1974 -Don DePorter and Mayor Daley

Fast Facts About The Year We Opened Our Doors

In 1974, Hyatt Regency Chicago opened its doors for the first time in what is currently known as the West Tower. The hotel was situated on an old rail yard and overlooked the Chicago River.

So, what was happening when we first opened our doors? Here are a few fast facts!

In 1974:

Gas was $0.55 cents per gallon

The “hot” toys were the Magic8 ball and Game of Twister

Richard Nixon became the first US President forces to resign after the Watergate scandal

The Sears Tower becomes the world’s tallest building

Work began on the 800 mile long Alaska Oil pipeline

General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad Chicago, Illinois, May 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Six years later, Hyatt Regency Chicago expanded its hotel and opened the East Tower in 1980, making it the largest hotel in the city, which is still true today.

In 1980:

Gas was $1.19 per gallon

The “hot” toy was Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head. And Pac-Man arcade games were released.

Ronald Reagan became President

Fire destroys the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas

3M began the sales of its latest product, Post-It Notes