The Hyatt Regency Chicago has an extra reason to celebrate during the holidays.
The hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive, has received the 2012 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. The Torch Award spotlights companies that exemplify ethical business practices.
And this year, the Better Business Bureau said the 2012 competition had the largest number of nominations and entries with more than 2,060.
The award was one of seven given and was presented to Hyatt Regency Chicago earlier this month.
The judges said: "The Hyatt Regency Chicago had very well documented attention to employee training and cross training. It also included impressive positive feedback from customers about problem resolution and customer service."
Companies are judged in four categories based on number of employees: management practices, community/stakeholder/investment relations, communications and marketing practices, and industry reputation.
Hyatt Regency Chicago ranks as the largest hotel in the Midwest and the largest Hyatt property in the world. It has 2,019 guest rooms, 228,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and six restaurants and lounges. The hotel, along Chicago's Riverwalk, is in the heart of downtown and borders the Magnificent Mile.
The Better Business Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization.
The Hyatt Regency's monthlong celebration concludes this week with its New Year's Eve celebration from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
The 2011 party features entertainment by Chicago band 7th heaven and DJ Sye Young, plus an open bar, buffet stations with open seating, party favors, prizes and a countdown to midnight.
Tickets to this year's Hyatt Regency Chicago's NYE Ballroom Blitz start at $119 per person (early pricing; limited number) and are sold on www.chicagonyeballroomblitz.com.
New Year's Eve hotel packages, which include a party ticket and a guest room (with late checkout on New Year's Day), begin at $299 and are available on www.chicagoregency.hyatt.com. Prices increase as the big night draws near.
The hotel's sister property to the north, the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, is hosting its own party with music from popular bands Modern Day Romeos and Jaktripper, and entry to the Dance Club featuring DJ-Spin.
The party includes a champagne toast, party favors, a casino with fantasy poker, blackjack and craps played with "fantasy money," and an open bar.
Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and the celebration will end at 1 a.m. Tickets to the Hyatt O'Hare party are $75. A VIP upgrade is available for an extra $34, which includes open bar and snacks and private areas in the Rosemont and Grand ballrooms. Tickets can be bought at www.ticketweb.com.
Overnight packages at Hyatt Regency O'Hare include deluxe overnight accommodations, two party tickets and the option of a prime rib dinner buffet at the contemporary hotel restaurant O'H American Grill. FYI: (847) 696-1234 or visit www.hyattregencyohare.com.
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