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Anime Central is Back!

Join us May 19th - May 21st, 2023 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 19th-21st, 2023
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center & Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Rosemont, IL, 60018
Unique Attendees

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?

June 13, 2022 in Contests, General

Macross Frontier The Wings of Farewell Movie Ticket Giveaway

Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell will be hitting theaters June 30, 2022.  To celebrate, we will be giving away tickets to see the movie at your local AMC/Cinemark theater.…
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May 31, 2022 in Contests, General

Macross Frontier The False Songstress Movie Ticket Giveaway

Macross Frontier: The False Songstress will be hitting theaters June 16, 2022.  To celebrate, we will be giving away tickets to see the movie at your local AMC/Cinemark theater.  The…
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May 25, 2022 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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May 20, 2022 in Industry

Japanime Games Wants to Bring You to Japan!

Japanime Games will be returning to Anime Central for the 2022 convention. ACen attendees can stop by the Japanime Games booth in our exhibit hall and enter for a chance…
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May 19, 2022 in General

COVID 19 Testing at Anime Central

During Anime Central, there will be Rapid Nasal Swab Tests available administered by a local clinic. Testing will take place in convention registration, which is located in Hall A of the…
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May 11, 2022 in General

Adventures in Voice Acting Scholarship Contest

Anime Central is happy to announce the Adventures in Voice Acting scholarship contest powered by Bang Zoom! The Adventures in Voice Acting Contest is designed to be a fun & educational…
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