Posted on February 25th, 2014 No comments
We would like to give one big thank you to ChicagoTraveler.com for adding us in their review of the Top 10 Downtown Chicago Hotels.
We are happy to be on your Top 10 – and even more honored that you mentioned that we are one of your “absolute favorite Downtown Chicago Hotels.” We’ll admit our location in River North is a great location, no matter what you want to do in Chicago. We are steps away from Magnificent Mile shopping and entertainment, various restaurants, and fun places in the city.
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 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.
We are proud to be Chicago’s first LEED Silver certified hotel because we strive to give our guests a great experience and stay Happy. Naturally. We try to welcome guests with an elegance inspired by natural elements, which can be seen in our décor with our wall of wood and cozy modern fireplace. Not only do we like to bring natural elements in, but we also maintain “green” standards to help sustain the elements outside the hotel.
Next time you’re in town, we hope you’ll stay with us or stop by to see all that our hotel has to offer. Tweet us about your upcoming travel plans and adventures in the city. Snap a picture and tag us on Instagram (@HotelFelix) next to our wall of wood. We love to know that our guests our comfortable and of course, Happy. Naturally.
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.