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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2020 Guest Announcement: Rie Tanaka

Anime Central has announced that Japanese Voice Actress, Rie Tanaka, will attend this year’s event. Anime Central will be held May 15-17, 2020. Rie Tanaka is a veteran Japanese voice actress with over 25 years in the industry.  She has voiced several iconic characters new and old, including Mitsuki Sanada from Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, Chii from Chobits, Yomi from Azumanga Daioh, Lacus Clyne from the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED series, Hikari Kujou from Pretty Cure Max Heart, Sugintou from…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Erica Mendez

Anime Central has announced that America Voice Actress, Erica Mendez, will attend this year’s event. Anime Central will be held May 15-17, 2020. Chicago native Erica Mendez is longtime anime and video game fan who put in the work and became a voice actress. She has been fortunate to play some fan-favorite characters, including: Retsuko in Aggretsuko, Ryuko in KILL la KILL, Gon in Hunter x Hunter, Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Yuuki in Sword Art Online II, Sailor Uranus…

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ACEN 2020 Exhibitor and Artist forms are now open!

This year there is one form for both exhibitors and artists to do their sign up on. Please note filling out this form does not guarantee placement in any of our exhibits. For specific details on each type of booth option and to decide which path to choose visit Exhibitor and Artist Alley pages. Please note you may not apply for both, if you do your company will forfeit its chance to apply with us.

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Anime Central Forums to Close 8/1/2019

The forums have been a place for staff and attendees to hang out, get on the hype train for the next convention and give feedback for more than a decade; however, all good things come to an end.  The decision has been made to shut down the forums on 8/1/2019.  We want to thank all the forum goers for all their support over the years. Be sure to follow us on all our social media platforms for all the latest updates for…

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Lost and Found

During the Convention, lost items are turned into our Customer Service teams on site and we have some items from this years convention. If you are missing something, and want to know if we found it, click the button below and fill out the form. If we have it or have more questions about the item we will contact you. Please note, we do not keep any cosplay items or props in lost and found after the convention has ended.…

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2019 INDUSTRY GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: RÖLI ANGELS

RÖLI ANGELS hails from Nagoya, Japan and is an idol group that has performed worldwide. The two members are “Lemon” and “Shake”. They began as 2.5D cosplay idols who leaped from an original animation in 2013. In January 2015 they debuted on the Space Shower Music label. RÖLI ANGELS is active not only just in Japan, but also performed at the 50,000 attendee “HELLO FEST” 2014 festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. They were invited again the following year, and gained an overseas…

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2019 Autograph Ticket Distribution

Autograph ticket distribution sessions have been added to Guidebook to help make it easier to identify which tickets we will give out at each distribution. Please note, that distribution times for a few of our sessions have been adjusted so that they are not conflicting with their other events. For example, we will not be distributing autograph tickets for the musicians during their concerts. We encourage all attendees to review these sessions so that they can plan their schedules accordingly.…

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2019 Guest Announcement: LAM

LAM is an illustrator and the character designer for Tokyo Chronos. LAM worked in graphic design at ATLUS on projects such as Persona 5, before becoming a freelance illustrator. Working freelance, he has contributed Craft Essence illustrations for Fate/Grand Order by TYPE-MOON, worked on a commercial for the art and engineering training college HAL, as well as the arcade rhythm game WACCA by Marvelous. LAM is gathering more and more attention as an up-and-coming creator known for his signature bold…

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