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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SCANDAL Thank You Message

This is the video that was supposed to be played at Closing Ceremonies.

Crunchyroll Special Guest: Maridah


Crunchyroll is bringing out a special guest to Anime Central – Maridah! She and Crunchyroll will be making appearances throughout the convention weekend.

Maridah is a cosplayer, entertainer, anime fan and blogger. She started cosplaying while in high school and has continued pursuing her passion for nearly 15 years. Her costumes have appeared in numerous print publications and books, and have been featured on blogs and television internationally. Among these include articles on Buzzfeed, Kotaku, Mashable, and LA Weekly.Read more

DAISUKI.NET (Anime Consortium Japan)

DAISUKI.NET (Anime Consortium Japan)

Anime Consortium Japan Inc. was created to provide streaming service of official Japanese anime content and an e-commerce site to offer anime character-related goods to overseas fans. The major shareholders are BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., Cool Japan Fund Inc., ASATSU-DK INC., Aniplex Inc., TOEI ANIMATION Co., Ltd., SUNRISE Inc., TMS ENTERTAINMENT CO.LTD, NIHON AD SYSTEMS, INC.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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The biggest events at Anime Central happen here with the performers in Main Events. From varied backgrounds and with content for many age groups we’re sure you’ll find something that peaks their interests.Read more