I also attended Wizard World in Chicago, like so many others, this past weekend. I went for various reasons, but, since I am not a toy collector, I will undoubtedly stick to what I know. Food. I do not expect to have fabulous food at conventions of this nature (as, I soon came to realize at C2E2), but, I always expect to pay a ton of money for it. And, this time, was certainly no exception.
Upon arriving, since skipping breakfast, for various reasons, I was already hungry. Which, could have been bad. However, when making rounds, I noticed that the snack bar they had conveniently located in the convention center, had no where to sit. And, this is not because there were so many people, it literally had no where to sit. Standing tables only. In the far back corner of the center, there was what one volunteer lady referred to as “the buffet”. Unfortunately, they accepted cash only, which I had none of. I realized after the fact that this was probably not the best idea. But, if you ask anyone that knows me, I never have any cash, and almost ran out of money coming through the 58 tolls I had to pay to get to the convention center.
Regardless, I ended up at the The Great Expoteria Restaurant. Choices were not horrible, and many things looked great (including the Italian Sausage, which I did not get). Instead, I placed a safe bet with the cheeseburger (and, if you visited there, it might have brought you back to John Belushi days of Saturday Night Live). As previously mentioned, it was horribly overpriced. $25.47 for two cheeseburgers, with fries, and two drinks. I felt violated. Specifically more so after eating my extremely dry hamburger (or what I could choke down). And, unfortunately, they really do have you cornered. You can’t leave, or you will pay double parking, so no driving anywhere. And, you certainly could walk to somewhere close by, if you want to pay more than $25 for one meal.
But, I realize that people aren’t necessarily going there for food. But, we all got hungry (which was evidenced by the line in the restaurant). So, while I wouldn’t eat there on a daily basis (and, really, who would go to a convention center to eat?), for what’s it’s worth, it probably could have been worse.