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AnimeChicago is your community nexus for all things Japan

Our team hosts 5–7 events every month so local fans can learn more about Japanese pop culture and about each other. We keep the discussion going on our website with interviews, reviews, and relevant news in the anime industry and local community.

Our organization began in 2006 as a humble website to connect Chicago’s fans. Six years later, we created the social club after much demand. Today, we’re a registered non-profit corporation in the State of Illinois! We review long-term goals and membership growth regularly at quarterly board meetings.

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Our humble little club hit 1,000 members and we couldn't be more proud!

It's been a wild ride! AnimeChicago has faced many challenges in the past decade, but each one has made us evolved and grown stronger.

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.

After 8 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.

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 enjoyed socializing on the regular.

Maintaining a website for six years was a passion project, and we needed more help. After asking around for potential authors and editors, there was enough people saying they wanted to join a club. So we started one.

This whole endeavor started as a simple news website to make Chicago's anime communities more visible and connected.

Meet the Team

We meet every Sunday evening to coordinate events, advocate for community partners, and manage the organization.

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Jamie

Founder, President

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Jeremy

Secretary

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Gabe

Treasurer

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Neil

VP of Research

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JPod

VP of Marketing

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Grace

Editor

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Nik

Gamemaster

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Jason

Lead J-San

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Shaun

Alum

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Ruben

Alum