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Join us on Discord!

We use Discord as our online chatroom, video conferencing tool for meetups, and to stream select content. It’s free for all AnimeChicago members registered through our Meetup.com Group. To protect our community, everyone must be approved by a moderator.

Getting Started


Step 1: Join Discord

You must have a Discord account to join. Complete the registration process and confirm your email address in the email they send you.

Step 2: Install Discord apps

Install the Discord app on your desktop and mobile devices. Mac users: you must follow extra steps to give Discord access to Camera, Microphone, Accessibility, and Key Bindings.

Step 3: Get verified on our Server

Click the button below and then follow the directions posted in #house-rules. You will only see three non-member channels until we approve you.

Important Details


By joining, you agree to our policies.

  • Be respectful, welcoming, and inclusive.
  • Keep the conversation SFW (safe for work).
  • No spam or advertising.
  • Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • Violators can be banned anytime, at moderator discretion.

Type ?report to silently flag a moderator to review violations.

Request New Channels

If a topic warrants a new channel, post a question in #polls. “Can we get a ____ channel for ____? Who’s with me?” Once your vote has 10+ interested people, a mod will create the new channel.

Use Direct Messages for Private Chat

Our server is set to send notifications for every message posted. Be kind and move one-on-one conversations to a Direct Message so members aren’t overwhelmed.

Test A/V and Push-to-Talk ASAP!

We’ll do our best to help you troubleshoot before meetups. But please spend 15 minutes to test drive these features ahead of time.

  • Confirm your audio setup is working properly with the Mic Test tool. Try these audio tips if you’re having difficulty connecting.
  • Use Push-to-Talk (P2T) to prevent distracting background noise, like a walkie-talkie. Hold down your P2T shortcut keys while talking to enable your microphone.
  • Learn about screen sharing and video calls so you can share video content without issue. Some of our streaming channels have these features disabled for non-moderators.
  • Mac users: You must explicitly grant Discord permissions so all features work! Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy. Add Discord to these areas: Microphone, Camera, Key Bindings, and Accessibility.

Technical Challenges?

We’re offering one-on-one support for members. Ping us if you need assistance.