Posted on August 19th, 2014 No comments
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.
Posted on August 11th, 2014 No comments
Green Travel can be a broad term that generalizes many different things about traveling. When “green this” and “eco-friendly that” become a part of normal mission statements, and selling points- what really counts as green travel?
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.
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 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.
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.
The ResponsibleTravelReport.com states that Green Travel is, “an overarching term used to describe responsible travel practices that focus on economic, socio-cultural, and environmental sustainability.” Meaning Green Travel goes beyond just reusing your towels. Green Travel is an opportunity for travelers to travel and visit different places without disrupting or compromising the integrity of the environment you travel to.
ResponsibleTravelReport.com goes on to give six best practices to exercise to travel green.
- Modes of transportation.
- Offsets and environmental policy.
- Dollars spent locally.
- Environmental conservation.
- Respect for local culture.
- Natural resource use.
When you are traveling to a large city like Chicago, taking public transportation is easy. Although in other situations it may not be, but a large part of Green Travel is using a mode of transportation that leaves a smaller Carbon Footprint.
This means if your mode of transportation will leave a larger carbon footprint, offset the impact that has on the environment by staying at a hotel like ours where eco-friendly practices are the norm, and will help offset the impact to the environment.
This may seem difficult in the middle of the city, but there are more local options than you might think. We’re often recommending that our guests check out the neighboring farmer’s markets, local shops and more. Plus, just making a reservation at Hotel Feilx is a great step since we’re a boutique hotel as well.
At Hotel Felix we strive to bring you the best stay without a large carbon foot print that goes with it.
There are many diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, and we are involved in our community – the River North area of Chicago.
Hotel Felix strives to bring guest local resources and amenities, including the use of free trade coffees and chocolates.
So the next time you hear about green travel or eco-tourism, these insights from ResponsibleTravelReport.com and how Hotel Felix respects green travel best practices.
For more information on green travel, click here.
To see the whole article by ResponsibleTravelReport.com, click here.
To learn more about Hotel Felix’s ongoing green efforts, click here.
Our Green Thumb Photo Contest invited photographers, gardeners, and lovers of spring to submit photos showing off their green thumbs or simply nature’s beauty. Here are just some of the entries.
Use these images as inspiration as you set out in your garden this spring! Take a look at this article on HGTV.com for 14 simple gardening tips from master gardener Paul James.
Did you know that you can use a bar of soap to seal the undersides of your nails and prevent dirt from collecting beneath them? James also suggests using the water from boiling vegetables to water your plants. Your garden will really respond to this nutrient-rich treat! Happy Spring. #GreenFelix
Congratulations to @starburstt for winning our Be Green Tweet Green Contest with the highest number of tweets! Her #EarthMonth tips were super creative. Here are some of the ideas she shared:
-When making pasta, I keep the water for my plants. It’s filled with rich nutrients and better than plain water.
-A foot of hair needs a lot of water. Cutting it short saves so much water from washing. Plus, I think it looks nice.
-Opting out of paper statements is great habit. Getting e-bills and doing e-pays is so convenient, too.
-Lunchtime! I like keeping silver utensils at work to avoid using plastic disposables ones at work.
-I drink way too many cups of coffee a day. At least I use biodegradable pods instead of plastic k-cups.
-Can’t believe how cold it still is! Instead of turning up the heat again & wasting gas, I’m putting on extra layers.
@starburstt even sent us a couple of pictures to complement her #GreenFelix tweets.
As the Be Green Tweet Green Contest winner, @starburstt has won a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix. Congrats!
Congratulations to the winner of our Green Thumb Photo Contest, Barbara Bowen! She submitted a gorgeous photo of a Bird of Paradise flower and received the most likes of all our entries on Facebook.
According to Wikipedia, “Bird of Paradise” is the common name for the species Strelitzia. The flower is native to South Africa and is even featured on the country’s 50-cent coin. We are thrilled that she shared this beauty with us during Earth Month! As the winner of the Green Thumb Photo Contest, Barbara will receive flowers from Amlings Interior Landscape and a complimentary night’s stay at Hotel Felix Chicago.
Thank you again for entering, Barbara. Congrats!
We want to give our Green Thumb Photo Contest entrants a special thank you for entering during #EarthMonth! We received some gorgeous photos from very talented gardeners and photographers during #EarthMonth. Here are some randomly selected entries:
Our Be Green Tweet Green contest was also a big success. Here are some of the #EarthMonth tips we received:
*When making pasta, keep the water for plants. It’s filled with rich nutrients and better than plain water.
*Replace paper napkins with cloth ones.
*For a goodnight sleep, open windows at night for fresh air.
*Change out light bulbs to the new CFL bulbs.
*Opt out of paper statements is great habit. Getting e-bills is convenient, too.
*Bring lunch to work in a reusable lunch bag.
Winners for both contests will be announced later this month. Keep an eye out for these beautiful images being used for Hotel Felix in different ways!
Tweet @hotelfelix how you’re being green with the tag #GreenFelix to enter our Be Green Tweet Green contest this Earth Month! We want to hear if you’re recycling, biking to work, planting flowers in your garden – anything eco-friendly that makes you a friend to the planet.
The contest ends Wednesday, April 30! The winner receives a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix. For contest rules, click here.
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.
“At NASDA we are in the trade show business in an unusual way. We work in concert with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service to create international trade opportunities for U.S. companies in the food business. This has led us into partnership with FMI (the Food Marketing Institute) and NRA (the National Restaurant Association) over the past fifteen years, and, as a result lots of time in Chicago.
We have housing needs for our staff, for international visitors, and occasionally the staff of our members. But the thing we need most is flexibility. Marianne Encarnado and the rest of the sales staff at the Hotel Felix have consistently gone out of their way to accommodate our basic needs and our need for flexibility with last minute changes, etc. These are things that we can’t get through conventional approaches and are difficult to get when you a constantly switching properties. The flexibility we have at the Hotel Felix is very helpful.
It helps that we like the hotel and its restaurant. The hotel staff is efficient and friendly, and it’s nice to return to a place where you are remembered! The rooms are compact but intelligently organized to use the space efficiently. It doesn’t hurt that I like modern design. Finally the location is very good as well.
Hotel Felix is a near perfect solution for us.”
Many travelers who stay at Hotel Felix leave reviews. If you are interested in seeing more reviews from past guests on Trip Advisor.
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!