Our Policies

By participating, you agree to our policies. They apply everywhere we are – events, online, venues, private chats between participants, etc. Policies may change any time without notice.

We reserve the right to:

  • Remove content without notice
  • Resolve concerns at our discretion
  • Ban anyone immediately without refund
  • Ask anyone to leave if they are behaving disruptively or intoxicated
  • Arrange transport if we believe a participant is unable to commute safely
  • Check ID at any time


Participants must be 21 years or older, because we meet at bars and discuss mature topics. Meetup.com does not allow minors on their platform.


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 chat!
Update your RSVP and notify us of last-minute concerns. We ban No-Shows on their third absence. Stay within your tolerance (alcohol and cannabis). Respect others’ safety and comfort.

Avoid disruptive or unsafe activity.
We ban ads, 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 behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment are 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.

In-Person Events

  • Update your RSVP as your plans change.
  • Respect others by avoiding cancellations, absences, and tardiness.
  • Message us if a serious matter forces you to cancel last minute.
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes early or 15 minutes late.
  • Leave unexpected guests or outside food at home.

3 No Shows = Banned
Those who RSVP but don’t attend are marked “No Show” without notice. Three No Shows is an immediate ban without notice or refund.

When there’s a waitlist…
We monitor the “Going” list for changes 24-hours prior to the event. Anyone altering their RSVP or ghosting us (no show, no message) will be removed from our group. Anyone arriving 15-minutes after the event starts is placed at the end of the Waitlist. Waitlisters can hang around for open slots. First-come-first-served.

Stay within your limits.
Some folks use alcohol or cannabis to calm social anxiety or be a more present attendee. If you choose to use a substance, you will ask an organizer permission before bringing them, imbibe responsibly and lawfully, commute safely, and comply with all Conduct policies. You will NOT arrive intoxicated, pressure others, disrespect personal boundaries, engage in unsafe activity, or violate state or federal laws regarding controlled substances.

The Boring Stuff

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 don’t review sites linked to our website and aren’t 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.