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The Westin Chicago River North
320 North Dearborn Street • Chicago, IL 60654 · United States • Phone: 312-744-1900
Local Time: 8:49 AM • Weather: Partly cloudy, 52 °F
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About Us - Weddings Team

Peter Kaparos Peter Kaparos, Director of Banquets
Director of Banquets, Peter Kaparos has been at this property since the hotel was opened in 1987 as the Hotel Nikko. Peter has over 25 years with the Westin River North, from meetings to weddings Peter has seen it all and done it all. Peter’s favorite event to host at the Westin River North is a wedding, with family, friends, amazing food and plenty of beverages weddings are a celebration not too soon forgotten by our be-loved Director of Banquets. Peter has a refined attention to detail, compared to no other; his team executes events with professionalism and unparallel service.  Peter makes every Bride & Groom know just how special they are to us while being on hand throughout the entire wedding. Peter is in the National Association of Catering Executives and a member of the Catering Executives Club of America.
When Peter is not at the Westin you can find him spending time with his eight grandchildren and enjoying a delicious dinner of Lamb. Peter is the one VIP you don’t want to forget to include in your big day!
Travis Russell

Travis Russell, Catering Sales Manager 
Planning events has always been a passion for Travis. It all started with throwing dinner parties for friends nearly a decade ago, and has transcended into an amazing career!  Travis attended Missouri State University, studying International Business.  After trying out the field in U.S. Customs Brokerage, Travis quickly realized that this was not where his passion was at.  Events were!  When the opportunity presented itself at The Westin Chicago River North in the catering department, Travis jumped at the chance and never looked back. Starting with small scale corporate and social events, Travis focused his attention to learning the industry, and soon started planning full scale weddings, fundraisers, gala’s, and corporate events and meetings.  Travis found a passion for following the latest trends and taking advantage of the incredible vendors that Chicago has to offer.  Travis has over four years of corporate and social event experience with The Westin Chicago River North and can help you create your perfect experience at The Westin Chicago River North!

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Dushyant Singh, Executive Chef
Growing up in New Delhi, India, Chef Dushyant Singh’s inspiration for the culinary arts began at a young age while enjoying his mother’s Northern Indian cuisine. His passion was further ignited upon studying hospitality management in India, which eventually led him to the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York.  From there he continued his career working with prestigious hotels such as Paris Las Vegas, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Waldorf Astoria Collection in Southern California, and The Wigwam Resort and Spa. Prior to joining us in 2012 , Singh was the Executive Sous Chef at Sheraton Wild Horse pass, home of Kai, the only five star five diamond restaurant in the state of Arizona. As the Executive Chef of the Westin Chicago River North, he will oversee the entire kitchen operation and food service for all hotel outlets. Chef Singh’s leadership ability and excellence in the field has earned him much recognition over the years. His journey and experience have expanded his culinary resumè with a diverse craft of myriad spices and bountiful flavors. His focus is to ensure each ingredient is justified and presented at its best.  Chef Singh’s very active in the community with local charity events, lending his leadership and skills whenever possible.

 

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