What we're about

We’re AnimeChicago, going strong for more than 10 years.

We’re experts and newbies who appreciate good anime.
We’re mostly young professionals in our 20s and 30s.
We’re not ashamed of being an anime club.

In fact, we absolutely enjoy crushing all those stale otaku stereotypes. Celebrating Japanese pop culture is our mission, promoting anime is our passion, and making friends is our greatest reward. And we’re seeking members like you!

So if you gotta gush about My Hero Academia, or wanna jump into cosplay, or dig into a heartwarming Ghibli classic…

Join us today!

Upcoming events (5+)

Anime Circle: Violet Evergarden

Next Door Cafe

Watch the entire selection beforehand – spoilers guaranteed! • Round Table is a book club for anime → (https://www.meetup.com/animechicago/pages/22851498/Event%3A_Discussion_Groups) • We take No Shows very seriously → (https://www.meetup.com/animechicago/pages/22833517/Club_Policies/) • Tips for your first Meetup → (https://www.meetup.com/animechicago/pages/22851568/Attending_Your_First_Meetup/)

Mixer at Beermiscuous


Mixers are all about meeting other members, so it's perfect if you haven't been to many (or any) of our meetups yet. • This is a 21+ bar so bring your valid ID. • Check in and grab your name tag when you arrive. • Friends are welcome!

Manga Circle: Invitation from a crab

Indie City Co-op

"An Invitation from a Crab" (蟹に誘われて) is a series of short stories that look at the eccentricities of every day life from one of Japan's most interesting up and coming web cartoonists panpanya . What is Manga Jam? Manga Jam typically meets on second Sundays to discuss a selected work of manga and its international relevance. This event is suitable for attendees 18+ with any level of manga knowledge or experience. We recommend reading the entire selection beforehand – spoilers guaranteed! Getting the Comic About the Location This is a private office so the address is available for members only, and it accommodates 25 people comfortably. Also, there is an office corgi, so please keep that in mind if you have allergies or other aversions to dogs. Getting There Street parking is widely available. It's a two-block walk from the Brown Line and two buses (Addison and Ashland) if you like public transit. Apologies: this space is not wheelchair accessible. Attendance Policy Please note our three strikes policy for No Shows and cancellations within 6 hours of the event. You may RSVP for two additional guests. Arrivals who have not RSVP'd cannot be guaranteed a seat, but there may be room available.

Art Circle - Fan Art Gathering


Art Circle is where anime fan artists of all skill levels meet, discuss, and draw together. Show your love for a particular film or series through art, or bring your own original ideas and designs! The meetup location, Beermiscuous is an open and bright craft beer cafe perfect for hanging out and sharing a table with friends. If you’re not a beer drinker, they have a small selection of ciders and non-alcoholic drinks. Beermiscuous is a few block walk west from the Diversey Brown Line stop. Parking is available in the immediate area.

Past events (333)

C2E2 Panel + Chinatown Dinner

McCormick Place

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