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Anime Midwest 2016

Jul 8-10, 2016
Rosemont, IL
Hyatt Regency O'Hare / Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
Con Statistics
Large (5-15K)
15K Attendees
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About Anime Midwest 2016

Anime Midwest, a anime, game, and cosplay convention, is happening July 8-10, 2016, and the convention takes place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare / Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Anime Midwest is considered one of the best anime conventions ever, as every year grows with new events and better guests. Every year the convention highlights a Date Auction and Formal Ball to give fans a chance to meet and have fun, and then every night there tends to be an epic concert which has in the past included guests such as Steam Powered Giraffe. Each night ends with a rave dance featuring some of the best DJs from around the Midwest. Anyone attending also gets access to unlimited free Ramen and free fountain soda in the "ConSweet," which is open during all of the convention's busiest hours. This is in part because Anime Midwest's goal is to help you have the energy to have the best weekend of your life every year. Anime Midwest's panels tends to be some of the best, and the convention invites a special class of advanced panelists exclusively to improve your choices of events. Anime Midwest 2016 will be the convention's sixth year, and at it's current growth rate they may have over 20,000 people attending.
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Guests of Honor
Chuck Huber voice actor
DC Douglas voice actor
Greg Ayres voice actor
Samurai Dan and Jillian samurai instructor
The Pillowcases cover band
KrazyKrow webcomic
Steve Wallace artist
Trevor Mueller comic author
Russell Lissau comic author
Juliet Simmons voice actor
YTCracker nerdcore rapper
Kinki Kitty fashion
Victorian Angel fashion
Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug comic reviewer
Brian Heinz Youtube
Genevieve Simmons voice actor
Emily DeJesus Writer
Shark Jumping Youtube
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Anime Midwest is categorized as a large anime convention. Generally larger anime conventions, with attendance approximately from 5,000 to 20,000 people, have a wide variety of different events incorporated into the convention's programming. While the convention may be primarily focused on anime, elements of popular culture are likely to be big as well. At anime conventions of this size most people cosplay, which is a defining difference between anime cons and comic cons where fewer than a quarter of all participants cosplay. Attendees can generall expect a convention of this size to have several huge main events, which may be concerts, fashion shows, or sessions with famous special guests, in addition to hundreds of smaller events.

Going to a large anime convention gets to be a bit different than attending medium-size and small anime conventions, as events are typically a lot more spread out to accomodate the number of attendees. Hotel rooms may be further away from convention events, and parking may be difficult or expensive. There may be a larger variety of activities but some of them may have lines that form hours in advance. Attendees generally want to come prepared for occasionally long lines, depending on how well the convention is organized, possibly more expensive parking, and a bit more walking.

Attendee tips for going to Anime Midwest 2016

Attendees should research hotel and registration information as early as possible, as tickets for the convention and cheap hotel rooms may sellout several months prior to the convention. When packing, it is always advisable to bring extra supplies including a sewing kit, asprin, socks, and anything else that may be needed during the convention. Granola bars and other healthy snacks may end up being a cheaper alternative than the available food nearby.