Meta Con spans three whole event-filled days in August/September, bringing together almost 4,000 fans to celebrate fandom, technology, anime, costuming, internet stuff, and nerd life. We have a show floor packed with special guests, artists, and dealers, in addition to autograph sessions and FAQs that give fans a chance to interact with their favorite voice actors, creators, and TV stars. Events range from special sneek-peek screenings to various social events and beyond. We bring together thousands of the most awesome people to one place.
Events are divided among multiple different tracks of programming, to cover a wide range of interests!
Our costume contest, judged by top costumers from around the country, is your chance to show off your costumes and compete for the prizes ranging from Best Performance to Best Craftsmanship to the coveted Best in Show. Cosplay Rules | Online signup is only open when the con is between 60 and 10 days from now. You can sign up at the con until we're full.
We have a ton of musical events featured every year, including multiple concerts, dances, balls, and events. Join us at the Formal Fantasy Ball for an evening of music and dancing. Come see concerts featuring music styles about all things nerdy. The genres and types of music cover quite a wide range. And lastly join us every evening for our great big Electronic Dance Music dance party on the main stage.
AnimeCon.org's very own Fleur Royale Maid Cafe is excited to host you at META CON! Buy your tickets at the convention on site for this additional maid cafe experience, and you will experience the royal majesty treatment firsthand with your very own maids and butlers waiting on you, playing games, serving snacks, and more!
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.
Fan Panels and Events
We have tons of fan panels and events submitted by fans and staff alike. Here are some examples:
- Cosplay & Culture Advice Panels
- Fanfiction & Writing Panels
- Dating Advice and Relationship Tip Panels
- Who's Line is it Anime?
- Learn and watch dances
- Show & Cosplay Q&A Panels
We have an epic, dedicated video gaming room filled with arcade games like Dance Dance Revolution and multiple large-format LCD screens for everything from first-person-shooters to Japanese fighters - with tournaments scheduled all weekend long. Many people come spend all weekend playing video games, and our game room is open late to keep you entertained.
Table Top Gaming
We are very excited to have table top gaming running and demonstrating over a dozen different table top board-games and collectible card games, including many tournaments. We sometimes also feature game demonstrations from Steve Jackson Games MIB, demonstrating games like Munchkin and Ninja Burger. We have had prizes from Level Up Games and Steve Jackson Games. The tabletop gaming room, provided by Gnome Games, is a staple of AnimeCon.org events. You could make a ton of friends playing games here, especially if you join us for a game of Werewolf.
Our artists alley is the chance for you to come see some cool handmade artwork and special crafts. Browse MANY artists who publish their own books, manga, and art, and stock up on art prints and handmade collectibles.
The Meta Con Dealers Room features dozens of vendors selling everything a fan could want to see or buy. Shopping for hours is one of the most fun parts of the convention experience, so come on by and bring your wallet to browse a great lineup of booths selling everything from anime to comic books to plushies and more.
While not official events of the convention, we may have room parties hosted by our attendees. Fans can stay up and party, make new friends, and celebrate their mutual love of fandom. If you would like to host a room party, you must be approved in advance. Please see more here.
Tons of Guest Events
We have numerous Q&A sessions, workshops, and autograph signings with our many guests of honor. Most of the convention's guests come for all three days, meaning you get several opportunities to meet them, get autographs, and ask a question in a Q&A panel.
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!
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!
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!
A full list of events will be published closer to the convention. In the meantime, please check out the individual genre pages for some more information!