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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Posted on December 20th, 2013 No comments
Troy and Randy celebrate Friday at Hotel Felix with their angelic rendition of “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations. Click on the link to listen!
Posted on June 21st, 2013 No comments
This Saturday and Sunday Wicker Park hosts the Green Music Fest, an original live music event that connects eco-conscious Chicagoans with eco-friendly companies, products and services. The fest takes place on Damen Avenue between North and Schiller with a suggested donation of $5.
Aside for rocking live music, the fest will feature a variety of local retail and sustainable food vendors. More than 20,000 people are estimated to attend this year’s event. Planning to check it out? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!
Posted on May 28th, 2013 No comments
There’s nothing quite like summertime in Chicago. The summer is jam-packed with events, concerts and best of all… festivals! We’re highlighting a handful of our favorites that are happening this summer in our neighborhood:
June 7-9: Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world.
June 28-29: Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party, annually attracts thousands of attendees and features musical guests the likes of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Phil Vassar.
July 10-14: Taste of Chicago, our city’s iconic food festival; this year’s headlining band is the Grammy-award winning group Fun.
July 11-14: Windy City Smokeout, a celebration of country music and BBQ in River North.
July 19-21: Taste of River North, a festival of food and live music right in our beloved River North neighborhood.
August 2-4: Lollapalooza, the world-famous 3-day music festival that calls Grant Park home.
Posted on August 24th, 2012 No comments
Summertime is known for gathering together and enjoying each others company, but no get-together is complete with out the perfect warm weather playlist. Complied below is a mix between today’s hits and the quintessential summertime hits:
“In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry
“These Days” by Dr. Dog
“It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons
“I don’t Want This Night To End” by Luke Bryan
“Springsteen” by Eric Church
“Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men
“Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant
“Laredo” by Band of Horses
“First Light” by My Morning Jacket
“Kids” by MGMT
“Uncle John’s Band” by the Grateful Dead
“Janglin” by Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros
“10 AM Automatic” by Black Keys
“Amber” by 311
“Dog Days Are Over” Florence + The Machine
“Lonely Boy” by Black Keys
“Summertime Blues” by The Who
“Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes” by Elvis Costello
“And it Stoned Me” by Van Morrison
“Sugarfoot” by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
“Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix
“Rich Girl” Hall and Oates
“Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn
“Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
“In the City” by The Eagles
“Rise to the Sun” by The Alabama Shakes
“Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night” by The Hold Steady
Take a look at our list and share what are your go-to summertime jams!
Posted on August 1st, 2012 No comments
It is that time of year again where musicians flood into Grant Park for the three day musical extravaganza. Various artists head to the Windy City to entertain the patrons during the first week of August. Lollapalooza 2012 will take place August 3-5. It has been over twenty years that Lollapalooza rockers have been gracing the stages of Grant Park. This year’s headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White, and Florence and the Machine. Festivalgoers from far and wide head to Chicago to get a taste of both established musicians and those who are trying to catch their big break. Click here to see the 2012 Lineup.
Along with a three-day festival, the featured artists will be performing After Shows throughout the city. To secure tickets for an intimate showing of your favorite band, click here.
Large festivals can be overwhelming at times. Here are a few quick tips to plan your musical experience for the better:
- Stay Hydrated! August can be rough under the Chicago summer sun and being surrounded by thousands of other people can kick up the heat. Remember to push the water; vendors will be set out around the grounds helping patrons stay hydrated.
- Sunscreen: to avoid the blistering heat, load up on the SPF. It is a necessity to fight off the UV Rays and avoid a painful night!
- Be familiar with the fair grounds. Don’t miss your favorite bands, click here to take a peek at the 2012 map.
Posted on July 19th, 2012 No comments
The 11th Annual Taste of River North will take place July 20-22, 2012 in Ward Park (Kingsbury St. and Erie St.). The event was created to bring in foodies and enjoy the delectable tastes of River North - which also happens the neighborhood where Hotel Felix calls home. Different restaurants and vendors will bring their talents to the park and showcase their favorite dishes for patrons to try.
Featured restaurants include: Moe’s Cantina, John Barleycorn, Sullivan’s, Kinzie Chop House, and many more. Along with the delicious food will be musical performers and artist showcasing their talents.
Five dollar donations will be collected at the gate before 5 p.m. and eight dollar donations will be collected after 5 p.m. For all the details on this year’s Taste of River North, click here. Grab your friends and your appetite and head to Ward Park for a weekend of good eats!
Posted on July 12th, 2012 No comments
The taste of Chicago is hitting Grant Park July 11-15, 2012. The Taste is a large outdoor festival that showcases the diversity of Chicago’s dining scene. Among the mouth-watering filled park, there will be musical performances and family friendly activities.
Some headliners include Jennifer Hudson, Dierks Bentley, Death Cab for Cutie, and Michael Franti. The musicians will be entertaining from both the Petrillo Music Shell, tickets can be purchased on sight and the Bud Light Stage, free to the public.
Along with the music, celebrity chef du Jour will be hosting a three course meal and mingling with the patrons. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.
For a full list of featured restaurants, musical performances, and activities click here.
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/.