The Chicago Smart Lighting Project is Underway

Just a few months ago, the city of Chicago announced that seven different Chicago neighborhoods would introduce new streetlights installed over residential blocks, arterial streets, and alleys.

The Chicago Smart Lighting Project will upgrade streetlights with modern lighting technology – replacing nearly 270,000 sodium lamps with updated, state of the art energy efficient LED lights.

These new additions will ultimately get rid of Chicago’s orange glow that is famously seen during the night. Read more about it here.

“The installation of better, smarter and more-reliable street lighting is a win-win; it’s a win for energy efficiency and a win for quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

Intersections in Rogers Park, Hollywood Park, and Humboldt Park are just a few places where new lights will be installed and feedback from community members is encouraged in order to see where else the lights will continue to installed and when.

If you want to submit feedback, you have until the end of 2016 by an online survey or by mailing comments to  CDOT Streetlight Demo, 30 N LaSalle Street, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60602. To find more information about this project, check out this article from TimeOut Chicago.

Some fast facts about the new lighting, via

• LED stands for light emitting diodes.

• LED lights use less than half the energy of HPS lights.

• LED fixtures last up to three times longer than HPS lights.

• The new LED lighting provides a whiter light; different than the orange-hued HPS lights that have been in use since the 1970’s.

• LED lighting is clear, crisp light that improves nighttime visibility.

• The Smart Lighting LED fixtures, along with lighting management network, will allow the City to adjust light levels to meet specific lighting needs.

• Chicago’s new Smart Lighting is designed to direct light downward where it is needed, towards streets and sidewalks, while minimizing the light that shines into resident windows.

We’re thrilled to see our city implementing more environmentally friendly concepts!

Eco-Chick Visits Hotel Felix

Earlier this year, Lindsey Brown, a blogger for Eco-Chick, had a chance to visit our hotel. Brown is the managing editor of the blog, which is “the world’s first sustainable living site for women,” according to the website.

She focuses on sustainable fashion, health, and travel, which was why she was such a perfect fit to come stay with us during her time in Chicago!

Lindsey appreciated our hotel’s innovations in eco-friendly travel without sacrificing comfort and style. See what else she had to say:

“I found Hotel Felix to be equal parts luxurious and environmentally innovative. I appreciated the small details at Hotel Felix during my stay such as its use of gorgeous reclaimed materials throughout the hotel, smart lighting and energy conservation in my room, the abundance of natural sun exposure, and even some ethical art.”

“We found Hotel Felix to also be incredibly convenient, as we were close to the wedding as well as some must-see Chicago stops like the Magnificent Mile and The Loop. We also enjoyed walking outside the hotel and being surrounded by so many incredible Chicago restaurants.”

Below are some shots from her visit and you can read the post in full here.


Welcome 2017!

In honor of celebrating the start of a new year, we are offering a special package at our hotel to start off 2017 with a bang!

We have designed a New Year’s Eve package that is fun and stress-free in honor of welcoming another year of new hopes and promising beginnings.

The package includes:

Accommodations in one of our contemporary and luxurious guest rooms on December 31, 2016 and two passes to Troquet’s New Years Eve Party from 9:00PM to 2:00AM, which includes:

  • Unlimited use drinks featuring select beers, wine and mixed cocktails
  • Appetizers prepared by Troquet’s chef
  • Midnight champagne toast
  • Dancing and live entertainment featuring a DJ

To book your hotel package now, click here.

We’re looking forward to celebrating the start of 2017 with you!

Celebrate the New Year with Hotel Felix

With 2017 just around the corner, we are excited celebrate the new year at our hotel and with Troquet River North, the French bistro adjacent to our lobby.

Troquet River North will be hosting their own event with live music from a DJ, a champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and party favors. Tickets to the event includes an open bar with craft beers, 10 different wines, and house mixed drinks. To find more information about the event, check out our blog post here.


What better way to make your evening perfect than by staying with us? Book your hotel room now by clicking this link.

We can’t wait for you to ring in the New Year with us and Troquet River North!