Luxe Meets Eco at Hotel Felix: A Charming Chicago Stay for the Conscious Traveller

Earlier this year, my (now) fiance Bryan and I traveled to Chicago for a fun weekend wedding and had the pleasure of staying at the most charming boutique hotel Chicago has to offer, Hotel Felix. Chicago’s first Silver LEED certified hotel, I found Hotel Felix to be equal parts luxurious and environmentally innovative. I appreciated the small details at Hotel Felix during my stay such as its use of gorgeous reclaimed materials throughout the hotel, smart lighting and energy conservation in my room, the abundance of natural sun exposure, and even some ethical art. Upon entering the hotel, a a 7-foot-tall doorman sculpture greets you which is made out of recycled pipes, an umbrella stand, a drill bit, and topped with a milk bucket head. This sculpture is called “Loren the Doorman,”and artist Allen Christian created him completely from found and reclaimed materials.

Hotel Felix opened in April 2009 after an extensive redevelopment of a 1926 building using organic materials and renewable resources. While welcoming guests from all over the world, the Hotel is deeply involved in enhancing its local community through environmental initiatives year-long. Hotel Felix also takes Earth Month pretty seriously, which we love, and commits to sharing its projects and inspiring guests and followers to make small changes that will make a big impact in the long run.

We found Hotel Felix to also be incredibly convenient, as we were close to the wedding as well as some must-see Chicago stops like the Magnificent Mile and The Loop. We also enjoyed walking outside the hotel and being surrounded by so many incredible Chicago restaurants. Be sure to find some time for Spa Boutique Felix, which makes use of ethical beauty products and delicious spa treatments that will support your total wellbeing.

About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the world's first sustainable living site for women. She created the long-running interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia where she was awarded CBS Corporation’s Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalist Laura Turner Seydel. Lindsay has been featured as an ethical fashion and beauty expert on Z Living and was named in Ecover’s “30 Under 30″ contest which recognized those who are making a sustainable difference in their community. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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