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

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

Photo Scavenger Hunt 2014

Kit has issued a challenge! A photo-scavenger hunt is afoot, and your list is below. Can you capture all of these?
1. Absolutely no destruction of property!
2. You must have at least 2 people on your team, and no more than 10.
3. You need to make your album publicly view able and make sure it contains #ACen2014
4. For the pictures involving other people, you absolutely must be respectful of them and their cosplays.

The winning team will be drawn from the pool of submissions that have the most completed set of pictures.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

Samurai Dan & Jillian

Samurai Dan and Jillian 2013

Dan Coglan, A.K.A. “Samurai Dan” and his wife, Jillian, are the acknowledged masters of marital… er, MARTIAL mayhem. This dynamic duo travels the civilized portions of the U.S. bringing their unique sow to curious and horrified audiences alike.

In addition to their high-energy, mostly safe stage shows (where razor sharp blades and barbs fly), the couple teaches historical and hysterical panels on the way of the warrior.Read more