Convention Events


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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.

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Masquerade

Masquerade

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 Entry Form
Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall

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.

Maid Cafe

Maid Cafe

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.
Arcade Gaming

Arcade Gaming

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.

Video Games

Video 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.

Tournament Information

Rave Dance

Rave Dances

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 Ball

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
Date Auction

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.

Concerts

Concerts

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.

Panels

Panels

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.

Cosplay

Cosplay

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 Entry Form
ConSweet

ConSweet

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.

Meetups

Meetups

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.

Autographs

Autographs

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).

Credits Remaining

Credits Remaining

Credits Remaining: Chicago’s largest convention arcade provider. We specialize in providing Midwest conventions with superior arcade machines, blending classic American Arcades with Japanese rhythm games. Featured favorites are: House of the Dead, Jubeat, Marvel vs Capcom 2, Nostalgia, and everyone’s favorite— Dance Dance Revolution! Join us at conventions across the Midwest! 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!

Page Mage Library

Page Mage Library

Looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the convention? Longing for a quiet place to curl up and relax with a nice book? Join the us at the Page Mage Library, a traveling collection of manga, comics, and graphic novels. Come in, grab a book, take a seat, and unwind. Whether you pick up an old favorite or discover something new, there is an adventure waiting for you at the Page Mage Library. Do you have books you just don’t read anymore? Bring them to us! We will take your books on tour across the country, where they can be shared with and enjoyed by many people just like you!

K-Dog's Arcade

K-Dog's Arcade

K-Dog’s Arcade provides arcade games of the finest caliber to conventions. From the Ohio area, K-Dog’s arcade travels to various conventions throughout the year, and highlights games such as DJMAX Technika 3, Pop’n Music, Beatmania IIDX, Jubeat, and more! Check them out in the game room to experience a world of fun arcade games!


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.

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