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

Hotel Information

Planning on staying with us during Anime Central 2016? Over the upcoming weeks we will begin opening room blocks for ACen 2016. Remember room blocks fill quickly so keep checking back as we open room blocks in the months to come!

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Anime Central 2015 Attendance Numbers

Anime Central 2015 Attendance Numbers
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, IL – June 1, 2015 – Anime Central; Midwest Animation Promotion Society

Press Release:

ROSEMONT, IL – Anime Central is proud to announce our attendance from our 2015 convention held May 15th-17th, 2015. We had an amazing year and were proud to host so many unique events and exhibits. In attendance this year we had 31,113 unique individuals at our event, with a gate attendance of 85,295. Next year our event will be held May 20th-22nd, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.Read more

ACen 2015 Lost and Found

Did you lose something at ACen 2015? We have a small selection of items in our lost and found, and we’d love to get them back to their rightful owners! Fill out the form here: http://goo.gl/forms/79btjJo3RJ

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