Anime convention Anime Midwest returns to Chicago this weekend. The all-inclusive event is expected to attract 15,000 fans between July 7-9th.
The fast-growing annual convention Anime Midwest is making a comeback on July 7th. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Illinois. This year the con will feature the following fan favorites:
- voice-over icon Billy West (Futurama Fame)
- anime studios MAPPA and TRIGGER
- popular musical groups Steam Powered Giraffe and Deadlift Lolita
- comedic legend Yakov Smirnoff
- plus other special guests and over 100 panels and workshops
Besides all these activities, attendees will also be able to show off their skills in the masquerade costume contest, purchase all things anime in the exhibitor’s hall, or attend anime screenings. While the con provides family-friendly fun by day, there’s also non-stop action every evening, starting with a formal fantasy cosplay ball on Friday, and followed by rave dances each night.
Anime Midwest stands out from other conventions for keeping lines short and being surprisingly affordable. A 3-day event pass is $60, while day passes are $40 and include access to all events. Attendees will also be able to fuel up with unlimited free rice, ramen, and soda at the ConSweet area.
“Anime Midwest is like an all-inclusive vacation — a Disney World for anime fans of all ages,” said Ryan Kopf, President of AnimeCon.org. “We’ve got an incredible lineup of guests, events, and exhibitors, all for one low price, with minimal waiting and no extra charges. But it’s the people who attend Anime Midwest who make it unique. It’s a celebration of anime culture, and fans go all out with fantastic costumes, many homemade. It’s a great place to cosplay with friends and meet new people who share your interests.”