A Gem of an Evening

This past Saturday the Hotel Felix was honored to attend the 4th Annual Emerald Gala hosted by our Chicago Chapter of the US Green Building Council. For those of you who do not know, the US Green Building Council, according to their website, is “a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation”, but we know they do much more. It’s appropriate that 4 years ago, the USGBC gave birth to this event in May, a month which boasts the emerald as its official birthstone.  However, something tells me that our hosts had something else in mind when envisioning the moniker for this truly special event… 


Saturday night began with a cocktail reception, silent auction, and raffle.  The generosity of Chicago’s Green Business community was on full display as several dozen high-end auction items were furiously bid upon. From a very chic water-conserving porcelain toilet to Cross-Town classic tickets between the Cubs and White Sox to, yes, a complimentary night stay at The Hotel Felix Chicago, party goers had quite a variety to choose from.  In addition to money raised through the Auction, each $25 raffle ticket that was purchased will go toward supporting Chapter programs, events, and initiatives throughout the year.


As the band struck up a happy tune (naturally), the Hotel Felix made our way inside the ballroom to our table. The first course was a delicious salad of greens, fruits, and nuts. As we sat drizzling our raspberry vinaigrette onto our salads, it occurred to me that tonight was a special night not just for the Hotel Felix to be among such a great group of people, but a time for all of Chicagoland’s Green Building Community to shine (or shall I say, sparkle?).  One of the main purposes for the evening, is to honor individuals and businesses with a Natural Leaders Award Presentation.  Recipients were recognized in categories such as EnvironMotion, Re-Generation, Intent to Matter, and Small Feet, Big Feat.  Our congratulations go out to Uncommon Ground (coffee shop), Vincent Iturralde (Principal of a Chicago Public School), Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Xavier University respectively.  These individuals and organizations are the spirit of the evening, and an inspiration to many I am sure. Hotel Felix left feeling inspired to do our part, in our way, to share in the responsibility of caring for our earth. Hotel Felix encourages you to ask yourself, how can I show my green spirit and shine today? Book a reservation here, of course!