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Anime Central (ACen) is the largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention in Chicago and the Midwest. ACen happens once a year in the Spring (around April or May) 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!


The purpose of the Midwest Animation Promotion Society is to promote the development of the animation industry in North America and to further the appreciation of anime and manga as valid art forms.

The secondary purpose of the Midwest Animation Promotion Society is to educate people about Asian culture and traditions.  Each year, the Midwest Animation Promotion Society sponsors a number of events and gatherings devoted to anime, manga, and Asian culture.  Our primary annual event, Anime Central, is held annually for all our members.  Anyone who purchases a membership badge for M.A.P.S. is invited to attend Anime Central as a member of the organization.

Thank you for showing interest in the Anime Central Exhibit Hall, and thank you for joining us as we showcase many Anime Central events at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center!  It is our goal to ensure that your experience, here at Anime Central, is an overall successful one, so please use the below information and links to help you with the many decisions and opportunities that we offer while here at Anime Central.

Anime Central is proud to work in partnership with our Industry friends! ACen is the biggest convention in the Midwest where you have access to interact with the Industries we all love in both booth form and in Industry panels where you can hear about the latest and greatest coming out from Japan!

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Future and Past Event Dates
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May 17, 2024 Rosemont, Illinois - -
May 19, 2023 Rosemont, Illinois Estimated
May 20, 2022 Rosemont, Illinois verified
May 21, 2021 Rosemont, Illinois - verified
May 15, 2020 Rosemont, Illinois Estimated
May 17, 2019 Rosemont, Illinois verified
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