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Anime Central will return May 17th - 19th, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare & the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Anime Central is Back!

Anime Central (ACen) is the largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention in Chicago and the Midwest. Our event is located less than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, in Rosemont, IL.

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!

May 17th-19th, 2024
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center & Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Rosemont, IL, 60018
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What does Anime Central have to offer?


Our event will bring in creators and the talent that brings your favorite anime to life.


The expansive Exhibit Hall is the perfect place to track down merchandise influenced by Japanese culture.


In one of the largest Artist Alleys in the country, Artists offer prints, original artwork, handmade crafts and more.


Throughout the convention, members of the industry and fans will host panels.


Our free-to-play gaming hall includes, tournaments, arcade, PC and console gaming.

What's New?

December 1, 2023 in General

Exhibitor and Artist Alley Pre-Boarding is Open

Our Exhibitor and Artist pre-boarding application form is now available for our 2024 convention.  The pre-boarding process is open to both new and returning artists and exhibitors and is designed…
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October 14, 2023 in General, Programming

Attendee Registration, Cosplay Gatherings and Panel Applications Open 10/15!

Attendee registration, cosplay gathering applications and live event applications (panels) will open on October 15, 2023. Each of these areas how different deadlines and pricing tiers in the case of…
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September 21, 2023 in General, Hotels

Hotel Room Block Updates for the 2024 Convention

We are announcing today (September 21) that rooms at the DoubleTree Chicago O'Hare and the Embassy Suites O'Hare will open for reservations on Friday September 22, 2023 at noon CST.…
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July 1, 2023 in Guests

Anime Central Guest Requests for 2024

Through our guest requests form, you will be able to request a guest to appear at our next convention! Anime Central 2024 will be held May 17-19, 2024.All that you…
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June 14, 2023 in General

Anime Central 2023 Feedback

If you attended our convention in 2023, we want to hear from you. Follow the link below and submit your feedback. We will share that feedback with our team so…
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May 22, 2023 in General

Lost and Found

During the Convention, lost items are turned into our Customer Service teams on site and we have some items from this years convention. If you are missing something, and want…
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