Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is central to the founding of the RPG industry, where in 1973 long-time resident Gary Gygax founded Tactical Studies Rules (that later became TSR, Inc.) with his close friend Don Kaye, and first published Dungeons & Dragons. Of course prior to that Gary Gygax started a little war games convention as one of the officers in the International Federation of Wargaming called the Geneva Convention or GEN CON for short. Today that little convention is owned by Peter Adkison and attracts about 70,000 attendees. Lake Geneva is located 1-hour southwest of Milwaukee and 1.5 hours northwest from Chicago.
How to get to Lake Geneva. There isn't a convenient mass transit solution to getting to LG for GC. You can drive from home to Lake Geneva, or choose to fly into Chicago (O'Hare is most convenient) or Milwaukee (General Mitchell). It is possible to book a shuttle or limousine service to and from the airport. Search the internet to find the best deals. Many people rent a car and drive themselves to and from the airport. Some people use the Gary Con FB Group and/or the GC Discord Server to ride share and defray costs.
Staying onsite is the most convenient for most of our attendees, but the rooms sell out quickly. Make sure to ask for the special Gary Con rate when you call to make a reservation, use the link provided to you or enter a code to get the Gary Con rate. It is significantly lower than their normal rates and includes discounted room rate and campus fees!
Timber Ridge Lodge at Grand Geneva Resort features 50,000 square feet of year-round, indoor/outdoor waterpark. The Lodge is located on the same property as the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and is a wonderful place to stay if you are bringing your children to Gary Con! The Grand Geneva shuttle service runs between Grand Geneva and Timber Ridge frequently during Gary Con.
The Comfort Suites is an all suite hotel located less than 2.5 miles away from the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. Amenities includes a free hot breakfast, free high speed internet, in room refrigerator and microwave, and an indoor pool. They have a special Gary Con rate and a shuttle service between the CS and the Grand from Thursday through Sunday during Gary Con.
Gary Con does not currently have a negotiated group rate for this hotel. We are working on making this hotel part of the GC Lodging Plan.
1111 North Edwards Blvd
Lake Geneva, WI 53147