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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
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?

November 18, 2022 in General, Hotels

Hotel Room Block Updates for the 2023 Convention

We are announcing today that rooms at the aLoft Chicago O'Hare for our 2023 convention will open on November 18, 2022 at noon CST. Hotel rooms released in our initial block…
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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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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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