• #GreenFelix Contest Update

    Posted on April 15th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Since we started our #GreenFelix contest at the beginning of the month, we’ve already seen a ton of great contest entries about how easy it is to incorporate greener habits into our daily routines.

    Our #GreenFelix contest will run through the end of April – so there’s still plenty of time to enter! The person who tweets their green activities to @hotelfelix with hashtag #GreenFelix the most wins a complimentary two-night stay at our hotel. In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by our management with special consideration given to those who have photos included with the tweets and additional RTs from other followers.

    The contest begins Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m. CST and ends April 30 at 5 pm CST. To read the official rules, click here.

    Happy Tweeting and good luck!

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  • Be Green, Tweet Green

    Posted on April 1st, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Happy Earth Month! As part of our Earth Month celebrations, we’re launching our Be Green, Tweet Green contest! To participate, tweet us all month long with how you’re eco-friendly.

    We are hosting a Twitter contest during Earth Month to encourage our eco-friendly followers to tweet green activities throughout the month. Green enthusiasts can tweet all month long with information on how they are being green, such as recycling their water bottle after lunch, drinking out of reusable travel mugs, biking to work, ride-sharing, etc. All green efforts – no matter how big or small – are encouraged. The person who tweets their green activities to @hotelfelix with hashtag #GreenFelix the most wins a complimentary two-night stay at our hotel. In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by our management with special consideration given to those who have photos included with the tweets and additional RTs from other followers.

    The contest begins Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m. CST and ends April 30 at 5 pm CST. Hotel Felix will announce the winner the week of May 2, 2016 on its blog (www.happynaturally.com), Twitter and Facebook

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    Be sure to check out the rules below and good luck!

    OFFICIAL RULES

    IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE RULES, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST OR WIN ANY OF THE PRIZES.
    ELIGIBILITY: Hotel Felix “Be Green and Tweet Green Contest” (“Contest”) is open to U.S Residents who meet the following requirements:
    Legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, excluding U.S. territories;
    18 years of age or older at the time of entry;
    Willing to comply in full with these Official Rules and all other terms and conditions of the Contest; and
    Not excluded from eligibility by these Official Rules and/or the other terms and conditions of the Contest.
    Each person, of which is in full compliance with the above criteria, shall singularly be referenced herein as “Entrant.”
    Employees and consultants of Sponsor, or other advertising or promotion agencies or business partners involved with or are retained to provide services in connection with the Contest, and/or any of their respective affiliates, parent company or related entities, subsidiaries or successors of any such individuals or entities, and their respective immediate family members are not eligible to win the Contest.
    By submitting an entry via Facebook and its third party hosting application, the Entrant agrees that he/she has read and consents to be bound by and comply with these Official Rules at the time of submission and throughout the Contest.
    Each respective member of each Entrant understands that the entry may be used for promotional purposes, including but not limited to media relations, blogger relations, Facebook postings, Twitter postings, e-newsletters and on Hotel Felix’ blog, www.HappyNaturally.com. Each Entrant understands the entry may be available publicly through marketing channels.
    No purchase is necessary to participate in or win the Contest.
    CONTEST DATES: The Contest will begin on April 1, 2016 at 10 am (CT) and the first “Submission Period” will end on April 30, 2016 at 04:59 pm (CT). The person with the most tweets using hashtag #GreenFelix and @hotelfelix via Twitter will win the contest. The winner will be announced the week of May 2, 2016.
    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS/CLEARANCES: All of the below requirements and criteria are collectively referred to herein as the “Requirements & Clearances.”
    PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Contest, you agree and grant permission to Sponsor to use, copy, modify, distribute, and display publicly your Contest submissions for any purpose, but not limited to, press and media communications, without any compensation to you other than entry into the Contest.
    NO NAMES OR LIKENESSES: Unless Entrant has received express prior written permission (and is willing and able to produce same to Sponsor upon request a copy of such permission) for use in connection with the Contest, an Entry must not include any individual’s name (other than that of Entrant), in whole or in part, refer to public figures, or contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs or other identifying elements of any person, living or dead.
    NO ILLEGAL, OFFENSIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT: The Entry must not include any content which, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, constitutes or contains (1) images that are or could be considered offensive to individuals on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status or any other class or characteristic protected from discrimination by the laws of the United States or any individual state within the United States, or that promote bigotry, racism, hatred, harm or discrimination against any such individuals; (2) any materials that depict illegal acts or that are sexually explicit, libelous, obscene, violent, hateful, slanderous or defamatory; (3) any other inappropriate content that includes, but is not limited to, any display of smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, harming of animals, nudity (including, without limitation, bare chests or naked babies), or provocative/suggestive outfits or poses; (4) no Entry shall contain Trademarked or copyrighted information without the express written consent of the owner of such material, or (5) any content not in keeping with Sponsor’s reputation and image.
    PRIZE AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“FAIR MARKET VALUE”): One Winner will be awarded as determined by the most number of tweets with the correct hashtag and the tagging of Hotel Felix’ profile (@hotelfelix) . If there is a tie or a multiple-way tie, the winner will be determined by the Area General Manager at Hotel Felix (George Jordan) and the Director of Operations (Larry Irving) with special consideration to tweets that included photos of the green activities and additional RTs from followers. The winner will receive a two-night stay (up to a $600 value) at Hotel Felix Chicago, to be redeemed by May 8, 2017. The total prize value is $600.
    RELEASES: By entering the Contest, each respective member of each Entrant hereby releases and holds harmless the Sponsor, any participating prize providers, as well as any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), against any and all claims, demands and liabilities arising out of or relating to the Contest, Entrant’s (and each individual member of Entrant’s) participation in the Contest and/or any Contest-related activity, including, without limitation, from winner’s use or misuse of a prize or any portion thereof. Prize winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Contest and/or use/redemption of any prize and all liability for applicable federal, state or local taxes.
    DISQUALIFICATION: SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION TO DISQUALIFY ANY PERSON WHO TAMPERS WITH OR IS SUSPECTED OF TAMPERING WITH AN ENTRY AND/OR THE VOTING PROCESS, INCLUDING ANY PERSON ATTEMPTING TO SOLICIT, ENCOURAGE OR OBTAIN AUTOMATED VOTES. IN ADDITION TO THE RIGHTS RETAINED BY SPONSOR SET FORTH ABOVE, SPONSOR FURTHER RESERVES THE RIGHT IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION TO DISQUALIFY ALL VOTES FROM VOTERS THAT ARE DEEMED TO BE FRAUDULENT. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE ENTRY SITE, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND/OR SEEK DAMAGES AND/OR OTHER RELIEF FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW. IN THE EVENT AN ENTRY DOES NOT EFFECTIVELY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS & CLEARANCES, THE SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY AND DISCARD THE ENTRY EITHER IMMEDIATELY OR AT ANY TIME DURING THE CONTEST. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANY ENTRY THAT DOES NOT MEET THESE OFFICIAL RULES REQUIREMENTS & CLEARANCES WITHOUT NOTIFICATION TO THE ENTRANT.
    GRANT OF RIGHTS: By submitting and Entry, Entrant represents and warrants that submission of the entry is for each respective member of the couple and that the submitting member of the couple has all permissions and rights necessary to commit the other member of the couple to all of the obligations, warranties, representations and other terms and conditions stated in the Official Rules. Entrant irrevocably assigns and transfers to Sponsor all rights, title and interest in the Entry and all information and materials contained therein or attached thereto, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and all rights incidental, subsidiary, ancillary or allied thereto (including, without limitation, all moral rights and all derivative rights), for exploitation throughout the universe, in perpetuity, by means of any and all media and devices whether now known or hereafter devised. For all personal rights, such as publicity rights, or any other rights that Entrant cannot irrevocably assign to Sponsor (“Personal Rights”), Entrant hereby grants to Sponsor a nonexclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable license, but not obligation, to use any such Personal Rights for the purpose of this Contest without any further compensation other than the opportunity to win one of the Prizes listed above. Entrant agrees to execute any documents that Sponsor may require to affect such transfer of right without any compensation or consideration other than entry to the Contest as specified in these Official Rules.
    NO OBLIGATION TO USE: Other than to announce the prize winners, Sponsor shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any Entry or any information or materials contained therein or attached thereto, regardless of whether or not a Finalist or a prize-winning Entry, in any advertising, merchandising or promotion or to otherwise distribute, publicize or exploit any Entry, regardless of whether or not a Finalist or a prize-winning Entry, or, if commenced, to continue the distribution, publication or exploitation thereof, and Sponsor may at any time abandon the use of any Entry, regardless of whether or not a Finalist or a prize-winning Entry, for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and neither Entrants nor prize winners shall be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.
    PRIVACY NOTICE: By participating in this Contest, you agree that Sponsor can collect your personal information of your name, email and city, and that if Sponsor is not granted the permission to collect the data required, you may not be eligible to participate in the Contest. Any personal information collected during the course of the Contest will only be used for the purposes of administering the contest and for other purposes as expressed and outlined in these Rules. Further information on the use of personal information in this Contest and Sponsor’s Privacy Policy which can be viewed at http://www.hotelfelixchicago.com.
    OTHER PROMOTIONS: Please note: Sponsor may be running similar promotions concurrently or in the future. Your Entry into this Contest is for this Contest only. Entry to any concurrent or future contests must be made separately, and in accordance with any rules, terms or conditions applicable to the respective contest.
    GENERAL CONDITIONS: This Contest is governed by and subject to the laws of the State of Illinois, United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. By participating in this Contest, you agree to be bound by the terms of these Rules and by Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding with respect to this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) terminate or declare the Contest null and void and rescind any prize, if in its sole judgment, the rules or the integrity of the Contest have been violated or compromised in any way, intentionally or unintentionally by any person whether or not a participant in the Contest; (ii) alter or amend these Contest rules at any time; and (iii) stop or conclude the Contest at any time without prior notice.
    NO JUDICIAL RECOURSE OR OTHER PROCEDURES: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief, or any other recourse to judicial, quasi-judicial, or any other procedural remedy in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and you expressly waive any and all such rights.
    LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By entering this Contest you agree to indemnify and hold harmless, to the maximum extent permitted by law the Sponsor from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs or expenses resulting from any act, or omission by you and or breach of any warranty by you. To the maximum extent permitted by law, you indemnify and agree to hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs or expenses for or with respect to which Sponsor will or may become liable by reason of or related or incidental to any act, default, or omission by you under these Rules. To the maximum extent permitted by law, you agree to hold Sponsor, its respective Directors, Officers, Employees, and Assigns harmless for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the Contest and or use or acceptance of any prize or prizes awarded.
    THIRD PARTIES: Sponsor is not responsible for the actions or inaction of others, that might prevent Entry or claiming of any prize.
    INTERNET: Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, misdirected or mutilated entries, including transmission, technical, and/or network errors or failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any hardware or software (whether originating with sender or Sponsor), telephonic failures, human error, or any other error or malfunction. Sponsor is not responsible for issues with Facebook’s course of operations, the operations of the third party hosting company or unforeseeable technical difficulties. Entrant must submit their entry on Twitter and must include Hotel Felix’ Twitter handle (@hotelfelix) along with the hashtag #GreenFelix
    SEVERABILITY: If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.
    WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: The name of the winner will be posted on www.HappyNaturally.com the week of May 2, 2016.

  • Earth Month at Hotel Felix

    Posted on March 29th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Earth Month is the annual reminder for many travelers to consider new green practices. Here at Hotel Felix, we commit to reducing our carbon footprint year round and Earth Month is a celebration of our ongoing green efforts.

    This April, we will offer eco-friendly activities and discounts for like-minded travelers. Guests and Chicagoans can take advantage of the following incentives throughout Earth Month:

    - Scrappy’s Green Tips – and a new Sidekick: Scrappy, a larger-than-life sustainable dog sculpture outside our hotel, will offer his eco-friendly tips throughout Earth Month on social media with #ScrappyTips. He also will have a new sidekick in Troy Murray, Director of Front Office, as he takes on the role of the hotel’s new green ambassador. The always-vibrant Murray will share four videos online showcasing the hotel’s eco-friendly offerings. Green enthusiasts can find both Troy’s videos and Scrappy’s green tips on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout Earth Month.

    - Stay Green and Save Green: During Earth Month, all guests who book new reservations via our website will receive 22 percent off the best available rate in April. This offer is available for new reservations only in April 2016.

    - Green Groups Save Green: During Earth Month, eco-friendly group bookings will receive 22 percent off the best available rate if they show proof of their environmental practices, such as their recycling program or car-sharing services. This special discount is available only for new group bookings in April and May 2016. For inquiries, please contact Marianne Encarnado, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, at 312-447-2950.

    - Be Green and Tweet Green: During Earth Month, we are excited to launch a Twitter giveaway to inspire its eco-friendly followers to tweet green activities throughout the month. From recycling more to riding bikes to work, all green enthusiasts can tweet with how they’re being green for a chance to win a two night stay at Hotel Felix. The person who tweets their green efforts the most during April to @hotelfelix with hashtag #GreenFelix will win a complimentary two-night stay. Management will determine if there is a tie. The giveaway starts at 10 a.m., April 1 and runs until April 30 at 5 p.m. CT. The winner will be announced the week of May 2.

    “We are continually excited for Earth Month because we feel Hotel Felix is a great example of how we can encourage travelers to reduce their carbon footprints and improve our environment,” said George Jordan, Area General Manager of Hotel Felix Chicago and Senior Vice President of Oxford Hotels & Resorts.

    To learn more about our hotel, please visit www.hotelfelixchicago.com.

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  • Chicago’s Thriving West Loop Neighborhood

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    You often hear about a variety of different bustling neighborhoods in the city of Chicago, whether that may be Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville or River North. We certainly love River North and proudly call that neighborhood “home.” And just steps away from our neighborhood is the West Loop, which has a vibrant scene to enjoy for a night out.

    Taken from WestLoop.org, “The West Loop is known for its award-winning restaurants, burgeoning art gallery district, boutiques and unique residential loft-style living. Some have compared the area to New York City’s SoHo, the West Loop is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Chicago – but it wasn’t always this way. Long before the Chicago fire of 1871, the Near West Side was still very much redeveloping and had stark contrasts with the way people lived and worked in the area.

    Today, the West Loop is home to a few great spots and popular attractions that we recommend visiting, including but not limited to:
    - Its own City Winery: Home to a variety of wine, food and live music.
    - The infamous Chicago landmark, Union Station: a mecca for state and country wide transportation as well as home to banquet halls and shops.
    - Randolph Street Market: This weekend festival with over 200 vendors happens during the last weekend of every month and even moves outside once the weather permits!

    If you’re looking to satisfy your appetite, become immersed in culture, or relax with a glass of wine, the West Loop is the right neighborhood for you.

    For more information on things to do in the West Loop, check out this article in Time Out Chicago.

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    Happy exploring!

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

    Posted on February 18th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    There are a variety of activities to check out during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Despite the fact that the actual holiday lands on a Thursday this year, that won’t stop you from having the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration here in Chicago.

    Head to Grant Park on Saturday, March 12 to experience the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There, you’ll find a number of bagpipes, dancers, and more. Not to mention that the parade is entirely free to the public.

    The parade kicks off at Columbus and Balbo drive at 12 p.m. and will conclude at Monroe Street. If you’re especially interested in getting a good viewing spot, make sure to show up a couple hours early with a folding chair and plenty of snacks. For more information, visit Time Out Chicago.

    Make sure to dress comfortably with great walking shoes and extra layers. The weather is unpredictable at this time of the year and while you may be warm in the sun, that can change quickly once the sun is hidden behind clouds or the skyscrapers downtown.

    St Patrick's Day Parade

    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/stu99

    Don’t forget to wear green!

  • 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!