• Happy Earth Day!

    Posted on April 22nd, 2016 gjordan No comments

    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.

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    Photo Credit: Earth Day Network

  • Chicago Smart Lighting Project

    Posted on April 19th, 2016 gjordan 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.

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    What a great change to be announced during #EarthMonth! We’re excited to see these changes improve the environmental quality in Chicago.

  • #GreenFelix Contest Update

    Posted on April 15th, 2016 gjordan 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!

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  • Be Green, Tweet Green

    Posted on April 1st, 2016 gjordan 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

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    Be sure to check out the rules below and good luck!

    OFFICIAL RULES

    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.
    PRIVACY NOTICE: By participating in this Contest, you agree that Sponsor can collect your personal information of your name, email and city, and that if Sponsor is not granted the permission to collect the data required, you may not be eligible to participate in the Contest. Any personal information collected during the course of the Contest will only be used for the purposes of administering the contest and for other purposes as expressed and outlined in these Rules. Further information on the use of personal information in this Contest and Sponsor’s Privacy Policy which can be viewed at http://www.hotelfelixchicago.com.
    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.

  • In the News – BOSS Magazine

    Posted on March 30th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    We have exciting news: B.O.S.S. Magazine, otherwise known as “Be Your Own Success Story,” has featured our hotel as one of the top environmentally-friendly hotels in the United States.

    We pride ourselves as being the first hotel in the city of Chicago to be Silver LEED certified, and it’s a great thing to see that our hard work and passion isn’t going unnoticed.

    The article features our sustainable artwork:
    “Recycled carpets and cork and bamboo flooring are incorporated throughout the hotel. There is an enhanced energy management system, which allows the director of engineering to log in
    and control energy systems anywhere in the hotel,” writes Nicola Batchelor.

    Not only was our artwork highlighted in the magazine, but our linen re-use program. Nicola writes,”The linen re-use program at The Felix means linens are washed at guests’ request rather than everyday as standard. This has resulted in average savings of 45,000 gallons of water and 32,500 gallons of detergent per year. More than 1 million gallons of water will be saved through the property’s water reduction program this year.”

    If you’re interested in reading the rest of the article, click here. The full issue will be available in print later this month.


    Source: B.O.S.S. Magazine

  • Earth Month at Hotel Felix

    Posted on March 29th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Earth Month is the annual reminder for many travelers to consider new green practices. Here at Hotel Felix, we commit to reducing our carbon footprint year round and Earth Month is a celebration of our ongoing green efforts.

    This April, we will offer eco-friendly activities and discounts for like-minded travelers. Guests and Chicagoans can take advantage of the following incentives throughout Earth Month:

    - Scrappy’s Green Tips – and a new Sidekick: Scrappy, a larger-than-life sustainable dog sculpture outside our hotel, will offer his eco-friendly tips throughout Earth Month on social media with #ScrappyTips. He also will have a new sidekick in Troy Murray, Director of Front Office, as he takes on the role of the hotel’s new green ambassador. The always-vibrant Murray will share four videos online showcasing the hotel’s eco-friendly offerings. Green enthusiasts can find both Troy’s videos and Scrappy’s green tips on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout Earth Month.

    - Stay Green and Save Green: During Earth Month, all guests who book new reservations via our website will receive 22 percent off the best available rate in April. This offer is available for new reservations only in April 2016.

    - Green Groups Save Green: During Earth Month, eco-friendly group bookings will receive 22 percent off the best available rate if they show proof of their environmental practices, such as their recycling program or car-sharing services. This special discount is available only for new group bookings in April and May 2016. For inquiries, please contact Marianne Encarnado, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, at 312-447-2950.

    - Be Green and Tweet Green: During Earth Month, we are excited to launch a Twitter giveaway to inspire its eco-friendly followers to tweet green activities throughout the month. From recycling more to riding bikes to work, all green enthusiasts can tweet with how they’re being green for a chance to win a two night stay at Hotel Felix. The person who tweets their green efforts the most during April to @hotelfelix with hashtag #GreenFelix will win a complimentary two-night stay. Management will determine if there is a tie. The giveaway starts at 10 a.m., April 1 and runs until April 30 at 5 p.m. CT. The winner will be announced the week of May 2.

    “We are continually excited for Earth Month because we feel Hotel Felix is a great example of how we can encourage travelers to reduce their carbon footprints and improve our environment,” said George Jordan, Area General Manager of Hotel Felix Chicago and Senior Vice President of Oxford Hotels & Resorts.

    To learn more about our hotel, please visit www.hotelfelixchicago.com.

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  • Spring Fever Sale

    Posted on March 3rd, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Great news: Spring is (almost) here! While there might be a dusting of snow on the ground, we are ready for it – and ready to offer you a discounted stay no matter the weather.

    What better way to bid adieu to the Chicago winter than celebrate the start of the new season with a hotel deal? Chicago is beautiful in any season, but here at Hotel Felix, we’ve been counting down the days until spring arrives and there’s sunshine in the streets again.

    Book a hotel room with us now and stay by April 30, 2016 to receive 20 percent off of our best available rate. That’s an excellent travel deal that we hope you’ll take advantage of. Plus, it’s a great cure for spring fever!

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    Click here to book now.

    And, Chicago is a great place to visit during the spring. Check out our recent blog posts for other suggestions what to do in Chicago, such as St. Patrick’s Day, the River North Donut Fest, Cheesetopia and more.

    Let’s all welcome spring together!

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

    Posted on February 18th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    There are a variety of activities to check out during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Despite the fact that the actual holiday lands on a Thursday this year, that won’t stop you from having the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration here in Chicago.

    Head to Grant Park on Saturday, March 12 to experience the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There, you’ll find a number of bagpipes, dancers, and more. Not to mention that the parade is entirely free to the public.

    The parade kicks off at Columbus and Balbo drive at 12 p.m. and will conclude at Monroe Street. If you’re especially interested in getting a good viewing spot, make sure to show up a couple hours early with a folding chair and plenty of snacks. For more information, visit Time Out Chicago.

    Make sure to dress comfortably with great walking shoes and extra layers. The weather is unpredictable at this time of the year and while you may be warm in the sun, that can change quickly once the sun is hidden behind clouds or the skyscrapers downtown.

    St Patrick's Day Parade

    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/stu99

    Don’t forget to wear green!

  • Adler After Dark

    Posted on January 19th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Although many people believe that visits to the planetarium should be reserved just for children, the Adler Planetarium has another idea in mind.

    The Adler Planetarium, located in Chicago’s South Loop, has a monthly exhibit that invites adults 21+ up to explore the planetarium with drinks and entertainment. On every third Thursday of the month, it offers unique entertainment that’s perfect for local Chicagoans or tourists.


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    A $20 ticket gives you access to the following:

    - Full access and admission to museum exhibits and galleries
    - Unlimited sky shows in our 3 state-of-the-art theaters
    - Special guests and lectures
    - Stellar hands-on educational programs
    - Access to the Doane Observatory (weather permitting)
    - Live entertainment
    - The best view of the skyline from anywhere in Chicago!

    The next event is Thursday, January 21 and it will feature the topic “First Contact,” which includes a variety of exhibits that show us what would ever happen to Earth if we ever encountered alien civilizations.

    To learn more, visit the Adler Planetarium’s website.

    Happy exploring!

  • Green Resolutions for the New Year

    Posted on January 6th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Most New Years resolutions tend to be personal and vary between individuals. The most popular often range from getting into shape, less time using technology, etc. But what would happen to the Earth if we all agreed to integrate eco-friendly resolutions into our daily routines? One thing is for sure: we would be one step closer to saving our environment.

    Kevin Pink, writer for the Center of EcoTechnology, has a few green resolutions to try for the new year. We thought these were great ideas for green resolutions to incorporate into our daily routines. You can see the full article here here. A few tips from the article:

    1. Save energy. Determine your energy use, then figure out how you can reduce it by a significant amount.

    2. Choose green energy.

    3. Commit to reuse. Bring your own bags when you go shopping. Stop drinking bottled water and carry a high-quality reusable water bottle. Make your coffee at home and use a thermos or reusable mugs. These little steps can save you a lot of money and are great ways to reduce waste at the same time.

    4. Don’t trash it, donate it! Thinking about renovating in 2016? Carefully deconstruct and donate your kitchen cabinets. If you have some extra tiles, molding, or even screws, donate them to EcoBuilding Bargains or other eco-friendly organizations instead of throwing them out. If you’re cleaning out your closet, remember to keep your local Goodwill Industries in mind.

    5. Travel smarter. If you can, bike or walk to work, and watch the holiday pounds melt away! If you can’t do that, talk to some coworkers about carpooling. You’ll reduce wear and tear on your vehicles, save gas, and reduce carbon emissions, all of which will save you money!”

    To read the rest of the article, click here.

    We hope you decide to integrate a few of these resolutions into your life. Let us know if you do!

    Happy New Year – we wish you a happy, healthy and green 2016!