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Award-winning chef, cookbook author and TV host Marcus Samuelsson is behind this seafood house in Streeterville's Affinia Chicago hotel, but you shouldn't expect to bump into him here--executive chef Nicole Pederson really runs the show. Though Samuelsson is best known for his Scandinavian-influenced cuisine at Aquavit in New York, the menu here is American with a focus on seafood. You'll also find a handful of carnivorous offerings, such as dry-aged rib-eye. The lineup includes raw bar and shellfish selections and both small and large plates, such as seared tuna with sea urchin and black olive couscous. There's also a create-your-own option--you can have your whole fresh fish grilled, steamed or pan-roasted with a choice of roasted tomato sauce, rice vinaigrette or spring garlic sauce. The modern interior features an exposed wine cellar that separates the restaurant from the hotel lobby, a spacious raw bar and an open display kitchen, plus nautical touches such as photographs of the Atlantic Ocean. For pre-dinner cocktails, check out C-View, the 29th floor rooftop lounge that offers a pared-down C-House menu and an outdoor terrace fitted with a "living wall" of greenery and flowers.