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

2020 JACL Chicago Scholarship Application Available!

The Chicago Chapter of JACL offers scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000+ to undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to JACL’s mission. Scholarships are awarded based on an applicant’s understanding of and alignment with...

Apply to join a young adult board!

There are a couple volunteer opportunities for young adults in the community who are looking to get more involved with JACL Chicago: Next Generation Nikkei (NGN) is a program of JACL Chicago to engage young adults to become a part of the greater Chicago Japanese...

Announcing the 2019 Scholarship Awardees!

JACL Chicago's scholarship program recognizes the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated a commitment to JACL’s mission of advancing social justice and promoting the legacy and cultural heritage of the Japanese American community. Please join us at our...

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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.