• Movies in Millennium Park

    Posted on June 17th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Exciting news for movie lovers: the city of Chicago has announced this year’s Millennium Park movie lineup! The first movie will kick off on June 21 with a classic: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! It’s a perfect fit, considering the movie is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.

    Movies are every Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and will continue all summer long until August 30.

    Seating is first come, first serve! Did we mention this is free all summer long?!

    Check out the movie lineup below. For more information, click here.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986; PG-13, 103 min)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    Soul Food (1997; R, 115 mins)

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    A League of Their Own (1992; PG, 125 mins)

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    Thelma & Louise (1991; R, 120 mins)

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (Full Moon Double Feature)
    Moonstruck (1988, PG, 102 mins)
    Silence of the Lambs (1991, R, 118 mins)

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016
    Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    West Side Story (1961; Unrated, 152 mins)

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016
    Grease (1978; PG-13, 110 mins)

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    Finding Nemo (2003; G, 100 mins)

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    Purple Rain (1984; PG, 111 min)

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    Favorite Chicago Film, to be chosen by the audience at a later date

    Jay Pritzker Pavilion Chicago

    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/Rauluminate

  • Celebrate Summer at Troquet River North

    Posted on June 16th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    What better way to celebrate summertime than with great food, drinks and live music? On Tuesday, June 28, Troquet River North, the restaurant adjacent to our lobby, will host a special event with Lagunitas Beer to kick off Summer 2016.

    Troquet has a new offering in store just for the event: Enjoy a flight of four Lagunitas beers and a special Lagunitas Cheesesteak made by Chef Tim Davidson, served with fries and housemade ketchup and a sugar cookie.

    There also will be live music from Jaik Willis from 6-8pm and representatives from Lagunitas will be on-site to engage with guests and answer any questions.

    This special will be available from 11am to 10pm that and is available for $30, inclusive of tax and gratuity.

    To reserve your spot, click here.

    We look forward to celebrating the start to another beautiful Chicago summer with you at Troquet River North!

    Troquet River North

    Troquet River North

    Cheers!

  • Visit Chicago This Year and You May End Up on TV

    Posted on May 21st, 2016 gjordan No comments

    It is exciting that Chicago has such a vibrant entertainment community with a number of TV shows, movies and radio shows being filmed here every day.

    Shows like “Empire” and “Chicago Fire” have inspired the spin-off series “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” and the most recently announced “Chicago Justice.” These popular television shows have inspired TV show developers to launch even more shows here in Chicago.

    New sows titled “The Exorcist” and “A.P.B.” have shot their pilot episodes in the city. A representative from “A.P.B” recently told the Chicago Tribune that they will base the series in Chicago.

    Netflix’ original series “Sense8” will also be filming episodes in Chicago in June. To see more television shows that will be filming in Chicago, visit this TimeOut Chicago article.

    Do you think you have the acting chops to appear as an extra on any of these shows? Visit Chicago this year and maybe you’ll get your 15 minutes of fame.

    Camera Crew Team People Group Flat Style

    Photo Credit: istock.com/robuart

  • In Full Swing – the Cubbies

    Posted on May 12th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    With Chicago being one of the only cities in the United States to have two major league baseball teams, as well as a popular professional basketball and hockey team, it’s easy to see that we have some major sports fans with great spirit. We love rooting for our hometown teams! With that being said, it’s never a rare thing to see a Cubs fan on the street, at the table next to you in a restaurant, or on public transportation.

    The Chicago Cubs have been keeping an excellent record this year, and reports are already showing them as a potential team in this year’s World Series.

    Their current 24-6 record is the best in the league, with the Chicago White Sox trailing closely behind at 23-10. Baseball season is here to stay, and we can’t wait to see how the Chicago Cubs are going to do in the future.

    Their next game is tomorrow at 1:20pm at Wrigley Field. They will be taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Our team will be rooting for the Cubs this year and even “Loran the Doorman,” one of our sustainable sculptures, shows off his Cubs spirit as he welcomes our guests to the hotel.

    Loran in Cubs

    Go Cubs Go!

  • National Bike Month

    Posted on May 5th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    What’s better than celebrating National Bike Month this May than making it a priority to utilize DIVVY Bikes in Chicago?

    May brings warmer weather to Chicago, which means taking a bike to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee is easy and comfortable to do. Biking is also a fun way to explore the city when visiting.

    DIVVY has more than 4,7-0 bikes and 475 stations throughout the city of Chicago. Their bikes can be rented and returned to any station across the city and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Plus, convenient for our guests – there is a DIVVY station approximately 0.2 miles away from our hotel at Wells & Erie Street.

    Divvy ML photo Wells HuronLocation
    Divvy ML photo

    What are you waiting for? For more information, visit DIVVY’s website.

  • Managers Outing

    Posted on May 2nd, 2016 gjordan No comments

    To wrap up Earth Month, we celebrated with a Managers Outing this year. We had a delicious lunch at Blackfinn AmeriPub on Kinzie and Clark in Chicago.

    Following are some photos from our celebrations. Thank you team for all your hard work! #HappyNaturally.

    George Jordan (r) is our Area General Manager and the SVP of Operations at Oxford Hotels and Resorts

    George Jordan (r) is our Area General Manager and the SVP of Operations at Oxford Hotels and Resorts

    Managers Outing

    Managers Outing

    Managers Outing

    Managers Outing

    Thank you Blackfinn for hosting us!

    Thank you Blackfinn for hosting us!

  • Michigan Avenue Madness Shopping Spree

    Posted on April 28th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    It’s that time of the year when everyone in the city of Chicago wants to spend their days outside and soak in the warm weather while they can. We’ve had a couple days of gorgeous sunshine and we know more of those days are on the way. With that in mind, what’s better than taking a trip to the Windy City shopping at some of the best shops on Michigan Avenue? Not much!

    We are offering a special Michigan Avenue Madness Shopping Package that includes the following:
    • Accommodation in one of our contemporary and luxurious guestrooms
    • $50 gift card to “The 900 Shops”
    • A gift bag filled with goodies, including discount vouchers from participating stores and restaurants at “The 900 Shops”
    • A signature gift with $100 purchase during your shopping adventure at “The 900 Shops”
    • An exclusive 900 Card

    Woman holding colourful shopping bags at the mall.

    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/ismagilov

    Click here to book now.

    Happy shopping!

  • Happy Earth Day!

    Posted on April 22nd, 2016 gjordan 1 comment

    Happy Earth Day! As our readers know, here at Hotel Felix, we pride ourselves in being Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel. We continue to reduce our carbon footprint and look for new ways to integrate sustainable practices into our hotel every day.

    This Earth Day, we’re supporting Earth Day Network and their mission to plant more trees. Join us today and for every tweet that mentions #Trees4Earth, we’ll make a $1 donation to their cause to plant more trees (up to 300 trees total).

    We’ll be sharing tweets on our Twitter handle at @HotelFelix and you can follow them at @EarthDayNetwork.

    And, of course if you haven’t already, join in our #GreenFelix contest as it continues through the end of the month. Remember to tell us how you are environmentally friendly by using the hashtag #GreenFelix for a chance to win a stay at our hotel! You can see more details in the past blog post here.

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    Photo Credit: Earth Day Network

  • Chicago Smart Lighting Project

    Posted on April 19th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Chicago is famous for having an orange glow on the streets, visible from airplanes and skyscrapers alike. However, this famous glow isn’t the best for the environment, and the city of Chicago is planning on making some major changes.

    Just yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office announced the official launch of the Chicago Smart Lighting Project. The project will swap out nearly 85 percent of the city’s “high-pressure sodium lamps” for LED lights and will be completed by 2020.

    These changes will be great for the city and our pollution: a study in 2011 conducted by the University of Colorado told us that Chicago has the most light pollution of any city in the world.

    To read more information, check out Time Out Chicago’s article.

    Chicago skyline aerial view at dusk

    Photo credit: istockphoto.com/marchello74

    What a great change to be announced during #EarthMonth! We’re excited to see these changes improve the environmental quality in Chicago.

  • #GreenFelix Contest Update

    Posted on April 15th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Since we started our #GreenFelix contest at the beginning of the month, we’ve already seen a ton of great contest entries about how easy it is to incorporate greener habits into our daily routines.

    Our #GreenFelix contest will run through the end of April – so there’s still plenty of time to enter! The person who tweets their green activities to @hotelfelix with hashtag #GreenFelix the most wins a complimentary two-night stay at our hotel. In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by our management with special consideration given to those who have photos included with the tweets and additional RTs from other followers.

    The contest begins Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m. CST and ends April 30 at 5 pm CST. To read the official rules, click here.

    Happy Tweeting and good luck!

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    photo credit: istock.com/LevKPhoto