load up on travel apps.

We’re happy to share Travel & Leisure’s latest list of the 20 top travel apps, including Uber, CityMaps 2 GoLite and Flight+.

We’ve always been a fan of Uber (including a past giveaway with them) and we’re happy to see they made this list. And if you’re one who worries about flight delays (ok, who doesn’t), then Flight+ is just the app for you. It allows you to check the flight status for delays, cancellations, etc.

Before you head out the door, check out this list. What ones do you use?

Courtesy of Uber
Courtesy of Uber

Fall Sale at Hotel Felix Chicago

The word FELIX is defined as HAPPY, which is what we want to make you. Visit Hotel Felix and enjoy Chicago how it was intended:

• Centrally located in Chicago’s urban River North area
• Luxurious, well-appointed rooms
• Rejuvenating ASHA-AVEDA spa
• …and more!

Book the Felix Special for 15% off your stay from now through December 31.

Book online here.

[Photo: Kevin Dickert]
[Photo: Kevin Dickert]

The 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival

Looking to add a little more culture to your life? We have just the solution! Now through October 24 you can check out the Chicago International Film Festival where nearly 130 independent feature films from all over the world will be screened daily at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St. –a quick 5 minute drive, or a leisurely 18 minute walk, from Hotel Felix).

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The fest is a fantastic place to check out the works of exceptionally talented film professionals, from first-time filmmakers to seasoned industry veterans. Please visit these links for information on tickets, the film schedule and more on the festival.

Stars of the Industry

We’re proud of our hardworking team members and we’re happy to share four team members are nominated for the “Stars of the Industry” award from the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association (IHLA).

The team members recognized are:
– Rossi Cole
– Tim Harrison
– Noemi Rodriguez
– Calixto Santay

Three of our hardworking team members with Dale Drafall (of Bricton) and George Jordan (General Manager)
Three of our hardworking team members with Dale Drafall (of Bricton) and George Jordan (General Manager)
Rossi was hard at work when we snapped the first photo.  Congrats Rossi!
Rossi was hard at work when we snapped the first photo. Congrats Rossi!

They will attend the Stars of the Industry luncheon on Oct. 30 at Hyatt O’Hare. There will be winners for the whole industry in different categories, but regardless of what happens, they’re our brightest stars!

Congrats Allen!

We’re so proud to share that Allen Christian, the artist responsible for our beloved sustainable sculpture family, has been recognized by City Paper for his striking sculptures in the new exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.

"Not Plain Jane", Allen Christian
“Not Plain Jane”, Allen Christian

The exhibit, titled Human Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity is “mind-tickling and eye-tickling” and “filled with objects that are so attractive on first glance and so intriguing on subsequent inspection that no back story is needed.” One of Christian’s sculptures, “Piano Family: Amoroso”, serves as the poster child for the new exhibit and is, as City Paper calls it, “…both beautiful and unnerving,”. Human Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity is running at the AVAM through August 31, 2014. To read the complete article please visit this link.

Throwback Thursday

Today seems like the perfect day for a little time traveling… how about back to 1926, the opening year of Hotel Wacker, the place you now know of as Hotel Felix. You may be amazed at the facade’s similarity between now and then, and that was due to a concerted effort on our part to preserve as much of the historical exterior as possible. This was one of many reasons we earned LEED Silver certification for our environmental achievements, plus we wanted to save as much rich history from the original structure as possible, down to replicating the marquis signage (with one small change – replacing it with our name!).


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… and now

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