how far away are you that you will be riding trains daily? Hotels are only a few miles away. HAve you thought about changing your cosplay plans and NOT changing several times a day. You have to adapt to the show and the environment like we all do.The hotel situation being what it is, it's going to be difficult to cosplay at all. I'm not sure I want to be in full cosplay riding the city trains in Chicago. Ugh. I really wish they thought about these things when ReepPop decides to put on a SW convention. A small handful of hotels connected to the convention center does not cut it for conventions like Celebration. I go back and forth numerous times during the convention to either my car or the hotel and this makes it impossible. I hope this is the last time this convention is in Chicago.
I'm fully aware I will have to adapt to the show and environment "like we all do". I was pointing out that a convention like this where hotels are not plentiful in the immediate area, and are twice what I've spent at other Celebrations, is not a place that is conducive to a convention like this. There are plenty of cities with convention centers where this is not the case. Secondly, the hotel we obtained through OnPeak (because every hotel connected to McCormick was sold out) is 3 miles away as are EVERY SINGLE OTHER HOTEL THAT IS OFFERED THROUGH OnPeak. There aren't any that are 1 mile out. They were all 2.8-4+ miles away. I was online early the day they went on sale to try and land a hotel attached and that was literally impossible as I couldn't even get into the reservation site for an hour. There is a Hyatt, Marriott, Home2Suites, Hampton & Hilton Garden connected to McCormick and every one was sold out and still is, through OnPeak. And there is NO chance that I'm spending $400+ per night to book on my own through Hilton itself. This is my entire point. In Orlando and Anaheim, where it has been for the past 8 years had hotel rooms that were much cheaper if you couldn't land one through onPeak. Cheaper and walking distance. We won't want to be spending thousands in hotels, we want to be spending that money AT Celebration for photo ops and souvenirs.how far away are you that you will be riding trains daily? Hotels are only a few miles away. HAve you thought about changing your cosplay plans and NOT changing several times a day. You have to adapt to the show and the environment like we all do.
you can always go to/from the McC parking lots that are attached. You can contact McC and see about renting a small space and/or room for cosplayers to change. you could contact RP and discuss this with Mary as well. Even for future events.