I have our transportation and our hotel booked. - Then you are one step ahead of the game! Great job!!!
I know I need to buy badges when they are available. - They go on sale around January. Make sure you buy them right away as this year we sold out!
What else should I be planning for and budgeting for? - Event Registration will be sometime in May. Are you going to tell your husband before May about the trip? Or surprise him in July of next year? If you would like for him to choose his own events, he'll need to be prepared before Event Registration opens so he can create a wishlist and choose events. See this link for more details: http://www.gencon.com/experience/find
How much is parking per day? - This depends on if you'll need in/out privileges. Many of the downtown hotels charge between $25-$45 a night, but that usually comes with in/out privileges. Mall parking or other lots are usually between $20-$30 a night. Gate 10 Parking - sold by Gen Con as an event, is cheaper, but I'm not sure if that come with in/out privileges. If you're going to have to drive in every day (you're not staying downtown) - using Park Whiz or Spot Hero to book a parking spot in advance can be helpful.
And can you recommend a nice restaurant for our anniversary night? - St. Elmo's usually gets mentioned, but Shula's in the Westin is a very pretty steakhouse. What kind of food do you like?