An eco-friendly 4-star boutique hotel with a French restaurant and a sushi bar near downtown Chicago and shops on the Magnificent Mile
Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Felix Chicago
The 4-star Hotel Felix seamlessly combines the stateliness of its 1920s building with an interior design that fits in with the rest of the ritzy River North neighborhood. In the lobby, overstuffed chairs sit before a flat-panel fireplace, and an old-fashioned rotary phone on the wall hints at the building’s roots. But its most contemporary features are its eco-friendly initiatives, which range from motion-sensor heating to its LED and compact fluorescent lighting.
- A comfy retreat: Each guest room is outfitted with robes, blackout drapes, and plush bedding.
- French bistro: Troquet’s menu puts twists on traditional dishes, like a vegetarian croque monsieur.
- Asian flair: Michelin Guide recommends Taketei sushi bar in Chicago
- Caffeine fix: Big Shoulders Coffee Shop pours freshly roasted brews from around the world.
- Fitness Center: workout and stay fit with the equipment of your choice.
Chicago’s River North: World-Class Art Galleries, Restaurants, and Nightlife near Downtown
Bordering the Loop on the northern side of the Chicago River, the River North neighborhood is where the skyscrapers of downtown give way to the award-winning restaurants and trendy nightspots of the North Side. Once an industrial area, River North is today home to architectural gems—the Jenga-like Contemporaine residential building on Wells Street is a good example—as well as eateries to suit every appetite and budget.
In addition to a formidable culinary presence ranging from inventive Peruvian cuisine at Tanta Restaurant to Chicago classics such as Portillo’s, River North boasts the country’s largest concentration of art galleries outside of Manhattan. The River North Gallery District runs along Chicago, Superior, and Huron Streets, occupying century-old red-brick warehouses that have been converted into lofts and exhibition spaces. You can easily travel beyond River North using Chicago’s public transportation system; check out our guide to Chicago public transportation for tips on navigating the city like a local.