• Visit Troquet During Restaurant Week

    Posted on January 11th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Troquet River North, the approachable, upscale, French restaurant adjacent to our lobby, is participating in Chicago’s delectable Restaurant Week.

    More than 350 restaurants will be featured from Jan. 22 – Feb. 4. Plus, more than 50 of them are new to the event as first time participants. All participating restaurants will offer price-fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33 for dinner. This is a great way to get a taste of Chicago’s best restaurants in a much more wallet-friendly way. Save a little, enjoy a lot!

    Troquet River North will be offering dinner options for $33 – a great price for the three course meal. The first course is unique in that it has a selection of three cocktails accompanied by a Cider and French Cheese Fondue. You will get to choose from an assortment of mouthwatering cocktails and delicious entrees.

    To make a reservation, call 312-202-9900. Enjoy and let us know what you explore in Chicago during Restaurant Week!

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  • Randolph Street Market Festival

    Posted on December 10th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Chicago is known for its great shopping, particularly on the famed Michigan Avenue – or Mag Mile. Another hidden shopping secret takes place on Randolph Street during the holidays. Whether you’re a local Chicagoan or traveling through town, the Randolph Street Market Festival is one you’ll want to check out.

    It kicks off this weekend on Dec. 12, 2015 in Chicago’s West Town. From 10 am-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, shop for gifts from more than 100 vendors such as J&M Antiques, Chocolate Twist and Chicago Candle Factory. The Randolph Street Market takes pride in offering unique antiques that are one of a kind to affordable pieces to meet holiday budgets.

    The variety of vendors attending the Street Market represent a variety of goods that range from inexpensive to one-of-a-kind pieces and is a perfect solution to get all of your Christmas shopping in one place.

    Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and there are a variety of ticket packages available on the website, including a student discount.



    For more information, visit the Street Market’s website.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Best of +VIP Access!

    Posted on December 8th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    We have exciting news at Hotel Felix: We are selected as part of Best of +VIP Access with Expedia. We will be featured in a +VIP Access Collection across 29 active Expedia+ websites based on feedback from +gold members.

    We strive to provide the best customer service to our visitors and provide high quality hospitality every day. It is an honor to be recognized through Expedia on an international level with other hotels across the world.

    The 2015 Best of +VIP Access winners are chosen from a prestigious collection of more than 1,800 +VIP Access hotels worldwide, already known for superior service and excellent guest reviews. To be considered a +VIP Access hotel, the property must rank among the highest customer satisfaction rankings, reflecting feedback from elite Expedia+ members.

    Special benefits for Expedia+ members include free parking and transfers, resort credits, free spa treatments and Wi-Fi for travelers at the Expedia +silver or +gold level.

    For more information, visit Expedia. To learn more about Expedia, visit their website.

    Happy travels!

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  • Caroling at Cloud Gate

    Posted on December 3rd, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Chicago is a wonderful city to be in during the holiday season. With an unlimited amount of things to do and festive attractions to see, it’s safe to say that you won’t be bored in the Windy City during the winter months. What better way to get the month of December rolling than go caroling at the Cloud Gate?

    A tradition for many years, hundreds of singers from a variety of choral groups across the city of Chicago will come together on Friday, December 4, December 11 and December 18 to get the city into the holiday spirit. After performing a number of classic songs and carols, the crowd as well as carolers are encouraged to go ice skating at the Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink under the skyscrapers.


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    For more information and details on this exciting activity, visit TimeOut Chicago.

  • Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016.

    Posted on November 25th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Time to start planning your New Year’s Eve! As the year comes to a close, it is time to decide how you’ll celebrate the New Year and ring in 2016. Join us as we celebrate 2016 and enjoy the festivities with a unique hotel package we have created just for New Years Eve.

    Enjoy the festivities with a festive night worth remembering with the following accommodations and celebrations:
    - A room in one of our contemporary and luxurious guestrooms on December 31, 2015
    - Two passes to Troquet’s New Year’s Eve Party from 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., which includes the following:
    - Unlimited house drinks featuring select beers, wine and mixed cocktails
    - Appetizers especially prepared by Troquet River North’s Chef
    - A midnight champagne toast
    - Dancing and live entertainment featuring a fantastic DJ.

    This is one celebration that you won’t want to miss. From delicious food to celebratory cocktails to great music, this is the perfect way to ring in the New Year with friends.

    To learn more and make a reservation, please click here to book now and ring in the New Year with us!

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    Happy New Year!

  • Urban October

    Posted on October 6th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Living in a fast paced city like Chicago, it’s important to take a step back and see how you can improve the environment and culture around you. Although it may not be easy to create change on a global scale on your own, it’s easy to get involved with the different world organizations, like the United Nations’ newest endeavor, The Sustainable Development Goals.

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    The United Nations has created Urban October for a time to promote environmental awareness and knowledge while engaging communities around the world to adopt a New Urban Agenda in order to attain a sustainable future for the globe. With this project, the U.N. hopes to “explain the meaning and the importance of safe, sustainable, clean public spaces for all, face the rapid urban growth that, if not sustainably managed, can escalate poverty and unemployment, safety and crime problems, pollution and health issues,” according to this Huffington Post article by Gaia Paradiso. The Sustainable Development Goals aims to ensure access for all to “adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums, accessible and sustainable transport system for all, improving road safety; enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries.”

    Click here to find out more information on how you can get involved and use the hashtag #GlobalGoals on social media.

  • Here’s to looking at you, kid. Check out Movies in the Parks before the summer is over.

    Posted on July 30th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Looking for something fun to do outside? Take advantage of summertime in Chicago and enjoy Movies in the Park, courtesy of Chicago’s Park District Movies in the Parks. Chicagoans and visitors love Movies in the Park because it is the perfect chance to take advantage of the summer nights. Featuring a different movie in a different Chicago Public Park every night of the month in August, there’s sure to be one showing to fit your tastes and satisfy your inner cinephile. Past showings have included “Singin in the Rain,” “42,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “The Help.”

    Now in its 14th year, Movies in the Parks is part of Mayor Emanuel’s Night Out in the Parks initiative.

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    “Chicago is known around the world for the vibrancy of its arts and culture and we are bringing this creative spirit and energy to neighborhoods all across the City through Night Out in the Parks.” Mayor Emanuel stated earlier this year when renewing his initiative. Viewers are encouraged to pack their own picnic dinners to enjoy while watching their film. Movies begin at dusk with the exception of weather cancellations, and are free to the general public. With questions regarding cancellations and daily listings call the Movies in the Parks hotline at: 312-742-1134.

    Enjoy!

  • TODAY in Chicago

    Posted on May 22nd, 2013 gjordan No comments

    This morning you may have recognized some familiar places on the TODAY Show – and that’s because our beloved city played host for today’s episode! Co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales happily “ate their way” through Chicago by hitting all the Windy City classics:

    -Vienna Beef Chicago Style Hot Dog: A Chicago staple, our dogs are served on a poppy seed bun with mustard, a dill pickle spear, chopped white onion, neon green relish, sport peppers, tomato slices and a sprinkling of celery salt. Whatever you do, DON’T add ketchup! Chicago-style aficionados are firm believers that ketchup has no business being on a hotdog and a number of city hotdog vendors refuse to offer it as a condiment.

    -Deep dish pizza: As Natalie pointed out, this is definitely not a meal you can grab and eat on the go! Our Chicago-style deep dish pizza requires a fork and knife (and a big appetite). Unlike traditional pizza, Chicago-style is a few inches deep with chunky tomato sauce and tons of mozzarella. It’s made “upside down”, with the crust followed by a layer of cheese, followed by a layer of toppings such as pepperoni and/or sausage, then loaded with more cheese and finally topped with tomato sauce. This style was developed because the pies take so long to cook that the cheese and toppings would otherwise burn if they were placed on the top layer. Giordano’s is a local favorite and they ship their pizzas across the country so you can get your fix anywhere, anytime.

    -Garrett Popcorn: A bucket of Garrett’s is quintessentially Chicago, and if you really want to feel like a local go for the caramel and cheddar blend. While it may sound like an odd combination, the mixture of buttery sweet caramel with tangy, salty cheddar is pure bliss. Garrett’s ships their popcorn too and you can even design customizable bins to house your snack.

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    We are thrilled the cast of TODAY came to experience our city. We’re big fans; last Earth Month we had a blast hosting one of Kathie Lee & Hoda’s lucky fans of the week. To view clips from TODAY’s Chicago-style episode, visit TODAY’s website.

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  • Lights Out

    Posted on March 21st, 2013 gjordan No comments

    This Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Chicagoans are invited to switch off their (non-essential) lights for one hour. Also known as Earth Hour, it’s a time across the world for people to join together in a commitment to the planet. It all starts with a first step, and that first step is as simple as switching off your lights. By participating in Earth Day you’re celebrating doing more for the planet!

    Photo Credit: EarthHour.org

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    Interestingly, Earth Hour is held in late March each year because it is around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinoxes in the northern and southern hemispheres, respectively. This allows for near overlap of sunset times in both hemispheres and for the greatest visual impact of lights going out during the hour.

    So tell us… will you be participating in Earth Hour this year? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • Celebrating Black History Month

    Posted on February 4th, 2013 gjordan No comments

    February is the month we honor and remember the history of African-Americans in the United States. In 1926, the roots of Black History Month were planted originally as Black History Week. Designated as the second week of February, this particular week was chosen because it included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Eventually in 1976 the week was officially recognized by the U.S. government as a month and Black History Month was born. It’s a time for schools, businesses and communities across America to recognize the important impact African-Americans have had on our country’s history. For more information please visit the official website here.

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