Anime Central is Back!

Join us May 20th - May 22nd, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare & the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.


Our Convention Schedule is Live!

We’re happy to release our programming schedule for Anime Central 2022. Our schedule can be accessed through Guidebook, which has both web and mobile versions.


COVID-19 Updates

Our updates on event policies regarding COVID protocols. More specific details will be announced closer to the convention.

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 20th-22nd, 2022
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center & Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Rosemont, IL, 60018
Unique Attendees

Attendee Registration is Open!

Pre-register before April 1 for a discount on memberships.

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?

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 16, 2022 in General

Anime Central 2022 Vaccine and Mask Policy

Last Updated: May 17, 2022 We’ve taken proactive steps to implement health & safety requirements to help support a safe and comfortable experience.  Please check this page often for 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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May 9, 2022 in Guests

Sandy Fox will Appear at Anime Central 2022

Anime Central is happy to announce that voice actress Sandy Fox will appear at the 2022 convention. Sandy Fox has been voicing characters in Anime, Animation, and Video Games for…
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May 8, 2022 in Guests

Lex Lang will Appear at Anime Central 2022

Anime Central is happy to announce that voice actor Lex Lang will appear at the 2022 convention. Lex Lang is a fan-favorite voice actor with an extensive background in Anime, Animation, Video Games, TV,…
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