Posted on December 9th, 2013 No comments
We’re in the festive holiday spirit and we want to share more exciting holiday events. We hope you enjoyed our first list in this blog post, but of course winter fun in Chicago doesn’t stop there. From skating in Millennium Park to Hot Coco in the Walnut Room Chicago is full of holiday fun.
Posted on December 4th, 2013 No comments
Black Friday may be over but that doesn’t mean the savings have to end! We’re having a Winter Sale with rates starting at just $89 per night. Whether you’re craving a Chicago getaway or overdue for an urban staycation, we urge you to book quickly to lock in your rate and desired dates! You may book here and stay now through March 31, 2014; certain restrictions apply. To learn more please call us at (312) 447-3440.
Posted on December 2nd, 2013 1 comment
December is a magical time to visit Chicago. From Christkindlmarket on Daley Plaza to ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo, we’ve got your December plans covered! Here are our top picks for festive winter fun:
-Christkindlmarket on Daley Plaza will have you wondering if you’re in Chicago or across the pond in a small, bustling European village. This traditional German American holiday market features rows and rows of vendors selling authentic European gifts including cuckoo clocks, Bavarian ornaments and clothing. Don’t miss the food: stollen (traditional German holiday cake), schnitzel and German bratwurst. For the adults? German beer and spiced Gluhwein (hot mulled wine). Admission is free. For more info please visit their website here.
-WinterWonderFest at Navy Pier is jam packed with all sorts of activities for adults and children alike, including the Chicago Blackhawks indoor skating rink and more than 20 rides and attractions. The fest runs from December 6-January 12 (except December 25). For coupons on parking and tickets please visit their site.
-ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo is a fun, annual celebration of lights in the heart of Lincoln Park, just north of the city. In addition to the glittering lights, the event features holiday-themed activities (and Santa Clause!). The lights will be switched on Friday-Sunday until December 13 and will then run nightly (except Dec. 24 and 25) until January 5. Admission is free. For more info please visit their website here.
-The 22nd Annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival turns Michigan Avenue into a bonafide winter wonderland! More than one million lights on 200 trees twinkle brightly from Chicago Avenue to Grand Avenue. Enjoy the lights and tackle your holiday shopping list at the same time! After your day of sightseeing and shopping along the Mag Mile, take advantage of our Michigan Avenue Madness Package. It includes a $50 gift card, signature gift, goody bag and a discounted room rate. For more information please visit this link.
Posted on November 26th, 2013 No comments
Thanksgiving is a special time of year to remember all that we are thankful for and appreciate of all the people, experiences and joyfulness in our lives. But why limit Thanksgiving to a day? We like be especially cogniscient of the things we’re grateful for the entire week of Thanksgiving and we’d like to share our list with you!
We are thankful for our wonderful guests, our dear readers, our hardworking team members, our family and friends, all those who work to reduce our impact on the planet and make it a better place and last, but not least, our beautiful city.
Posted on November 18th, 2013 No comments
The Magnificent Mile (or, as the locals call it, simply “The Mag Mile”) is named for the 13-block stretch of Michigan Avenue between the banks of the Chicago River to the south to Oak Street to the north. The area is one of the top shopping, entertainment and dining destination in the world with more than 460 stores and 275 restaurants along its length. This Saturday, November 23, marks the annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, a celebration to officially kick off the holiday season. The day includes:
-Family friendly activities in Lights Festival Lane
-Rockin’ concerts on the BMO Harris Bank Stage
-A grand Tree-Lighting Parade down Michigan Avenue marshaled by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida
-Fireworks Spectacular show over the Chicago River
For more information on the schedule of events please click here.
Posted on November 13th, 2013 1 comment
It’s the most wonderful deal of the year! This holiday season, let us be your home away from home, especially while you do your annual holiday shopping. Just shop and sleep with us! What’s best – We’re just steps away from the famed Michigan Avenue and all the great shops.
We can be your your downtown shopping oasis with the special limited time “Michigan Avenue Madness” package. Designed with the seasoned shopper in mind, this package includes:
• One $50 gift card to The 900 Shops
• One gift bag filled with goodies shoppers will enjoy, including discount vouchers from participating stores and restaurants at The 900 Shops
• An Exclusive 900 Card
• One Signature gift with $100 shopping purchase during your shopping adventure at The 900 Shops
Book now by clicking here.
Enjoy the holiday season and take advantage of this great shopping deal. Happy Holidays!
Posted on November 11th, 2013 No comments
Today, November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day, a day where we show our support and gratitude to our nation’s veterans. Here are some events around Chicago where you can honor the men and women who fought to defend our freedom and remember those who gave their lives for our country:
-Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony at Soldier Field (1410 Museum Campus Dr.). Held on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”, this event will feature keynote speaker, Four-star General Robert W. Coyne, Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. The program will culminate in a wreath laying ceremony with a 21-gun salute.
-Veterans Day Special & ‘American Heroes’ Exhibition at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark). This installation will feature hourly interviews from soldiers, enlivened with music and alongside the “American Heroes” display.
-Ceremony Honoring U.S. Veterans at Brookfield Zoo (8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513). This event will feature a speaker from the Wounded Warriors Project and feature live patriotic music.
Posted on November 6th, 2013 No comments
Now that we’re entering into the heart of fall in Chicago, we want to remind you about the cozy, affordable wine nights at LM Bistro.
LM Bistro is a modern French bistro that is conveniently adjacent to our lobby. They describe the Chef’s preparations as “simple, approachable and authentic” – we describe them as simply delicious.
What’s more – LM Bisto offers Mystery Wine Night every Wednesday night. What’s the mystery you ask? Well for just $15 per bottle, you can select a bottle of red or white and you could score an outstanding bottle of wine. It’s a great, fun deal.
Never been to LM? It wasn’t too long ago that we put a “spotlight” on LM Bistro in this past blog post.
The décor features warm wood tones and French chalkboard art in a modern, loft-like setting where vintage chandeliers hang from the ceiling. To view its menu, visit them online. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, LM has an exciting live music line up throughout November and December – check out the full list here.
Posted on October 14th, 2013 No comments
Looking to add a little more culture to your life? We have just the solution! Now through October 24 you can check out the Chicago International Film Festival where nearly 130 independent feature films from all over the world will be screened daily at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St. -a quick 5 minute drive, or a leisurely 18 minute walk, from Hotel Felix).
The fest is a fantastic place to check out the works of exceptionally talented film professionals, from first-time filmmakers to seasoned industry veterans. Please visit these links for information on tickets, the film schedule and more on the festival.
Posted on October 11th, 2013 No comments
We’re proud of our hardworking team members and we’re happy to share four team members are nominated for the “Stars of the Industry” award from the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association (IHLA).
The team members recognized are:
- Rossi Cole
- Tim Harrison
- Noemi Rodriguez
- Calixto Santay
They will attend the Stars of the Industry luncheon on Oct. 30 at Hyatt O’Hare. There will be winners for the whole industry in different categories, but regardless of what happens, they’re our brightest stars!
Ice Skating in Millennium Park
Skate for free with one of the best architectural views of Chicago as your backdrop. The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink free and open to the public, although you can rent ice skates for $10. The rink is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison. Check here for more information including hours of operation.
The Walnut Room
The Walnut room stands as a historic venue since it’s opening in 1907. Located on the 7th floor in the Macy’s on State, this iconic dining room adds a magic touch to any holiday experience. Even if you are too full to eat in the Walnut Room, catch Macy’s holiday windows on State or take a picture by the icon holiday tree. More information on visiting the Walnut room can be found here.
Museums in Chicago
Winter season means a different experience at every Chicago attraction. The Museum of Science & Industry has an exhibit showing Christmas around the World and Holidays of Lights. The Adler Planetarium hosts special events to show why winter is a great time to stargaze. Even the Field Museum decorates for the season.