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Welcome Vendors!
August 19 (4pm - 8pm) & 20 (10am - 7pm), 2022

I Hotel's Conference Center
111 St. Mary's Road, Champaign, IL
Please note that we contract the newest addition, which does not appear on Google Maps.
We are working to provide an updated map and directions for vendors that will include load-in locations. The venue satellite image may be viewed HERE using the City of Champaign's Interactive Map
(I Hotel: 1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL - may also be listed as in Urbana)

I Hotel Conference Center 111 St. Mary's Road

2022 Vendor Information is now up in the participant's Facebook Group. If you are a vendor/Con participant and are not in this group, message us via our Facebook Page HERE. Stay tuned for more information!

Important Vendor Updates . . .
Venue Load-in
HERE.   Venue Map HERE.   Venue Food Rules HERE.
IMPORTANT - Venue Visual (video) Info 1:
HERE and 2: HERE. Hotel Post HERE. Meet & Greet Info HERE. Directions & More on a PDF HERE.


If you wish to be on a cancellation list, please contact us at the email below, via the form on this site, or message our Facebook Page.

Vendor booths are regularly priced at $200. Watch the Facebook page for current sales or flash sales! Tables sell out every year!

Vendor booths are 8x8 with table, chairs, power, and public wifi. The Conference Center is locked at night and the showrunner is the last to leave to ensure your tables are safe and secure.

Times, setup information, and Conference Center particulars will be forthcoming. (updated May 2022)


Information about lodging and food follows below.

Please contact Dark History Con on Facebook or by email darkhistorycon _AT_ to inquire or apply!

LODGING for 2022

Same as last year, we have a block reserved at the Eastland Suites Hotel in Urbana, Illinois. Despite an increase in their standard rates, our sponsor is offering us last year's rates! Reserve your room today. We sold out last year!

Hotel features an onsite bar, pool, and workout room, and is within walking distance of several restaurants.

Call 217-367-8331 and reference group code 3291 or Dark History and Horror Con.

Double room:  $79.95 plus taxes and fees.

Single King or Courtyard King:  $89.95 plus taxes and fees.

Rooms in our block are limited, so reserve now!

Eastland Suites Hotel
1907 N. Cunningham Ave.
Urbana, IL  61802
(217) 367-8331

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Food & Drink
The C-U area has many, many, many diverse food options, and many are super easy to order via delivery services and apps given the Eastland Suites Hotel's location. 
Important rules regarding onsite food at the Conference Center are in the participant group HERE.

Midwest Living ranked Champaign-Urbana as the #1 People's Choice as the Greatest Midwest Food Town! put together a handy list of top choices HERE and includes a food finder at the bottom of the page. Ask Google Maps for restaurants near you and you'll find almost too much to choose from. See for yourself below:

The Eastland Suites Hotel is within walking distance of Steak 'n Shake and Cracker Barrel (literally on the same block), and Hickory River Smokehouse (yum!) across the street to the south. Other nearby options include Toro Loco, El Progreso, Bankgkok Thai, McDonald's, Po' Boys, La Mixteca, Domino's Pizza, Panda Express, Dunkin Donuts, Culver's, KFC, Rainbow Garden Chinese restaurant, Silvercreek Restaurant (and its sister, The Courier), Jimmy John's, Wendy's, Bunny's Tavern, Starbucks, Crane Alley, Xinh Xinh Cafe, Masijita Grill, Siam Terrace, and Windy City Express, to name a few. There is no shortage of options here for whatever kind of cuisine you're craving.

The options widen further as you traverse Urbana into Champaign toward the IHotel, which has an onsight restaurant, as well (on the pricier side, fyi). Because C-U is home to the U of I's vast and multicultural campus, put together this Food Bucket List for students and you may find it handy if you want to brave Campus Town during move in week ヽ(冫、)ノ ~up to you!

Near the IHotel & Conference Center, you'll find the onsite restaurant, Houlihan's, all the restaurants in Campus Town, and many fast food options like Culver's, Steak 'n Shake, and Arby's, as well as, Papa Del's Pizza (OMG Good), Jarling's Custard Cup (a local summer tradition, prepare for lines and a sweet treat),  The Ribeye Steakhouse, McDonald's, Merry Ann's Diner (another local favorite), Rainbow Garden Chinese Restaurant, Meathead's, El Torro II, Aspen Tap House, Starbucks, Slim Chickens, Moe's Southwest Grill, Caribbean Grill, Le Peep, and Biaggi's Risorante Italiano, just to name a few. 

On Champaign's north end, which is a quick drive on the interstate from Eastland Suites, you'll find a plethora of familiar names:  Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Panera Bread Company, Outback Steakhouse, Chili's, Denny's, Red Robin, many fast food options (Subway, Taco Bell, McDonald's, etc.), and more, like Oishi Hibachi Steakhouse (so good), Portillo's Hot Dogs, and Las Palmas Mexican Grill.


If you venture a bit further south from IHotel, you'll find options like I-Wok Chinese takeout, Sonic Drive-In, El Rancho Grande II, Burger King, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

There are even more options with delivery. (Monical's Pizza is a local favorite.) There are also brewhouses near the IHotel and in downtown Champaign, along with bars, ice cream parlors, bakeries, coffeehouses (Espresso Royale!), and even oh-so-good donuts (Pandamonium Donuts is a MUST).

And, of course, in a campus town, there is no shortage of convenience stores and shopping centers to pop into for snacks and drinks!

Happy eating!

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