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+)

[VIP Party] Anime Sampler: Fall 2019

Indie City Co-op

Our next Anime Sampler approaches! A few things to note: • Only VIP members may RSVP and attend. • Guests are not invited or allowed. • Seating is limited. RSVP only if you can make it. • Leave a comment if you're bringing potluck food to share. • Doors open at 1:45pm. No one will be admitted before that. What is Anime Sampler? Join AnimeChicago as we watch first episodes of the upcoming anime season while enjoying some potluck food! This event is suitable for both new and regular members with any level of anime knowledge or experience. There will be breaks for chatting, snacks, and other shenanigans. What's a VIP? Members who have donated $12 or more to our nonprofit organization have VIP Status for one year. We host 4+ VIP thank you parties every year! You can donate in-person at the event with cash, and online through Meetup or PayPal. Your VIP status will be displayed under your name when looking at your member profile. https://secure.meetup.com/animechicago/contribute https://www.paypal.me/animechicago About the Location This is a private office with a large projector setup, surround sound, and water cooler. Restrooms are located in common areas throughout the facility. Office dogs are friendly to guests. This space is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. Getting There Street parking is widely available. It's a two-block walk from the train and two buses if you like public transit. Update your RSVP! We have a “Three Strikes“ policy for No Shows and last-minute cancellations. The room cannot accommodate more people, so unexpected guests will not be permitted entrance.

Manga Circle: Dimentia 21

Indie City Co-op

Dementia 21 (cannot find the Japanese title) by Shintaro Kago (駕籠 真太郎) is a goofy surrealistic horror manga about the troubles that come with working in a hospital full of old people. While this is more tame than his other work, you may want to exercise caution when googling this author's name as much of his work is very NSFW. ----- 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.

Anime Circle: Death Note

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 Holiday Club

Holiday Club

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!

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Mixer at Beermiscuous


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