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!

See Chicago with Divvy

Chicago’s bikeshare program, Divvy, has put on a variety of holiday deals since 2013 to get Chicagoans into the holiday spirit. A plus – the promotion gives users a chance to win a free membership.

Photo via Divvy’s Instagram account.

It’s easy to enter for a chance to win: if you see DIvvy’s special holiday bike – candy-cane red and white stripes, all you have to do is snap a picture and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #HOLIDIVVY. Those who enter the contest will have a shot at winning a free yearlong Divvy membership. Five winners will be announced, and the holiday bike will be featured on the streets of Chicago through the month of December.

This is pretty cool, considering that Chicago was just voted the most bike-friendly city just a couple months back.

Divvy is also running a few different deals through December 2. Check them out here.

Happy biking!


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  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!