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Meet the Team

Our board is governed by passionate anime fans, life-long learners, and aspiring leaders. We meet every Sunday to plan meetups, advocate for community partners, and manage the growth of our organization. As a registered nonprofit in Illinois, we’re committed to¬†bringing new and exciting anime experiences to all Chicagoans.

Jamie

Founder, President

Jeremy

Secretary

Gabe

Treasurer

Neil

VP, Lead Researcher

JPod

VP, Content Manager

Grace

Editor Extraordinare

Nik

Gamemaster

Watson

Best Corg

Our Achievements

Nov 2006

Launched Website

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

Nov 2006
May 2012

Started Club

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.

May 2012
Jan 2014

Joined Meetup

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.

Jan 2014
Apr 2014

Formed Nonprofit

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.

Apr 2014
May 2016

Partied in Japan

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.

May 2016
Nov 2016

10 Years and Counting

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.

Nov 2016
Oct 2017

A Thousand Members

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

Oct 2017

Want to add to our story?

We're open to volunteer pitches, big and small.

We owe so much to our current contributors and past volunteers. We couldn’t have made all of these amazing things happen without their support and continued encouragement.

Thank you, Shaun, Ruben, Jason, and many others!