• The Future of Transportation

    Posted on August 11th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    The future of transportation is a hot topic, and it might not be in your hands. If you have followed us over the years, you may recall our past partnerships with Tesla. Back in 2009, Tesla celebrated Earth Month with us.

     Flashback photo!  George Jordan, our Area General Manager and SVP of Oxford Hotels & Resorts, pauses in front of our hotel during Earth Month in 2009.

    Flashback photo! George Jordan, our Area General Manager and SVP of Oxford Hotels & Resorts, pauses in front of our hotel during Earth Month in 2009.

    So, naturally, we’re always a fan of Tesla and happy to see their continued commitment to the environment. Both Hotel Felix and Tesla share a mission of offering environmentally-friendly lifestyle options without sacrificing style and class. Transportation is just as important when considering eco-friendly lifestyle options.

    The concept of self-driving cars has been a topic of conversation for the past few years and is becoming more and more of a possibility to eliminate human driven cars. According to this article on Tree Hugger, Elon Musk, creator of Tesla, has stated his beliefs that “entirely automated self-driving cars will be ready in about 5 years and that they’ll eventually be orders of magnitude safer than human-driven cars.”

    That’s an exciting development.

    Will Tesla decide to create their own Uber-esque car service, or will Musk be willing to create self-driven cars for Uber? Only time will tell!

  • Treat Yourself at Hotel Felix

    Posted on July 24th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Vacation is all about relaxing and taking time for yourself. You deserve to treat yourself. Here at Hotel Felix, we have designed special packages that can make your stay all about you from the moment you arrive for your stay until it’s time to check out.

    The special package is Michigan Avenue Madness: Cater to the shopping addict inside you with a shopping spree on Michigan Avenue!

    This package includes:
    - Accommodations in one of our contemporary and luxurious guest rooms
    - $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

    Click here to book now.

    Another option is the Spa Boutique Felix: Relax in complete comfort and style.

    This package includes:
    - Accommodations in one of our contemporary and luxurious guest rooms
    - $135 credit towards any service offered at the Spa Boutique Felix (advance reservations required)
    - Two (2) complimentary drink tickets valid at Troquet Lobby Bar
    - Complimentary early check in, based on availability

    Click here to book now.

    Relax and enjoy your stay at Hotel Felix.

    Relax and enjoy your stay at Hotel Felix.

  • Chicago Air and Water Show Returns this August

    Posted on July 21st, 2015 gjordan No comments

    There’s not much that beats summertime in Chicago: We have the beautiful Lake Michigan, a number of food and music festivals that take place throughout the entire summer, and great weather (most of the time). One thing that Chicagoans look forward to every summer is The Chicago Air and Water Show.

    The Chicago Air and Water Show, the largest and oldest free admission event of its kind, returns to Chicago this August. More than 2 million people are expected to attend this two day extravaganza along the shores of Lake Michigan.

    The 57th Annual Show takes place at North Avenue Beach as the main point and can be viewed best from Fullerton to Oak Street.

    The show takes place on August 15th and 16th from 10am-3pm, although lots of people get to the beach early to get the best viewing spot.

    For more information, head to the City of Chicago’s website.

  • Celebrating Five Years of Green Seal Certification

    Posted on July 9th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Five years ago, we received our Green Seal Certification. We’re thrilled to have this honor and uphold the highest standards for the environment in our hotel. We pride ourselves on being an environmentally friendly and sustainable, luxury hotel.

    The Green Seal Standards, as listed on their website, state that the Claim Verification program for hotels and lodging focuses on the hotel’s ability to “maintain energy reduction, waste reduction, resource minimization, emissions reduction, and biodiversity conservation.”

    5-year GS Anniversary Ribbon

    Some of the ways in which we’re green are:
    – Natural southern exposure, which aids in heating the building during the winter months
    – Preserved building structure in re-development, which prevented non-biodegradable materials going to landfills
    – Exterior sculptures made from reclaimed materials
    – Low energy-use lighting, such as compact fluorescent & LED throughout building
    – “Recycling Room” used by the hotel to sort recyclables
    – Use of USGBC approved cleaning supplies that are earth friendly
    – Use of free trade coffees and chocolates

    We’re also Chicago’s first Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States’ Green Building Council in the city of Chicago.

    We try our best to reduce our carbon footprint. Share your tips and suggestions on how you are green!

  • July in Chicago

    Posted on July 3rd, 2015 gjordan No comments

    The summer months in Chicago are popular and for good reason – the weather is warmer and there’s countless festivals and activities to do outside. Chicago is also the #1 destination in the United States for the 4th of July. Hard to believe but true! I guess we can’t be called the “Second City” for much longer. You can see more details on that on ABC-7′s news site here.

    All month long, there are exciting festivals and concerts happening near or just a short ride from our hotel. Here’s a few that might interest you:

    – Chicago Tango Week – July 2-5
    – Windy City Ribfest – July 3-5
    – Taste of Chicago – July 8-12 (The largest food festival in the US!)
    – Artfest on Michigan Avenue July 10-12
    – Irish American Heritage Festival July 10-12
    – Windy City Smokeout July 10-12
    – Mamby on the Beach (music festival) July 11-12
    – Roscoe Village Burger Fest July 11-12
    – Pitchfork Music Festival July 17-19
    – Taste of River North July 17-19 (Right in our neighborhood)
    – Chicago Margarita Festival July 25
    – Taste of Lincoln Avenue July 25-26
    – Wicker Park Fest July 25-26
    – Lollapalooza July 31-August 2

    Have a great time this month and let us know what festivals you check out.

    Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

    Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

  • Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks

    Posted on June 16th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Three-peat! Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2015 Stanley Cup finals, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0.

    This is the third Stanley Cup victory for the Chicago Blackhawks in six years. What’s best – they won on our home ice this time, making the win even sweeter. Chicago – ever the town for sports enthusiasts – is buzzing with excitement and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has promised a “world-class” celebration and parade for Thursday, June 18 in Chicago.

    We’re very happy for the city, the players and the loyal fans. Congratulations, Chicago Blackhawks! #OneGoal #BecuaseItsTheCup

    Photo credit: jfwphoto

    Photo credit: jfwphoto

  • Farmer’s Markets in Chicago

    Posted on June 15th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Farmer’s markets are quite popular in Chicago – and a “must see” when visiting our city. It’s a great way to get a snack or some fresh produce from a local farm and learn about what produce is in season. The city’s largest Farmer’s Market – Green City Market – is just a short DIVVY Bike from our hotel.

    The market is open to the public on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and more than 50 vendors have their best produce, food, flower and more available for purchase. Plus, there’s a number of “prepared” foods to try for a breakfast or a snack, including crepes, tamales, grilled cheese sandwiches and more.

    Chicago Magazine recently shared the best of the best at Green City Market. Learn more in their article here.

    DIVVY bikes near Hotel Felix Chicago

    DIVVY bikes near Hotel Felix Chicago

  • Spotlight On: Greenheart Shop

    Posted on June 10th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Here at Hotel Felix, we love being based in a city with a variety of eco-friendly businesses. One of our personal favorites is the Greenheart Shop.

    Located at 1714 N. Wells Street, the Greenheart Shop has devoted itself to fair trade practices since 2007. Their mission is simple: provide a shopping experience that supports fair trade, eco-friendly products, and local social enterprises. When you choose to shop fair trade at Greenheart your purchase supports community development projects, safe working conditions, and sustainable environmental practices. Not to mention a perfect gift for yourself or loved ones back home!

    The Greenheart Shop also prides itself on stocking a wide variety of products. Including but not limited to clothing, home decor, children’s items, and accessories. In addition, the Greenheart Shop features an “Artisan of the Month” on their website to showcase different fair trade artisans from around the world. So the next time you need a gift, a pick me up, or a little stylish inspiration, we hope you’ll visit our friends at the Greenheart Shop.

    For more information on the Greenheart Shop visit their website, www.greenheartshop.org.

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  • Chicago Blues Festival

    Posted on June 8th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Summer is an exciting time in Chicago! From street fests to the lakefront, there’s countless outdoor activities for guests to explore. This weekend, the city will host its 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival. What’s best – the headliner is Buddy Guy, a Chicago legend.

    The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.”

    Admission is free and takes place in Chicago’s Grant Park from June 12-14. To learn more, visit the City of Chicago’s website here.

    Have fun! Enjoy summer!

    Hotel Felix Chicago

    Hotel Felix Chicago

  • Eco-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Summer

    Posted on May 28th, 2015 gjordan No comments
    Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons

    Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons

    Summer is here, and Chicago is ready! But how can you enjoy the season in an eco-friendly way?

    - Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden and check out their Butterflies exhibit running through Sept. 7. Visitors can immerse themselves in an exhibit of live butterflies. Click here to learn more – tickets must be purchased in advance.

    - Plan a trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory. The Fern Room and the Desert House are open again after a celebration on Earth Day. Click here to visit the website and learn about ongoing events.

    - Use this online guide by Backpacker Magazine to find an exciting hike in the Chicagoland area. You’ll be surprised that you can find natural wonders like glacier-carved moraines and waterfalls so close to a major metropolis.

    - Rent a Divvy bike and enjoy the city! With so many lakeside paths and Divvy docks set up all over the city, this is a great, eco-friendly way to explore during your holiday. Remember, your bike has to be “checked in” at a dock every 30 minutes to avoid fees, but your Divvy code is valid for 24 hours.

    DIVVY bikes near Hotel Felix Chicago

    DIVVY bikes near Hotel Felix Chicago

    - Dine at an eco-friendly restaurant. In this Choose Chicago article, five establishments are identified as the perfect places for eating green.

    Remember to take a look at our eco-friendly amenities, making Hotel Felix the first green eco-friendly hotel in Chicago with Silver LEED certification.

    Happy Summer!