• Hotel Felix and Divvy team up to offer guests a new “Stay & Bike Package”

    Posted on June 17th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    It is Chicago Bike Week and Hotel Felix is celebrating by kicking off the “Stay & Bike” package. This package is great for vacationers, staycationers, and urban explorers alike. When guests book the “Stay & Bike” package they will receive 15 percent off our best rate, plus a complementary 24 hour Divvy pass.

  • Divvy is Chicago’s Bike Share system. With thousands of bikes at 300 stations, Divvy allows travelers a way to get around the city with confidence. As Chicago’s first Silver LEED and eco-chic hotel, Hotel Felix continues to uncover fun and unique ways for guests and travelers to explore the city in a green and eco-friendly way.

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  • “Guests can grab a bike, pick a direction and go,” said George Jordan, Area General Manager of Hotel Felix Chicago and Senior Vice President of Oxford Hotels & Resorts. “With Divvy stations near and far, riders can choose their own adventures. The convenient Divvy system is as easy as riding a bike.”

  • Located in Chicago’s trendy River North neighborhood, Hotel Felix is in a central location to embark on a Divvy-centered adventure throughout Chicago. Guests can visit famous locations downtown, such as Millennium Park, then ride up to the famed Gold Coast to experience Chicago’s famous dining, then head to Wrigleyville to see a Cubs baseball game – all at their own pace.

  • “Chicago is a fantastic place to be in the summer,” added Elliot Greenberger, General Manager of Divvy. “With the ‘Stay & Bike Package’ at Hotel Felix, guests can leave their car with the valet and Divvy to music festivals, street fairs, farmer’s markets and more. Bike share allows travelers to experience Chicago in a fun and eco-friendly way.”

  • The new “Stay & Bike Package” available for dates July 1 through Sept. 1.

  • Photo from: peopleforbikes.org

    Photo from: peopleforbikes.org

  • To learn more about Hotel Felix Chicago or book the “Stay & Bike Package,” click here http://bit.ly/1jwrqov.

  • Millennium Park in the Summertime

    Posted on June 5th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Millennium Park offers a wide variety of summertime attractions, and they’re free of charge! Here are our 5 favorite events happening at the park, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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    1. Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras – Tour of China Send-off Concert
    On Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra performs its final concerts before going on tour to China. Blue Man Group Chicago will make a special appearance.

    2. An Evening with Richard Thompson & His Electric Trio
    Known for their invention of British Folk Rock, world-renowned guitarist Richard Thompson performs his Millennium Park debut on Monday, June 16, 2014 with a solo acoustic set followed by a full electric set with his trio.

    3. Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert
    Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies, Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6 p.m., this concert showcases a sampling of Broadway in Chicago shows.

    4. Chicago Dancing Festival Celebration of Dance
    In its 8th season of free dance performances, multiple dance companies join together for a unique show at Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

    5. Millennium Park Workouts
    Get fit in one of the most unique outdoor workout spaces this summer! Every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Millennium Park offers 45-minute classes including Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba. Click here to see the full schedule and featured teachers.

    Visit millenniumpark.org for a full calendar of summer events. See you there!

  • Chicago Summer – 10 Things To Do

    Posted on June 2nd, 2014 gjordan 1 comment

    Chicago summers are famous! We’ve compiled 10 things to do that will make your visit to Chicago great. From museums to music festivals to city tours, these downtown attractions will keep you and your family and friends entertained. Hotel Felix Chicago will be there waiting when you’re done with your big day.

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    1. Millennium Park Music Series
    From yoga to symphony orchestras to Broadway hits to DJs, the Millennium Park Music Series offers something for everyone. Located at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 201 E Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus, it’s a great summer destination for any group, including families. Visit the Millennium Park website for the schedule and more information.

    2. Chicago Blues Festival
    The Chicago Blues Festival is held in Grant Park from June 13 to June 15. Headliners include Billy Boy Arnold, Bettye LaVette, and Dr. John. Admission is free – you’ll have a great time! Check out the schedule and other details here.

    3. The Art Institute of Chicago
    This famous museum is a must-see for visitors to Chicago. This summer, The Art Institute of Chicago features exhibits such as Ethel Stein, Master Weaver and Architecture to Scale: Stanley Tigerman and Zago Architecture, plus many, many fascinating permanent collections. Check out the museum’s calendar here, and be sure to snap a picture of the giant lion statues in front of the building!

    4. Fourth of July Fireworks
    Gather on July 4 at Navy Pier starting at 9:30 p.m. for the best fireworks show around! Synchronized to music, the City of Chicago goes all out with this Independence Day celebration. Visit the Navy Pier website for the entire fireworks calendar.

    5. 360 CHICAGO (John Hancock Observatory)
    Formerly the John Hancock Observatory, 360 CHICAGO is the city’s only open-air skyscraper deck, 1,000 feet up on the 94th floor of the building. You can see up to 80 miles out and four states on a clear day, and they’ve also added Tilt! – offering visitors a one-of-a-kind downward facing view of Chicago.

    6. Taste of Chicago
    Taste of Chicago is back in Grant Park this year July 9 to July 13! Performers including Aloe Blacc, Janelle Monáe, Jeff Tweedy, AWOLNATION, and Emmylou Harris will take the stage while you and your friends and family enjoy the best dishes from around the city. Admission is free, though you do have to purchase tickets for food. Visit the website for more information.

    7. Chicago Air and Water Show
    The Chicago Air and Water Show is the largest free show like it in the United States. Presented at North Avenue Beach on August 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, you’ll get to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and more. Get there early to get a spot in the grass – you won’t want to miss the skywriting! More information is available here.

    8. Water Tower Place
    Who doesn’t love shopping? Visit Water Tower Place during your trip to Chicago for shopping experiences like American Girl, Pandora, The LEGO Store, Vera Bradley, Victoria’s Secret, Swarovski and more. Visit the website for the complete directory, including dining.

    9. Tuesdays on the Terrace
    Also in the Water Tower area, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago hosts Tuesdays on the Terrace – a free live jazz concert series on their terrace every week this summer. You can bring a blanket or rent a lawn chair for $5, and enjoy a Farmer’s Market dinner buffet created by Puck’s Café for $25 per person. There are also cash bars for drinks and lighter food options. Take a look at the featured artists on the MCA Chicago website.

    10. Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours
    A Chicago summer staple, Chicago Architecture Foundation boat or land tours are a great way to explore the city, whether you’re native or just visiting. River boat tours are 90 minutes long and are lead by experienced volunteer tour guides who interpret more than 50 historic Chicago buildings. Learn more about the tours and order tickets here.

    Hotel Felix Chicago is located in River North, a hip neighborhood in downtown Chicago that is known for its many art galleries, restaurants, shops, and vibrant nightlife. Some of the city’s best landmarks are within a 10-minute walk from the hotel, including historic Washington Square Park and the Magnificent Mile – Chicago’s most notorious shopping strip.

    Click here to make a reservation for your summer trip.

  • Sculptor Allen Christian Featured on PRX

    Posted on May 28th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Allen Christian, the sculptor responsible for Hotel Felix Chicago’s Loren the Doorman, Madeline and Scrappy statues and best known for his studio “House of Balls,” was featured in a recent story by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

    “I’ll take doll parts, hot water heaters, badminton birdies, piano parts, medical devices. You know, it’s my belief that anything has the potential to become something else, to be repurposed, and to make whatever we define as art, art.” – Allen Christian

    According to the story for KFAI by Dixie Treichel, Christian creates sculptures made from found objects, and is also known for carving figures out of bowling balls (hence the nickname “House of Balls”). He has been a part of the Minneapolis warehouse district since 1987 and intends for visitors to interact with his creations. You can see more of his work on the House of Balls website, or take a look at the sculptures he created for Hotel Felix Chicago in our photo gallery here.

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    We are proud to have Christian’s art outside our front door, and happy to share this story.

  • Take Time to Relax with the Pamper Me Package

    Posted on May 22nd, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Everyone hopes to relax on their vacation. Although when you are sitting in airports, striving to pack light, and worrying that you left the coffee pot on, do you ever get that chance? The Pamper Me package at Hotel Felix can insure that you get that “me time” you always want from vacation.

  • The Pamper Me package at Hotel Felix combines a night stay in one of our comfortable eco-chic rooms with a 60 minute massage from Asha Spa at Hotel Felix.

  • The one hour Asha Spa massage combines calming massage strokes, gentle rocking, and compressions. At times Asha masseuses may use heat packs to release tension. This technique soothes sore muscles from car trips and plane rides.

  • Take time for yourself on your next getaway, and book the Pamper Me package at Hotel Felix. To find more information on the Pamper Me package, click here. To read more on the Asha Spa at Hotel Felix click here.

  • For more deals and services offered by the Asha Spa at Hotel Felix, check out their Facebook Page here.

  • To join Hotel Felix on Facebook click here to follow us on Twitter click here.

  • Spring Gardening Inspiration

    Posted on May 13th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Our Green Thumb Photo Contest invited photographers, gardeners, and lovers of spring to submit photos showing off their green thumbs or simply nature’s beauty. Here are just some of the entries.

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    Use these images as inspiration as you set out in your garden this spring! Take a look at this article on HGTV.com for 14 simple gardening tips from master gardener Paul James.

    Did you know that you can use a bar of soap to seal the undersides of your nails and prevent dirt from collecting beneath them? James also suggests using the water from boiling vegetables to water your plants. Your garden will really respond to this nutrient-rich treat! Happy Spring. #GreenFelix

  • Be Green Tweet Green Winner – @starburstt

    Posted on May 9th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Congratulations to @starburstt for winning our Be Green Tweet Green Contest with the highest number of tweets! Her #EarthMonth tips were super creative. Here are some of the ideas she shared:

    -When making pasta, I keep the water for my plants. It’s filled with rich nutrients and better than plain water.
    -A foot of hair needs a lot of water. Cutting it short saves so much water from washing. Plus, I think it looks nice.
    -Opting out of paper statements is great habit. Getting e-bills and doing e-pays is so convenient, too.
    -Lunchtime! I like keeping silver utensils at work to avoid using plastic disposables ones at work.
    -I drink way too many cups of coffee a day. At least I use biodegradable pods instead of plastic k-cups.
    -Can’t believe how cold it still is! Instead of turning up the heat again & wasting gas, I’m putting on extra layers.

    @starburstt even sent us a couple of pictures to complement her #GreenFelix tweets.

    Spruce, flowers & peppers to plant for #EarthMonth.

    Spruce, flowers & peppers to plant for #EarthMonth.

    @starburstt's reusable mugs & cups!

    @starburstt’s reusable mugs & cups!

    As the Be Green Tweet Green Contest winner, @starburstt has won a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix. Congrats!

  • Green Thumb Photo Contest Winner: Barbara Bowen

    Posted on May 7th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Congratulations to the winner of our Green Thumb Photo Contest, Barbara Bowen! She submitted a gorgeous photo of a Bird of Paradise flower and received the most likes of all our entries on Facebook.

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    According to Wikipedia, “Bird of Paradise” is the common name for the species Strelitzia. The flower is native to South Africa and is even featured on the country’s 50-cent coin. We are thrilled that she shared this beauty with us during Earth Month! As the winner of the Green Thumb Photo Contest, Barbara will receive flowers from Amlings Interior Landscape and a complimentary night’s stay at Hotel Felix Chicago.

    Thank you again for entering, Barbara. Congrats!

  • Review from Suitcase and Heels – A Travel Blogger

    Posted on May 1st, 2014 gjordan No comments

    We love hearing from guests! Recently we had one guest in particular who wrote about her recent stay at Hotel Felix on her travel blog Suitcase and Heels. Below is only a little piece of her review:

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    “While I was in Chicago attending the first ever Women in Travel Summit (WITS) I had the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Felix and, after looking at their website, I had high hopes. The property looked stylish and chic without being fussy. The beds looked fluffy and comfortable. Best of all the hotel is environmentally conscious. In fact, they’re the first green hotel in Chicago to have a Silver LEED Certification. The incorporate some standard green practices like having a linen reuse program but they go above standard be doing things like ensuring that all lighting is energy efficient and having carpet made from recycled materials in the rooms. The recycled metal artwork out front might’ve been my favourite eco touch.”

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    To see her whole review and awesome pictures check out her blog Suitcase and Heels. We were so happy to have Melissa, the writer of Suitcase and Heels, and that she enjoyed her stay.

  • Gorgeous Green Thumbs

    Posted on May 1st, 2014 gjordan No comments

    We want to give our Green Thumb Photo Contest entrants a special thank you for entering during #EarthMonth! We received some gorgeous photos from very talented gardeners and photographers during #EarthMonth. Here are some randomly selected entries:

    Our Be Green Tweet Green contest was also a big success. Here are some of the #EarthMonth tips we received:

    *When making pasta, keep the water for plants. It’s filled with rich nutrients and better than plain water.
    *Replace paper napkins with cloth ones.
    *For a goodnight sleep, open windows at night for fresh air.
    *Change out light bulbs to the new CFL bulbs.
    *Opt out of paper statements is great habit. Getting e-bills is convenient, too.
    *Bring lunch to work in a reusable lunch bag.

    Winners for both contests will be announced later this month. Keep an eye out for these beautiful images being used for Hotel Felix in different ways!