Anime Central (ACen) is Chicago’s and the Midwest’s largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention. The convention is currently held in Rosemont, IL, less than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago.
As part of its mission, ACen brings fans together with guests from the Japanese and US sectors of the anime and manga industry, as well as gaming, cinema, and Asian culture personalities. The event includes a huge exhibit hall, a massive video game room, concerts, dances, educational panels and workshops, premiere screenings, autograph sessions, 24-hour video rooms, tabletop gaming and much, much more!
Attendees can attend a dance with 5,000 of their favorite friends and cheer while amazing DJs spin, enjoy an incredible concert, or visit the largest artist’s alley found in any US anime convention.
Hyatt Regency O’Hare is connected by skywalk to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and offers convenient access to Allstate Arena and Rosemont Theatre. With over $11 million in renovations, high-speed Internet across 112,000 square feet of meeting space, and Wi-Fi high-speed Internet access in all 1,099 guestrooms, this O’Hare airport hotel is a standout among Hyatt hotels in Chicago.
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The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center offers 840,000 square feet of configurable exhibition space. With six halls, limitless floor plan options, and great contract services, it provides a stable, full-featured home for Anime Central that attendees, industry, and exhibitors enjoy year after year.
No talk of ACen is complete without mentioning nearby Chicago!
Chicago is currently the third largest city by population in the United States, with a population of nearly 9.7 million in the metropolitan area. 44.2 million tourists visit the city annually. It has many sister cities around the world, one of which is Osaka, Japan.
Chicago is host to extremely vibrant theatre, music, sports, and food scenes. It is home to the Second City and I.O. comedy troupes; numerous symphonies, jazz ensembles, indie bands, hip-hop groups, and clubs; an array of major league sports teams; and restaurants serving fine cuisine from just about every culture on Earth.