JETAA Chicago welcomes you! JET Alums located in the greater Chicago area will be happy to know there is a large and active community formed by our chapter. Greater Chicago is a vibrant area with plenty of fun things to do year-round, and we strive to take advantage of that. It certainly helps that more JETs are sent to Japan by the Consul General of Japan in Chicago than any other location in the world, and many of you return here afterward. As our namesake suggests, our chapter is located in Chicago, and covers the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana, with sub-chapters in Wisconsin and Indiana.
JETAA Chicago collaborates with the many Japan-related groups in the area–businesses, not-for-profits, restaurants and communities–so JETAA Chicago is not only a great place for you to meet up with fellow alums, but also to plug into the local Japanese community. We hold various events throughout the year and support members that have ideas they’d like to bring to life.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website for current information or to register as a JETAA Chicago member (look for “Join” in the menu bar). Our website has links to our monthly Webletter, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Wisconsin-based alums should contact Joette at email@example.com, join their Yahoo group at firstname.lastname@example.org, and join the Facebook Group JETAA Chicago Badger State Subchapter to keep abreast of their activities. Indiana-based alums can join the Facebook Group JETAA Chicago Hoosier Subchapter.
JETAA Chicago Regular Events
|Bingo||Alumni read one hour of bingo at Heiwa Terrace retirement home/Japanese community||3rd Thursday of every month||Heiwa Terrace, Chicago, IL|
|Volleyball||Regular volleyball league, renewed each season, indoor and outdoor||Every Tuesday||Chicago, IL (seasonal venues)|
|Nihongo Dake Dinners||Interacting in Japanese over a meal, using games and phrases prepared in a worksheet||Quarterly||Chicago, IL (various locations)|
|Board Meeting||Discuss current JETAA Chicago projects, issues and plan events. Dinner is served, and all are welcome. You don’t have to be a board member to attend. The occasional nijikai has been known to ensue.||1st Wednesday of every month (contact email@example.com for confirmation)||JETRO Office in Chicago, IL or other designated location|
JETAA Chicago Annual Events
|New Year Festival||Japanese Culture Festival with calligraphy, painting, card game, etc.||January||Japan Information Center (JIC) in Chicago, IL|
|Nabe Party||JETAA community comes together to make “hot pot” nabe with the local Japanese community||February||Chicago, IL|
|Baseball Game||Outing to see a Cubs game||April||Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL)|
|Business Card Exchange||A “meishi exchange” held jointly with Japan America Society of Chicago||Summer||Chicago, IL|
|Job and Networking Fair||Networking with fellow alumni, friends of JETAA, recruiters and companies||October||Japan Information Center (JIC) in Chicago, IL|
|Returnees’ Picnic||An event to welcome back returning JETs||October||Chicago, IL|