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 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.
At Hotel Felix, we’re always trying to share happy thoughts – that’s why our tagline is Happy. Naturally. It just elicits everything we are and everything we believe in. A happy place that is naturally good to the environment.
When guests arrive at our hotel, they can receive a “happy message” that simply spreads good news or happy thoughts after their travels. We hand them out at the front desk and you might even find some in your room. We also have the happy thoughts shared as bouncing smiling faces on our website’s homepage here: www.hotelfelixchicago.com.
For more detail, following is a brief overview of some of the happy messages that are one our website:
• Housework won’t kill you, but why take the chance?–Phyllis Diller
• Seven days without laughter makes one weak–Joel Goodman
• If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun–Katherine Hepburn
• When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice–Frank Vizzare
• It’s what we learn after we know it all that counts–John Wooden
Those quotes above are simply ones that make us smile – a witty comment, an interesting question and more. From the beautiful Katherine Hepburn to the clever Phyllis Diller, the famous quotes leave us with a happy thought. When traveling and on the road, we do believe our guests like to receive these messages just to make them pause and smile, if only for a moment.
What makes you happy? What happy message would you like to share? We’d love to hear from you! Tweet us at @HotelFelix and let us know. We love hearing happy thoughts, happy travel experiences, and more.
Escape the buzz of the Windy City for a few hours during your stay at Hotel Felix and treat yourself to one of our luxury care packages. Our care packages are designed specifically to save your money and enhance your stay with us at Hotel Felix, all while giving you a sense of indulgence and relaxation to truly cap off your vacation. Our recent favorite packages at Hotel Felix include the Pamper Me, and Just Relax packages. Both give you access to The Spa by Asha Hotel Felix, an experience that is truly not to be missed. Further details about the packages include:
The Pamper Me: Book the Pamper Me package and receive a complete 60-minute massage by one of The Asha’s trained massage therapists.
The Just Relax: Reserve the Just Relax package and receive one 60-minute massage by one of The Asha’s trained massage therapists. Also included is a $50 gift card to 900 shops of your choice located within walking distance of us.
You can book either of these packages and see additional options at www.hotelfelixchicago.com or contact us at 312-447-3440. We hope to see you soon!
Troquet River North, located at Clark & Huron on the ground floor of our hotel, is celebrating the Tour de France by offering Artichoke Croquettes paired with a glass of house wine for just $9. Watch the riders zoom through the last stages of the race. Troquet River North will have their TVs set up so you can see who finishes strong after today’s uphill finish on the legendary slopes of Pla d’Adet.
Sip on a glass of their house wine, your choice of red or white, and enjoy Chef Tim Davidson’s special Artichoke Croquettes. River North’s French bar is a great location to enjoy the Tour de France in Chicago, as well as celebrate all things French there with a number of menu items are French-inspired. In French, “troquet” translates to a fun, casual bar. Troquet River North’s casual and elegant atmosphere creates a great dining experience for any occasion. What better place to enjoy the Tour de France with a glass of wine.
Need more than just the Tour de France? Troquet River North also has brunch Saturday and Sunday for a great deal. For $25 guests receive 1 1/2 hours of bottomless mimosas and 1 brunch entrée. Brunch options include choices of both sweet and savory brunch choices like Benedict 111 or Pain Perdu. Brunch choices also include brunch specials. You can view their brunch menu here.
Feel free to stop by for their regular dinner selections and specials. Troquet River North has an extensive food and beverage menu that is mixed with French cuisine and hip trendy cocktails that even have a French flair. Like the “Romarin” which is a House-infused lemon & rosemary gin, St. Germaine, muddled lemon, sparkling water. On Wednesdays, Troquet River North adds to the classic atmosphere with live piano performances by Bob Solone. You can see their regular food and drink menu on their website at http://troquetrivernorth.com/.
Chicago is known for its great summer festivals and we’re excited about the upcoming Taste of River North Festival right in our neighborhood. Come experience what one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods has to offer at Taste of River North, July 18-20 in A. Montgomery Ward Park. Located just a few blocks west of Hotel Felix at the intersection of North Kingsbury and West Erie, it’s the perfect weekend activity whether you’re a Chicago native or simply passing through.
Hosted by the River North Residents Association and in its 13th year, Taste of River North combines food, music, and a variety of items for purchase from local merchants.
New to Taste of River North this year will also be the Walmart Healthy Cooking Stage, an exclusive chance to watch Chicago chefs in action and share some of their favorite healthy recipes. The festival is also family-friendly with special activities geared just for kids in the designated “Kids Zone.”
This year Taste of River North is proud to feature cuisine from The Green Door, The Redhead Piano Bar, Stout, and Fannie Mae Fine Chocolates to name a few. Featured music headliners will include Chicago’s own Sixteen Candles and Led Zeppelin 2 on Friday and Saturday night.
Tickets for Taste of River North are $1.00 per ticket, and are available for purchase when you arrive. For more information, head to tasteofrivernorth.com.
Millennium Park offers a wide variety of summertime attractions, and they’re free of charge! Here are our 5 favorite events happening at the park, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.
1. Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras – Tour of China Send-off Concert
On Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra performs its final concerts before going on tour to China. Blue Man Group Chicago will make a special appearance.
2. An Evening with Richard Thompson & His Electric Trio
Known for their invention of British Folk Rock, world-renowned guitarist Richard Thompson performs his Millennium Park debut on Monday, June 16, 2014 with a solo acoustic set followed by a full electric set with his trio.
3. Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert
Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies, Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6 p.m., this concert showcases a sampling of Broadway in Chicago shows.
4. Chicago Dancing Festival Celebration of Dance
In its 8th season of free dance performances, multiple dance companies join together for a unique show at Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
5. Millennium Park Workouts
Get fit in one of the most unique outdoor workout spaces this summer! Every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Millennium Park offers 45-minute classes including Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba. Click here to see the full schedule and featured teachers.
Visit millenniumpark.org for a full calendar of summer events. See you there!
Chicago summers are famous! We’ve compiled 10 things to do that will make your visit to Chicago great. From museums to music festivals to city tours, these downtown attractions will keep you and your family and friends entertained. Hotel Felix Chicago will be there waiting when you’re done with your big day.
1. Millennium Park Music Series
From yoga to symphony orchestras to Broadway hits to DJs, the Millennium Park Music Series offers something for everyone. Located at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 201 E Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus, it’s a great summer destination for any group, including families. Visit the Millennium Park website for the schedule and more information.
2. Chicago Blues Festival
The Chicago Blues Festival is held in Grant Park from June 13 to June 15. Headliners include Billy Boy Arnold, Bettye LaVette, and Dr. John. Admission is free – you’ll have a great time! Check out the schedule and other details here.
3. The Art Institute of Chicago
This famous museum is a must-see for visitors to Chicago. This summer, The Art Institute of Chicago features exhibits such as Ethel Stein, Master Weaver and Architecture to Scale: Stanley Tigerman and Zago Architecture, plus many, many fascinating permanent collections. Check out the museum’s calendar here, and be sure to snap a picture of the giant lion statues in front of the building!
4. Fourth of July Fireworks
Gather on July 4 at Navy Pier starting at 9:30 p.m. for the best fireworks show around! Synchronized to music, the City of Chicago goes all out with this Independence Day celebration. Visit the Navy Pier website for the entire fireworks calendar.
5. 360 CHICAGO (John Hancock Observatory)
Formerly the John Hancock Observatory, 360 CHICAGO is the city’s only open-air skyscraper deck, 1,000 feet up on the 94th floor of the building. You can see up to 80 miles out and four states on a clear day, and they’ve also added Tilt! – offering visitors a one-of-a-kind downward facing view of Chicago.
6. Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago is back in Grant Park this year July 9 to July 13! Performers including Aloe Blacc, Janelle Monáe, Jeff Tweedy, AWOLNATION, and Emmylou Harris will take the stage while you and your friends and family enjoy the best dishes from around the city. Admission is free, though you do have to purchase tickets for food. Visit the website for more information.
7. Chicago Air and Water Show
The Chicago Air and Water Show is the largest free show like it in the United States. Presented at North Avenue Beach on August 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, you’ll get to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, and more. Get there early to get a spot in the grass – you won’t want to miss the skywriting! More information is available here.
8. Water Tower Place
Who doesn’t love shopping? Visit Water Tower Place during your trip to Chicago for shopping experiences like American Girl, Pandora, The LEGO Store, Vera Bradley, Victoria’s Secret, Swarovski and more. Visit the website for the complete directory, including dining.
9. Tuesdays on the Terrace
Also in the Water Tower area, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago hosts Tuesdays on the Terrace – a free live jazz concert series on their terrace every week this summer. You can bring a blanket or rent a lawn chair for $5, and enjoy a Farmer’s Market dinner buffet created by Puck’s Café for $25 per person. There are also cash bars for drinks and lighter food options. Take a look at the featured artists on the MCA Chicago website.
10. Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours
A Chicago summer staple, Chicago Architecture Foundation boat or land tours are a great way to explore the city, whether you’re native or just visiting. River boat tours are 90 minutes long and are lead by experienced volunteer tour guides who interpret more than 50 historic Chicago buildings. Learn more about the tours and order tickets here.
Hotel Felix Chicago is located in River North, a hip neighborhood in downtown Chicago that is known for its many art galleries, restaurants, shops, and vibrant nightlife. Some of the city’s best landmarks are within a 10-minute walk from the hotel, including historic Washington Square Park and the Magnificent Mile – Chicago’s most notorious shopping strip.
Click here to make a reservation for your summer trip.
Allen Christian, the sculptor responsible for Hotel Felix Chicago’s Loren the Doorman, Madeline and Scrappy statues and best known for his studio “House of Balls,” was featured in a recent story by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).
“I’ll take doll parts, hot water heaters, badminton birdies, piano parts, medical devices. You know, it’s my belief that anything has the potential to become something else, to be repurposed, and to make whatever we define as art, art.” – Allen Christian
According to the story for KFAI by Dixie Treichel, Christian creates sculptures made from found objects, and is also known for carving figures out of bowling balls (hence the nickname “House of Balls”). He has been a part of the Minneapolis warehouse district since 1987 and intends for visitors to interact with his creations. You can see more of his work on the House of Balls website, or take a look at the sculptures he created for Hotel Felix Chicago in our photo gallery here.
We are proud to have Christian’s art outside our front door, and happy to share this story.
Everyone hopes to relax on their vacation. Although when you are sitting in airports, striving to pack light, and worrying that you left the coffee pot on, do you ever get that chance? The Pamper Me package at Hotel Felix can insure that you get that “me time” you always want from vacation.
The Pamper Me package at Hotel Felix combines a night stay in one of our comfortable eco-chic rooms with a 60 minute massage from Asha Spa at Hotel Felix.
The one hour Asha Spa massage combines calming massage strokes, gentle rocking, and compressions. At times Asha masseuses may use heat packs to release tension. This technique soothes sore muscles from car trips and plane rides.
Take time for yourself on your next getaway, and book the Pamper Me package at Hotel Felix. To find more information on the Pamper Me package, click here. To read more on the Asha Spa at Hotel Felix click here.
For more deals and services offered by the Asha Spa at Hotel Felix, check out their Facebook Page 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