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Cosplay Gathering Submissions are Open!

Want to host a cosplay gathering? We're now accepting submission for our 2023 convention.


Attendee Registration is Open!

Attendee registration for our 2023 convention is now open!


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?

January 21, 2023 in General

Our 2023 Masquerade is Open for Submissions

Our cosplay masquerade is one of the biggest events at Anime Central.  Cosplayers from across the country come together to showcase their talents in craftsmanship or perform skits for the…
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January 13, 2023 in General

Our 2023 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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November 16, 2022 in Guests

Azusa Tadokoro will Appear at Anime Central 2023

Anime Central is happy to announce that Azusa Tadokoro will appear at the 2023 convention. Anime Central 2023 will be Azusa Tadokoro’s first ever in-person appearance at a North American…
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November 5, 2022 in General

Exhibitor and Artist Alley Pre-Boarding is Open

Our Exhibitor and Artist pre-boarding application form is now available for our 2023 convention.  The pre-boarding process is open to both new and returning artists and exhibitors and is designed…
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October 28, 2022 in Guests

Rie Tanaka will Appear at Anime Central 2023

Anime Central is happy to announce that Rie Tanaka will appear at the 2023 convention. Rie Tanaka is a veteran Japanese voice actress with over 25 years in the industry. …
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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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