ACEN, ROSEMONT, MAY 18-20, 2018
Anime Central (ACen) is Chicago’s and the Midwest’s largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention. The convention is currently held in Rosemont, IL, less than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Anime Central is an event held in the state of Illinois dedicated to the appreciation, recognition, and enjoyment of Japanese animation and culture. It is an event which is attended by many and is an opportunity to meet and talk to people with similar interests.
Anime Central 2018 will be May 18th-20th, 2018. While there are slight variances in time, typically the convention will officially start on Friday around 10 am and end Sunday around 4pm. However, some things start earlier – such as Registration, Tabletop Gaming, and a few other departments which traditionally open on Thursday night.
All sorts of things! We have panels on favorite series, guest signings, a dealer’s room with anime/manga and Japanese culture merchandise, video rooms, special events such as the Masquerade, and more! And that’s not counting all the opportunities you get to hang out with people who like anime/manga too.
A convention is an event, usually based around a theme, practice, or commonly appreciated medium. There are many different kinds of conventions, and Anime Central is the kind that is recreational in nature and based around a “theme” of anime/manga and general Japanese pop culture.