Posted on April 18th, 2013 No comments
On Earth Day, recycle your electronics at Best Buy on Michigan Avenue for a chance to win cool prizes, including a one-night stay with us at Hotel Felix.
Here’s the 60-second rundown on how to participate in the event at Best Buy in the John Hancock Center (875 N. Michigan Ave.) from 12-3 p.m.
Hint: You may have heard this on the Mix (101.9), the Drive (97.1) and Rewind (100.3)
Posted on January 25th, 2013 No comments
Hotel Felix Chicago was recommended by Michelin in the prestigious MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013.
About the establishment, Michelin said, “This innovative boutique hotel was the first hotel in Chicago designed to meet the specifications of Silver LEED certification. From design elements (carpets are made from recycled materials; floors are cork and bamboo) to practices (paperless front desk; eco-friendly cleaning products), the Felix takes eco-conscious living very seriously.”
“We’re honored to receive this esteemed recognition from the Michelin Guide Chicago,” said George Jordan, area general manager of Hotel Felix Chicago. “This is a testament to our team’s ongoing hard work to ensure a pleasant guest experience when staying with us.”
The guide also commented, “Is this where Al Gore stays? He may not be camping out here, but the Felix would certainly warm his heart.”
According to the Michelin web site, “Only the best restaurants and hotels are included in the guide, where every establishment is a trusted Michelin recommendation.”
For more information and reservations, please visit www.hotelfelixchicago.com or call 312-447-3440. To purchase the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013, please visit http://www.michelintravel.com/michelin-selection/chicago-2013-2/ or download the mobile app on iTunes.
Posted on September 17th, 2012 No comments
We always love to hear when our guests enjoyed their time with us. We recently received this incredibly touching letter and poem from guests who hail from Australia and we couldn’t resist sharing them!
“To the management and staff
Of Hotel Felix, Elate Restaurant,
For the lady who looked after our room on the 10th floor, to the window cleaner, the lads and lasses at the front counter. And to the main ambassadors who meet everyone first hand at that darn red rotating front door with a real spirit of Chicago smile. And a how de do, each time one goes out. Not forgetting the guys and dolls from the Elate Restaurant, well done, you guys did Chicago proud. Must not forget the young bloke who carried the little bar fridge up to our room for my wife’s diabetes medicines, that needed refrigeration. Our son sure picked the right accommodation just a block away from his unit on Superior. We had a magnificent view out our window and I spent hours sitting there writing down our activities of the day. It was there I wrote a poem, of your Windy City, the sights and sounds. Never will I forget the sound of that Klaxton horn on the fire brigade, people, food and places of interest, there is still more to see!
Maybe another year hey! We came to Chicago to find the spirit of Chicago, but it found us! So you know, this poem included here, has been taken also to the Tribune.
Hopefully they may publish it, about two Aussies from Down Under. Also to the Chicago Spirit at Navy Pier and The Hard Rock Café.
We had a fabulous time in Chicago. Thank you all very much.
The Spirit of Chicago Found
By Two Aussies From Down Under
We flew United from Down Under
Leaving many hours ago
Man was it a rush
But everything seemed to flow
Coming over We slept
We viewed the clouds
The morning glow
The night sky
The moon above
The aircraft seemed so slow,
It was a first
Never flew like this before
But roll on L.A. to Chicago
We have just to get up and go
Taxi ride from O’Hare
Slowed us down to a crawl
Cabbies driving on the wrong side of the road
Move over, speed up
After our long trip
Enough to make us bawl.
We are from out of town
Give us a chance
We wanna see
The sights of your Chicago
The Windy City
Your town of renown
Finally level 10 Hotel Felix
At our window
To view high rise Chicago
We have time to slow down
Wow!!! How tall can you go
Cars seem like ants
Crawling tracks of bitumen
In one big endless flow.
Stopping at red light
That turn to green
To understand the quantity of cars
It just has to be seen.
On the morrow
We hailed a red bus on Michigan
With its cut down top
Took our seat
To view the Chicago scene
Loads of people, tall towers
Our city tour was not going to be a flop.
Kept our hands down under
The Chicago Loop
Warned of this, otherwise
Our hands would get the chop.
The signs said Route 66
People all round getting their photo fix
One day we will give it a go
Just like Billy Connelly
On his three wheeler, motorbike that is,
We will follow the flow.
A long walk along Chicago, Superior,
To the magnificent mile
1st trip, visit Victoria’s Secret
Panties, bra and perfume sprayed around
Could not but hide a smile.
Historic Water Tower, Hancock Tower
Willis Tower, one could not miss
Cause on our walk along Michigan
One could not miss
Marilyn Monroe’s Statue
Put the crowds in a tiss
Lining up for photos
Under that posture.
We all remember in her film
Some Like It Hot
The guys selling hot dogs
Rubbing their hands
Cause they were in the right spot
Across Chicago River
To Millennium Park
On the left the Art Institute of Chicago
Seeing the original masters
Broke my artists heart
We left the Art Institute
With samples of the masters arts
To put them on display
For my fellow artists
Right here in Minden Park.
Stepping back to Navy Pier
Around which our sneakers
Left their mark,
But not before we had lunch
On the Spirit of Chicago,
From which photos were taken
Of Chicago skyline
The enormity gives you quite a start.
Time for home
A bus to catch $2.25
Another day Field Museum
Other places around yet for us to roam.
From our window
Down there on the corner Erie and Clark
The sign, The Kerryman
Has to be Irish
To be sure to be sure
To share a Guinness
Some cottage pie
We’ll be down there
By and by.
May the wind blow on our backs
As we walk on Clark
To meet the Fair Colleens
And to say G’day
To have a fine Irish meal
Coin a phrase of Clint Eastwood
Come on Paddy make our day
The spirit of Chicago
Motivated our legs, our selves
We walked and walked
Chicago, Michigan and Superior
Block after block
Sights we have only viewed on T.V.
Before our eyes
With open mouths, the high rise,
The sights to see
With our Chicago City Pass
We knew where we wanted to be.
Photos taken for all at home to see will remind us forever
Of your spirit, we felt thru and
To return some day to your Windy City
Cause with your residents
We could never have a blue.
We will remember
The people who live and work in Chicago
Hotel Felix and Elate Restaurant Staff
The Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier
The Hard Rock Café (Angie & Tish)
McDonalds on Clark
Jake Melnicks Corner Tap
La Ma Dia
Architectural Chicago River Tour
Two Aussies from Down Under
Left your Windy City
With a smile on our lips
With the spirit of Chicago in our
To our dear Australian friends, we will always remember you too, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this beautiful poem. We hope you make another trip across the pond to visit us and to find the spirit of Chicago once again!
Posted on August 21st, 2012 No comments
We’re excited to share two articles from Zagat highlighting the opening of LM Bistro, the new French restaurant adjacent to Hotel Felix. The first (viewable here) describes the transformation of the former Elate space into what will be LM Bistro. The second (viewable here) includes LM Bistro in their piece detailing Chicago’s five best hotel restaurants.
Thanks Zagat for the shout outs! We’re excited to welcome the newest addition to the Hotel Felix family.
Posted on August 16th, 2012 No comments
We’re excited to welcome LM Bistro, the approachable French gastro bistro, as the new concept restaurant adjacent to Hotel Felix. The owners of LM Bistro, Stephan and Nicole Outrequin Quaisser, are partnering with Elate owner, Anthony Fiore, to open the restaurant in the space that used to house Elate. LM Bistro was formerly located in Lincoln Square.
It will be a coming home of sorts – four members of LM Bistro’s team (including the co-owners), along with our general manager, George Jordan, previously all worked together in key positions at The Drake. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to having “the gang” back together! With their sleek, upscale concept and outstanding menu, LM Bistro is a perfect fit for the River North neighborhood.
Posted on July 26th, 2012 No comments
Today Hotel Felix erected a scaffolding to do a few touch ups, however this is not your ordinary construction site. Hotel Felix has transformed this eye sore into a hanging garden. Fifty plants are hanging on the scaffolding creating a little garden on a sidewalk of Chicago.
Keep an eye on our “Garden of Babylon” as it continues to grow!
Posted on February 8th, 2012 No comments
Guess who we spotted last weekend at Hotel Felix? Here are some clues: Lethal Weapon, Angels in the Outfield, The Color Purple.
You guessed it; actor, producer, humanitarian, Danny Glover! Mr. Glover spent his weekend here in the Windy City and chose none other than this Eco Friendly dig. A big thank you to Danny Glover for choosing us during this recent stay in Chicago.
Posted on February 1st, 2012 No comments
Snow-mageddon, Snow-pocalypse, Snotorious B.I.G or Sno.m.g. Whichever name you prefer, on this historic day last year Chicago was hit was one of the largest storms to date. The storm left a blanket of snow over the city leaving many people stranded. Although not record breaking, the storm left 20.2 inches of snow in its path.
The storm settled in as the third worst snow fall behind 1999, which came in second with 21.6 inches, and 1967, which had an astounding 23 inches covering the city. Hotel Felix offered an oasis from the “Thunder Snow” with a discounted price for those with no place to go. Take a trip down memory lane with this photo gallery of Snow-pocalypse from the Chicago Tribune. What are your memories or experiences from the blizzard of 2011?
Posted on August 24th, 2011 No comments
The Hotel Felix Photo Contest has come to a close and we would like to send out a huge congratulations to our winner Sophia Vu!
Our five runner ups, also winning fabulous prizes, are:
Our grand prize winner, Sophia Vu, will be enjoying a two-night stay and one spa treatment. Plus, a $50 credit toward the lobby bar, room service, or Elate Restaurant, the sumptuous eatery adjacent to Chicago’s Hotel Felix. The top five runner ups receive a $100 gift card to be redeemed during a stay at Hotel Felix. We would like to thank all of our shutter-bugs for participating in the contest and hope to see you all again soon.
Posted on August 1st, 2011 No comments
The Hotel Felix Photo Contest will be coming to a close on August 3rd. Chicagoans and visitors have just two days to upload their photos with our eco-friendly sculptures for a chance to win big. All you have to do is pose with either sculpture, ‘Like’ Hotel Felix on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hotelfelix), then upload your picture to the photo contest. Contestants have a chance to win a two-night stay, one complimentary spa treatment, and a $50 credit toward the lobby bar, room service, or Elate Restaurant. So head out to 111 W. Huron St. downtown Chicago!