Posted on April 18th, 2014 No comments
We are thrilled to be partnering with Amlings Interior Landscape for our Green Thumb Photo Contest this Earth Month. They have generously offered beautiful flowers to the winner of the contest. For more than 30 years, Amlings has served the Chicagoland area as a professional, responsive plant care company. Amlings prides themselves on creating beauty, and have done amazing things for Hotel Felix and for Chicago’s public green spaces! Take a look at the photos from their website:
The winner of the Green Thumb Photo Contest also receives a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix. Submit your green photo tagged with #GreenFelix now through April 30 for your chance to win. For official contest rules, click here.
Posted on April 15th, 2014 No comments
We have received some gorgeous photos of spring flowers during our Green Thumb Photo Contest! You can take a look at the entries in our Facebook album. Make sure to like your favorites to vote for them.
Here are some example photos that we’ve taken. Your photos can be of you in your garden, of spring flowers you pass by on an afternoon walk, of your dog in the green grass at the park – anything that showcases spring in a beautiful way.
The winner of the Green Thumb Photo Contest receives flowers from Amlings Interior Landscape and a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix. Submit your photos tagged with #GreenFelix for your chance to win. We can’t wait to see your green thumb at work!
Posted on March 18th, 2014 No comments
When someone says they know how to save money while traveling, we listen! Veteran consumer travel advocate Christopher Elliott’s How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler (and Save Time, Money and Hassle) gives smart travel advice on airlines, car rentals, cruises, hotels and more, and answers questions that we all ask when booking vacations or weekend getaways.
Elliott makes sense of the many, many different blogs and review sites out there, and offers highlighted smart travel tips throughout the book:
Facts have to be verified by at least three independent sources when you’re a journalist. The same rule applies to travel recommendations. Don’t put all your money on one review from a single source, or even on many reviews from one source. Ideally, you’ll want to make sure three sources that are independent of one another confirm the review.
As Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel, we encourage you to purchase the eco-friendly Kindle version of this book, available for $9.99 on Amazon.com. Happy reading!
Posted on March 12th, 2014 No comments
Even the choices you make when booking a flight can make a difference for our planet. This list from For Dummies outlines six eco-friendly travel tips for packing light and flying green.
Did you know that booking a daytime flight can reduce your carbon footprint? The article also recommends flying airlines who use newer airplane models, and upgrading to a larger carry-on to avoid having to check a bag (lighter plane means less fuel).
Take an opportunity to learn more about green travel and choose Hotel Felix Chicago for your next eco-friendly vacation destination. Our sustainable amenities include:
☻Natural southern exposure, which aids in heating building in wither 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 can’t wait to see you soon!
Posted on January 21st, 2014 No comments
A touch. A smile. A stare. At the Hotel Felix Chicago, we embrace Romance. Book now and celebrate love with your significant other. Romance Package includes:
• Accommodations for two (2) in one of our contemporary and luxurious guestrooms
• A bottle of champagne delivered to your room
• Late check out until 2:00 PM
Posted on December 27th, 2013 No comments
This New Year’s Eve, Hotel Felix is a sponsor of Parkway Ballroom‘s Bow Tie Ball! Hotel Felix, along with ABC 7 and Windy City Live host Val Warner, invite you to join us in Bronzeville at the Bronze Event Lounge for passed appetizers, an open bar, and live music. After ringing in 2014, make your way to Hotel Felix to sleep it off. The staff at Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel will be there to show you to your accomodations, just steps away from Chicago’s landmarks, including the Magnificent Mile, museums, shopping and more.
Happy New Year from all of us at Hotel Felix!
Posted on December 20th, 2013 No comments
Troy and Randy celebrate Friday at Hotel Felix with their angelic rendition of “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations. Click on the link to listen!
Posted on April 29th, 2013 No comments
We’re ecstatic that we were selected as a TripAdvisor GreenLeader! It is an honor to be recognized by this prestigious program, which was created with travelers in mind.
Developed by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, the program was designed in partnership with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program, the U.S. Green Building Council and the United Nations Environment Programme.
The GreenLeader Program makes it easier for green-minded guests to select hotels that meet a distinct set of eco-friendly criteria. To qualify for the program, Hotel Felix passed a series of requirements, including having a towel and linen re-using program, using energy-efficient light bulbs, recycling, tracking energy usage and educating staff and guests on our green practices.
According to TripAdvisor, 79% of travelers place importance on properties implementing eco-friendly practices. As Chicago’s first LEED-certified green hotel, we’re thrilled that so many guests value environmentally conscious hoteliers.
Posted on April 5th, 2013 No comments
Today we are pleased to showcase two ecofriendly designers who preserve and respect the earth without sacrificing cutting edge couture. Vaute Couture (“vaute” pronounced as “vote”) is a Chicago-based independent fashion house started by former model Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart. What began as Leanne’s desire for a warm, yet fashionable, cruelty-free faux fur winter jacket turned into an eco-chic fashion empire which counts Oprah and Alicia Silverstone as fans. Vaute Couture has since opened their flagship in Brooklyn near the Garment District where each piece of their environmentally friendly clothing is made.
“Sultry.” “Sophisticated.” “Endlessly wearable.” These are some of the words Elle Magazine used to describe Chicago-based environentally-friendly fashion designer Lara Miller. Lara takes extensive measures to ensure her garments are green and also makes an effort to support the local economy. Case in point: all of her sweaters are loomed here in Chicago using no electricity beyond stitching the garments together! Lara’s garments are carried in stores around Chicago, the country, and internationally as well.
We hope you enjoyed our sustainable chic showcase. Check out these fantastic ecofriendly designers and let us know what you think!
Posted on February 22nd, 2013 1 comment
We love watching movies here at Hotel Felix and are very much looking forward to The Oscars this Sunday. Whether you’re catching it on the couch or throwing a viewing bash with your buds we have some great entertaining tips to green up your night:
-Consider purchasing your party food and supplies from a locally-owned grocer (if you’re in Chicago, we love Green Grocer Chicago, Goddess & The Grocer and Southport Grocery)
-If you aren’t able to buy your items from a local grocer, buy organic when possible
-Do you have a stockpile of old wine corks? Recycle them for the party. (Carefully) cut a slice halfway down the corkscrew and insert a piece of paper that serves as a placeholder or describes the food you’re serving.
-Ideally use reusable plates, serving ware, cups and utensils but if you have a very large group that might not be possible. In that case we recommend Whole Foods’ 365 store brand – they have sturdy plates, cups, etc. that look like paper but are actually made from renewable and biodegradable sugar cane.
-We hope this one is a no-brainer but recycle your rubbish from the night’s festivities. If you’re unsure whether something is recyclable, check the container’s label. Every little bit helps!
Last but not least, have fun celebrating Hollywood’s biggest night!