Posted on July 20th, 2016 No comments
The gorgeous (albeit hot) weather in Chicago continues! What many might not know is that Chicago is called the “third coast.” And for good reason – we have the wonderful Lake Michigan that’s accessible for all and just steps away from our hotel. With beautiful weather all summer long, there are a number of great activities to do during the warmest months of the year on the lakefront.
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The Chicago Air and Water Show returns this summer on August 20 and 21. Watch from the beach or from a boat and you’re guaranteed to get some great views of the military and civilian pilots. Or, simply walk around downtown Chicago during the Air & Water Show days and you’re bound to see some exciting jets zooming overhead.
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The 18-mile Lakefront Trail is a great way to see the city, get some fresh air, and exercise all at the same time. The trail starts in Edgewater and ends in Jackson Park on 71st Street. There are a number of parks, beaches and museums along the way that you can visit. Be sure to check out their individual websites to learn their hours and costs.
We encourage travelers and Chicagoans alike to take advantage of the beautiful weather in Chicago during the summer, because it won’t last forever.
If you visit Chicago this summer, let us know what attractions and restaurants you visit – we’d love to hear from you!
Posted on July 11th, 2016 No comments
Sujeet Patel is a writer for the popular blog Guys Gab, and we were lucky enough to have him visit us last month after spending a few days in the city for Chicago.
Sujeet had some great things to say about our hotel from the moment he walked into the front doors:
“When entering the Hotel Felix lobby, you’re greeted by a ceiling-high mosaic of logs, water pond, and delicate orbs floating over a fireplace. These elements not only create a calming atmosphere throughout the hotel, but they also symbolize an “earth, wind, fire, and water” theme that embodies their commitment to being green,” he writes.
He also commented on our location to a number of great restaurants, shopping and nightlife:
“There are lots of great restaurants to choose from, the Magnificent Mile and other attractions are just a few blocks away, and the night life is pretty sweet, with plenty of clubs, bars and lounges to choose from!”
To read more about his stay at our hotel, click here.
Check out some photos that he took during his stay:
We hope Sujeet’s kind words have convinced you to plan a visit to our hotel soon!
Posted on June 23rd, 2016 No comments
Planning a trip to the Windy City this summer? Take advantage of these special offers and save at our hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of Chicago’s trendy River North neighborhood. We are just steps away from excellent dining and restaurant options, Michigan Avenue’s shopping, and more.
With our “Hotel Felix Special Rates,” save up to 15 percent on select dates. BOOK NOW
PARK & STAY PACKAGE
Take out the hassle of looking for parking and check out our Park and Stay package. Valet parking is included in this rate plan only. Simply leave the hassle of parking to us, including full in and out privileges during your stay. Cancellations require 24 hours in advance to avoid a one night room & tax penalty. BOOK NOW
DAY DELEGATE MEETING PACKAGE
Destress on business planning! We take the stress out of planning your next meeting with our custom-designed package that was created with you in mind. Our well-appointed boardrooms are suitable for intimate meetings and cater to everything you need for a successful event, meeting or group planning session from start to finish.
Meeting prices starting from $79 per person, and your package may include a few or all of the following items such as Complimentary Meeting Room Rental, Morning Coffee Break, Afternoon Coffee Break, Continental Breakfast, Lunch or Advanced Audio Visual Equipment.
For more information or to book a meeting or event, please contact Vikki McNuckle by phone 312-447-2960 or by e-mail email@example.com.
MICHIGAN AVENUE MADNESS PACKAGE
It’s all about shopping, especially in a city known for its famed Michigan Avenue shopping. Indulge yourself and experience the pleasure of shopping at “The 900 Shops,” featuring seven levels of premier shops and restaurants, conveniently located on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. Reserve this package and receive 900 Shops gift bag, which includes a gift card, personalized with an exclusive 900 card and more.
Package requires 72 hours advance booking, and cancellations must be done 72 hours prior to arrival date to avoid one night room & tax penalty. BOOK NOW
Posted on June 20th, 2016 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.
Posted on May 5th, 2016 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.
What are you waiting for? For more information, visit DIVVY’s website.
Posted on April 22nd, 2016 1 comment
Happy Earth Day! As our readers know, here at Hotel Felix, we pride ourselves in being Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel. We continue to reduce our carbon footprint and look for new ways to integrate sustainable practices into our hotel every day.
This Earth Day, we’re supporting Earth Day Network and their mission to plant more trees. Join us today and for every tweet that mentions #Trees4Earth, we’ll make a $1 donation to their cause to plant more trees (up to 300 trees total).
We’ll be sharing tweets on our Twitter handle at @HotelFelix and you can follow them at @EarthDayNetwork.
And, of course if you haven’t already, join in our #GreenFelix contest as it continues through the end of the month. Remember to tell us how you are environmentally friendly by using the hashtag #GreenFelix for a chance to win a stay at our hotel! You can see more details in the past blog post here.
Photo Credit: Earth Day Network
Posted on April 19th, 2016 No comments
Chicago is famous for having an orange glow on the streets, visible from airplanes and skyscrapers alike. However, this famous glow isn’t the best for the environment, and the city of Chicago is planning on making some major changes.
Just yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office announced the official launch of the Chicago Smart Lighting Project. The project will swap out nearly 85 percent of the city’s “high-pressure sodium lamps” for LED lights and will be completed by 2020.
These changes will be great for the city and our pollution: a study in 2011 conducted by the University of Colorado told us that Chicago has the most light pollution of any city in the world.
To read more information, check out Time Out Chicago’s article.
Photo credit: istockphoto.com/marchello74
What a great change to be announced during #EarthMonth! We’re excited to see these changes improve the environmental quality in Chicago.
Posted on April 15th, 2016 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!
Posted on April 8th, 2016 1 comment
Are you looking for a fun, exciting job and are interested in working at Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified and environmentally-friendly hotel?
Well, great news: We’re hiring!
We are looking to hire the following positions:
1. Front Desk Agent/Night Auditor. This person would be responsible for working night audit part time, and the remaining days as an agent.
2. A Full-time Front Desk Agent
3. Part-time Room Attendant
Those who are interested in applying for these positions must be an enthusiastic and welcoming employees, flexible to work days, evenings and weekends. It’s important to note that the schedule changes weekly. Previous hospitality or customer service experience is a plus and you must be able to communicate with the guests, prospective guests, hotel staff and management in a professional manner. We are an equal opportunity employer (EOE).
Resumes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 312-447-3441. No phone calls please. Feel free to share the opportunity with your friends or family members who may be looking for a job.
Posted on April 1st, 2016 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
Be sure to check out the rules below and good luck!
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.
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.