Posted on August 16th, 2016 No comments
While many people choose to visit Chicago for our exciting nightlife, music scene and great shopping, there are a number of other famous attractions and landmarks that are worth checking out.
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Did you know that Chicago’s own Adler Planetarium is America’s first planetarium? With a wide variety of exhibits, the Adler Planetarium has set itself apart from the rest with different activities that vary throughout the year, including the famous Adler After Dark series.
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The Shedd Aquarium has been open since 1930 and was once the largest aquarium in the world. With over 1,500 species, the Shedd is an attraction not to be missed. Check out their website for information on special exhibits and discounted admission days.
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Not only is Soldier Field home of the Chicago Bears, but it’s also a concert haven for music fans. Some of the biggest names in music from Taylor Swift to Beyonce have performed multiple nights at Soldier Field. The stadium holds a number of events throughout the year and has a capacity of 61,500.
Check out this article on Thrillist for more great attractions to visit in Illinois.
Posted on July 26th, 2016 No comments
What better way is there to cool down from the Chicago city heat than to cool off on a giant water slide?
This weekend, Slide the City is bringing their massive water slide to Montrose Beach right here in Chicago. On July 30, participants who are 5 years of age and up can visit Cricket Hill to ride this gigantic water slide.
Photo Credit via Slide the City’s Website.
The slide will be open from 10am to 6pm and there will be food trucks there as well as plenty of music to keep the party going.
We love this event because those at “Slide the City” are environmentally-conscious thinkers, like us, and even have more information on water sustainability on their website. The slide is built for the water to be recirculated throughout the day.
To purchase tickets, click here. Move quickly, because the event is almost sold out!
In the meantime, check out all the fun in the following video:
Posted on July 13th, 2016 No comments
Chicago is home to a variety of arts, culture and music. We have a number of amazing museums that are famous worldwide. If you’ve visited our hotel before, you know we’re a fan of the arts. We even have three sustainable art sculptures outsider our hotel to greet our guests.
Following are a few recommendations, all of which are close to our hotel if you’re staying with us.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is less than half a mile away from our hotel. The address is 220 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611. The MOCA is continuously updated with different exhibitions and a variety of events that take place throughout the museum. There are also free guided tours daily.
Admission is free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents and the suggested admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. For more information, check out their website.
The Art Institute of Chicago has been voted the number 1 musuem in the world and the opportunity to visit shouldn’t be missed! It’s located at 111 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603. Admission for adults is $25 and $19 for students and seniors. Plus, Illinois residents can get in for free on Thursdays from 5-8 pm.
We hope you take advantage of these amazing exhibits throughout the city.
Please note – prices are subject to change. Please contact the museum directly for an update.
Posted on February 11th, 2016 No comments
Fridays are perfect for live music! Troquet River North, the restaurant adjacent to our lobby, has a special night of music and great drink specials every Friday.
From 8-11 p.m. every Friday night through April, you can purchase the Town Branch Flight for just $25, which includes TB Pearce Lyon Reserve, TB Bourbon, TB Rye, and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. There are also $8 moonshine and bourbon cocktails as well.
Troquet River North has arranged a great lineup of live performers as well – following is the complete list to date:
February 12th – Rob Anderlik
February 19th – Ben Barefoot
February 26th – Coyote Riot
March 4th – Dime Store String Band
March 11th – Crazy Heart
March 18th – Eric Lambert
March 25th – Laura Joy
April 1st – Robert Rolfe Fedderson
April 8th – Jaik Willis
April 15th – Ben Barefort & the Handshakes
April 22nd – Trillium
April 29th – Bourbon Aristocracy
We hope to see you at Troquet for Folk Fridays soon! Cheers!
Posted on February 2nd, 2016 No comments
Here’s to Spring! It looks like Chicago will be getting an early Spring this year, thanks to the groundhog that did not see his shadow this week. With that being said, there’s no better time than now to check out all of the exciting openings in Chicago that are taking place this month.
Grab your (light) coat and some comfortable shoes get out there!
Weekends in February:
February 6 – Attend “the world’s biggest bar crawl” at Navy Pier to celebrate Mardi Gras.
February 13 – Pay a visit to the Chicago Handmade Market at the Empty Bottle.
February 14 – Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade.
February 21 – The Chicago Auto Show is back at McCormick Place.
February 27 & 28 – The famous Randolph Street Market returns to the Plumbers Union Hall.
To see the rest of the exciting events that are opening this February, visit Time Out Chicago here.
Posted on November 25th, 2015 No comments
Time to start planning your New Year’s Eve! As the year comes to a close, it is time to decide how you’ll celebrate the New Year and ring in 2016. Join us as we celebrate 2016 and enjoy the festivities with a unique hotel package we have created just for New Years Eve.
Enjoy the festivities with a festive night worth remembering with the following accommodations and celebrations:
– A room in one of our contemporary and luxurious guestrooms on December 31, 2015
– Two passes to Troquet’s New Year’s Eve Party from 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., which includes the following:
– Unlimited house drinks featuring select beers, wine and mixed cocktails
– Appetizers especially prepared by Troquet River North’s Chef
– A midnight champagne toast
– Dancing and live entertainment featuring a fantastic DJ.
This is one celebration that you won’t want to miss. From delicious food to celebratory cocktails to great music, this is the perfect way to ring in the New Year with friends.
To learn more and make a reservation, please click here to book now and ring in the New Year with us!
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Happy New Year!
Posted on December 20th, 2014 No comments
New Year’s Eve is one of Chicago’s favorite holidays. Here at Hotel Felix, the celebration we have our eye on this year is the 2015 Bronzeville Bow Tie Ball hosted at the Parkway Ballroom. When you reserve your tickets for the Bow Tie Ball, you’ll receive a discount towards one of our luxury hotel rooms at Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel.
Featuring an open bar, The Javon Watson Experience Band, DJ I.N.C., and secure parking, the celebration begins at 9 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. Classic black attire is required to attend the event, appetizers and a late night menu will also be featured throughout the evening. Tickets begin at $75 per person. And don’t forget, when your New Year’s festivities come to an end, you’ll have the perfect place to “sleep it off” with us at Hotel Felix.
Posted on July 24th, 2014 No comments
Summer in Chicago doesn’t last forever, but before you think about the first cold front coming through imagine all of the priceless memories you could create in Chicago. Summer is a great time to explore what Chicago has to offer. There are great festivals, street fairs, shopping, food, and music. We have created “Summer Sensation” – an incredible extension of our summer promotion. Guests who book a stay between now and September 30, 2014 will receive 20% off our best available rate.
Posted on July 23rd, 2014 No comments
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.
Posted on June 2nd, 2014 1 comment
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.
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The “Summer Sensation” promotion is a great way to see how Hotel Felix brings guests 4-Star amenities with keeping the environment in mind. Our main goal is to give guests a positively memorable experience. As a result, we are constantly thinking of details, big and small, that will make you Happy. Naturally. Our downtown accommodations blended with gentle Earth tones and plush furnishings create an invitation to escape or simply rejuvenate for your next big day in the city.
One of our guests favorite amenity is our complimentary high-speed wireless internet keeps you connected to the world while enjoying the privacy of your own room. All of our downtown accommodations are equipped with plush furnishings, contemporary flair, and upscale amenities. Enjoy luxurious linens and bedding woven from the finest cotton.
With everything Chicago and Hotel Felix has to offer there is no better way to create lasting memories for the summer. The “Summer Sensation” promotion allows you to experience Hotel Felix and Chicago, all for 20% off our best available rate. Book the “Summer Sensation” promotion for a stay now through September 1st.
To book the “Summer Sensation” promotion for a stay from now between September 1st click here. For more information about special and packages at Hotel Felix, click here. To learn more about Hotel Felix, click here.
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/.