• How to Explore Lake Michigan This Summer

    Posted on July 20th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    The gorgeous (albeit hot) weather in Chicago continues! What many might not know is that Chicago is called the “third coast.” And for good reason – we have the wonderful Lake Michigan that’s accessible for all and just steps away from our hotel. With beautiful weather all summer long, there are a number of great activities to do during the warmest months of the year on the lakefront.

    Chicago skyline
    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/zrfphoto

    The Chicago Air and Water Show returns this summer on August 20 and 21. Watch from the beach or from a boat and you’re guaranteed to get some great views of the military and civilian pilots. Or, simply walk around downtown Chicago during the Air & Water Show days and you’re bound to see some exciting jets zooming overhead.

    Young man practicing on Lake Tuz, Turkey
    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/BERKO85

    The 18-mile Lakefront Trail is a great way to see the city, get some fresh air, and exercise all at the same time. The trail starts in Edgewater and ends in Jackson Park on 71st Street. There are a number of parks, beaches and museums along the way that you can visit. Be sure to check out their individual websites to learn their hours and costs.

    We encourage travelers and Chicagoans alike to take advantage of the beautiful weather in Chicago during the summer, because it won’t last forever.

    If you visit Chicago this summer, let us know what attractions and restaurants you visit – we’d love to hear from you!


  • In Full Swing – the Cubbies

    Posted on May 12th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    With Chicago being one of the only cities in the United States to have two major league baseball teams, as well as a popular professional basketball and hockey team, it’s easy to see that we have some major sports fans with great spirit. We love rooting for our hometown teams! With that being said, it’s never a rare thing to see a Cubs fan on the street, at the table next to you in a restaurant, or on public transportation.

    The Chicago Cubs have been keeping an excellent record this year, and reports are already showing them as a potential team in this year’s World Series.

    Their current 24-6 record is the best in the league, with the Chicago White Sox trailing closely behind at 23-10. Baseball season is here to stay, and we can’t wait to see how the Chicago Cubs are going to do in the future.

    Their next game is tomorrow at 1:20pm at Wrigley Field. They will be taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Our team will be rooting for the Cubs this year and even “Loran the Doorman,” one of our sustainable sculptures, shows off his Cubs spirit as he welcomes our guests to the hotel.

    Loran in Cubs

    Go Cubs Go!

  • Michigan Avenue Madness Shopping Spree

    Posted on April 28th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    It’s that time of the year when everyone in the city of Chicago wants to spend their days outside and soak in the warm weather while they can. We’ve had a couple days of gorgeous sunshine and we know more of those days are on the way. With that in mind, what’s better than taking a trip to the Windy City shopping at some of the best shops on Michigan Avenue? Not much!

    We are offering a special Michigan Avenue Madness Shopping Package that includes the following:
    • Accommodation in one of our contemporary and luxurious guestrooms
    • $50 gift card to “The 900 Shops”
    • A gift bag filled with goodies, including discount vouchers from participating stores and restaurants at “The 900 Shops”
    • A signature gift with $100 purchase during your shopping adventure at “The 900 Shops”
    • An exclusive 900 Card

    Woman holding colourful shopping bags at the mall.

    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/ismagilov

    Click here to book now.

    Happy shopping!

  • Be Green, Tweet Green

    Posted on April 1st, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Happy Earth Month! As part of our Earth Month celebrations, we’re launching our Be Green, Tweet Green contest! To participate, tweet us all month long with how you’re eco-friendly.

    We are hosting a Twitter contest during Earth Month to encourage our eco-friendly followers to tweet green activities throughout the month. Green enthusiasts can tweet all month long with information on how they are being green, such as recycling their water bottle after lunch, drinking out of reusable travel mugs, biking to work, ride-sharing, etc. All green efforts – no matter how big or small – are encouraged. The person who tweets their green activities to @hotelfelix with hashtag #GreenFelix the most wins a complimentary two-night stay at our hotel. In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by our management with special consideration given to those who have photos included with the tweets and additional RTs from other followers.

    The contest begins Monday, April 1 at 10 a.m. CST and ends April 30 at 5 pm CST. Hotel Felix will announce the winner the week of May 2, 2016 on its blog (www.happynaturally.com), Twitter and Facebook

    Photo credit to istock.com/ howlandphotography

    Photo credit to istock.com/ howlandphotography

    Be sure to check out the rules below and good luck!


    ELIGIBILITY: Hotel Felix “Be Green and Tweet Green Contest” (“Contest”) is open to U.S Residents who meet the following requirements:
    Legal resident of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia, excluding U.S. territories;
    18 years of age or older at the time of entry;
    Willing to comply in full with these Official Rules and all other terms and conditions of the Contest; and
    Not excluded from eligibility by these Official Rules and/or the other terms and conditions of the Contest.
    Each person, of which is in full compliance with the above criteria, shall singularly be referenced herein as “Entrant.”
    Employees and consultants of Sponsor, or other advertising or promotion agencies or business partners involved with or are retained to provide services in connection with the Contest, and/or any of their respective affiliates, parent company or related entities, subsidiaries or successors of any such individuals or entities, and their respective immediate family members are not eligible to win the Contest.
    By submitting an entry via Facebook and its third party hosting application, the Entrant agrees that he/she has read and consents to be bound by and comply with these Official Rules at the time of submission and throughout the Contest.
    Each respective member of each Entrant understands that the entry may be used for promotional purposes, including but not limited to media relations, blogger relations, Facebook postings, Twitter postings, e-newsletters and on Hotel Felix’ blog, www.HappyNaturally.com. Each Entrant understands the entry may be available publicly through marketing channels.
    No purchase is necessary to participate in or win the Contest.
    CONTEST DATES: The Contest will begin on April 1, 2016 at 10 am (CT) and the first “Submission Period” will end on April 30, 2016 at 04:59 pm (CT). The person with the most tweets using hashtag #GreenFelix and @hotelfelix via Twitter will win the contest. The winner will be announced the week of May 2, 2016.
    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS/CLEARANCES: All of the below requirements and criteria are collectively referred to herein as the “Requirements & Clearances.”
    PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Contest, you agree and grant permission to Sponsor to use, copy, modify, distribute, and display publicly your Contest submissions for any purpose, but not limited to, press and media communications, without any compensation to you other than entry into the Contest.
    NO NAMES OR LIKENESSES: Unless Entrant has received express prior written permission (and is willing and able to produce same to Sponsor upon request a copy of such permission) for use in connection with the Contest, an Entry must not include any individual’s name (other than that of Entrant), in whole or in part, refer to public figures, or contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs or other identifying elements of any person, living or dead.
    NO ILLEGAL, OFFENSIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT: The Entry must not include any content which, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, constitutes or contains (1) images that are or could be considered offensive to individuals on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status or any other class or characteristic protected from discrimination by the laws of the United States or any individual state within the United States, or that promote bigotry, racism, hatred, harm or discrimination against any such individuals; (2) any materials that depict illegal acts or that are sexually explicit, libelous, obscene, violent, hateful, slanderous or defamatory; (3) any other inappropriate content that includes, but is not limited to, any display of smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, harming of animals, nudity (including, without limitation, bare chests or naked babies), or provocative/suggestive outfits or poses; (4) no Entry shall contain Trademarked or copyrighted information without the express written consent of the owner of such material, or (5) any content not in keeping with Sponsor’s reputation and image.
    PRIZE AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE (“FAIR MARKET VALUE”): One Winner will be awarded as determined by the most number of tweets with the correct hashtag and the tagging of Hotel Felix’ profile (@hotelfelix) . If there is a tie or a multiple-way tie, the winner will be determined by the Area General Manager at Hotel Felix (George Jordan) and the Director of Operations (Larry Irving) with special consideration to tweets that included photos of the green activities and additional RTs from followers. The winner will receive a two-night stay (up to a $600 value) at Hotel Felix Chicago, to be redeemed by May 8, 2017. The total prize value is $600.
    RELEASES: By entering the Contest, each respective member of each Entrant hereby releases and holds harmless the Sponsor, any participating prize providers, as well as any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), against any and all claims, demands and liabilities arising out of or relating to the Contest, Entrant’s (and each individual member of Entrant’s) participation in the Contest and/or any Contest-related activity, including, without limitation, from winner’s use or misuse of a prize or any portion thereof. Prize winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Contest and/or use/redemption of any prize and all liability for applicable federal, state or local taxes.
    GRANT OF RIGHTS: By submitting and Entry, Entrant represents and warrants that submission of the entry is for each respective member of the couple and that the submitting member of the couple has all permissions and rights necessary to commit the other member of the couple to all of the obligations, warranties, representations and other terms and conditions stated in the Official Rules. Entrant irrevocably assigns and transfers to Sponsor all rights, title and interest in the Entry and all information and materials contained therein or attached thereto, including, without limitation, all copyrights, and all rights incidental, subsidiary, ancillary or allied thereto (including, without limitation, all moral rights and all derivative rights), for exploitation throughout the universe, in perpetuity, by means of any and all media and devices whether now known or hereafter devised. For all personal rights, such as publicity rights, or any other rights that Entrant cannot irrevocably assign to Sponsor (“Personal Rights”), Entrant hereby grants to Sponsor a nonexclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable license, but not obligation, to use any such Personal Rights for the purpose of this Contest without any further compensation other than the opportunity to win one of the Prizes listed above. Entrant agrees to execute any documents that Sponsor may require to affect such transfer of right without any compensation or consideration other than entry to the Contest as specified in these Official Rules.
    NO OBLIGATION TO USE: Other than to announce the prize winners, Sponsor shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any Entry or any information or materials contained therein or attached thereto, regardless of whether or not a Finalist or a prize-winning Entry, in any advertising, merchandising or promotion or to otherwise distribute, publicize or exploit any Entry, regardless of whether or not a Finalist or a prize-winning Entry, or, if commenced, to continue the distribution, publication or exploitation thereof, and Sponsor may at any time abandon the use of any Entry, regardless of whether or not a Finalist or a prize-winning Entry, for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and neither Entrants nor prize winners shall be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.
    PRIVACY NOTICE: By participating in this Contest, you agree that Sponsor can collect your personal information of your name, email and city, and that if Sponsor is not granted the permission to collect the data required, you may not be eligible to participate in the Contest. Any personal information collected during the course of the Contest will only be used for the purposes of administering the contest and for other purposes as expressed and outlined in these Rules. Further information on the use of personal information in this Contest and Sponsor’s Privacy Policy which can be viewed at http://www.hotelfelixchicago.com.
    OTHER PROMOTIONS: Please note: Sponsor may be running similar promotions concurrently or in the future. Your Entry into this Contest is for this Contest only. Entry to any concurrent or future contests must be made separately, and in accordance with any rules, terms or conditions applicable to the respective contest.
    GENERAL CONDITIONS: This Contest is governed by and subject to the laws of the State of Illinois, United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. By participating in this Contest, you agree to be bound by the terms of these Rules and by Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding with respect to this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) terminate or declare the Contest null and void and rescind any prize, if in its sole judgment, the rules or the integrity of the Contest have been violated or compromised in any way, intentionally or unintentionally by any person whether or not a participant in the Contest; (ii) alter or amend these Contest rules at any time; and (iii) stop or conclude the Contest at any time without prior notice.
    NO JUDICIAL RECOURSE OR OTHER PROCEDURES: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, seek injunctive relief, or any other recourse to judicial, quasi-judicial, or any other procedural remedy in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and you expressly waive any and all such rights.
    LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By entering this Contest you agree to indemnify and hold harmless, to the maximum extent permitted by law the Sponsor from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs or expenses resulting from any act, or omission by you and or breach of any warranty by you. To the maximum extent permitted by law, you indemnify and agree to hold harmless the Sponsor from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs or expenses for or with respect to which Sponsor will or may become liable by reason of or related or incidental to any act, default, or omission by you under these Rules. To the maximum extent permitted by law, you agree to hold Sponsor, its respective Directors, Officers, Employees, and Assigns harmless for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the Contest and or use or acceptance of any prize or prizes awarded.
    THIRD PARTIES: Sponsor is not responsible for the actions or inaction of others, that might prevent Entry or claiming of any prize.
    INTERNET: Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, misdirected or mutilated entries, including transmission, technical, and/or network errors or failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any hardware or software (whether originating with sender or Sponsor), telephonic failures, human error, or any other error or malfunction. Sponsor is not responsible for issues with Facebook’s course of operations, the operations of the third party hosting company or unforeseeable technical difficulties. Entrant must submit their entry on Twitter and must include Hotel Felix’ Twitter handle (@hotelfelix) along with the hashtag #GreenFelix
    SEVERABILITY: If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.
    WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: The name of the winner will be posted on www.HappyNaturally.com the week of May 2, 2016.

  • In the News – BOSS Magazine

    Posted on March 30th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    We have exciting news: B.O.S.S. Magazine, otherwise known as “Be Your Own Success Story,” has featured our hotel as one of the top environmentally-friendly hotels in the United States.

    We pride ourselves as being the first hotel in the city of Chicago to be Silver LEED certified, and it’s a great thing to see that our hard work and passion isn’t going unnoticed.

    The article features our sustainable artwork:
    “Recycled carpets and cork and bamboo flooring are incorporated throughout the hotel. There is an enhanced energy management system, which allows the director of engineering to log in
    and control energy systems anywhere in the hotel,” writes Nicola Batchelor.

    Not only was our artwork highlighted in the magazine, but our linen re-use program. Nicola writes,”The linen re-use program at The Felix means linens are washed at guests’ request rather than everyday as standard. This has resulted in average savings of 45,000 gallons of water and 32,500 gallons of detergent per year. More than 1 million gallons of water will be saved through the property’s water reduction program this year.”

    If you’re interested in reading the rest of the article, click here. The full issue will be available in print later this month.

    Source: B.O.S.S. Magazine

  • Earth Month at Hotel Felix

    Posted on March 29th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Earth Month is the annual reminder for many travelers to consider new green practices. Here at Hotel Felix, we commit to reducing our carbon footprint year round and Earth Month is a celebration of our ongoing green efforts.

    This April, we will offer eco-friendly activities and discounts for like-minded travelers. Guests and Chicagoans can take advantage of the following incentives throughout Earth Month:

    Scrappy’s Green Tips – and a new Sidekick: Scrappy, a larger-than-life sustainable dog sculpture outside our hotel, will offer his eco-friendly tips throughout Earth Month on social media with #ScrappyTips. He also will have a new sidekick in Troy Murray, Director of Front Office, as he takes on the role of the hotel’s new green ambassador. The always-vibrant Murray will share four videos online showcasing the hotel’s eco-friendly offerings. Green enthusiasts can find both Troy’s videos and Scrappy’s green tips on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout Earth Month.

    Stay Green and Save Green: During Earth Month, all guests who book new reservations via our website will receive 22 percent off the best available rate in April. This offer is available for new reservations only in April 2016.

    Green Groups Save Green: During Earth Month, eco-friendly group bookings will receive 22 percent off the best available rate if they show proof of their environmental practices, such as their recycling program or car-sharing services. This special discount is available only for new group bookings in April and May 2016. For inquiries, please contact Marianne Encarnado, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, at 312-447-2950.

    Be Green and Tweet Green: During Earth Month, we are excited to launch a Twitter giveaway to inspire its eco-friendly followers to tweet green activities throughout the month. From recycling more to riding bikes to work, all green enthusiasts can tweet with how they’re being green for a chance to win a two night stay at Hotel Felix. The person who tweets their green efforts the most during April to @hotelfelix with hashtag #GreenFelix will win a complimentary two-night stay. Management will determine if there is a tie. The giveaway starts at 10 a.m., April 1 and runs until April 30 at 5 p.m. CT. The winner will be announced the week of May 2.

    “We are continually excited for Earth Month because we feel Hotel Felix is a great example of how we can encourage travelers to reduce their carbon footprints and improve our environment,” said George Jordan, Area General Manager of Hotel Felix Chicago and Senior Vice President of Oxford Hotels & Resorts.

    To learn more about our hotel, please visit www.hotelfelixchicago.com.

    Woof Woof

  • Chicago’s Thriving West Loop Neighborhood

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    You often hear about a variety of different bustling neighborhoods in the city of Chicago, whether that may be Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville or River North. We certainly love River North and proudly call that neighborhood “home.” And just steps away from our neighborhood is the West Loop, which has a vibrant scene to enjoy for a night out.

    Taken from WestLoop.org, “The West Loop is known for its award-winning restaurants, burgeoning art gallery district, boutiques and unique residential loft-style living. Some have compared the area to New York City’s SoHo, the West Loop is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Chicago – but it wasn’t always this way. Long before the Chicago fire of 1871, the Near West Side was still very much redeveloping and had stark contrasts with the way people lived and worked in the area.

    Today, the West Loop is home to a few great spots and popular attractions that we recommend visiting, including but not limited to:
    – Its own City Winery: Home to a variety of wine, food and live music.
    – The infamous Chicago landmark, Union Station: a mecca for state and country wide transportation as well as home to banquet halls and shops.
    Randolph Street Market: This weekend festival with over 200 vendors happens during the last weekend of every month and even moves outside once the weather permits!

    If you’re looking to satisfy your appetite, become immersed in culture, or relax with a glass of wine, the West Loop is the right neighborhood for you.

    For more information on things to do in the West Loop, check out this article in Time Out Chicago.

    Chicago Loop

    Photo Credit: istockphoto.com/tupungato

    Happy exploring!

  • Spring Fever Sale

    Posted on March 3rd, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Great news: Spring is (almost) here! While there might be a dusting of snow on the ground, we are ready for it – and ready to offer you a discounted stay no matter the weather.

    What better way to bid adieu to the Chicago winter than celebrate the start of the new season with a hotel deal? Chicago is beautiful in any season, but here at Hotel Felix, we’ve been counting down the days until spring arrives and there’s sunshine in the streets again.

    Book a hotel room with us now and stay by April 30, 2016 to receive 20 percent off of our best available rate. That’s an excellent travel deal that we hope you’ll take advantage of. Plus, it’s a great cure for spring fever!


    Photo credit to istockphoto.com/Mshake

    Click here to book now.

    And, Chicago is a great place to visit during the spring. Check out our recent blog posts for other suggestions what to do in Chicago, such as St. Patrick’s Day, the River North Donut Fest, Cheesetopia and more.

    Let’s all welcome spring together!

  • River North Donut Fest

    Posted on February 25th, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Have you ever dreamed of eating all Chicago’s best donuts – all at once? Well, River North Donut Fest was the event made for you. On Saturday, April 2, attend the Donut Fest at Old Crow Smokehouse in River North to sample all of Chicago’s best donuts, long-johns, and other sugary treats.

    Tickets are $50 and includes:

    – A FREE ride (up to $30) from Uber with promo code ‘CTS30’
    – $25 in FREE food and drink from Spring Rewards when you use promo code ‘CHI25’
    – $10 in FREE delivery food from DoorDash with promo code ‘CTS10′
    – $15 in healthy, organic meals delivered from Sprig with promo code ’15FREE’
    – A FREE $10 gift card from Target, Macy’s or Walmart with $25 purchase using EBATES!
    – $20 credit towards your dining experience from Reserve with promo code ‘CHI20’
    – $30 in on-demand dog walking & cat sitting from UrbanLeash with promo code ‘CHI20’
    – $10 in dry cleaning from Dryv with promo code ‘CHI20’ Dryv will pick up and drop off your clothes on demand! *Offers valid for first time users only and subject to change without notice.


    For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

  • Chicago to Host Cheesetopia Fest in April

    Posted on February 23rd, 2016 gjordan No comments

    Cheese lovers, rejoice! On April 10, Chicago will be hosting its first ever Cheesetopia Fest at Bridgeport Air Center. More than 40 Midwest cheese producers will be present at the event, sampling and selling their products for festival attendees.

    Cheesetopia’s first year was held in 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is organized by Wisconsin cheese manufacturer Roth Cheese and Jeanne Carpenter. It’s no secret Wisconsin is known for its love of cheese and we’re excited that Cheesetopia is headed to Chicago.


    Photo by Cheesetopia.com

    Tickets are $75 and includes access to an open bar that features complimentary beer, wine and soda.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Cheesetopia’s website.

    If you’re heading into town for the event, you can book a room to stay with us. Visit our website here to book.

    Happy eating!