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Hyatt Regency Chicago and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Team Up To Support Families of Hospitalized Children

Hyatt Regency Chicago will be giving a portion of room sale proceeds from a dedicated Ronald McDonald House guestroom to support families at Ronald McDonald House®

Hot Wheels Traffic Jam
(Photo credit: Sherwood Snyder)

Hyatt Regency Chicago has teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) to help families heal together while their child is in the hospital. The dedicated Ronald McDonald House guestroom, appropriately named “Climbin’ for a Cause” as it is the only bi-level suite in the hotel with a staircase in the room, will be supporting the organization with a donation of $10 for each night the room is booked during the course of a year. All proceeds will go directly to Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital located in the Streeterville community.

The guestroom will be decorated to reflect various aspects of the Charity including adding a bookcase that contains books about Ronald McDonald House Charities as well as a Ronald McDonald House throw blanket so guests can read the books in true comfort, vintage Ronald McDonald House inspired decor, yellow painted handrails, and a number of photos of the Hyatt Regency Chicago team volunteering at the House as well as families, both past and present, who have been supported by RMHC-CNI.

“We strive to ensure that Hyatt Regency Chicago acts as a home-away-from-home for each of our guests,” stated General Manager Patrick Donelly. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be involved with such an outstanding organization in the Chicagoland area that seeks to provide a home-away-from-home for families during a difficult time. Our Ronald McDonald House guestroom gives guests the opportunity to help families during their greatest time of need.”

“We are grateful to have Hyatt Regency Chicago as a partner helping us to keep families together so they can find a sense of comfort, compassion, and a sense of community,” stated Mark Shouger Senior House Director of Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s. “As the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House, we’re excited to team up with the world’s largest Hyatt to make strides together in helping families throughout the Chicagoland area.”

Additionally, Hyatt Regency Chicago purchased a fire hydrant from The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants project to support the 100 Club of Chicagoland and donated it to Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s, where it is currently on display. The fire hydrant, appropriately named “Hot Wheels Traffic Jam,” was created by Sherwood Snyder. Snyder is a U.S. Navy veteran who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and whose works include being commissioned four years in a row to design a HOPE ostrich egg for the annual auction that raises funds for the N.W. Memorial Hospital Program for the HIV Center in Chicago.

Hyatt Regency Chicago, the largest Hyatt property in the world, features 2,019 guest rooms, 228,000 square feet of meeting and event space and five restaurants and lounges. The hotel is located at 151 East Wacker Drive in the heart of downtown. Hyatt Regency Chicago borders the Magnificent Mile and is only blocks away from Chicago’s premier theatre, cultural, shopping and dining districts. For reservations, visit, or on Twitter @hyattchicago.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI), is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing a ‘home away from home’ while their child is being treated in the hospital. Every night, up to 140 families heal together because of the comfort, compassion and community at four area Ronald McDonald Houses® and Ronald McDonald Family Room®. Annually 40,000 nights are provided where RMHC-CNI families are able to stay close to their child, helping them to heal faster and saving them over $7 million in hotel costs. We are located near Advocate Children’s Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Edward Hospital in Naperville and the Cadence Health – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Campus in Winfield which will open in 2015. For more information visit Stay connected – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram.

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