Posted on October 9th, 2013 No comments
We’re so proud to share that Allen Christian, the artist responsible for our beloved sustainable sculpture family, has been recognized by City Paper for his striking sculptures in the new exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
The exhibit, titled Human Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity is “mind-tickling and eye-tickling” and “filled with objects that are so attractive on first glance and so intriguing on subsequent inspection that no back story is needed.” One of Christian’s sculptures, “Piano Family: Amoroso”, serves as the poster child for the new exhibit and is, as City Paper calls it, “…both beautiful and unnerving,”. Human Soul and Machine: The Coming Singularity is running at the AVAM through August 31, 2014. To read the complete article please visit this link.
Posted on October 3rd, 2013 No comments
Today seems like the perfect day for a little time traveling… how about back to 1926, the opening year of Hotel Wacker, the place you now know of as Hotel Felix. You may be amazed at the facade’s similarity between now and then, and that was due to a concerted effort on our part to preserve as much of the historical exterior as possible. This was one of many reasons we earned LEED Silver certification for our environmental achievements, plus we wanted to save as much rich history from the original structure as possible, down to replicating the marquis signage (with one small change – replacing it with our name!).
Posted on September 27th, 2013 1 comment
This past Tuesday we participated in the 1st Annual Green Games, an eco-themed event in partnership with the Illinois Housing and Lodging Association. We competed against other area properties in green events like the Recycling Relay and Towel Toss and had a ball! Below you can see pics from the Towel Toss:
We had a lot of fun while also raising awareness on the importance of being green!
Posted on July 24th, 2013 No comments
Trying a new recipe is exciting. What makes new recipes even better? Using ingredients from your own garden. Growing your own ingredients can help the environment in many ways. For example it can reduce the amount of fossil fuels used to transport groceries to supermarkets and you know the food you have is fresh and of good quality.
Posted on May 22nd, 2013 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.
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.
Posted on May 15th, 2013 No comments
Happy Hump Day – we’re halfway through the week! Today we’d like to highlight a few of our favorite blogs we enjoy perusing on the interwebs. These blogs are great reads and ones we’d recommend adding to your RSS reader:
Live Happier and Healthier: Duong Sheahan is the creator behind this refreshing lifestyle blog. Visit Duong’s blog for a dose of inspiration with a generous helping of spirituality and wellness tips.
MindBodyGreen: Another fabulous wellness blog, this blog features an assorted collection of natural health articles including: “How to Get Better Sleep Naturally”, “Awaken Your Authentic Power” and “15 Easy Food Substitutions for Better Health”.
Treehugger: Don’t let the name of this blog fool you, Treehugger is a super sophisticated website filled with editorial pieces on green design, technology, science, business and energy. The beautiful photography on Treehugger is pure eye-candy!
The Green Mama: This Chicago-based blog gives a glimpse into the life of, you guessed it, a green mama! The blog posts also share tips on easy ways to green your life and cleaning the eco-friendly way.
Posted on May 13th, 2013 No comments
While some days it feels like we skipped spring here in Chicago, one thing is for certain, we can put our snow shovels and boots away – we’ve made it through another blustery Chicago winter. As the temperatures warm up and Chicagoans gradually thaw out, the city welcomes an alternative mode of transportation: the bicycle! It’s quite fitting that May is recognized as National Bike Month because, while many brave commuters bike year-round, this is about the time when there seems to be a new wave of cyclists on the road. In honor of National Bike Month, we’d like to share a few bicycle safety tips to help everyone share the road effectively:
-Ride in the same direction as automobile traffic
-Obey all traffic signs and signals
-Use hand signals
-Follow lane markings, they are for bikes too!
-Don’t weave between parked cars
-Keep both hands ready to break
For more helpful tips on bicycle safety, check out this bicycle etiquette guide from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.
Posted on May 1st, 2013 No comments
Our favorite month has come and gone and we wanted to take a moment to THANK everyone who participated to make this the best Earth Month to date! We had a fabulous time celebrating what it means to be green and couldn’t have done it without the support of all of you. We’d like to thank the partners we had the pleasure of collaborating with:
Elate Yoga for teaming up to provide fantastic free yoga classes held at our hotel each Wednesday
Oak Street Design for their creative project in collaboration with Best Buy and Columbia College Chicago to encourage people to recycle old electronics
Alexandra Gnoske for her efforts to sell organic shirts at our hotel with proceeds going to the non-profit Friends of the Chicago River.
TripAdvisor for selecting us as a GreenLeader and announcing it on Earth Day!
Thank you again and cheers to being green!
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 15th, 2013 2 comments
Columbia College students are proving that haute couture can be eco-friendly too! This Earth Day, April 22, Best Buy and Oak Street Design are collaborating with the fashion students of Columbia College Chicago to create window displays using recycled electronics. The project is a dynamic effort to encourage the community to participate in Best Buy’s Recycling and Trade-In program. Participants are invited to gather their old electronics and drop them off at Best Buy at the John Hancock Center (618 S. Michigan Avenue) from noon to 3 p.m. on April 22 to enter for a chance to win a number of fun Earth Day prizes, including a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix! While there, participants can check out the artful and creative Columbia College Chicago student-made Earth Day window displays and enjoy live music.
Don’t forget to tune in to 101.9 The Mix, 97.1 The Drive and Chicago’s Rewind 100.3 all this week for updates on this free event. It’s a great chance to have fun while supporting local students and contributing to a wonderful cause! We hope to see you there.
Here are some easy to grow veggies and herbs, and recipes to get you growing fresh foods and eating fabulously.
The tip to growing big cucumbers is to keep them hydrated. Since they are 95% water, they need H2O at least twice a week. Cucumbers are a great addition to the summer, even when pickled.
This herb is fairly easy to manage. It can be grown in the ground, but also does well in a planter, making it an ideal herb for an urban garden. Already have too much basil on your hands? We recommend that you put it to good use in a simple pesto.
You are probably thinking, “What am I going to do with snap peas?” Snap peas are a good choice to grow in a Midwest garden, because in temperatures as low as 40 degrees. With the ever changing weather, I’m surprised not more people do. Plus they are a good source of Fiber and Vitamin C.
Still baffled about snow peas? Check out this Cashew and Snow Pea Stir Fry.
With these tips and a little encouragement you can start your own garden and bring fresh produce to any of your recipes.
For more tips on easy to grow produce, click here.