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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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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SCANDAL is an all girl Japanese pop-rock band from Osaka, Japan. Formed in August 2006, SCANDAL consists of HARUNA (lead vocals, backup guitar), MAMI (lead guitar, backup vocals), TOMOMI (bass, backup vocals), and RINA (drums, backup vocals), who all met attending the same voice and dance school in Osaka.

Since their major debut in 2008, SCANDAL has skyrocketed to the tops of the Oricon charts and became the fastest girl band to ever perform at the Nippon Budokan since debuting.Read more

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

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