Our Policies

By participating in AnimeChicago activities, you agree to our policies. These policies apply to all events, online and offline venues, and private chat between participants. Policies may change at any time.


Participants must be 18 years or older. Why? Because we occasionally meet at bars and discuss topics unsuitable for minors.

Code of Conduct

Keep discussions respectful, spoiler-free, and Safe for Work.

Please be thoughtful and patient when you speak and act. Give everyone a chance to participate. Respect everyone’s identity, pronouns, boundaries, and lived experiences.

Arrive on time, presentable, and ready to talk!
Update your RSVP status and notify us of last-minute cancellations. We ban No-Shows on their third absence. Stay within your limits if drinking alcohol or using cannabis and respect others’ safety and comfort.

Avoid disruptive or unsafe activity.
We ban advertising, solicitations, political endorsements, divisive comments, trolling, promotion of unsafe or unlawful behavior, and illegal downloads.

Report any form of harassment or hate.
We have zero-tolerance for abuse or harassment. Actions motivated by hatred, prejudice, or intolerance and any behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment is forbidden.

Harassment includes remarks that reinforce exclusion based on gender, gender identity and expression, body size, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, and religion. It also covers sexual imagery, innuendo, stalking, recording without consent, inappropriate contact, and unwelcome attention. Hate includes language, symbols, and memes that promote bigotry, fascism, and defense thereof.

Contact us if you are uncomfortable or have concerns.
Participants must comply with requests immediately. We reserve the right to remove content without notice, resolve concerns at our discretion, and expel anyone immediately without refund.

Our Meetup Policies

The policies below mostly apply to in-person events in a non-Covid world. But our global policies are in effect at every event and activity we hold. Read them!

Club events happen in private spaces that have very limited seating and cannot accommodate attendees who arrive too early. Please be respectful of others by minimizing cancellations, tardiness, and absenteeism. Meetup attendees with three “No Shows” are subject to expulsion without refund.

Do not bring unexpected guests. Due to limited seating, unexpected guests will not be allowed entrance. Invite your friends to sign-up for a 60-day free trial and RSVP on their own.

Outside Food
Please do not bring food or beverages to any restaurants, cafes, or bars unless we give notice otherwise. AnimeChicago or our host venues may ask you stow it away or leave the premises.

Dietary Concerns
Colored stickers may be used to highlight dietary concerns at our potlucks. Stickers are provided as a courtesy to our guests, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of such labels.

Alcoholic beverages are suitable icebreakers for meetups such as ours. Therefore, we may serve alcohol at events, entertain at venues where alcohol is served, or host BYOB parties where attendees supply drinks to share.

If you choose to drink alcohol, you will:

  • Consume alcohol responsibly and lawfully
  • Ask permission from the moderator before bringing alcohol to an event
  • Behave in accordance with our Anti-Harassment Policies
  • Arrive and depart safely

You will NOT:

  • Pressure others to drink alcohol
  • Arrive at events already intoxicated
  • Disrespect the opinions, privacy, or personal boundaries of others
  • Engage in behavior that puts your safety or the safety of others at risk
  • Violate state or federal laws regarding controlled substances

We reserve the right to:

  • Check ID at any time
  • Ask you to leave if you are intoxicated or behaving disruptively
  • Arrange transport if we believe you are unable to commute safely

No Show Policy

Meetup members who RSVP but do not attend an event are marked as “No Show.” Any member with three or more “No Show” marks are subject to expulsion without refund. This policy is in effect for all events and enforced at our discretion. We may alert a member when they “No Show” but we cannot guarantee such notices. Please be respectful of others by minimizing cancellations, tardiness, and absenteeism.

  • Update your RSVP as frequently as your plans change.
  • Message us if an urgent matter prevents you from attending.
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes early.

Privacy and Solicitation

AnimeChicago does not sell, trade, or share information we collect from participants with third-parties. We do not officially endorse products based on solicitation requests, and sponsorship agreements will be disclosed during the promotion of said sponsors. Member information will remain confidential unless otherwise required by law, overriding public health and safety concerns, or authorized by the member in question.

Website Terms and Conditions

We grant visitors permission to use this website (AnimeChicago.com) and you agree to the terms of use below by visiting this website.

Copyright and Use License

Materials displayed in this website are the property of AnimeChicago and others. AnimeChicago material is protected by copyright and trademark law where applicable.
You may:

  • quote materials for Fair Use, with proper attribution and credit
  • request use of materials for other purposes

You may NOT:

  • modify or copy the materials
  • use the materials for any commercial purpose
  • use the materials for any public display (commercial or noncommercial)
  • remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials
  • transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server

Limitations of Warranties and Disclaimer

We provide information “as is” without any kind of warranty. AnimeChicago assumes no liability for any direct, indirect, consequential, or other damages whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with, the website and any of its contents.

Revisions and Errata

Materials on the website may include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. We may alter materials at any time without notice, do not make any commitment to update materials, and do not guarantee materials are accurate, complete, or current.

External Links

We have not reviewed sites linked to our website and are not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. Links to other websites do not imply endorsement or guarantees about the operators, information, products, or services of those websites. Use external links at your own risk.


By participating in any activity or event, you agree not to hold AnimeChicago liable in the event of injury or damage to any person or property as the result of an organization-sponsored meeting or activity. Damages are the sole financial responsibility of the negligent party.

Governing Law

Any claim relating to AnimeChicago shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of law provisions.