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Who is AnimeChicago?

We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization going strong for over a decade. Our membership is comprised of adults ranging from veteran experts to anime newbies.

Two key things here: 1) We appreciate good anime.
2) We’re not ashamed of our anime club. In fact, we absolutely enjoy crushing those stale otaku stereotypes. We hope you do, too.

Who are you?

Whether you’ve been reading manga since kindergarten or you just heard about anime yesterday, we’re excited to get to know you.

So if you wanna socialize with great people who enjoy Japanese pop culture, or dine at some of the best bars and restaurants in the city, or critically discuss manga with some wicked smart people, hit that button below!

What do members get?

Lunches and Mixers

We meet socially in local bars, cafes, and restaurants. Eat the best ramen, sushi, and other Japanese delights with us!

Anime Screenings

Check out the new season of anime with great food and new friends.

Discussion Groups

We have monthly book clubs for anime, manga, and light novels.

Gaming Table

You don’t have to trust in the heart of the cards to have a good time at this Meetup for tabletop gamers.

Art Circle

Gain some perspective and add some color to your world at the Art Circle Meetup.

Published Essays

Our members contribute thought-provoking editorials and reviews to our website, and we publish them weekly.

Facebook Group

During the week, much of our conversation happens in our private chatroom, full of shenanigans and updates.

Sponsor Discounts

Several organizations and businesses around Chicago offer a discount or special to our members, including 20% off manga!

Travel Opportunities

Our group has traveled beyond local meetups to out-of-state conventions and all over Japan!

“AnimeChicago's been super friendly and inviting so far and there's always seems to be something fun going on with the group.”

Randy, Member since Oct 2015

“I think I prefer these meetings to the conventions; fewer annoying teens, more in-depth conversations about anime and manga. I feel like this is what I'm "graduating" to as I feel like I'm outgrowing the cons.”

Rachael, Member since Jul 2015

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