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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are your events located?
Our preferred spots are within Chicago’s city limits, mostly in the Lakeview or Bucktown area. We select venues with great CTA access, ample parking, and pedestrian-friendly streets. Some are at private coworking spaces while others happen at restaurants, bars, and cafés where things are more organic.

How often do you watch anime?
We watch anime every three months at Anime Samplers and occasional movie outings. The rest of our events are focused on discussion and socializing with members.

Is AnimeChicago a convention?
No, we organize local meetups. Sometimes we’ll host an academic talk. But we love attending, promoting, and hosting panels and meetups at our favorite local conventions!

Who can join?
Meetup requires account holders be 18 years or older. Many of our members are in their 20s or 30s. Our discussions usually cover sensitive content or might contain adult material.

Can I bring my kids?
Public events like movie screenings, museum exhibits, and convention outings may be suitable, but we do not allow anyone younger than 18 years old at our monthly events. We do not offer programming for kids or teenagers at this time.

Can I bring guests?
Your guests are welcome to attend Mixers and public events like Movie Screenings. Other events have limited seating, so please do not bring guests. Invite them to sign up for a free membership at to guarantee a seat for them.

How do I prepare for an event?

  • Read the event description!
  • Prepare to socialize.
  • Contribute to the conversation.
  • Watch or read the chosen selection.
  • Update your RSVP!

What is your No Show Policy?
We have a “Three Strikes” policy to prevent vacant seats at our events. Members who fail to attend when they have RSVP’d for an event are personally notified of each Strike.

Do you meet at venues that serve alcohol?
Yes, we frequently meet at venues that serve alcohol. We balance that out with events at cafés and libraries to the best of our ability.

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