“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.