• 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.


    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.


  • 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.

  • What is Green Travel?

    Posted on August 11th, 2014 gjordan 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 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.

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    These are:

    1. Modes of transportation.
    2. 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.

    3. Offsets and environmental policy.
    4. 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.

    5. Dollars spent locally.
    6. 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.

    7. Environmental conservation.
    8. At Hotel Felix we strive to bring you the best stay without a large carbon foot print that goes with it.

    9. Respect for local culture.
    10. There are many diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, and we are involved in our community – the River North area of Chicago.

    11. Natural resource use.
    12. 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.

  • Spring Gardening Inspiration

    Posted on May 13th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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

  • Be Green Tweet Green Winner – @starburstt

    Posted on May 9th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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.

    Spruce, flowers & peppers to plant for #EarthMonth.

    Spruce, flowers & peppers to plant for #EarthMonth.

    @starburstt's reusable mugs & cups!

    @starburstt’s reusable mugs & cups!

    As the Be Green Tweet Green Contest winner, @starburstt has won a free night’s stay at Hotel Felix. Congrats!

  • Green Thumb Photo Contest Winner: Barbara Bowen

    Posted on May 7th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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!

  • Gorgeous Green Thumbs

    Posted on May 1st, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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!

  • Be Green & Tweet Green!

    Posted on April 28th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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.

  • Spotlight on Amlings Interior Landscape

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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.