What is ACen?

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!

For more details see the About the Show page.

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Registration Info


Attendee Registration 2015


Thank you for your interest in the Eighteenth Year of Anime Central! Pre-registration is open!
If you need to contact Anime Central about an attendee membership question or concern, the quickest way to get a hold of our Registration Team is by e-mailing registration@ACen.org.Read more

Hotel Information


Planning on staying with us during Anime Central 2015? Below are the hotels we currently have room blocks for our attendees at. Remember room blocks fill quickly so keep checking back as we add hotels through the year!

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Official Numbers 2014

ROSEMONT, IL – Anime Central is proud to announce our attendance figures from our 2014 convention held May 16th-18th,2014. We had an amazing year and we were proud to host so many unique events and exhibits. In attendance this year we had 29,675 unique individuals at our event, with a gate attendance of 81,325. Next year our event will be held May 15th-17th, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.Read more

Anime Central Guidebook

Once again, ACen is bringing back the Guidebook app! Improve your experience by taking the schedule, maps, Twitter updates and more with you on your phone or mobile device. Available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and web-enabled devices, completely free.Read more

Gift A Membership Program

Greetings Friends and Fans! Thinking about asking for, or gifting an ACen membership this holiday season? We’ve decided to roll out a new program available starting December 1st and closing December 23rd at midnight, where we can help you with the gifting processes. How will this work? Follow these steps to enjoy sweet holiday gifting success:

1. Know the recipient’s first name, last name, address, gender, birthday, and phone number.
2. Go to https://www.acen.org/user/register
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