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Food at the Convention

If you’re coming to the Convention, you’re staying long enough to get hungry! “What is there to eat around here? Is there anything I’ll like?” Of course! There are lots to choose from, so if there isn’t anything you like, you probably don’t like food!

Located on the east side of the Convention Center is the Great Expoteria, an a la carte restaurant with a variety of fare. There are also concession stands throughout the Convention Center where you can get a quick snack or drink.

The Park at Rosemont entertainment district has many bar and restaurant choices (along with a movie theater, bowling alley, and comedy club), located on the west side of the Rosemont Public Parking Garage. It’s so new that they’re still adding more restaurants! For the most up to date info and restaurant specials visit their site at http://www.rosemont.com/the_park_at_rosemont.php.

If you’re going to leave the Convention to drive to a nearby restaurant, the parking lots may not have in and out privileges, unless you’re staying at the hotel and each hotel has different policies. Be sure to check with the front desk! For all the dining options in the city of Rosemont, visit their site at http://www.rosemont.com/dining.php.

If you’re staying at one of the many area hotels, room service is always excellent and makes you feel posh! Each hotel has many bar and restaurant choices within the hotel as well. Some hotels and restaurants may even have specials for our attendees, so don’t forget to mention ACen!

Optimally, cash and credit cards are much more portable, but bringing food with you can be an inexpensive alternative. If coming to the Convention is going to be a road trip for you, you may as well bring some meals, snacks, and munchies for the weekend. Remember that most hotel rooms don’t have microwaves or refrigerators, and depending on what kind of room you’re staying in, it might be against the fire code to have a hot plate or food warmer in your room. Be sure to check with the front desk!

If you’re just coming for the day, eat a good breakfast before you come to the Convention, treat yourself to one of the finer restaurants in the area for lunch, and then have a nice dinner after you leave.

Above all else, don’t forget to eat, and to eat properly! Otaku cannot live on Pocky alone! Don’t spend all your money on toys, t-shirts, and manga, forgetting that you have to eat for the rest of the time you’re at the Convention!

Where have you eaten at or around the Convention? Feel free to leave a comment!

Travel to and Parking at the Convention

“How am I going to get to ACen this year?” Well, that all depends. Before we answer that, let’s answer a few other questions first.

How long am I staying at the Convention?”  ACen is a 3 day convention with things going on whole 72 hours that the Convention is there: late night viewings, first time premiers, and dances lasting until the wee hours of the morning. If you’re coming during normal daylight hours, you can still enjoy most of the viewings, panels, and the exhibit hall, but there’s lots of afterhours fun to be had too! If you plan on staying late, or more than one day, you might want to think about getting a hotel room.

Where am I going to sleep?” ACen is based out of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and is the best hotel to stay at to keep central to the con. But rooms tend to sell out fast, and even then, unless you have a few friends to split a room with, you might need more economical solution. There are many other hotels in the area; some even have ACen programming space in them as well. Some are within walking distance; some are a short drive away.

Directly connected to the Convention Center via a sky bridge network:

- The Aloft Chicago O’Hare

- The Double Tree O’Hare

- The Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare, (where both Video and Board Gaming will be located)

- The Hyatt Regency O’Hare (the main hotel for the Convention)

You can walk from those locations and two parking garages with a roof always overhead!

Located next to the Convention Center:

- The Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare

- The Embassy Suites Hotel O’Hare-Rosemont

Located a short walk from the Convention Center:

- The Chicago Marriot Suites O’Hare

- The Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare

- The Westin O’Hare

Located a bit of a walk (or a short drive) from the Convention Center:

- The Courtyard Chicago O’Hare

- The Hilton Garden Inn Chicago O’Hare

- The Hyatt Rosemont

- The Motel 6 Chicago O’Hare Schiller Park

- The Radisson Des Plaines

Maybe bring a bike, skateboard, or roller-skates? Many area hotels may have a shuttle service to and from the Convention Center and O’Hare Airport. Be sure to ask at the front desk!

If you are driving to the Convention, this leads us back to the main part of our first question.

How am I going to get to the Convention?” If you are driving to the con, you’ll need a place to park your car! The Rosemont Public Parking Garage is across the street from the Convention Center, where you can park for $13.00 for 24 hours. It accommodates both the Convention Center and some of the local hotels, some of which may have different pricing if you are staying at one of the hotel (results may vary, be sure to ask the front desk). The parking garage has over 8,000 parking spaces and is the closest parking to the Convention Center. There’s also an inexpensive paid parking lot with about 800 spaces at the Rosemont “L” stop, which is a short walk from the Convention Center. You can park there for $5.00 for 0-14 hours, $8.00 for 14-18 hours, or $12.00 for 18-24 hours.

If you happen to be local to the Chicagoland area, or are flying in from O’Hare or Midway Airport, go green and take public transportation! The Rosemont Blue Line “L” train stop is a short walk from the Convention Center, and goes to and from many parts of Chicago as well as both airports. The Blue Line runs about every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, but some of the other lines stop service at night. Be sure to double check their schedule and rates at the CTA’s website: www.transitchicago.com. You can find more info about the Park and Ride rates for the Rosemont “L” stop parking lot as well.

For those in the Chicagoland suburbs, you can also take the Metra! The Rosemont stop on the NCS Line is a short walk from the Convention Center, but only runs Monday through Friday. Be sure to double check their schedule and rates at Metra’s website: http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home.html.

There are also hotels located near “L” stops one stop away from the Rosemont stop. Located a short walk from an “L” stop:

- The Chicago Marriot O’Hare

- The Chicago O’Hare Garden Hotel

- The Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare

- The Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites

- The Spring Hill Suites Chicago O’Hare (all the above near the Cumberland stop)

- The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport (in O’Hare Airport, at the O’Hare stop)

Again, many area hotels may have a shuttle service to and from the Convention Center and O’Hare Airport. You may not even have to take the “L”! Be sure to ask at the front desk!

We hope you safe travels to and from this year’s Anime Central and we look forward to seeing you! How are you getting to the con this year? Feel free to leave a comment!

- Edit 03/10/13: For more info about the Rooms in Anime Central Hotel Block, visit http://www.acen.org/content/hotel-information.

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