River North Donut Fest

Have you ever dreamed of eating all Chicago’s best donuts – all at once? Well, River North Donut Fest was the event made for you. On Saturday, April 2, attend the Donut Fest at Old Crow Smokehouse in River North to sample all of Chicago’s best donuts, long-johns, and other sugary treats.

Tickets are $50 and includes:

– A FREE ride (up to $30) from Uber with promo code ‘CTS30’
– $25 in FREE food and drink from Spring Rewards when you use promo code ‘CHI25’
– $10 in FREE delivery food from DoorDash with promo code ‘CTS10′
– $15 in healthy, organic meals delivered from Sprig with promo code ’15FREE’
– A FREE $10 gift card from Target, Macy’s or Walmart with $25 purchase using EBATES!
– $20 credit towards your dining experience from Reserve with promo code ‘CHI20’
– $30 in on-demand dog walking & cat sitting from UrbanLeash with promo code ‘CHI20’
– $10 in dry cleaning from Dryv with promo code ‘CHI20’ Dryv will pick up and drop off your clothes on demand! *Offers valid for first time users only and subject to change without notice.

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For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Chicago to Host Cheesetopia Fest in April

Cheese lovers, rejoice! On April 10, Chicago will be hosting its first ever Cheesetopia Fest at Bridgeport Air Center. More than 40 Midwest cheese producers will be present at the event, sampling and selling their products for festival attendees.

Cheesetopia’s first year was held in 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is organized by Wisconsin cheese manufacturer Roth Cheese and Jeanne Carpenter. It’s no secret Wisconsin is known for its love of cheese and we’re excited that Cheesetopia is headed to Chicago.

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Photo by Cheesetopia.com

Tickets are $75 and includes access to an open bar that features complimentary beer, wine and soda.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Cheesetopia’s website.

If you’re heading into town for the event, you can book a room to stay with us. Visit our website here to book.

Happy eating!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

There are a variety of activities to check out during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Despite the fact that the actual holiday lands on a Thursday this year, that won’t stop you from having the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration here in Chicago.

Head to Grant Park on Saturday, March 12 to experience the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There, you’ll find a number of bagpipes, dancers, and more. Not to mention that the parade is entirely free to the public.

The parade kicks off at Columbus and Balbo drive at 12 p.m. and will conclude at Monroe Street. If you’re especially interested in getting a good viewing spot, make sure to show up a couple hours early with a folding chair and plenty of snacks. For more information, visit Time Out Chicago.

Make sure to dress comfortably with great walking shoes and extra layers. The weather is unpredictable at this time of the year and while you may be warm in the sun, that can change quickly once the sun is hidden behind clouds or the skyscrapers downtown.

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Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/stu99

Don’t forget to wear green!

Folk Fridays at Troquet River North

Fridays are perfect for live music! Troquet River North, the restaurant adjacent to our lobby, has a special night of music and great drink specials every Friday.

From 8-11 p.m. every Friday night through April, you can purchase the Town Branch Flight for just $25, which includes TB Pearce Lyon Reserve, TB Bourbon, TB Rye, and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. There are also $8 moonshine and bourbon cocktails as well.

Troquet River North has arranged a great lineup of live performers as well – following is the complete list to date:

February 12th – Rob Anderlik
February 19th – Ben Barefoot
February 26th – Coyote Riot

March 4th – Dime Store String Band
March 11th – Crazy Heart
March 18th – Eric Lambert
March 25th – Laura Joy

April 1st – Robert Rolfe Fedderson
April 8th – Jaik Willis
April 15th – Ben Barefort & the Handshakes
April 22nd – Trillium
April 29th – Bourbon Aristocracy

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We hope to see you at Troquet for Folk Fridays soon! Cheers!

Fat Tuesday Celebrations

Every year, we celebrate Fat Tuesday – also known as Mardi Gras – with our entire team. Everyone working is invited to join in on a delicious (and big!) feast.

This year, Troquet, the restaurant adjacent to our lobby, created a unique menu again for us complete with gumbo, cornbread and honey butter. Is your mouth watering yet?

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Plus, in true Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday tradition, we had a King Cake where one baby was hidden in it. As the tradition goes, whoever eats the piece of cake with the baby in it, is then crowned the “king” or “queen” of the celebration. Marissa Kuck, our director of human resources and accounting, had the slice of cake with the baby in there. This also symbolizes luck and fortune but what she doesn’t know is that it also means she’s responsible for buying next year’s cake! We’ll see if she abides to tradition… or maybe we’ll let her off the hook!

Here’s Marissa as “Queen for the Day.”

Queen for the Day - Marissa found the baby in her cake, which symbolizes luck and good fortune.
Queen for the Day – Marissa found the baby in her cake, which symbolizes luck and good fortune.

Fat Tuesday is a fun time to gather the team and enjoy a great lunch – following are a few more photos from the afternoon:

Mardi Gras Celebrations 2016.
Mardi Gras Celebrations 2016.

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Mardi Gras Celebrations 2016.
Mardi Gras Celebrations 2016.

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Happy Fat Tuesday!

Welcome to Tranquility

Time to relax and unwind! Here at Hotel Felix, we strive to give you the best experience when you visit our hotel and the exciting city of Chicago. After a long day at a work conference, hectic travel or even just shopping on Michigan Avenue, the perfect way to end the day is at our Spa Boutique. Guests often say a little spat time eases away all the stress and worries.

This February, we’re wishing you much love and tranquility with all that you find meaningful. We have a number of wonderful treatment options depending on your spa preferences: Massages, facials, nails or waxing. To see a full listing of our treatments, simply click here

A few of our spa specials include:

Rest Massage:
This deeply relaxing treatment features long, connective strokes designed to soothe and ease fatigue and calms the nervous system.

Pure Results Facial:
This active organic facial uses a high performance enzyme peel to target the signs of aging, plump and firm the skin and reduce fine lines.

Upgrades to treatments:
Eye Contour Treatment: This facial add-on will reduce puffiness, fine lines and under eye discoloration.

Body Melt Stone Therapy:
Soothing hot stones create a delicious and penetrating effect on fatigued and achy muscles.

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We hope you’ll find tranquility and relaxation when visiting our Spa Boutique. To learn more or make a reservation, please call 312-256-8000. Our spa welcomes guests of the hotel along with local area Chicagoans as well.

Relaxation awaits at the Spa Boutique!

Exciting Openings this February in Chicago

Here’s to Spring! It looks like Chicago will be getting an early Spring this year, thanks to the groundhog that did not see his shadow this week. With that being said, there’s no better time than now to check out all of the exciting openings in Chicago that are taking place this month.

Grab your (light) coat and some comfortable shoes get out there!

Weekends in February:

February 6 – Attend “the world’s biggest bar crawl” at Navy Pier to celebrate Mardi Gras.

February 13 – Pay a visit to the Chicago Handmade Market at the Empty Bottle.

February 14 – Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade.

February 21 – The Chicago Auto Show is back at McCormick Place.

February 27 & 28 – The famous Randolph Street Market returns to the Plumbers Union Hall.

To see the rest of the exciting events that are opening this February, visit Time Out Chicago here.

Happy Adventures!