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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
33,000+
Unique Attendees

What does Anime Central have to offer?

Guests

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

Exhibitors

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

Artists

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

Programming

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

Gaming

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

What's New?

February 22, 2024 in General

Our Press Applications for our 2024 Convention is Open!

We are now accepting press applications for our 2024 convention. Anime Central welcomes all members of the media who are involved in the anime, manga, and/or entertainment industry. Members of…
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February 21, 2024 in General

Our 2024 Scholarship Program is Accepting Applications

The Midwest Animation Promotion Society (MAPS) would like to share some information about our annual scholarship program: Each year MAPS awards $9000 in four scholarships to students in our community who appreciate…
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February 19, 2024 in Guests, Press Releases

Mayako Nigo will Appear at Anime Central

Anime Central is happy to announce that Mayako Nigo will appear at the 2024 convention.Mayako Nigo is a Japanese voice actress and singer from Tokyo. She originally learned of the…
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February 19, 2024 in Guests, Press Releases

Hiromi Hirata will Appear at Anime Central

Anime Central is happy to announce that Hiromi Hirata will appear at the 2024 Convention.Hiromi Hirata is a Japanese voice actress and singer originally from the Hiroshima Prefecture. She is…
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February 17, 2024 in Guests, Press Releases

Matthew David Rudd will Appear at Anime Central

Anime Central is happy to announce that Matthew David Rudd will appear at the 2024 convention.Matthew is a film, television, and voice actor, working in the industry for over 10…
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February 16, 2024 in Guests, Press Releases

Kayleigh McKee will Appear at Anime Central

Anime Central is happy to announce that Kayleigh McKee will appear at the 2024 convention.Kayleigh is a decorated Voice Actress, Worldbuilder, and Artist from a cornfield in Illinois. She is…
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