Anime Central welcomes all members of the media who are involved in the anime, manga, and/or entertainment industry.  Members of the Press may be employed with a major media company, independent contractors or professionals. The requirements for registration are posted below and you may apply for press registration through our online form. Once you have submitted an application for Press registration you will receive a confirmation e-mail. If approved, you will then receive an “Approved Press” e-mail, confirming that you have been placed on the Press admission list. Please note that once you have obtained approval for Press admission, you will still be required to provide your official business card and valid ID when collecting your badge.

Prior press badge approval does not guarantee future approvals. Complimentary press badges are a privilege granted by the Midwest Animation Promotion Society (M.A.P.S.). M.A.P.S. reserves the right to deny Anime Central press registration applications without explanation during the pre-registration and on-site media registration process.

We hope you can join us for Anime Central! If you have any questions, please send an inquiry to

Press Membership Registration

All items (with the exception of print samples) may be sent to the Press Department Head via email prior to the convention for pre-registration. Any outlet that pre-registers will be able to pick up press memberships at the convention with a government-issued photo I.D. (or Student I.D. as applicable). Pre-registration will close 1 week prior to the convention and any inquiries for memberships received after that point will be directed to on-site registration at the convention.

Any outlet registering on-site at the convention will need to bring the above items, as well as a Government-Issued Photo I.D. (or Student I.D. as applicable) in order to register for a press memberships. Failure to do so may result in denial of your press memberships. Only one of each of the required credentials is required per group attending; however, each individual press member should submit a business card, validating their affiliation with their publication.

Each press memberships must be picked up by the person whose name appears on the pass. A group contact or outlet head may not pick up badges for the group.

Any Press Registration disputes, or questions regarding the operation of the Press Department, should be brought to the Press Department Head or Assistant Department Head immediately in the Press Room, or via email prior to the convention at

Press Center Location & Hours

We are located in the Tech Center in the lowest level of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, just right of the escalators.

Thursday6:00p – 8:00p
Friday9:00a – 8:00p
Saturday9:00a – 4:00p
Sunday9:00a – 12:00p

Membership Registration and Pick-up:

At-convention press registration will be permitted this year at Anime Central, however we do encourage you to pre-register. All registering Press must provide the documentation below upon arrival on-site when obtaining their press membership, as well as a government-issued photo I.D. (or student I.D. for qualifying student press). We reserve the right to turn away any person(s) who do not follow our requirements.

On-site press registration & membership pick-up will be done at the Press Membership Registration Booth in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, near Registration. Registration and membership pick up will not be available at the Press Room in the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

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