Free Things To Do in Chicago This November

We love Chicago because it’s home to such a diverse group of things to see, eat, drink and do. What’s even better? When these things are free!

Thanks to this article at TimeOut Chicago, we can share some of our favorite things to do for free this month.

 Chicago Architecture Biennial – Chicago hosts the architecture biennial every two years, where architecture and design are the focal point for exhibitions, art installations, and events that highlight Chicago. These events continue until Saturday, January 7, 2018.

Christkindlmarket – More than 50 food and beverage vendors attend and offer German and European treats at one of Chicago’s most classic holiday events. There are also handcrafted ornaments and nutcrackers available to purchase. The event opens on Friday, November 17 and will run through Sunday, December 24.

Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – The event returns on Thursday, November 2017 and will be taking over State Street from 8am through 11am, featuring floats, marching bands and more.

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights: Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual tradition returns on Friday, November 24 and runs every weekend through January 7, 2018. The zoo will feature lights on display and holiday inspired activities throughout the grounds.

What event are you most excited for? Happy November!

#ThrowbackThursday to Our Team’s Pumpkin Carving Contest

Halloween weekend is approaching and we’re excited to be celebrating! In honor of #NationalPumpkinDay, we’re sharing some photos from last Halloween. Our team decided to have a pumpkin carving contest and you can see that many of them went all out. We love a little bit of healthy competition!

Which one is your favorite carving? Let us know in a comment below! Happy Halloween!

 

Christkindlmarket Returns to Chicago in One Month

Whether you want to admit it or not, the holiday season is right around the corner! Here at Hotel Felix, we can’t be more excited for the holidays! What better way to celebrate than with a trip to Chicago’s Christkindlmarket?

The market, a Chicago staple, opens a month from today, on Friday, November 17.

Never been before? Make it a mission to go this year! More than 50 food and beverage vendors attend and offer German and European treats. There are also handcrafted ornaments and nutcrackers available to purchase. Click here to read more about the event from Time Out Chicago.

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Happy holidays!

Spend Your Friday Night On The Chicago Riverwalk For Friday Night Flights

Do you love beer, Chicago, and experiencing all that the city has to offer? Friday Night Flights is perfect for you! The festival returns to the Chicago Riverwalk, just minutes away from our hotel, for a special Oktoberfest Event this Friday, October 13.

Photo Credit: Choose Chicago

Chicago Friday Night Flights is back on the Chicago Riverwalk for a special Oktoberfest edition on Friday, October 13!

The event, taking place right off of the Chicago river, has over 20 participating breweries and will also offer Oktoberfest themed food and live music.

Tickets are $15 and you can pre-order yours here.

The event will feature beer from the following breweries. Read more about the event in this Choose Chicago article.

  • Hopewell Brewing Company,
  • Cruz Blanca Cerveceria
  • Illuminated Brew Works
  • Haymarket Brewery
  • Eataly’s Birreria
  • Revolution Brewing
  • Argus Brewery
  • Old Irving Brewing Company
  • On Tour Brewing
  • Finch Beer Company
  • Pipeworks Brewery
  • Begyle Brewing Company
  • Half Acre Beer Company
  • Dovetail Brewery
  • Lo Rez Brewing
  • Whiner Beer Company
  • Goose Island Brewing Company
  • Aleman Brewing
  • Baderbrau
  • Marz Brewing Company
  • Rock Bottom – Chicago
  • Spiteful Brewing

Happy Oktoberfest!

 

Cheer on The Chicago Marathon Runners This Weekend

The 40th Chicago Marathon returns this weekend on Sunday morning, and we’re excited to be spectators for the big event!

More than 40,000 participants will be gathering at the start line in Grant Park early Sunday morning (around 5:30AM) – Columbus and Monroe, to be exact.

We have the inside scoop on the start times thanks to DNA Info:

7:20 a.m. – Wheelchair Start
7:21 a.m. – Handcycle Start
7:23 a.m. –  Athletes with Disabilities Start
7:30 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
8:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
8:35 a.m. – Wave 3 Start

Are you heading to Chicago this weekend to cheer on a loved one? You can track their progress and even send them a “good luck” message that appears on big screens at miles 13 and 27! Click here to enter your message.

Get inspired and ready to run (or cheer) this weekend with this awesome video of the marathon course, featuring footage from a Drone! Thanks to Virtual Scribe on YouTube.

Good luck this weekend!

Ways to Spend Your Time During Fall in Chicago

Fall brings cooler weather, which means you can enjoy a day outside without the sweltering heat of summer. We’ve compiled a list of all the fun things to do in Chicago to get you out of the house and into those giant piles of leaves that were made for jumping into. Plus, getting outside and enjoying fall is the best way to spend your weekend Happy, Naturally.

For the outdoorsy-type:

The best pumpkin patches near Chicago

For a date with you and your beau:

The best apple picking near Chicago

For a fun workout:

Rent a bike and plan your route here

For a day spent like a tourist:

Enjoy the architecture tours on the river

For a true October experience:

Visit Oktoberfest for brews, brats and bands

For a music-filled weekend:

Honor the best of Chicago blues

For a spontaneous lunch or dinner:

Because nothing says “fall” like food trucks

For your favorite place to stay:

LEED certified and right downtown? Yes, please!

Happy fall!

Things to Do in Chicago This Fall

While the official start of fall isn’t until Friday, Sept. 22, we’re definitely in the fall mindset! We are seeing the leaves start to change, the temperature is slowly dropping and we’re making the change from iced to hot coffee.

A lot of people say that Chicago is the best in the summertime, but we think that it’s just as fabulous during the fall! Time Out Chicago has compiled a great list of things to do in Chicago this fall and we’re excited to share our favorites. To read the post in its entirety, click here.

Photo Credit to Huffington Post.
  1. The Chicago Humanities Festival – This year’s fall fest includes a huge variety of talented thinkers, innovators, and creators who will be leading discusses around the theme of “belief.” Some highlights are writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jill Soloway, Al Gore and more. Click here to visit The CHF website.

    Photo Credit to Time Out Chicago.
  2. Football Season – Who doesn’t love a good football match at Soldier Field? We love supporting Chicago sports teams, and The Bears is no exception. Plus, Soldier Field recently added a whopping 17 new food items on their menu, including crab salad, buffalo mac and cheese, steak tacos, and more. To see all of the new menu additions, click here.

    Photo Credit to Time Out Chicago.
  3. Halloween – Here at Hotel Felix, we never think you’re too old to celebrate Halloween! There are plenty activities for kids, a ton of movie screenings, haunted houses, and plenty of local activities to visit throughout the Chicagoland area, like Six Flags Fright Fest, and a TON of corn mazes. See what else Time Out Chicago recommends doing to celebrate Halloween.

Are you ready to book your trip to Chicago this fall? Click here to stay with us!

Happy fall!

 

 

Proud to be Chicago’s Number One Eco-Friendly Hotel!

We are thrilled to share that our hotel was named one of the best eco-friendly hotels in America in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Travel Awards!

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We are happy to have received another green award and that we are being recognized for our hard work as an eco-friendly boutique hotel and will continue to pride ourselves in being Chicago’s first Silver LEED Certified hotel.

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The nominees were selected by industry experts and editors from USA Today.

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“We’re honored and thrilled to be recognized in USA Today’s Best Eco-Friendly Hotels. Our team works hard to reduce our carbon footprint to better the environment and community around us,” said George Jordan, our Area General Manager of Hotel Felix Chicago and Senior Vice President of Oxford Hotels & Resorts.

To learn more about Hotel Felix Chicago, please visit our website at www.hotelfelixchicago.com.