1. Is parking usually full? The reason I'm asking is because I'm debating on whether or not I will be able to drive there. I'm only about a 10-15 minute drive away and don't mind paying for parking if it's cheaper than a hotel, seeing as the Hyatt has it for $10.
I don't believe the Hyatt parking lot has ever been full. It's a gigantic garage.
2. If you choose to park, can you nap/sleep in your car? I want to be able to get the best experience I can out of the convention, but I can't be sure I'll be able to stay awake, and I don't really want to drive back home if I'm not going to be sleeping very long.
You can do anything you want in your car. I wouldn't reccomend it, because cars aren't so wonderful. If you actually are 10 minutes away, you might want to consider driving home to sleep - though when we say the convention is a 24-hour convention, we mean it. There's always something going on. I live in Evanston and I got a hotel room the year I attended (note the staff tag now). Best advice: grab a bunch of friends and split a hotel room cost. It won't be that much if you have enough friends, and you can get an amazing amount of people in a small room. My personal record: 12. That was the year I slept in the bathtub for a night.
3. Is there any place to crash at the convention without getting a hotel room? Do they kick out bums who fall asleep somewhere, like a bench or something?
Sorry, but as a Security Department ADH for Night Shift, I can tell you that we look for people trying to fall asleep on benches, under benches, in chairs in lobbies, in video rooms, and all over the place. We ask you to get up and get moving to where you're living for the weekend (translation: your hotel room). ACen rules prohibit sleeping in the convention area. We're usually quite nice about it, but if we find you sleeping in convention areas more than one or two times, we will take away your badge. This is a bad idea.
4. Is the price of stay at the Hyatt $124 a night? or for the weekend? And what is the maximum of people you can have in a room?
I can't help you with the prices off-hand because I'm not going to go to the ACen webpage and find them. There are rumors (the truth of which I cannot confirm) that the Hyatt is full. I would still call to see. There are tons of hotels in that area, all within walking distance of the convention. The aforementioned 12-person night was in the Doubletree hotel, not the Hyatt. As for the maximum number of people you can have in a room, there is none. ACen has no limit for this, and neither do most hotels if you can sneak it by them. We only ask that you keep the noise down if you're in the Hyatt. Then again, if you all are sleeping, that shouldn't be a problem, should it? ^^;;
Thanks a lot for the help. Also, 9 pages of spuratic information and comments can be confusing to look through for a new con-goer. So if my questions have already been asked, then sorry. If possible, maybe the questions can be organized on the first page to reduce duplicates and confusions.
Hey, no problem. That's why us staffers - and everyone else - cruise this thread. I'm glad I could help. If you have any more questions, go ahead and reply to this, and you'll get an answer to them - if not from me, then from some other forumite.