Riding the California Zephyr Train San Francisco to Chicago

I recently decided to abandon temporarily the sardine-canned airplane travel experience and take the train from San Francisco to Chicago.  The California Zephyr train, which departs daily from Emeryville, CA near Oakland (San Francisco has no Amtrak station, but a bus shuttle is provided from the SF Ferry Building to Emeryville), is truly one of […]

Hotel Felix: intimate eco-friendly boutique hotel in Chicago

If you are going to Chicago, check out the Hotel Felix, an eco-friendly boutique hotel that blends comfortable elegance with inspiring natural elements. It is the only hotel in downtown Chicago that meets the Silver LEED certification. The hotel uses organic materials and renewable resources, and even energy efficient plumbing. The hotel offers many special amenities including […]

Mapplr’s favorite hotels in Chicago

For people who love modern architecture, a visit to Chicago is a must. Buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe as well as those by contemporary architects such as Rem Koolhaas continue to influence the way buildings and houses are designed today. But it’s not only architecture fans who will enjoy […]

Mapplr's favorite restaurants in Chicago

Chicago is best known for its architecture and lively urban scene (music, theater, nightclubs). Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago” published in 1916 still conveys the city’s atmosphere, almost a century later, long after it lost most of its industrial and manufacturing base. Although most foodies look to the coasts for inspiration, Chicago has a lot of […]