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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2019 Industry Announcement: Bluefin

Bluefin is a leading North American master distributor of toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products. Bluefin’s extensive catalog is highlighted by a diverse range of high quality, officially licensed products from leading brands and manufacturers from Japan, Hong Kong and the U.S. Bluefin’s expertise on pop culture as well as consumer trends reinforces close relationships with manufacturers and client brands to help shape and drive consumer tastes across the world’s largest retail market. These relationships allow Bluefin to meet market…

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2019 Guest Announcement: Aya Suzaki

Aya Suzaki is a Japanese voice actress, singer, and narrator from Ishikawa prefecture. While a student at Tokyo Gakugei University, she entered the Japanese Narration Acting Institute, and debuted as a voice actress in 2010 with the anime Bakuman. She joined the agency I’m Enterprise in 2011. Affectionately known by her fans as “Ayappe”, she has voiced several fan-favorite characters such as Minami Nitta from The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, Mako Mankanshoku from Kill la Kill, Tamako Kitashirakawa from Tamako Market,…

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Volunteer Fair for ACen 2019: Join the ACen Team!

Ever thought of joining the ACen team? Want to be in the heart of all the planning, action, and behind the scenes excitement? Please join us for our Volunteer Drive on October 13th from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Come learn about what it takes to be a part of the team and the cool perks volunteering has to offer. Team managers will be interviewing and on-boarding candidates on the spot for a variety of positions! You…

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