• Scrappy’s Tips for Earth Month

    Posted on March 19th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    On April 1, Hotel Felix will celebrate Earth Month 2015. As part of our Earth Month celebrations, Scrappy, one of the larger-than-life sustainable sculptures at Hotel Felix, will offer his eco-friendly tips throughout Earth Month. Scrappy’s tips are known for being practical and humorous, but most importantly-always green. As Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel, it is essential to us at Hotel Felix that our guests understand the importance of incorporating green practices into their daily lives. Below are a few examples of what you can expect from Scrappy during Earth Month this year:

    -Unplug chargers and devices when not in use.
    -Walk whenever possible, or take public transportation.
    -Invest in “green” light bulbs.
    -Reuse plastic grocery bags or recycle.

    To find Scrappy’s tips during Earth Month this year, follow Hotel Felix on Twitter at @HotelFelix and follow the hashtag #ScrappyTips starting April 1. What are some of your best practices for staying green?

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  • Chicago Flower and Garden Show

    Posted on March 3rd, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Calling all green thumbs! The Chicago Flower and Garden Show is approaching. One of our favorite events to attend here at Hotel Felix, the Chicago Flower and Garden show has been a sign that spring has begun after a long, cold winter since 1847.

    Held at Navy Pier, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show works to create realistic gardening inspiration for all attendees. From the moment you step inside, you are immersed into a lush landscape with miniature gardens displaying perennials, annuals, and trees. These miniature gardens are courtesy of local landscape designers, builders, and suppliers whose goal it is each year to inspire seasoned gardeners and newcomers alike. In addition, there will be the Gardening Live stage and How-To Garden sessions to provide interactive and educational sessions for all levels of gardeners.

    The annual American Institute of Floral Designers Bobbi Cup Design Competition will be held during the Flower and Garden Show on March 14, at 1p.m. This live design competition features some of the best floral designers in the industry. Watch them as they race to create the best floral display in only an hour and a half.

    The Chicago Flower and Garden show takes place March 14-22 at Navy Pier.
    – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – 10a.m.-6p.m.
    – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – 10a.m.-8p.m.

    Tickets prices range from $10 to $17 and can be purchased at www.chicagoflower.com.

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  • One Earth Film Festival

    Posted on February 26th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Looking for a great festival to attend while winter sticks around? Here’s one we recommend: attend the One Earth Film Festival on March 6-8. It combines two of our favorite things at Hotel Felix: movies and the environment.

    Part of Green Community Connections, One Earth Film Festival is now in its fourth consecutive year. The purpose of One Earth Film Festival is simple – create opportunities for understanding climate change and sustainability through the power of film. Each film is shown at designated theaters around the city of Chicago. Following the film, moderators from Green Community Connections lead discussions focused on the environmental solutions proposed in each film. Featured films this year include:

    – Angel Azul, Directed by Marcy Cravat and Kath Delaney
    – Arise, Directed by Lori Joyce and Candice Orlando
    – Edible City, Directed by Andrew Hasse
    – Field Biologist, Directed by Jared Flescher

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    With a selection of more than 35 riveting environmental films, there is certain to be a film for each festival-goer. For movie times, tickets, and a full weekend agenda visit greencommunityconnections.org.

    Enjoy!

  • Look Red Carpet Ready on Valentine’s Day

    Posted on February 9th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    Do you want your skin looking red carpet ready this Valentine’s Day? Now it’s easier than ever with emerginC skin care products available at Spa Boutique Felix.

    Their date night essentials, hydra-repair intensive topical infusion capsules and red carpet primer, will ensure a flawless look for your romantic evening. Hydra repair features an intensive topical plant extract and ceramide capsules to improve lipid content in the skin and hydration. The red carpet primer features a plant-based hydrating and plumping microspheres, which fill in wrinkles, fine lines, and conceal pores. Leaving skin smooth and even before applying your foundation.

    Started by Ian Lirenman in 1997, emerginC prides itself on 100 percent natural, minimum 70 percent organic skin care products. You won’t find parabens, synthetic fragrances, or synthetic colors in any of their products.

    EmerginC also is a leader in fair trade practices and environmental initiatives, making them a perfect product to feature at Spa Boutique Felix. We take great pride in being an eco-friendly hotel and their environmental efforts are important to us.

    So to ensure you’re looking flawless this Valentine’s Day, stop by our Spa Boutique Felix for your emerginC essentials. Then, go out and have the best date night with your sweetie.

    Spa Boutique Felix is located on the 2nd floor of Hotel Felix Chicago, 111 W. Huron Street.

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  • Staying Green in 2015

    Posted on January 8th, 2015 gjordan No comments

    At Hotel Felix our New Year’s resolution is to maintain our green eco friendly habits. As Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel we are always looking for new opportunities to be green. And ways to inspire our guests to take a little bit of green knowledge home with them after their stay. So if you’re looking to stay green in 2015, here are a few tips from us at Hotel Felix:

    1. Use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic.
    2. Invest in reusable grocery bags instead of paper or plastic.
    3. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
    4. Switch out light bulbs to energy efficient options.
    5. Unplug your phone and computer charger when they’re not in use.
    6. Pack your lunch in a reusable bag and containers.
    7. Switch from paper to cloth towels to clean up around your house.
    8. Use public transportation.
    9. Donate any unwanted clothes or household items to a local charity.
    10. When booking a trip, look for the TripAdvisor Green Leaders certification,
    awarded to top eco friendly hotels across the country. Hotel Felix is proud to
    be on this list.

    We hope 2015 inspires you to make a small green change in your daily routine. From all of us at Hotel Felix: Happy New Year!

    Hotel Felix is Happy. Naturally.

    Hotel Felix is Happy. Naturally.

  • Did you know?

    Posted on December 13th, 2014 gjordan 1 comment

    We’re honored and thrilled to be a TripAdvisor GreenLeaders hotel. As Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel when we opened in 2010, we are honored to continue our strong tradition of eco-friendly practices with yet another green certification.

    The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders hotel program was created to help guests who book their hotels with Earth friendly practices in mind. From budget to luxury hotels, TripAdvisor award their GreenLeaders certification to hotels across America. These hotels have shown commitment to green practices such as recycling, local and organic food, and electric car charging stations. Hotels that are awarded the GreenLeaders status are ranked in order from bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. The higher the ranking the more efficient a hotel’s green practices.

    We are proud to announce that we have been awarded a gold ranking for our GreenLeader status. Green practices at Hotel Felix include: Energy Star guest room appliances, linen/towel reuse program, energy saving guest room controls, recycling bins in guest rooms, with a guest feedback program on our green practices at the end of each stay. You can see a full listing of all our GreenLeader practices at TripAdvisor.com by clicking on the green leaf next to Hotel Felix’s name.

    Whether you’re an eco-friendly traveler or not, we invite you to stay with us next time you’re in Chicago. We hope to see you soon!

  • Best Eco-Friendly Hotels

    Posted on December 9th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    It’s great being green! We were recently honored by Gogobot as one of the Best Eco-Friendly Hotels.


    Best Eco Hotels

    According to Gogobot, the hotels listed are “known for their credentials and hard work for sustainability.”

    When speaking about our hotel, they noted, “This boutique hotel is great for several reasons. One of them is that it’s got a great location in the heart of everything downtown… It’s an eco-friendly hotel, and the decor is modern and warm at the same time.”

    To see the full list, visit here.

    Thanks Gogobot!

  • Did you know? Hotel Felix is a TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Hotel

    Posted on October 28th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Happy #TravelTuesday! We’re thrilled to announce that Hotel Felix was named a TripAdvisor GreenLeaders hotel. As Chicago’s first silver LEED certified hotel when we opened in 2010, we are honored to continue our strong tradition of eco-friendly practices with yet another green certification.

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    The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders hotel program was created to help guests who book their hotels with Earth friendly practices in mind. From budget to luxury hotels, TripAdvisor award their GreenLeaders certification to hotels across America. These hotels have shown commitment to green practices such as recycling, local and organic food, and electric car charging stations. Hotels that are awarded the GreenLeaders status are ranked in order from bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The higher the ranking the more efficient a hotel’s green practices.

    We are proud to announce that we have been awarded a gold ranking for our GreenLeader status. Green practices at Hotel Felix include: Energy Star guest room appliances, linen/towel reuse program, energy saving guest room controls, recycling bins in guest rooms, with a guest feedback program on our green practices at the end of each stay. You can see a full listing of all our GreenLeader practices at TripAdvisor.com by clicking on the green leaf next to Hotel Felix’s name.

    Whether you’re an eco-friendly traveler or not, we invite you to stay with us next time you’re in Chicago. We hope to see you soon!

  • A Serious Green Vibe

    Posted on September 24th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    We have a serious green vibe and we’re proud of it. Thank you Stash Rewards for featuring us in your blog recently in the article titled, “5 Hotels with a Serious Green Vibe.” You can see the article in full here.

    The article’s author talks about how she was raised by tree huggers and how she does her part in helping the environment – well done!

    We’re in great, green company and pleased to be on the list from Stash.

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  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago

    Posted on August 19th, 2014 gjordan 1 comment

    Have a “go get ‘em” green attitude? Well no worries, your green kick doesn’t have to stop for vacation or business. One of Chicago’s leading eco-friendly museums is a great place to escape the concrete jungle.

  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum was opened in 1999 by the Chicago Acadmey of Sciences, a nature aficionados and amateur scientists founded in 1857. As they say on their website,

    “As the 20th Century came to a close, it was easy for people in Chicago and the surrounding areas to lose their connection to nature. Consider that people spent more time walking on paved surfaces, eating processed foods and living sedentary indoor lives than any other time in human history. Not to mention the exploding urban growth of the city which ground away the natural landscape and local flora and fauna. People were starving for an authentic connection to the natural world. A place in our urban area where they could experience the sights, sounds and smells of nature.”

    The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum offers city dwellers great insight into the environment around Chicago and the world. There are many exhibits to see at the museum, but here are a few that teach the values of eco-friendly living.

  • Extreme Green House

  • This exhibit allows you to see the nature inside average homes, and how houses can be made a little more eco-friendly through your daily life.

  • The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

  • The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is the museum’s internationally renowned signature 2,700 square foot greenhouse. Home to more than 1,000 butterflies (75 species), the haven is the perfect tropical retreat. This is truly an oasis in the city. Butterflies of all different shapes, color and sizes flutter around as you walk through the greenhouse.

  • On Saturdays during August, take part in the Butterfly Haven Yoga for a rejuvenating yoga class in The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Or on Thursdays, learn the basics of Tai Chi. No matter your age or level of fitness, the slow, simple movements of this ancient art can bring you to a new level of strength, energy and wellness. Also, every day at 2pm watch as new butterfly’s get released into the green house.

  • To participate, or to get more information click here.

  • Picture from: www.naturemuseum.org

    Picture from: www.naturemuseum.org

  • The Heritage of the Chicago Academy of Sciences

  • View a collection that has been a part of Chicago’s history since the mid 1800s. Celebrate and be inspired by a snapshot of the Academy’s more than 150 year legacy of scientific research of Chicago and the region. A mount of a porcupine, a Blanding’s turtle skeleton and mammal skins are just a few of the samples on display.

  • Although it may seem hard, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city is just up the street. Try the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and learn how to add a little green to your visit to the city.