Eat your heart out Chicago: Taste of River North is almost here

Chicago is known for its great summer festivals and we’re excited about the upcoming Taste of River North Festival right in our neighborhood. Come experience what one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods has to offer at Taste of River North, July 18-20 in A. Montgomery Ward Park. Located just a few blocks west of Hotel Felix at the intersection of North Kingsbury and West Erie, it’s the perfect weekend activity whether you’re a Chicago native or simply passing through.

Hosted by the River North Residents Association and in its 13th year, Taste of River North combines food, music, and a variety of items for purchase from local merchants.

New to Taste of River North this year will also be the Walmart Healthy Cooking Stage, an exclusive chance to watch Chicago chefs in action and share some of their favorite healthy recipes. The festival is also family-friendly with special activities geared just for kids in the designated “Kids Zone.”

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This year Taste of River North is proud to feature cuisine from The Green Door, The Redhead Piano Bar, Stout, and Fannie Mae Fine Chocolates to name a few. Featured music headliners will include Chicago’s own Sixteen Candles and Led Zeppelin 2 on Friday and Saturday night.

Tickets for Taste of River North are $1.00 per ticket, and are available for purchase when you arrive. For more information, head to tasteofrivernorth.com.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art: A Force in Chicago

“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” – Obi-Wan

Headed to Chicago? Our city is now the new epicenter of the force. According to TravelMole.com, the “Star Wars Museum” or more properly known as ‘The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art’ has chosen to be built in Chicago. There has been a proposal to build the museum near Soldier Field and as part of the existing Museum Campus, which includes the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.

  • As TravelMole.com states Lucas himself does not have ties to Chicago, but his wife Melody Hobson is a Chicago native, and the couple lives here part time.

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    Copyright © 2010 Rubinic Photography

    The museum will not be limited to only displaying Star Wars memorabilia. According to The Chicago Tribune, The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will also be a visual presentation of storytelling.

  • “The museum will house a collection that includes valuable Norman Rockwell paintings, examples of the special effects he pioneered at Industrial Light & Magic, and memorabilia such as the Darth Vader costume.” Lucas will also be adding pieces from his own private collection that he has curated over the years.

    According to NBC 5 Chicago, “The proposal still needs to go through the Chicago Plan Commission and the earliest it would open is 2018.”

    Hotel Felix and Divvy team up to offer guests a new “Stay & Bike Package”

    It is Chicago Bike Week and Hotel Felix is celebrating by kicking off the “Stay & Bike” package. This package is great for vacationers, staycationers, and urban explorers alike. When guests book the “Stay & Bike” package they will receive 15 percent off our best rate, plus a complementary 24 hour Divvy pass.

  • Divvy is Chicago’s Bike Share system. With thousands of bikes at 300 stations, Divvy allows travelers a way to get around the city with confidence. As Chicago’s first Silver LEED and eco-chic hotel, Hotel Felix continues to uncover fun and unique ways for guests and travelers to explore the city in a green and eco-friendly way.

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  • “Guests can grab a bike, pick a direction and go,” said George Jordan, Area General Manager of Hotel Felix Chicago and Senior Vice President of Oxford Hotels & Resorts. “With Divvy stations near and far, riders can choose their own adventures. The convenient Divvy system is as easy as riding a bike.”

  • Located in Chicago’s trendy River North neighborhood, Hotel Felix is in a central location to embark on a Divvy-centered adventure throughout Chicago. Guests can visit famous locations downtown, such as Millennium Park, then ride up to the famed Gold Coast to experience Chicago’s famous dining, then head to Wrigleyville to see a Cubs baseball game – all at their own pace.

  • “Chicago is a fantastic place to be in the summer,” added Elliot Greenberger, General Manager of Divvy. “With the ‘Stay & Bike Package’ at Hotel Felix, guests can leave their car with the valet and Divvy to music festivals, street fairs, farmer’s markets and more. Bike share allows travelers to experience Chicago in a fun and eco-friendly way.”

  • The new “Stay & Bike Package” available for dates July 1 through Sept. 1.

  • Photo from: peopleforbikes.org
    Photo from: peopleforbikes.org
  • To learn more about Hotel Felix Chicago or book the “Stay & Bike Package,” click here http://bit.ly/1jwrqov.

    Millennium Park in the Summertime

    Millennium Park offers a wide variety of summertime attractions, and they’re free of charge! Here are our 5 favorite events happening at the park, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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    cityofchicago.org

    1. Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras – Tour of China Send-off Concert
    On Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra performs its final concerts before going on tour to China. Blue Man Group Chicago will make a special appearance.

    2. An Evening with Richard Thompson & His Electric Trio
    Known for their invention of British Folk Rock, world-renowned guitarist Richard Thompson performs his Millennium Park debut on Monday, June 16, 2014 with a solo acoustic set followed by a full electric set with his trio.

    3. Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert
    Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies, Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6 p.m., this concert showcases a sampling of Broadway in Chicago shows.

    4. Chicago Dancing Festival Celebration of Dance
    In its 8th season of free dance performances, multiple dance companies join together for a unique show at Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

    5. Millennium Park Workouts
    Get fit in one of the most unique outdoor workout spaces this summer! Every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Millennium Park offers 45-minute classes including Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba. Click here to see the full schedule and featured teachers.

    Visit millenniumpark.org for a full calendar of summer events. See you there!

    Chicago Summer – 10 Things To Do

    Chicago summers are famous! We’ve compiled 10 things to do that will make your visit to Chicago great. From museums to music festivals to city tours, these downtown attractions will keep you and your family and friends entertained. Hotel Felix Chicago will be there waiting when you’re done with your big day.

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    1. Millennium Park Music Series
    From yoga to symphony orchestras to Broadway hits to DJs, the Millennium Park Music Series offers something for everyone. Located at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 201 E Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus, it’s a great summer destination for any group, including families. Visit the Millennium Park website for the schedule and more information.

    2. Chicago Blues Festival
    The Chicago Blues Festival is held in Grant Park from June 13 to June 15. Headliners include Billy Boy Arnold, Bettye LaVette, and Dr. John. Admission is free – you’ll have a great time! Check out the schedule and other details here.

    3. The Art Institute of Chicago
    This famous museum is a must-see for visitors to Chicago. This summer, The Art Institute of Chicago features exhibits such as Ethel Stein, Master Weaver and Architecture to Scale: Stanley Tigerman and Zago Architecture, plus many, many fascinating permanent collections. Check out the museum’s calendar here, and be sure to snap a picture of the giant lion statues in front of the building!

    4. Fourth of July Fireworks
    Gather on July 4 at Navy Pier starting at 9:30 p.m. for the best fireworks show around! Synchronized to music, the City of Chicago goes all out with this Independence Day celebration. Visit the Navy Pier website for the entire fireworks calendar.

    5. 360 CHICAGO (John Hancock Observatory)
    Formerly the John Hancock Observatory, 360 CHICAGO is the city’s only open-air skyscraper deck, 1,000 feet up on the 94th floor of the building. You can see up to 80 miles out and four states on a clear day, and they’ve also added Tilt! – offering visitors a one-of-a-kind downward facing view of Chicago.

    6. Taste of Chicago
    Taste of Chicago is back in Grant Park this year July 9 to July 13! Performers including Aloe Blacc, Janelle Monáe, Jeff Tweedy, AWOLNATION, and Emmylou Harris will take the stage while you and your friends and family enjoy the best dishes from around the city. Admission is free, though you do have to purchase tickets for food. Visit the website for more information.

    7. Chicago Air and Water Show
    The Chicago Air and Water Show is the largest free show like it in the United States. Presented at North Avenue Beach on August 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, you’ll get to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and more. Get there early to get a spot in the grass – you won’t want to miss the skywriting! More information is available here.

    8. Water Tower Place
    Who doesn’t love shopping? Visit Water Tower Place during your trip to Chicago for shopping experiences like American Girl, Pandora, The LEGO Store, Vera Bradley, Victoria’s Secret, Swarovski and more. Visit the website for the complete directory, including dining.

    9. Tuesdays on the Terrace
    Also in the Water Tower area, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago hosts Tuesdays on the Terrace – a free live jazz concert series on their terrace every week this summer. You can bring a blanket or rent a lawn chair for $5, and enjoy a Farmer’s Market dinner buffet created by Puck’s Café for $25 per person. There are also cash bars for drinks and lighter food options. Take a look at the featured artists on the MCA Chicago website.

    10. Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours
    A Chicago summer staple, Chicago Architecture Foundation boat or land tours are a great way to explore the city, whether you’re native or just visiting. River boat tours are 90 minutes long and are lead by experienced volunteer tour guides who interpret more than 50 historic Chicago buildings. Learn more about the tours and order tickets here.

    Hotel Felix Chicago is located in River North, a hip neighborhood in downtown Chicago that is known for its many art galleries, restaurants, shops, and vibrant nightlife. Some of the city’s best landmarks are within a 10-minute walk from the hotel, including historic Washington Square Park and the Magnificent Mile – Chicago’s most notorious shopping strip.

    Click here to make a reservation for your summer trip.