Welcome to JACL Chicago

The Japanese American Citizens League is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry.

Becoming a JACL member means joining the fight for social justice and equality.

With over 10,000 members and a history of leadership since 1929, JACL is the nations’ oldest, largest, Asian American civil rights organization.

Recent News

3/19/23 Before They Take Us Away (Asian Pop-Up Cinema)

3/19/23 Before They Take Us Away (Asian Pop-Up Cinema)

Sunday,  March 19th, 2022 at 2:30PM AMC Evanston 12 (1715 Maple Ave. Evanston, IL 60201) Film Critic, Mark Schilling from The Japan Times/Variety will moderate a Q+A with two of the film makers, Dr. Evelyn Nakano Glenn and Antonia Grace Glenn following the...

Kansha Project 2023 Application is Live!

Kansha Project 2023 Application is Live!

Applications for Kansha 2023 are due February 27th at 11:59PM CST.    Kansha Project Trip     -  Wednesday, June 7: Pre-departure orientation     -  Thursday, June 8 - Sunday, June 11: Little Tokyo Trip -  Sunday,...

Next Gen. Nikkei Open House

Next Gen. Nikkei Open House

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 from 6-7pm on Zoom Next Gen Nikkei is hosting a virtual open house event on January 31st at 6pm! If you’ve wanted to plan an event for the JA community, this is your opportunity to plan with us to make it happen. Come ready...

Upcoming Events

Our Programs

Check out these upcoming events within the Chicago Japanese American Community!

JACL Chicago Chapter Newsletter

The JACL Chicago Chapter publishes bi-monthly newsletters called the JACLer to keep members and the community up-to-date on the latest information.

If you’d like to receive an electronic copy of the JACLer, let us know by contacting info@jaclchicago.org. Please include your name and email address.