Our story since 2006…
As a registered nonprofit in Illinois, we’re committed to bringing new and exciting anime experiences to all Chicagoans.
🚀 Launched AnimeChicago.com
This whole endeavor started as a simple news website to make Chicago’s anime communities more visible and connected.
👋 Started an Organization
Maintaining a website for six years was a passion project, and we needed more help. After asking around for potential authors and editors, there were enough people saying they wanted to join a club. So we started one.
The stars aligned when AnimeChicago had a large enough team and we wanted to grow bigger. We joined Meetup to reach more anime fans who valued in-person meetups and socializing on the regular.
Formed our Nonprofit
After eight years of personally funding the organization’s bills, we decided to incorporate and truly bring our mission of educating Chicagoland on Japanese pop culture to a bigger stage.
🇯🇵 Explored Japan
A group of us planned our first long-distance trip! We absorbed all the cuisine, entertainment, nature, and history that Japan had to offer over the course of 10 days.
10 Years and Counting!
It’s been a wild ride! AnimeChicago has faced many challenges in the previous decade, but each one has made us evolved and grown stronger.
A Thousand Members
Our humble little club hit 1,000 members and we couldn’t be prouder.
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