In just over a month MFF starts, you may think you all set. You got your room, your fursuit is nice and clean and you know more or less what you are going to bring.
I hate to spoil it for you but that is only the beginning. There is still a lot of things you still need to figure out.
1 The Panels
Yes, I am very aware some go to MFF and party. I have a friend who has made that point very clear to me. But if you do go to any of the Panels maybe I might be making a bigger point than most but since the schedule is up you need to check it out.
2 Food and or Booze
Unless you have a lot of money to spare both can be expensive at the hotels. Last year I spent $24 with the convention discount for just 1 meal. The convention last 4 days and some are there for 5. Yes, there are some options and what works best for you can be found on Google Maps and MFF is promoting some nearby restaurants that are less than a 10-minute walk away. Plus you should know that there is a Mariano’s (A local grocery store chain) have a store just north of the Cumberland stop at 1900 S Cumberland Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068. They serve hot food, and it’s pretty good and you can get a good amount of food for under $10. You can either drive or take the local subway, there is a stop located just north of the Hyatt Regency. Cumberland is one stop to the east.
3 Keep it Clean
I am on social media too and I see the complaints about fursuiters who smell worse than their real-life counterparts. Bring soap, shampoo, and products like Febreze that kills odors in fabrics. Also a change of clothes…PLEASE
4 Artist Alley and The Dealers Den
Before you say it I will, you are going to spend your paycheck for the next month on getting what you want. Look I am guilty as the rest of you. I spent $300 on one MFF and I am cheap. But really think about what you are going to buy, and will you use it past this one furcon?
5 Don’t Cause Problems
If you haven’t heard that MFF expects problems this year, you should know this by now. There has been a couple of threats made, I can even say some have decided to postpone their MFF experience until next year because of this. Either way, everyone is going to be on their toes. Also, know that both the hotel and convention center is home to over 1,000 security cameras. Security at Anime Midwest informed me that even during MFF. That it will take no longer than 90 seconds before security or the staff to arrive at the trouble spots anywhere in both the hotel and convention center. There are also Security Alarm Call Buttons scattered throughout both. I know where all of them are located and they are not that difficult to spot. So DON’T.
This applies to the Hyatt Regency’s famous Balconies. Don’t toss anything off period. You may think tossing cash would be harmless.
You could be permanently banned and made to see a judge. Be aware hotels talk to each other, it could mean sleeping in your car vs a nice room. So think about it…PLEASE