Dang it, Mike!
Please never go to Chicago. The hotel costs alone would kill all game buying budgets.
We went to Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago in 2017, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite Fest in Indy this year. It cost us $109 for the Westin in Indy, and would have cost 3 times that in Chicago. Now inflate that for Gen Con prices and it would be insane! Its already over $1000 for a DT hotel in Indy, it would be over $2000 for a hotel in Chicago. Plus Chicago wouldn't roll out the red carpet like Indy does. We come from Detroit, the drive is probably the same or shorter to Chicago, and I would much rather stay in Indy.
Everyone will never be happy with everything, but Indy does such a great job. Even when we went for HPWU it felt more welcoming than POGO in Chicago.
Actually, until I read this article I thought Chicago was undoable. But there is a little known underground road leading from McCormick place to downtown that cuts the commute to 8 minutes. It is used primarily by convention buses, but as this article points out, well connected politicians use it as well.
I win the in house pool on when you would start talking about moving!Mike Boozer
Customer Service & Event Team Manager
Gen Con LLC
I'm actually quite happy with GenCon in Indy. I just came across that article and wanted to stir the pot :-)