By Kristina Vanni
This year I was lucky enough to celebrate New Year's in style at the extraordinary Affinia Hotel Chicago, along with the culinary offerings of celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson's C-House restaurant.
The recently renovated property features custom designed guest rooms with a bi-level entry that creates a residential feeling. I immediately felt right at home, and was very pleased with the array of features offered by the hotel. My favorite was the “pillow menu” (Buckwheat, Swedish Memory, Magnetic Therapy, Sound, Down and Hypo-Allergenic) where guests are offered a la carte sleeping options.
Upon leaving the hotel to explore the Magnificent Mile and to grab some lunch at Gino’s East next door, I was greeted by the attentive and knowledgeable concierge. He offered a “fast pass” to the front of the line at the iconic pizzeria, which proved priceless as I passed by the long line of diners waiting outside in the freezing Chicago cold!
The highlight of the Affinia Chicago is chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, C-House. After dining at his restaurant Aquavit in New York City, I eagerly anticipated the decadent New Year’s Eve menu and wine pairings.