• Slide through the City

    Posted on July 26th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    What better way is there to cool down from the Chicago city heat than to cool off on a giant water slide?

    This weekend, Slide the City is bringing their massive water slide to Montrose Beach right here in Chicago. On July 30, participants who are 5 years of age and up can visit Cricket Hill to ride this gigantic water slide.


    Photo Credit via Slide the City’s Website.

    The slide will be open from 10am to 6pm and there will be food trucks there as well as plenty of music to keep the party going.

    We love this event because those at “Slide the City” are environmentally-conscious thinkers, like us, and even have more information on water sustainability on their website. The slide is built for the water to be recirculated throughout the day.

    To purchase tickets, click here. Move quickly, because the event is almost sold out!

    In the meantime, check out all the fun in the following video:

  • Museums to Visit in Chicago

    Posted on July 13th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Chicago is home to a variety of arts, culture and music. We have a number of amazing museums that are famous worldwide. If you’ve visited our hotel before, you know we’re a fan of the arts. We even have three sustainable art sculptures outsider our hotel to greet our guests.

    This is "Madeline," one of the three sustainable sculptures outside our hotel.

    This is “Madeline,” one of the three sustainable sculptures outside our hotel.

    Following are a few recommendations, all of which are close to our hotel if you’re staying with us.

    The Museum of Contemporary Art is less than half a mile away from our hotel. The address is 220 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611. The MOCA is continuously updated with different exhibitions and a variety of events that take place throughout the museum. There are also free guided tours daily.

    Admission is free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents and the suggested admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. For more information, check out their website.

    The Art Institute of Chicago has been voted the number 1 musuem in the world and the opportunity to visit shouldn’t be missed! It’s located at 111 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603. Admission for adults is $25 and $19 for students and seniors. Plus, Illinois residents can get in for free on Thursdays from 5-8 pm.

    We hope you take advantage of these amazing exhibits throughout the city.

    Please note – prices are subject to change. Please contact the museum directly for an update.

  • Triple Treat to Beat the Summer Heat

    Posted on June 28th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Not much can beat summertime in Chicago. With a number of festivals, great restaurants and events happening over the next few months, there’s no better reason to visit Chicago. If you need suggestions on events happening in Chicago, stay tuned to our social pages or check out other recommendations from Choose Chicago.

    We have a special hotel deal going on for the summer. Simply book your stay on our website between today and July 31, 2016, and stay through September 30, 2016 and receive 15 percent off of our best available rates.

    Another great hotel offering is checking out our Spa Boutique when staying with us. This amenity is one of the favorites for busy travelers or guests who have a little extra time when on the road. One visit to our Spa Boutique gives you a little R&R! New for summer, freshen your feet with a Peppermint Foot-Melt Enhancer, which is made with a French Green clay, along with a seaweed and peppermint detox mask. Add this treatment on for 15 minutes to your massage for only $15 more (regular price of $30). To reserve an appointment, call 312-256-8000.

    Troquet River North is a restaurant that creates approachable French fare, and adjacent to our lobby and excellent for casual dining. Troquet has live piano music every Wednesday and has an unlimited mimosa special during Saturday and Sunday brunch.

    To book your stay, click here.

    Chicago skyline, Illinois, USA.

    Photo credit: istockphoto.com/Lady-Photo.

    We look forward to seeing you soon. Enjoy summer!

  • Chicago Farmers Markets

    Posted on June 20th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Chicago farmers markets are a great way to explore the city and discover new tastes during your visit to the Windy City. These markets offer fresh fruits and veggies, smoothies, cheeses, breads and much more. Take a look at a few of our favorites, and go green this summer:

    GREEN CITY MARKET
    Lincoln Park Location: Green City Market Lincoln Park outdoor season operates from May 7 through October 29, 2016, every Wednesday and Saturday from 7am to 1pm. Green City Market’s Lincoln Park outdoor market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark). Click here for a map of vendors for the outdoor market season. Visit the website for parking, biking and public transportation options.

    Fulton Market Location: June 4 through October 29, 2016, every Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Green City Market West Loop Park is located at 211 S. Peoria St. (S. Peoria & W. Adams, across from Mary Bartelme Park). Visit the website for parking and public transportation options.

    There is also an indoor farmers market available from November to April. Find more information here.

    LOGAN SQUARE FARMERS MARKET
    The Logan Square Farmers Market runs outdoors every Sunday from May 15, 2016, through October 30, 2016, rain or shine. The Outdoor Market sprawls along Logan Blvd. between Milwaukee and Whipple, running from 10am – 3pm. Visit the website for parking and public transportation options.

    There is also an indoor farmers market available from November to the last Sunday in March. Find more information here.

    CHICAGO FRENCH MARKET

    The Chicago French Market has over 30 local food and artisan purveyors under one roof. Located in the West Loop of Chicago, enjoy fresh selections for cooking at your place, dining at ours or on-the-go. 131 North Clinton (Between Washington and Randolph), Open Monday – Friday 7am – 7:30pm; Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm; Sunday closed. Find more information here.

  • Movies in Millennium Park

    Posted on June 17th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Exciting news for movie lovers: the city of Chicago has announced this year’s Millennium Park movie lineup! The first movie will kick off on June 21 with a classic: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! It’s a perfect fit, considering the movie is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.

    Movies are every Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and will continue all summer long until August 30.

    Seating is first come, first serve! Did we mention this is free all summer long?!

    Check out the movie lineup below. For more information, click here.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986; PG-13, 103 min)

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    Soul Food (1997; R, 115 mins)

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    A League of Their Own (1992; PG, 125 mins)

    Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    Thelma & Louise (1991; R, 120 mins)

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (Full Moon Double Feature)
    Moonstruck (1988, PG, 102 mins)
    Silence of the Lambs (1991, R, 118 mins)

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016
    Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    West Side Story (1961; Unrated, 152 mins)

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016
    Grease (1978; PG-13, 110 mins)

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    Finding Nemo (2003; G, 100 mins)

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    Purple Rain (1984; PG, 111 min)

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    Favorite Chicago Film, to be chosen by the audience at a later date

    Jay Pritzker Pavilion Chicago

    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/Rauluminate

  • Celebrate Summer at Troquet River North

    Posted on June 16th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    What better way to celebrate summertime than with great food, drinks and live music? On Tuesday, June 28, Troquet River North, the restaurant adjacent to our lobby, will host a special event with Lagunitas Beer to kick off Summer 2016.

    Troquet has a new offering in store just for the event: Enjoy a flight of four Lagunitas beers and a special Lagunitas Cheesesteak made by Chef Tim Davidson, served with fries and housemade ketchup and a sugar cookie.

    There also will be live music from Jaik Willis from 6-8pm and representatives from Lagunitas will be on-site to engage with guests and answer any questions.

    This special will be available from 11am to 10pm that and is available for $30, inclusive of tax and gratuity.

    To reserve your spot, click here.

    We look forward to celebrating the start to another beautiful Chicago summer with you at Troquet River North!

    Troquet River North

    Troquet River North

    Cheers!

  • Visit Chicago This Year and You May End Up on TV

    Posted on May 21st, 2016 gjordan No comments

    It is exciting that Chicago has such a vibrant entertainment community with a number of TV shows, movies and radio shows being filmed here every day.

    Shows like “Empire” and “Chicago Fire” have inspired the spin-off series “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” and the most recently announced “Chicago Justice.” These popular television shows have inspired TV show developers to launch even more shows here in Chicago.

    New sows titled “The Exorcist” and “A.P.B.” have shot their pilot episodes in the city. A representative from “A.P.B” recently told the Chicago Tribune that they will base the series in Chicago.

    Netflix’ original series “Sense8” will also be filming episodes in Chicago in June. To see more television shows that will be filming in Chicago, visit this TimeOut Chicago article.

    Do you think you have the acting chops to appear as an extra on any of these shows? Visit Chicago this year and maybe you’ll get your 15 minutes of fame.

    Camera Crew Team People Group Flat Style

    Photo Credit: istock.com/robuart

  • In Full Swing – the Cubbies

    Posted on May 12th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    With Chicago being one of the only cities in the United States to have two major league baseball teams, as well as a popular professional basketball and hockey team, it’s easy to see that we have some major sports fans with great spirit. We love rooting for our hometown teams! With that being said, it’s never a rare thing to see a Cubs fan on the street, at the table next to you in a restaurant, or on public transportation.

    The Chicago Cubs have been keeping an excellent record this year, and reports are already showing them as a potential team in this year’s World Series.

    Their current 24-6 record is the best in the league, with the Chicago White Sox trailing closely behind at 23-10. Baseball season is here to stay, and we can’t wait to see how the Chicago Cubs are going to do in the future.

    Their next game is tomorrow at 1:20pm at Wrigley Field. They will be taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Our team will be rooting for the Cubs this year and even “Loran the Doorman,” one of our sustainable sculptures, shows off his Cubs spirit as he welcomes our guests to the hotel.

    Loran in Cubs

    Go Cubs Go!

  • National Bike Month

    Posted on May 5th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    What’s better than celebrating National Bike Month this May than making it a priority to utilize DIVVY Bikes in Chicago?

    May brings warmer weather to Chicago, which means taking a bike to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee is easy and comfortable to do. Biking is also a fun way to explore the city when visiting.

    DIVVY has more than 4,7-0 bikes and 475 stations throughout the city of Chicago. Their bikes can be rented and returned to any station across the city and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Plus, convenient for our guests – there is a DIVVY station approximately 0.2 miles away from our hotel at Wells & Erie Street.

    Divvy ML photo Wells HuronLocation
    Divvy ML photo

    What are you waiting for? For more information, visit DIVVY’s website.

  • #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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    photo credit: istock.com/LevKPhoto