The 10-Star Park Hyatt Chicago

I’m in Chicago for the annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit, taking place at the Hyatt Regency on Wacker. I love to say “Wacker” – and I get to say it often while in the windy city because so many good things are on Wacker.

For some blessed reason, I was asked to stay at the Park Hyatt. It wasn’t for, but simply because some of the people I work with are here.  I rolled in late yesterday dragging two big suitcases and my schlumpy travel clothes – sweats and Ugg boots. The second I entered, I knew I was inappropriately dressed. But I was too exhausted to think much about looking like the old witch from Snow White, without a shiny apple.  This very upscale hotel treated me like Snow White, not the witch. The greeting, from doorman to bellman to Front Desk, was the nicest, kindest, classiest I have experienced in 25 years. The room was spectacular, from gigantic soaking tub with TV in bathroom to recessed lighting, to push-button black-out blinds to gorgeous view to the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. If I didn’t have to work every day I’m here, I’d just choose to be Sleeping Beauty.Park Hyatt Chicago

I met friends for late supper at NoMI Kitchen on the seventh floor. The view of the Water Tower and nighttime skyline took my breath away. The service was superb and the chestnut soup beyond yummy.  This morning my associates and I met for coffee and business in the lounge of NoMI and it was the perfect, quiet location for us to get work done prior to other appointments.

If you are a Boomer business traveler like me, then you know this kind of experience is way different from those good little business hotels with complimentary breakfasts. Those hotels are great most of the time. But the Park Hyatt Chicago is nirvana, especially during a monumentally stressful week. Thank you, Hyatt Hotels and amazing Park Hyatt Chicago, for helping me rekindle my belief in gracious hospitality.  And although I still like to say “Wacker”, I promise not to arrive in sweats next time.


Shannon Ingram
Shannon is a co-founder of An expert in the field of marketing to Boomers, seniors and family caregivers, she is the author of "The Heart Way - A Journey from Corporate to Care" about her experience of caring for her elderly parents. She is Vice President of Industry Marketing for and an active supporter of UCI MIND, the University of California Irvine's Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders. She considers her most important title to be "Granny Shanny" and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her two grandchildren.

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