The con is in a new hotel, which is always a bit scary. The Westin Chicago North Shore is very nice, shiny, new, and upscale. The room rates were a bit steep, but other than that the hotel seemed to be fine. Since I was on the 14th floor, I never even looked into whether the stairs were usable, but I am surprised to report that the elevators were amazingly non-sucky. I really hate elevators, but I only mildly disliked having to ride these. For anyone else, this would translate to "the elevators were totally awesome!" Objectively, they were so fast and efficient that I never had to wait more than half a minute to get on an elevator, and I seldom had a crowded car -- even during the Sunday morning rush.
Between the Capricon Cafe and concerts in the evenings, music took up so much of the con that I only managed to squeeze in looking at the art show, a little looking in the dealer's room, and one panel. The concerts were good both in performance and engineering, especially considering that Sally Childs-Helton had a medical scare on Friday morning (she's fine, but she had to go in for an emergency test and then couldn't travel), so she and min0taur were not there, so both their cafe set and the Wild Mercy concert had to be taken care of. sweetmusic_27, tollers, and harperjen went above and beyond to give us a fine concert Saturday evening and still handle their own solo sets.
Open filk was very light, because there were very few filkers at the con except for the ones who were performing. I'm not sure where everybody was this weekend. We who were there had a good time, but things wound down quite early, especially on Friday night.
It was good to see everyone who was there; thanks for all the hugs and company.