2016 Holiday Events Guide

The Chicago Sun-Times has compiled a list of great events going on throughout the Chicagoland area during the month of December. Below are some of our favorites:

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Annual ZooLights event returns this year on Friday, November 25 and will continue every Friday and Sunday until December 4, then every night starting December 9 to New Year’s Day.

The zoo grounds will be lit up all over with events like Brewlights – a night to enjoy seasonal and international craft beers ($40-$60 tickets). A free ice skating rink will open on November 25 and will remain open until February 26 at 2001 N. Clark Street. The best part is: it’s free! To find more information, click here.

103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball hits Allstate Arena with performances from Ariana Grande, Elle Goulding, Backstreet Boys, and more on December 14. The tickets are going fast via Ticketmaster.

The Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the start of the Christmas season on November 25th with the annual “Wreathing of the Lions” and will have Holiday Choirs from December 5-9. Other exciting events include Gingerbread House Decorating and a performance by the Lyric Opera. For more information, click here.

To see what other events the Chicago Sun-Times highlighted, click here.

How to Celebrate Black Friday In Chicago

With Chicago already being the third largest city in the country, it’s inevitable that Black Friday is going to be chaotic throughout the city, especially with tourists and suburbanites coming in from all over in hopes of finding great deals..

Akira – The women’s retailer (originating in Chicago) is offering 25% off storewide and has a variety of doorbusters – just be sure to get there early!

Macy’s – The department store will be open on Thanksgiving Eve at 6pm sharp with 60% off women’s coats and $39.99 cashmere sweaters – not to mention a ton of other deals.

Mario Tricosi – The hair salon, just steps away from our hotel on the Magnificent Mile, is offering 50% off Clarisonic devices and deals on gift certificates. What a perfect way to treat yourself!

Check out some of the best deals going on Thursday, Friday and some throughout the weekend – thanks to Time Out Chicago. Click here to see a full list.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Ring in 2017 at Troquet River North

Troquet River North, the French bistro adjacent to our lobby, is holding a New Year’s Eve event complete 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.

Tickets are available now at www.troquetrivernorth.com  for $65 until 12/12/2016. Ticket prices will increase after 12/12 to $80 and will also be available for purchase at the door.

For more information, check out the flyer below:


IHLA Stars of the Industry

Stars of the Industry 
Congrats to our Stars of the Industry!  We want to thank all of our team members and especially the ones recognized last week as the “Stars of the Industry” by the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association.
They are recognized for their tireless efforts in making our guests happy and comfortable. They’re fun to work with and always smiling when they arrive at work.

A big round of applause and thank you to:

 – Dion Jackson, our Bellman
 – Jova Lopez, Housekeeping and Lobby Attendant
 – Arcelia Arroyo, Housekeeping Supervisor
 – Yuri Echin, Night Auditor and Frontdesk
Find more information on IHLA’s website.
Thank you again and congratulations to all! #HappyNaturally

East Coast Contessas Visit Hotel Felix

This past summer, travel bloggers Alex and Karen visited our hotel and had some amazing things to say about their visit.

They enjoyed our eco-friendly decor, comfortable beds, and accommodating location. See what else they had to say:

“A charming oasis tucked away amid the bustling sidewalks of downtown River North neighborhood, Hotel Felix is a hidden gem of sorts, but one that is certainly not to be overlooked.”

“The most important concept associated with all of Hotel’s Felix’s decor, is that they all reflect the hotel’s utmost attention to implementing eco-friendly practices.”

“In fact, the hotel has commissioned three sculptures over the years (Earth Day 2010, 2011, and 2012) made out of found and reclaimed materials:  “Loren the Doorman”, made out of recycled pipes, “Madeline, The Baker’s Wife”, and a metal dog named “Scrappy”. Hotel guests still enjoy these works of art today, as they represent the best of what Hotel Felix has to offer: a fun and fanciful spirit.”

Below are some beautiful photos featured on the post. To read the post in full, click here!


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Happy November!

November Events in Chicago

The weather in Chicago may be dropping, but the fun is just getting started! Chicago has a full calendar of fun events during the month of November, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites via Time Out Chicago. Read on to find your own favorite new Chicago event!

Photo via macandcheesechicago.com.

Mac and Cheese fest – Saturday, November 5

This cheesy event is back for its third year! Two, three-hour sessions will make up this event where guests can sample a number of mac and cheese dishes from local Chicago vendors. Vote for your favorite! General admission tickets include unlimited mac and cheese and five drink tickets. Visit the event’s website for more information.

Photo via SOFA Chicago.

Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6: SOFA Chicago

Sculptures, objects, and functional art (SOFA) returns to Navy Pier this year as one of Chicago’s longest continually running art fairs. There are more than 80 galleries and deals featured and most of the items are available for purchase! A one day pass is $20 and a three day pass is $30 – talk about a bargain. Find more information on their website.

Photo via Chicago Mayor's Office.
Photo via Chicago Mayor’s Office.
Friday, November 18 – Friday, December 23 – Christkindlmarket
Chicago’s largest open-air market returns to Daley Plaza on Friday, November 18! Check out the market inspired by Nuremberg, Germany, a market founded in 1545, featuring iconic German items perfect for Christmastime. The event is free and open to the public and will have thousands of items available for purchase. Visit their website for more information.
Happy November!

Fly the Win, Cubs!

The Cubs play their fifth game tonight in the MLB Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The series is currently tied 2-2, so Game Five is crucial for the Cubs to clinch the win!

Chicago is definitely getting in the spirit of the series, especially because the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years!

We hope our guests and Chicagoans alike watch the game tonight – the first pitch will be thrown at 7:08PM CST.


Fly the W!

Pac-Man and the Hotel Industry

What do Pac-Man and the hotel industry have in common?  Apparently a lot, according to George Jordan, SVP of Operations at Oxford Hotels & Resorts and our General Area Manager.  George writes about the latest mergers and acquisitions in our industry in his latest column for Hotel News Now.

While the tourism industry was once booming with a variety of different companies and suppliers, it has now dwindled down to just a few major players gobbling up the competition.


Jordan writes, “In fact, the big brands read the writing on the wall quite a few years ago and telegraphed their intentions to the world. The internet had democratized the reservations eco-sphere because customers can now, with the click of a mouse, compare all hotels in a market, by location, quality, amenity and price. The telegraph read, “We’re protecting market share and have created a collection of unique independent hotels throughout the U.S. and the world that allows the discerning traveler more choice and still earn points.”

To read more about how the hotel industry has been affected by Pac-Man like metaphors, read this article in Hotel News Now.

And, given that election season is here, George also reminds us to get out and vote.  It doesn’t have a lot to do with Pac-Man but we agree – certainly important time to exercise that right.

Safe travels, all.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon returns to the city on Sunday, October 9. Although it’s too late to register to run it, there’s still plenty of time to make plans to attend the big event!


Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/ZamoraA

Around 45,000 people will run the 26.2 miles around the city, and there are great tourist spots to check out the runners – from Chinatown and Lincoln Park to Millennium Park! There’s no better way to get into the Chicago spirit than by attending one of the city’s biggest events! The best part is, the event falls in the beginning of October – so we almost always have beautiful weather!

The race kicks off Sunday at 8am.

To find more information about the race, visit the Chicago Marathon’s website and check out this article from TimeOut Chicago.