Be a Green Traveler

Summer is finally here! In Chicago, we earned it after quite a long winter and a bleak spring. Now, everyone is out and about exploring the city and all it has to offer. When the weather is hot and everyone is looking for the next weekend getaway, cool off with these tips for traveling green this summer.

• People produce more waste when traveling than any other time in the year. To cut back on some of that waste, bring a re-useable water bottle while traveling.

• Take a non-stop flight to your destination as well as be mindful of your choice of aircrafts. Larger airplanes, such as the Boeing 777, get more people to their destinations with less fuel consumption.

• While cooling off at the beach, use eco-friendly sunscreens to keep Lake Michigan free of extra pollution.

• Take in all Chicago has to offer by biking! Divvy bike stations are easily accessible all over Chicago and provide a great eco-friendly way to see the sites. It’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

• Eat and shop locally! The food that is grown locally does not need to be shipped and therefore uses no extra fuel. Plus it’s a great way to immerse yourself into the culture of the city! See what the locals see and eat what the locals eat.

Hotel Felix - One of the Best Green Hotels in the United States
Hotel Felix – One of the Best Green Hotels in the United States

A Taste of France in Chicago

Right here in our lobby! With all the buzz of “Taste of Chicago,” we wanted to share updates on Troquet, the French inspired restaurant adjacent to our lobby. Consider it a Taste of France!

Revel in the mesmerizing sound of live piano music every Wednesday night or indulge yourself in unlimited Mimosas during their Saturday or Sunday brunch.

Mimosas during brunch at Troquet

The restaurant offers creative and imaginative cuisine that caters even to the most discerning palate. Bon Appetit!

Troquet River North

Pamper Yourself

Relax and rejuvenate! Time to pamper yourself – You’ve earned it.

The Spa Boutique Felix offers a variety of services such as massages, body treatments, facials, nails and waxing. It’s the convenience of a full service spa in a boutique setting right under our roof. Plus, the spa uses organic products that supplement even the most sensitive skin types.

For a limited time, get a $20.00 discount on massages and facials on same day bookings. Hurry – this offer won’t last long. Reserve your appointment and call 312-256-8000.

Spa Time at Hotel Felix

Take Comfort

As the first SILVER-LEED certified hotel in Illinois, we blend a comfortable elegance with inspiring natural elements.

We offer whisper quiet rooms, with luxurious linens and beddings. Our rooms are also equipped with motion sensitive temperature control systems, low flow toilets and low water showerheads.

Just for you, we have our ongoing Summer Sizzle Special*. Book now through July 31, 2015 and stay through August 31, 2015 and receive 20% OFF our best available rates*. This is a great deal that you’ll want to take advantage of and take comfort in!

Hotel Felix Chicago
Hotel Felix Chicago

*Certain restrictions apply. Requires cancellation 24 hours prior arrival to avoid one night’s room and tax fees. To learn more, contact Denise Howlett, Area Director of Revenue, at denise.howlett@hotelfelixchicago.com or Larry Irving, Director of Operations at larry.irving@hotelfelixchicago.com.

Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks

Three-peat! Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2015 Stanley Cup finals, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0.

This is the third Stanley Cup victory for the Chicago Blackhawks in six years. What’s best – they won on our home ice this time, making the win even sweeter. Chicago – ever the town for sports enthusiasts – is buzzing with excitement and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has promised a “world-class” celebration and parade for Thursday, June 18 in Chicago.

We’re very happy for the city, the players and the loyal fans. Congratulations, Chicago Blackhawks! #OneGoal #BecuaseItsTheCup

Photo credit: jfwphoto
Photo credit: jfwphoto

Farmer’s Markets in Chicago

Farmer’s markets are quite popular in Chicago – and a “must see” when visiting our city. It’s a great way to get a snack or some fresh produce from a local farm and learn about what produce is in season. The city’s largest Farmer’s Market – Green City Market – is just a short DIVVY Bike from our hotel.

The market is open to the public on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and more than 50 vendors have their best produce, food, flower and more available for purchase. Plus, there’s a number of “prepared” foods to try for a breakfast or a snack, including crepes, tamales, grilled cheese sandwiches and more.

Chicago Magazine recently shared the best of the best at Green City Market. Learn more in their article here.

DIVVY bikes near Hotel Felix Chicago
DIVVY bikes near Hotel Felix Chicago

Spotlight On: Greenheart Shop

Here at Hotel Felix, we love being based in a city with a variety of eco-friendly businesses. One of our personal favorites is the Greenheart Shop.

Located at 1714 N. Wells Street, the Greenheart Shop has devoted itself to fair trade practices since 2007. Their mission is simple: provide a shopping experience that supports fair trade, eco-friendly products, and local social enterprises. When you choose to shop fair trade at Greenheart your purchase supports community development projects, safe working conditions, and sustainable environmental practices. Not to mention a perfect gift for yourself or loved ones back home!

The Greenheart Shop also prides itself on stocking a wide variety of products. Including but not limited to clothing, home decor, children’s items, and accessories. In addition, the Greenheart Shop features an “Artisan of the Month” on their website to showcase different fair trade artisans from around the world. So the next time you need a gift, a pick me up, or a little stylish inspiration, we hope you’ll visit our friends at the Greenheart Shop.

For more information on the Greenheart Shop visit their website, www.greenheartshop.org.

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Chicago Blues Festival

Summer is an exciting time in Chicago! From street fests to the lakefront, there’s countless outdoor activities for guests to explore. This weekend, the city will host its 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival. What’s best – the headliner is Buddy Guy, a Chicago legend.

The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.”

Admission is free and takes place in Chicago’s Grant Park from June 12-14. To learn more, visit the City of Chicago’s website here.

Have fun! Enjoy summer!

Hotel Felix Chicago
Hotel Felix Chicago