Whether you are a cosplayer, photographer or just are a fan of an anime or series, cosplay gatherings are a great place to meet new friends. Attendees can signup to host a cosplay gathering and if approved, our team will put them on our convention schedule. More information on when and where this years cosplay gatherings will occur will be released with our convention schedule.
We will be updating this list over time and was last updated December 2023.
All hosts are required to be aware of and agree to abide by the terms of this policy before being able to submit a Gathering Application. If there is anything you do not understand about this policy, please contact us at Gatherings@ACen.org and we will clarify it for you.
Each gathering must select one host and one back-up host. The host will act as the point of contact for a gathering and has the responsibility of coordinating with Anime Central staff about the details of their gathering. The lead host is the only member of a gathering that can make changes to a gathering such as description/content changes, schedule change requests, etc. Any requests, questions or concerns should be directed to Gatherings@ACen.org. The host is responsible for ensuring that all members of their group are up to date on everything regarding the gathering as well as know, understand and follow the Gathering Host Policy for the current year.
Only the host will be contacted regarding a gathering’s status. It is the responsibility of the host to communicate any information to any back-up hosts.
The team that organizes the Chicago Cosplay and Photographer Meetup will be at Anime Central this year. Not only will you be able to meet cosplayers and photographers from the Chicago area, they will be setup in Hall F of the convention center and offering photo services. Photos will be free of charge for free online, and a limited number of prints will be made available at the convention.
For more information about the Chicago Cosplay and Photographer Meetup group, you can find them on facebook.
All gathering applications must undergo formal submission, review, and approval before the gathering is included in the Anime Central convention programming.
Hosts are expected to behave in a professional manner when coordinating with Anime Central staff and while conducting gatherings at the convention. For policy violations see the section on Disciplinary Actions.
All disciplinary actions are at the discretion of Costuming Events management and may vary in severity based on the violation. Violation of the terms of this policy may result in:
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