27 years ago today, Donald DePorter was a name people in Chicago would have recognized for really making things happen in the community service sphere. Our founder and former regional vice president of Hyatt hotels has become a legendary figure in this city. We so greatly admire him for the establishment of our non-profit organization from his initial plans for community involvement while working for Hyatt. We have chosen to bring attention to the role the Hyatt regency Chicago has played in years past and present within our company.
DePorter always wanted to make Chicago a renowned, beautiful city and with that he was able to create a volunteer program of eager individuals that would want to participate in the neighborhood cleanup and greening process of this city. After Donald began recruiting Hyatt Regency employees to take part in this “green committee” he formed what is now called Chicago Gateway Green. 7 years later his ideas would come together with the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois Department of Transportation to allow for new businesses to sponsor the beautification of our city expressways through a new partnership program. DePorter took on other impressive roles within the city as a chairman for the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Inc. and the Chicago Hotel Association. He also served on Governor’s Advisory Council on Tourism, the City in the Garden Fund, the World Cup Soccer Host Committee and the Michigan Avenue Streetscape Committee.
We are very excited to say the Hyatt name is still connected to CGG. From the foundation of the organization until today, Hyatt Regency Chicago has become a recent partner on the Kennedy Expressway Inbound Nagle Avenue to Central Avenue area. We will honor DePorter by growing our transformation opportunities. Together with Hyatt regency we will continue his goal to invest as a community in the sustainability and attraction of Chicago today.