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.

Latest News

12 Days of ACen

Day 1
December 1st, 2014
A Few of my Favorite Things
Today we kick off our #12DaysofACen contest by letting everyone know about a few of your favorite ACen things! ! To enter use Facebook &Twitter, remember to #12DaysofACen. Winner drawn at 8pm December 1st!

Day 1 Winner
_Michael Ashton Brown: My favorite thing about ACen is getting to spend time with some of the best people in the world!Read more

Gift A Membership Program

Greetings Friends and Fans! Thinking about asking for, or gifting an ACen membership this holiday season? We’ve bring back the gift a membership 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.
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Guest Relations Guest Assistant Interpreter

Guest Assistant Interpreters provide support and assistance to guests of honor as it relates to the convention.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
-Coordinating communication and necessary translation tasks for guests of honor during the convention (Japanese to English/English to Japanese)
-Planning and assisting with guest-related events
-Assisting in managing travel arrangements
-Going out on social outings
-Assisting with other tasks as needed

We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications: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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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