Join us for Anime Central on May 21st through May 23rd, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare & Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Returning May 21st – 23rd, 2021

We are currently putting on a series of digital events throughout ACen weekend so we can all still come together and celebrate our community! These events will take place May 14th through May 17th, 2020.  We will be posting the schedule of events soon on our website and social media accounts.

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Many of our Retailers and Artists make their living by exhibiting at shows like ours across the country. Attendees have asked us how they can support them through these times. We encourage the community, if they can, to support these groups by purchasing their merchandise. Let’s all do what we can to support them digitally since we can not join together in person this year!

Join us for our Online Exhibitor Hall and Artist Alley!

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Anime Central Merchandise on sale through November

The Anime Central merchandise store is open!  We’re selling an assortment of ACen merchandise for the holiday season. 2020 Apparel General ACen Apparel Autograph Books Baby onesie  Badge Wallets Bags Bandana Beanies Blankets D20 Keychains Luggage tags Paper Soap Pins Playmat Plushies Pop-Sockets Rubber Wristbands Sleep Masks Snapback Ties While supplies last, we will be shipping one package of Anime Central paper soap with every order placed for free. The store will only be open through the month of November, so…

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The Midwest Animation Promotion Society Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Each year MAPS awards $9000 in four scholarships to students in our community who appreciate our mission to help them follow their passions! A first prize of $3000 and a second prize of $1500 are available for full time college students majoring in each of the following studies: The Rider Scholarship for Japanese Language, Literature and Asian Studies and the M.A.P.S. scholarship for Illustration and Animation. 2020 Scholarships Recipients The Midwest Animation Promotion Society has awarded the 2020 scholarships to…

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Hotel Reservations are Open

Our first set of hotel room blocks are now accepting reservations for out 2021 event. Anime Central partners with hotels in the Rosemont area to offer our attendees exclusive discounts. We will be adding additional hotel offerings at different hotels at a later date. Hotel Reservation Links Hyatt Regency O’Hare DoubleTree O’Hare Embassy Suites O’Hare Crowne Plaza O’Hare Booking Hotel Reservations If you are cannot book online for specific dates for a particular hotel, rooms may not be available for…

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Hotel Reservations for 2021 Set to Open September 1

Our first set of hotel room blocks are set to open September 1st, 2020 at noon (CST). Anime Central partners with hotels in the Rosemont area to offer our attendees exclusive discounts. The following hotels will be accepting hotel reservations on September 1st. Hyatt Regency O’Hare DoubleTree O’Hare Embassy Suites O’Hare Crowne Plaza O’Hare We will be adding additional hotel offerings at different hotels at a later date. Booking Hotel Reservations On September 1st at noon, we will post the…

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OTAQUEST announces partnership with Anime Central

OTAQUEST announces partnership with Anime Central and additional programming for OTAQUEST CONNECT Tokyo, Japan (July 21, 2020) – OTAQUEST is excited to announce their partnership with the Midwest Animation Promotion Society (M.A.P.S.) for their upcoming online convention event, OTAQUEST CONNECT. In addition, OTAQUEST is proud to reveal OTAQUEST // PLUGGED IN, an online musical event taking place during OTAQUEST CONNECT on Saturday August 15th, alongside an additional concert program on Sunday August 16th. OTAQUEST CONNECT Powered by Anime Central will…

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The Midwest Animation Promotion Society Scholarship Program

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 our mission to help them follow their passions! A first prize of $3000 and a second prize of $1500 are available for full time college students majoring in each of the following studies: The Rider Scholarship for Japanese Language, Literature and Asian Studies and the M.A.P.S. scholarship for Illustration and…

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Anime Central 2020 Graduation

We’ve all experienced many changes in the way we go about our days during this world pandemic. Mostly we feel the effects of physical distancing and how that informs our day to day life, our changed interactions with people, and the events we look forward to all year round. When we got together as a team, we began to talk about how we can support our community and handle those feelings of disconnection and loss. There’s a group of our…

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Anime Central Online: Cosplay Collage

As you know, and to the disappointment of all, Anime Central 2020 has been cancelled. However, the ACen spirit is still fighting and the opportunity to share your costume lives on! We are pleased to offer a Cosplay Collage to showcase the costumes our community has been planning. Even while practicing social distancing, let’s come virtually together to celebrate our creativity and craftsmanship! The Costume Events staff (Masquerade, Gatherings, Hall Cosplay) is hereby requesting a 7-10 second video of you…

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Cancellation of Anime Central 2020

Dear Anime Central Community, We want to thank all of you for being patient with us while we have been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and what that means for the event and your safety.  We have been working closely with our internal teams and external partners to fully grasp and understand all the options available to us, and most importantly, if we would be able to deliver the same quality of an event safely.   With that being said,…

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