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1637 N. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


Street-Level Youth Media is a non-profit, media arts literacy organization serving Chicago's youth.  We teach audio engineering, mixing, video production, digital photography, online journalism, and more.  If you are between the ages of 12 through 24, all of our programs and services are free.

If you live in Chicago and are between 12 - 24 years old, come take part in one or all of our media arts programs, book a private studio session, use our computer lab or join one of our clubs.  We also host an open-mic on the first Friday of each month.  


Wizard World COMIC CON Fan Fest

Nancy M. Abbate

Wizard World COMIC CON Fan Fest

In March of this year, members of the Anime/Gaming Club attended the Wizard World COMIC CON Fan Fest. Members of this club were able to play test new and old games, view unusual merchandise and art, interact with professionals in the fields of graphic design and performance, and capture material to fuel one of their upcoming anime-themed music videos. Tragically, most of their footage and photographs from this event were lost, but there are other opportunities coming up for them to gain more! Their major fuelling event, Anime Central, is coming up this month (May).


Overall, Anime/Gaming Club feels that attending Fan Fest was a great experience. The best part was the actual bonding between the group members, as they reflected back to their favorite cartoons as well as superheroes. They were able to search a little bit about their past and why they appreciated the art.

Anime/Gaming Club attends Wizard World COMIC CON Fan Fest every year. This year 8 people from the group attended and stated that they would absolutely attend Fan Fest again.

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Anime/Gaming Club? These groups meet on Fridays from 4-7. Anime Club will teach you about different anime styles, and how to create your own anime. You will also watch and critique a wide range of anime and attend conventions. Additionally, various games (e.g., Vanguard) will be played and discussed with fellow members and other fans. Guests from the gaming industry will sometimes attend as well.

 Please enjoy some of the pictures from Fan Fest below! :)