• Celebrate the Tour de France at Troquet River North

    Posted on July 23rd, 2014 gjordan No comments

    Troquet River North, located at LaSalle & 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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/.

  • Eat your heart out Chicago: Taste of River North is almost here

    Posted on June 30th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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.”

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    Photo from: Facebook.com/TORNfest

    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 in the Summertime

    Posted on June 5th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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.

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    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 Summer – 10 Things To Do

    Posted on June 2nd, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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.

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    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.

  • Sculptor Allen Christian Featured on PRX

    Posted on May 28th, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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.

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    We are proud to have Christian’s art outside our front door, and happy to share this story.

  • Take Time to Relax with the Pamper Me Package

    Posted on May 22nd, 2014 gjordan No comments

    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.

  • To join Hotel Felix on Facebook click here to follow us on Twitter 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.

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    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.

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    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!