This post is to help shed some light on what exactly goes into putting on a fan-run convention. Now, I won’t go into the nitty gritty details (some of which is only meant to be known by staff, some of which differs greatly by convention), but just speak in general terms. I feel like a lot of people think staff do nothing, or underestimate just how hard staff work. I know often if there’s a problem, so many attendees come out of the woodwork going “I could do this better” or “Why didn’t staff anticipate this problem?” I know my first time staffing, it was after a year when there was a major problem with the registration system, and many people thought it should have been anticipated and a backup plan put into place. When I started going to meetings I found out that the con staff planned for everything they could imagine might go wrong…but no one had dreamed there would be a crazy person out there launching a DDOS attack at the servers!
Anime Central is the Midwest’s largest anime convention, held annually in mid-May in Rosemont, Illinois. With over 30,000 people and tons of programming, you’re guaranteed to meet new people and have fun!Continue reading Convention Breakdown: Anime Central
Chicago TARDIS is a long-running Doctor Who-focused convention held in Lombard, IL, over Thanksgiving weekend. The convention will be celebrating its 20th year in 2019!Continue reading Convention Breakdown: Chicago TARDIS
So you want to attend a convention? That’s great! Nowadays there are so many different fun conventions of all different types to choose from. There’s anime cons, entertainment cons, fandom-specific cons, literature cons, and everything else under the sun.
This guide will cover the differences between types of conventions, how to gather the information you need to make a decision about which con to attend, and the steps in planning your trip to a con.
This is a guide to the many food options available in Rosemont. As quite a few conventions take place in the area, I have been working to put this together to help people who are unfamiliar with the area decide where to eat. I live just around the corner from Rosemont, so I am pretty familiar with the town and surrounding area. I’ve tried to include as much information as I can – how far places are from the convention center, how to get there (walking/shuttles/public transit/driving/Uber/etc), and price range. I also plan to add reviews of the places as I get around to visiting and trying the food.Continue reading Rosemont Dining Guide
Directly across River Road from the convention center is a small cluster of hotels. Each hotel has one or more places to eat inside, as well, for those who do not wish to venture far from their hotel.Continue reading Hotel Cluster
Next to the Allstate Arena (which will forever be the Rosemont Horizon to some of us), there is a small shopping center with a great variety of food joints to choose from. There are also a couple of spots across from the Arena as well.Continue reading Restaurants near Allstate Arena
Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a large outlet mall situated along I-294 at Balmoral. With two stories of stores and restaurants, there are plenty of options both in the food court and scattered through the building.Continue reading Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Parkway Bank Park is an entertainment area located between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral, behind the Doubletree, Embassy Suites, and Hilton hotels and next to I-294. It is full of restaurants, with some entertainment venues, and an area that is covered in artificial grass in the summer, then becomes a skating rink in winter.Continue reading Parkway Bank Park
A Brazillian steakhouse where they stuff you full of meat until you swear off eating for a week, Fogo de Chao is located in Parkway Bank Park in Rosemont.Continue reading Fogo de Chao