We have tons of main events every year, and additional events are added as panelists submit them - our featured Chicago anime convention events are listed below. We have literally 100+ events every year. To give you an idea of the full schedule, there are tons of events also not listed here, including anime screenings, our special date auction, photoshoots, debates, game shows, and beyond.
Our masquerade will be the best opportunity to show off your costumes and see some awesome, talented people. We have experienced costuming judges, and excellent competitors. We do everything we can to make your costumes look excellent on stage. Do you want to compete? Get the full cosplay contest details first.Masquerade Rules | Online signup is available when the con is between 60 and 10 days from now. You can sign up at the con until we're full.
Our exhibit hall will feature some of the most awesome vendors ever, with tons of anime swag to take home. Dealers will be selling everything you can imagine, from costumes and corsets to pocky and DVDs, you'll be able to find some awesome stuff in our dealers room.
Back in 2009, we bought our first pachinko machine for engaging fans at our convention table. Shortly after that, we were bitten by the pachi bug, and now own 14 machines, in various stages of restoration. Pachinko is Japanese pinball, Japan's favorite pastime. Its been one of their most popular leisure activities for nearly a hundred years. Pachinko Fever sets up an interactive parlor that works just like it does in Japan (minus the Yakuza, of course), where you buy balls to play with, and redeem your winnings for prizes much like an American arcade. Our machines represent the history and evolution of pachinko over the last 55 years with machines dating from 1961 up to 2010, so we have a machine for everyone! Come try your hand at some great prizes and experience this really fun part of Japanese culture first hand with Pachinko Fever!
Our maid cafe is a fun experience similar to maid cafes in Japan - but much more suited to Anime Midwest. Come, and be the king of your own maid world (you'll find out what this means!)Maid/Butler applications are closed. You can apply to be a maid or butler when the con is between 30 and 90 days from now.
We love arcade games from around the world, and our arcade gaming room is happy to bring them to you! In the past we have worked with partners including Tokyo Attack, Kdogs Arcade, and Credits Remaining to bring games like Dance Dance Revolution, JuBeat, Reflec Beat, Pop n Music, Taiko Drumming, and more. Join us and our partners for a game room filled with at least a dozen awesome arcade games.
Our video gaming area features tons of big LCDs screens, game consoles, and more, with gaming tournaments happening all weekend. You can compete in tournaments centered around the latest console games and more.
We have several official, amazing DJs in our guest DJ lineup, including Ravepulse, Greg Ayres, and DJ Oso. We know how to break it down with awesome EDM dance music (hey, that's redundant!). Jumpstyle. Hardstyle. Techno. Trance. Maybe even dubstep? (If that's still cool by then). No stops and no bad DJs.Chicago Anime Rave
Formal Fantasy Cosplay Ball
As a special treat, our convention holds an annual fantasy ball. Admission is free to convention attendees with a badge. In addition, we will have professional formal dance lessons before the event begins, taught by an experienced dance instructor. For those without dates, we will even have our very own Date Auction on Friday afternoon, before the ball. Semi-formal outfits and above required for this exciting featured event.Chicago Formal Ball
AnimeCon.org's Fabulous Date Auction
Unrivaled by any other convention, AnimeCon.org's Fabulous Date Auction is your chance to win a date to the formal ball.... or several, if you're greedy. Join our sexy 20-con veteran hosts as they auction off other cosplayers to the highest bidder. Money goes towards improving the con, and 10% of all winning bids is donated to charity.
Anime Midwest features epic concerts every year including fantastic guests playing everything from anime theme song covers to unique shows filled with noir, rock, and tremendous energy. Everything about Anime Midwest's concerts is awesome.
Anime Midwest has tons of panels, submitted and created by attendees like you. Talk about favorite shows, compete in homemade game shows, learn stuff, and more! Everything you love, from Lolita and Dolls, to Killa la Kill and Pokemon, we'll have it. Want to run a panel? Go to the event submission form.
We are excited to feature tons of cosplay events, in addition to the mainstage masquerade cosplay competition, including photoshoots, meetups, panels, and much more. Join your friends and celebrate your favorite characters in costume.
Masquerade Rules | Online signup is available when the con is between 60 and 10 days from now. You can sign up at the con until we're full.
We provide the best in Chicago of free snacks, ramen, and rice all weekend. To help you get through the convention filled with energy, our ConSweet provides congoers with unlimited rice, ramen, and soda throughout the entire weekend. Rice/ramen/soda may not be taken out of the ConSweet, and please clean up after yourself.
Meetup with people who like the same stuff as you. Whether it's Ball Jointed Dolls, Lolita Fashion, Kingdom Hearts, J-Pop, or whatever, you'll make friends here.
Lolita Tea Party
Anime Midwest will have a Lolita tea party event. Attend this elegant event as an opportunity to dress in your best with friends at Chicago's favorite convention. Tickets are required, and anyone attending must be dressed in properly Lolita Fashion. Registration information is on this page.
We have a ton of awesome guests and of course you can have their autograph. Autographs from most of our special guests are free, so bring your favorite DVD to get signed (no bootlegs, please).
Tokyo Attack is dedicated to bringing an unrivaled, authentic, Japanese arcade experience to America. Tokyo Attack is the oldest and largest provider of Japanese arcade machines in America. With over 60 import arcade cabinets and more than a decade of supplying games to events, we are the premier Japanese arcade experience. Since our beginnings, three core values have driven us and provided a foundation for success: a love for Japanese arcades, a love for the community, and a desire to make the most out of every convention we attend. While our lineup and events list may be constantly changing, one thing has always stayed the same: our dedication to bringing America the authentic Japanese arcade experience.
Credits Remaining is Chicago’s largest Convention Arcade Vendor. They specialize in bringing the best games to Midwest convention’s video game rooms! Featuring favorites like Time Crisis 2 & more, Credits Remaining is a one-stop-resource for arcade gaming systems. Check them out at a convention where you can enjoy all sorts of arcade games, dance games, music games, and more, in the convention’s gaming room!
The Carolina Manga Library
The Carolina Manga Library is a 501©3 organization that was formed for the express purpose of promoting literacy through graphic novels. The Carolina Manga Library’s travelling library sets up at conventions and other shows to provide free access to an incredible collection of over 5000 manga, American graphic novels, newspaper comic strips, and art books. Stop in and visit with the library’s professional and friendly staff to get a chance to read some new manga or graphic novels and support the library’s missions to promote literacy and reading. The Carolina Manga Library is proud to have actual certified librarians on staff who are well trained in reader’s advisory services. They also provide some education panel options, such as an extremely popular Great Graphic Novels You Should Be Reading, during which one of their librarians, in a one-hour presentation, discusses an assortment of titles that demonstrate how graphic novels can change the way people think and how they read.
Over 100+ events total.
There are also numerous panels and events not listed here happening at the convention, ranging from Karaoke to workshops. Please check out our website regularly so that you can find a more complete list when we post our program guide closer to the convention.Click here to get your tickets.