Arrival/Check-In: I arrived at the Public after a harrowing taxi ride from Chicago Midway Airport, glad to be in one piece when one of the Public valets welcomed me. The lobby featured a classic chandelier, gorgeous antique mirrors and a front desk reminiscent of the famous “Bean” sculpture (officially Cloud Gate) in Millennium Park. The desk attendant checked me in quickly and informed me I was staying in the Harry Belafonte Suite. Many of the suites are named after famous guests who stayed at the hotel or dined in the Pump Room, a storied restaurant on the first floor.
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Name: Emily Snyder Title: Vice president, sales and marketing Company, city: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group; New York City, N.Y. Number of employees: 13,000 worldwide Recent project: Opening properties in Shanghai and Paris, and taking over the Rosewood in Atlanta First job: Selling Girl Scout cookies door to door Little-known fact about you: I met and kissed Bruce Springsteen in 1980.