The Hyatt's parking lot only has room for around 900 cars. We are expecting several times that at Midwest FurFest this year. As you can see, that makes for more cars than parking spaces. There simply isn't enough room for everyone to park in the Hyatt's lot! Because of this we have had to make the difficult decision that only Midwest FurFest guests who are staying at the Hyatt can park at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Please note that once the parking lot is full, you will need to park at one of the locations listed below, even if you have a reservation at the Hyatt. There is one exception: If you have a state-issued disability parking pass (hangtag or license plate), you will be permitted to park at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare whether you have a reservation there or not, in the designated disability parking spaces.
Fortunately, you have options! Here is a map showing nearby parking alternatives:
We know that you will have some questions. Here are (hopefully) some answers:
I am staying at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Will I have to show my badge or room key to park there?
The Hyatt's parking staff will have a list of people who have reservations for rooms at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Make sure that you have added all of the people staying in your room to your reservation! (You can go to the reservations website to add or change the names of people staying in your room. Click on "Already have a reservation?")
Even though I'm not staying there, can I park at the overflow hotels?
No. Parking in their lots is only for paying guests of their hotel.
How can I park for "free" in the Rosemont Parking Garage?
Enter the Rosemont Parking Garage by the Muvico Movie Theater (follow Bryn Mawr Ave. away from the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, then turn left) and follow the parking for MB Financial Park At Rosemont. If you make any purchase at any of the restaurants at The Park at Rosemont, they will validate your parking ticket.
If I park at the Rosemont CTA Station, will my car get towed?
If you park there during the day and evening, you should be fine. If you leave your car at the Rosemont CTA Station overnight we can make no guarantees. We do not recommend parking in the CTA Station lot overnight.
How come there isn't any free parking near the hotel?
Rosemont is a convention town; it exists for no other reason. The parking facilities count on visitors to generate revenue. Also, we are directly adjacent to O'Hare International Airport. Any free parking lot would immediately fill up with air travelers parking there while they fly in and out of O'Hare.
Why didn't Midwest FurFest negotiate discounted parking in surrounding parking facilities?
The short answer: That would simply cost too much money. The long answer: Because there is very little competition among the parking facilities, there is no incentive for any of them to lower their prices for us. Additionally, it would require a contract. Contracts are based on quid pro quo - someone gives you something in exchange for something else. The only way that we could have gotten discount parking for Midwest FurFest guests would be through direct cash payments to the parking facilities. For every dollar that the convention spends, we must make sure that we get the maximum benefit for our guests. Discounted parking would cost tens of thousands of dollars, but would only benefit a few hundred people, whereas spending that money on, say, the Con Suite will benefit a few thousand people. It's a hard decision to make but in the end we have to choose what gives everyone the greatest benefit.
Can I park my RV/trailer/bobtail/semi-truck in the Hyatt parking lot?
Unfortunately, because parking is limited in the Hyatt's parking lot we are forced to only allow vehicles which occupy a single parking space. If you take up two parking spaces, you force someone to have to park elsewhere. There is really no oversized parking that we know of immediately near the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.
Finally, please note that Midwest FurFest and the Hyatt Regency O'Hare cannot be held responsible for any parking fees incurred while attending the convention. Do you have any questions about parking that aren't answered here? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.