• Scrappy’s Tips for Earth Month

    Posted on March 19th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    On April 1, Hotel Felix will celebrate Earth Month 2015. As part of our Earth Month celebrations, Scrappy, one of the larger-than-life sustainable sculptures at Hotel Felix, will offer his eco-friendly tips throughout Earth Month. Scrappy’s tips are known for being practical and humorous, but most importantly-always green. As Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel, it is essential to us at Hotel Felix that our guests understand the importance of incorporating green practices into their daily lives. Below are a few examples of what you can expect from Scrappy during Earth Month this year:

    -Unplug chargers and devices when not in use.
    -Walk whenever possible, or take public transportation.
    -Invest in “green” light bulbs.
    -Reuse plastic grocery bags or recycle.

    To find Scrappy’s tips during Earth Month this year, follow Hotel Felix on Twitter at @HotelFelix and follow the hashtag #ScrappyTips starting April 1. What are some of your best practices for staying green?

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  • There’s A Star Among Us At Hotel Felix!

    Posted on March 11th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Lights, camera, action! Hotel Felix is proud to announce that our very own Senior Vice President of Oxford Hotels and Resorts, George Jordan, will be traveling to Los Angeles to tape a new reality show!

    George is the Area General Manager of our hotel, as well as The Godfrey Hotel and Hotel Cass at the Magnificent Mile.

    Good luck George, we can’t wait to see you in action. Follow Hotel Felix on Facebook and Twitter at @HotelFelix for updates on when you can see George on the small screen.

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  • The 2015 Shamrock Shuffle

    Posted on March 6th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Get moving! Chicago is known for their robust running and racing season. Which is why here at Hotel Felix we couldn’t be more excited for the kick off to the season, The Bank of American Shamrock Shuffle, in just three short weeks. The Shamrock Shuffle is in its 36th year and shows no sign of slowing down. Open to runners of all ages and skill levels, the race begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29 at Grant Park in Chicago.

    To keep runners motivated in that home stretch, the Shamrock Shuffle’s famous “green guys and green girl” will make an appearance once again this year during the race. The “green guys and green girl” serve as morale captains to keep the fun, festive spirit of the race alive all the way to the finish line.

    Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

    Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

    With Grant Park only about a 20 minute walk from Hotel Felix, we’re the perfect location for any out of town participants looking for a place to rest and prep before the big day. All rooms at Hotel Felix are complete with linens and bedding woven from the finest cotton, L’Occitane amenities, and plush robes. Complimentary internet access is also available in every room. And what better to unwind after any run than with a luxurious spa treatment from Spa Boutique Felix.

    To make a reservation visit hotefelixchicago.com or call our concierge at 312-447-3440. So to all participants in the Shamrock Shuffle, good luck! And we hope to see you soon.

  • Warm Up at Spa Boutique Felix

    Posted on March 5th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Winter isn’t over in Chicago, so warm up at Spa Boutique Felix. For a limited time, Spa Boutique Felix is offering their Warm Honey Drizzle Delight massage. Starting with a zesty lemongrass and bamboo exfoliating scrub, followed by a warm and raw honey treatment, then ending with a deeply relaxing massage. This massage is the perfect answer to chase your winter blues away. What’s even better is that Spa Boutique Felix is offering an exclusive deal when you book your treatment: 60 minutes for only $140 (A $20 discount) and 90 minutes for only $180 (A $30 discount).

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    Located on the second floor of our hotel, the Spa Boutique Felix is dedicated to rejuvenating our guests during their visits. With extensive product and service knowledge, the Spa Boutique Felix team is equipped to make your spa experience as rejuvenating as possible.

    Call 312-256-8000 to reserve your treatment today and to check availability – prices subject to change. We hope to see you soon!

  • Chicago Flower and Garden Show

    Posted on March 3rd, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Calling all green thumbs! The Chicago Flower and Garden Show is approaching. One of our favorite events to attend here at Hotel Felix, the Chicago Flower and Garden show has been a sign that spring has begun after a long, cold winter since 1847.

    Held at Navy Pier, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show works to create realistic gardening inspiration for all attendees. From the moment you step inside, you are immersed into a lush landscape with miniature gardens displaying perennials, annuals, and trees. These miniature gardens are courtesy of local landscape designers, builders, and suppliers whose goal it is each year to inspire seasoned gardeners and newcomers alike. In addition, there will be the Gardening Live stage and How-To Garden sessions to provide interactive and educational sessions for all levels of gardeners.

    The annual American Institute of Floral Designers Bobbi Cup Design Competition will be held during the Flower and Garden Show on March 14, at 1p.m. This live design competition features some of the best floral designers in the industry. Watch them as they race to create the best floral display in only an hour and a half.

    The Chicago Flower and Garden show takes place March 14-22 at Navy Pier.
    – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – 10a.m.-6p.m.
    – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – 10a.m.-8p.m.

    Tickets prices range from $10 to $17 and can be purchased at www.chicagoflower.com.

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  • One Earth Film Festival

    Posted on February 26th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Looking for a great festival to attend while winter sticks around? Here’s one we recommend: attend the One Earth Film Festival on March 6-8. It combines two of our favorite things at Hotel Felix: movies and the environment.

    Part of Green Community Connections, One Earth Film Festival is now in its fourth consecutive year. The purpose of One Earth Film Festival is simple – create opportunities for understanding climate change and sustainability through the power of film. Each film is shown at designated theaters around the city of Chicago. Following the film, moderators from Green Community Connections lead discussions focused on the environmental solutions proposed in each film. Featured films this year include:

    – Angel Azul, Directed by Marcy Cravat and Kath Delaney
    – Arise, Directed by Lori Joyce and Candice Orlando
    – Edible City, Directed by Andrew Hasse
    – Field Biologist, Directed by Jared Flescher

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    With a selection of more than 35 riveting environmental films, there is certain to be a film for each festival-goer. For movie times, tickets, and a full weekend agenda visit greencommunityconnections.org.

    Enjoy!

  • Oscar Party at Troquet River North

    Posted on February 19th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    A fan of the Oscars? So are we. That’s why you will find us at Troquet River North‘s Oscar Party this year. Adjacent to our lobby at Hotel Felix, Troquet River North is the place to be with their delicious specials and extensive wine selection. Making their Oscar Party one that any cinephile will not want to miss.

    The Oscar Party takes place on Feb. 22. Guests who choose Troquet River North for dinner that evening will be eligible to enter the “Oscar Prediction” contest. The diner who has the most accurate Oscar predictions will win a $50 gift certificate to Troquet River North. (Please note, all submissions must be received by 6p.m. CST and Troquet is running this contest). In addition to the contest, Troquet will offer Oscar themed cocktails all night for only $9. Here are a few of our favorites:

    -The Gin-itation Game: Lemon-infused gin, cranberry juice, honey simple syrup

    -The Drink of Everything: Vodka, rum, gin, tequila, Triple Sec, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, splash of Coca-Cola

    -The Academy Award: Vodka, elderflower liqeur, lime juice, sparkling wine, gold stars

    To make a dinner reservation for the Oscar Party please call 312-202-9900. We hope to see you there!

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  • Mardi Gras Celebrations

    Posted on February 17th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    What a fun day to celebrate Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday.

    We had our annual team celebration for Mardi Gras with delicious food at Troquet River North​, including Chicken Gumbo, Cornbread with Honey Butter. The team at Troquet created this festive meal and it is a great way to honor and appreciate everyone on our team – from the managers to the front desk to housekeeping. It takes a hardworking group to run a hotel and we certainly recognize all the effort everyone puts into it.

    Then, for dessert we had a wonderfully-sweet and mouth-watering Apricot Bread Pudding. It hit the spot!

    We certainly hope other businesses near and far were celebrating as well.

    Following are a few photos from the celebrations before we headed back to work.

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    Mardi Gras Celebrations - George Jordan wears festive Mardi Gras flair but he's still busy at his desk taking calls!

    Mardi Gras Celebrations – George Jordan wears festive Mardi Gras flair but he’s still busy at his desk taking calls!

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  • Look Red Carpet Ready on Valentine’s Day

    Posted on February 9th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Do you want your skin looking red carpet ready this Valentine’s Day? Now it’s easier than ever with emerginC skin care products available at Spa Boutique Felix.

    Their date night essentials, hydra-repair intensive topical infusion capsules and red carpet primer, will ensure a flawless look for your romantic evening. Hydra repair features an intensive topical plant extract and ceramide capsules to improve lipid content in the skin and hydration. The red carpet primer features a plant-based hydrating and plumping microspheres, which fill in wrinkles, fine lines, and conceal pores. Leaving skin smooth and even before applying your foundation.

    Started by Ian Lirenman in 1997, emerginC prides itself on 100 percent natural, minimum 70 percent organic skin care products. You won’t find parabens, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colors in any of their products.

    EmerginC also is a leader in fair trade practices and environmental initiatives, making them a perfect product to feature at Spa Boutique Felix. We take great pride in being an eco-friendly hotel and their environmental efforts are important to us.

    So to ensure you’re looking flawless this Valentine’s Day, stop by our Spa Boutique Felix for your emerginC essentials. Then, go out and have the best date night with your sweetie.

    Spa Boutique Felix is located on the 2nd floor of Hotel Felix Chicago, 111 W. Huron Street.

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  • Chicago Snow and our Sustainable Art

    Posted on February 4th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    When you arrive at our hotel, you will notice three sculptures that greet you on your way in. These three pieces of sustainable art are known to our Hotel Felix family as Loren the Doorman, Madeline The Baker’s Wife, and Scrappy.

    Created exclusively for Hotel Felix by Minnesota artist Allen Christian, the sculptures embrace Hotel Felix’s eco-friendly priorities as they are made with found and reclaimed materials. All three sculptures were created specifically with Chicago’s cold winters in mind, which means they will be there to greet you no matter the weather.

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    Loren was the first to join the family on Earth Day 2010. He stands at 7 feet tall and is made of recycled pipes, a drill bit, an umbrella stand, and a milk bucket head.

    On Earth Day 2011 and 2012, Hotel Felix commissioned Madeline and Scrappy, respectively, to stand with Loren at the entrance. The goal of this family is to inspire guests to feel the fun and whimsical spirit of Hotel Felix from the moment they arrive. Of course Loren, Madeline, and Scrappy are never lacking for photo opportunities: guests, employees, and Chicagoans alike enjoy snapping photos with all three. Truly adding meaning to our motto, “Happy, Naturally.”

    The next time you stay with us, be sure to say “Hello” to Loren, Madeline, and Scrappy. They’re sure to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face, no matter how chilly the temps are.

    We hope to see you soon.