The Great Green Debate

This Thursday, August 5th from 8 PM-Midnight (doors open at 8, event begins at 9), a debate entitled The Darker Side of Green explores pressing environmental issues facing the world and all that entails going green. The discussion takes place at The Ivy Room (12 East Ohio Street, Chicago, 60611). David Roberts, the proponent, and Steve Everley, the skeptic, provide educational and fascinating dialogue on green matters with moderator Mark McGrath. Featured musical guest is NYC famous band/DJ’s The Misshapes and Million $ Mano.

The complimentary event has limited seating and RSVP is required for admittance. Please follow this link to secure your seat.

Hotel Felix Gains Silver LEED Status for Green Design

We have some great (green) news to share. Hotel Felix has been recognized for its environmental efforts and received official notification of its certification as a Silver LEED Hotel, making it the first hotel in Chicago to earn this prestigious status. This high level of certification is earned when a building performs in several key areas, including water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Hotel Felix meets LEED standards for its adaptive reuse of an existing urban structure, convenient access to public transportation, and the use of green materials throughout, such as recycled content in the corridor and guestroom carpet, and bamboo and cork flooring in the public areas.

LEED certification was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in an effort to promote sustainable design and construction practices. LEED certification is world-renowned and is the most prestigious achievement in sustainable building. We are pleased to be recognized with Silver certification status for our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. This year alone, over one million gallons of water will be saved through our water reduction program.

We’d like to express a special thank you to our guests for helping us achieve this monumental goal. We remain committed to lessening our environmental impact, while also providing an upscale and intimate luxury hotel experience for our guests.

Come and see how we are making a Silver LEED Certified difference!

Summer Heats Up in Lincoln Park

This weekend, we’re takin’ it to the streetsRacine, to be exact.

Saturday and Sunday (July 31 & August 1) mark the Second Annual Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival, on Racine between Webster and Fullerton. Gates are open Saturday from noon ’til 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon ’til 9 p.m. This two-day event showcases nearly 100 local artisans, a variety of Lincoln Park restaurants, live music, and fun for the kids as well. Headliners Pat McGee Band and Buckwheat Zydeco play on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., respectively. A gate donation of $7 benefits the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Chicago’s largest neighborhood chamber. It’s a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy time with friends and family!

photo courtesy of lincoln park chamber of commerce
photo courtesy of lincoln park chamber of commerce

360SEE Gallery and Hotel Felix Chicago Partner to Offer Sustainable Art Tour Package

Book a stay at the Hotel Felix, which recently earned the Green Seal Environmental Standard for Lodging-Silver certification, and enjoy a night out in eco-friendly style. Hotel Felix has teamed up with the 360SEE Gallery to give guests an inside look at the gallery’s sustainable art, for a truly eco-evening in Chicago.

Guests at the Hotel Felix who book the 360SEE package will be picked up from the hotel in a hybrid Going Green Limousine and drive to the 360SEE Gallery, located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. At the Gallery, guests will receive a private tour by owner Jordan Witkov, who will show them the gallery’s sustainable art, furniture and design object collection while they enjoy a sampling of organic wine, beer, cheese and fruit.

Photo courtesy of 360SEE
Photo courtesy of 360SEE

The package is available for $175 in addition to the hotel room rate.  For rates, reservations and more information, visit www.hotelfelixchicago.com or call toll-free 877-848-4040 or direct at 312-447-3440. For up-to-the-minute information on special promotions, become a fan of Hotel Felix on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Sizzlin’ summer savings now

Ladies & gents, summer has officially arrived in the Windy City! In celebration of all that is summer, we have some fantastic limited-time deals that are as sizzlin’ as this record heat. If you book your reservation with us anytime now through August 31, 2010, you’ll nab a 20% discount on a two-night stay and a 30% discount on a three-night stay (including weekends!). Come and see why our Silver LEED Certified Hotel was rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor by 67 travelers (and counting).

Book now to ensure your dates are available and take advantage of this spectacular sale! For reservations and further details, visit us at www.hotelfelixchicago.com or call toll-free 800-848-4040 or direct at 312-447-3440. We hope to see you soon!

Sustainable, eco-chic art showcased at 360SEE

Looking for something cool to do this summer?
360see_gallery
360SEE, 1924 N. Damen Ave.

Check out the newest show at 360SEE (1924 North Damen Ave), entitled “2nd Anniversary Show: 3rd Year, 3 New artists, 3 Media” running from July 17 through August 20 (gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10-7, and Sunday 11-2 or by appointment).

The exhibition will feature new work by Eric Bessel, Stefanie Dueck, Heidi Martin Kuster, as well as showcase work by two years of gallery represented artists and designers.

Jordan Witkov, 360SEE director and owner, hand picks artists and designers from around the country and the world exhibiting offerings exclusive to Chicago, the region, and the country. The three new artists in this show, Bessel, Dueck, and Kuster, offer unique, well-executed pieces using a variety of media elements.

Brooklyn photographer Eric Bessel’s newly completed series of photographs, grass / hair , explores the similarities in captured moments of wind-combed marsh grass and the parts and tufts of hair on the back of people’s heads.

Eric Bessel untitled #1 from grass / hair  2010
Eric Bessel untitled #1 from grass / hair 2010

Metal sculptor, and trained blacksmith, Stefanie Dueck creates fine art, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind flatware out of her Vancouver studio. Her pieces focus on the relationship between animals, material, and environment.

Stefanie Dueck  Iguana Box  2009
Stefanie Dueck Iguana Box 2009

Chicago trained painter Heidi Martin Kuster currently creates art in Paris. Her series of work focuses on geological forms starting from a micro focus such as small pebbles and rocks developing into images that evoke the feel of vast aerial cartography. Her pieces contain hip, sustainable elements, such as tree-free paper and aluminum from organic food containers.

Heidi Martin Kuster   Geographical Notations II  2010
Heidi Martin Kuster Geographical Notations II 2010

“2nd Anniversary Show: 3rd Year, 3 New artists, 3 Media” is running for a short time only so don’t miss it! We can’t wait to view and learn more about these outstanding (and eco-friendly) works of art. For more on this must-see-event, head to www.360SEEgallery.com, and follow 360SEE on facebook and twitter.

Go on – You deserve it!

5 Simple Eco-Friendly Ways to Pamper Yourself

1) Give your basic bath a boost

Baths are a simple way to de-stress after a long day and relax tired muscles. Several pure, all-natural household ingredients make it easy to transform your everyday bath into a luxurious soak session. Simply add a cup of milk, two tablespoons of honey, two pinches of sea salt, and a ½ cup of oatmeal to running bathwater. The wholesome ingredients work together to detoxify, soften, and soothe skin.

2) Fix yourself a cup of green tea

The Chinese have been aware of the mind-blowing benefits of this miracle brew since ancient times. A study from Harvard outlines several of the medical benefits to this bloat-banishing drink, including lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of cancer. Steep a green tea bag in a mug of hot water for several minutes, add a spoonful of honey for a little extra sweetness, and cheers to your fabulous self!

3) A facial regimen to please every green gal

Put your best face forward. The SPA at Hotel Felix offers a number of world-class and environmentally-friendly treatments for your pleasure. Here are two of our favorite eco-friendly facial treatments offered exclusively at the SPA at Hotel Felix:

  • Sundari Omega 3 Facial: Breathe new life into dry or stressed skin with this deeply nourishing, intensely hydrating facial. Our own Omega3+ complex uses naturally active ingredients to restore skin’s lost lipids; softening, renewing and awakening your natural glow. ($120*)
  • Sundari Facial: Awaken and rejuvenate your skin with this holistic facial that is customized for your skin’s specific needs. Naturally active ingredients like lemon, sandalwood and lavender are custom-blended for an intensive cleansing and gentle exfoliation. Our signature balancing marmassage completes this experience for newly radiant skin. ($105*)

Call to book a treatment with us at 312.256.8000 or make your reservation online.

To keep your skin naturally vibrant and gorgeously glowing in between treatments, be sure to exfoliate at least once a week. Here is a simple, all-natural recipe to transform your face into lustrous, baby soft skin:

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • dash of honey

Mix all ingredients together. Smooth the mixture onto face and décolletage and massage gently. Rinse with warm water.

*Prices subject to change, see website (www.hotelfelixchicago.com) for complete pricing details


4) Refresh your feet the all-natural way

Your tootsies are tired! Reward them with a nice, long, relaxing soak. Prepare a pail or bathtub with warm water. While the water is running, add two drops each of chamomile and lavender essential oils. Both herbs are known for their relaxing properties.

Next, immerse your feet in the fragrant water. After soaking for several minutes, gently slough away dead skin and fast track circulation with a pumice stone. Pumice stones are naturally formed from lava and are an excellent tool to smooth your feet. Dip your feet back in the water to rinse off any remaining dead skin. Finish off by slathering on your favorite deep-moisturizing lotion.

5) All-organic (& edible) deep-conditioning hair mask

For a silky smooth mask for your mane, look no further than your kitchen cabinet. Our all-natural hair treatment will turn your limp, lackluster strands into shiny, luscious locks. Simply mix one jar of organic mayonnaise (such as Spectrum®) with one ripe organic avocado (the riper it is, the easier to mash) until you have a uniform mixture. Apply the mask liberally to your hair, from roots to tips. Wrap hair with a slightly damp towel and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy your newly conditioned coif!

The SPA at Hotel Felix
The SPA at Hotel Felix

Celebrate the 4th of July in Chicago

Fourth of July festivities in Chicago

The 4th of July is right around the corner! Headed to Chicago? Or planning a staycation at Sweet Home Chicago? Chicago has countless festivities taking place, plus the Hotel Felix has a special promotion: 30% off when you book three or more nights.

So, roll up your patriotic sleeves and start planning your 4th of July fun. Here are a few ideas:

– Ditch your diet and hit up Chicago’s infamous Taste of Chicago, which kicks off today and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Dozens of restaurants and food vendors participate in this food fest where 12 tickets costs just $8 and “Taste Portions” cost 2-4 tickets. Location: Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe Drive. The Taste of Chicago runs through July 4.

– Grant Park Music Festival takes place July 3 at 1:30 p.m. with the Grant Park Orchestra joining a local tap dancer, Lane Alexander, with patriotic beats. This is a free and kid-friendly event.

– Fireworks and the 4th of July are nearly synonymous. Way back in frigid January, media warned us that the fireworks shows might fizzle out this year to save the city some dough. Don’t fret – there are still plenty of fireworks happening this year with three lakefront displays on July 4. Navy Pier has a fireworks show (in addition to all the shows they do throughout the summer) and there are two additional shows at the South lakefront (viewable from 63rd to Promontory Point at 55th) and North lakefront (viewable from Foster to Montrose). All three shows start at 9 p.m.

Happy Independence Day. Enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

Local Photographer Captures Cool Chicago Pics

We have a great appreciation for the arts – everything from fine art and sustainable designs (check out 360 SEE Gallery) to unique, eye-catching photos. We’re really loving the Chicago pictures by Joseph Lekas Photography. Check out his gallery to see all his great work. Here’s one of our favorites – an interesting shot of Wrigley Field. To do this, the photographer took six vertical shots from left to right and for each of the six, he shot five exposures. Then he lined them up in Photoshop to make a panorama. That sounds like a lot of work to us but the end result is awesome so it must be worth it!

To see more of his work, visit Joseph Lekas Photography.

Photo by Joseph Lekas Photography
Photo by Joseph Lekas Photography

High-End, Sustainable Art a Highlight in Earth Month 2010

Celebrate Earth Month 2010 at the Hotel Felix Chicago.

Earth Month 2010 is underway and the Hotel Felix is happy to have 360SEE Gallery’s art on display in the lobby.  Check out what’s on display at 111 W. Huron or take a sneak peek here….