Academic Talks

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Symposium Series

Twice Annually

We host casual talks exploring Japanese pop culture, historical influences, and personal experiences of how anime defines our identities and our communities.


Convention Panels

Based on convention schedules

Our team has hosted dozens of panels on anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture as both guests and applicants of large-scale conventions. It’s the best way to get the word out!


Festival Booths

Based on festival schedules

Local festivals allow us to educate folks through one-on-one discussion. We also bring our Anime Advice Bot to help folks discover their new anime obsession.

Past Talks

Common Questions

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.

Will you speak at my event?

We’re flattered! AnimeChicago is on a mission to educate Chicagoans on all things Japanese Pop Culture. Please contact us with details on your opportunity.

Who can become a member?

Members must be 21 years or older, and our membership ranges primarily through 20s, 30s, and 40s. We meet at bars and discuss mature topics. does not allow minors on their platform, and we do not offer programs for kids or teens.