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!
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
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.
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