JETAA Chicago Survival Series 2015: Coffee Kaiwa (6/6)


Get to coffee talking Japanese style!

This is an event for all language levels centered around practical Japanese Language skills and techniques to assist you with communication during your JET experience. We will provide you with additional phrases, words, kanji, and resources that are meant to compliment the official Japanese for JETs book you will receive.

Please also stop by to ask us questions about using Japanese in Japan and we will answer to the best of our abilities. If there is extra time, we are open to breaking into conversation groups for beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners. Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page!

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JETAA Chicago Survival Series 2015: Mini Meet-Ups

These Mini Meet-Ups are intended to expand outreach to the other parts of the city and to the surrounding suburbs. Hosted individually by JET alumni in various locations, these events can be in-person, google hangout, through Skype chat, or any other communication mediums per request.  These are designed is to give new JETs an opportunity to connect with alumni in a smaller group setting while engaging in social and education activities.

Rockford, Illinois Meet-up [Facebook Event Page]
Saturday – June 13, 2015 @ 10:00 AM -12:30 PM
Anderson Japanese Gardens 

Visit the beautiful Japanese Gardens and eat at a local brewery in Northern Illinois. 

Naperville, Illinois Meet-up [Facebook Event Page]
Saturday – June 13, 2015 @ 6:00-8:00 PM
Sakura Sushi

All-you-can-eat sushi dinner in the Western suburbs

Flossmoor/Homewood Illinois Meet-up [Facebook Event Page]
Sunday, June 14th @ 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Panera Bread

Open discussion over coffee to grill an ALT & a CIR JET alumni in the South Illinois suburbs.

Pilsen Neighborhood Meet-up [Facebook Event Page]
Saturday – June 20th @ 2:00-4:00 PM
Bow Truss Coffee Roasters 

Grab a specialty coffee in one of the most vibrant communities in the Southwest side of Chicago.

Rogers Park/Edgewater Neighborhood Meet-up [Facebook Event Page]
Saturday – June 20th @ 5:00-7:00 PM
Sunshine Cafe

Japanese Comfort Food dinner and some JET talk in Northeast Chicago.

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JETAA Chicago May Board Meeting (5/4)


On Monday, May 4, JETAA Chicago will hold its monthly board meeting. Remember that meetings are always the first Monday of every month, so be sure to save the date. For those unable to attend, please email if you would like to call or video into the meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Japan Information Center (737 N Michigan Ave) and last about 90 minutes. The building requires a photo ID so be sure to bring one.

Our meetings are open to any and all JET Alumni.  Dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances.

Email with any questions you would like to add to the agenda.  Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.

May the 4th be with you.


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JETAA Chicago Survival Series 2015: Japanese Monkey Meet & Greet (5/16)


Attention JETs short-listed for the 2015-2016 year – Congratulations!  You’re going to be living in Japan for a year or beyond —lucky you!  Probably you already have questions, maybe a lot of questions.  And that’s okay.  Many JETs have done what you’re about to do, and we’d like to make it easier for you.

JETAA Chicago will kick-off the Onboarding Education Initiatives for new JETs known as the Survival Series with the Japanese Monkey Meet & Greet at Lincoln Park Zoo.  Visit our Facebook Event Page for more details.

  • Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 PM
  • Location: Meet at the meet at Stockton and Webster, West Entrance of Lincoln Park Zoo(map)

This is an organized, but casual daytime event to celebrate the exhibit and becoming a JET!


If you still have questions, post a comment and/or email:

We have developed initiatives that focus on providing support to help educate and prepare the new JETs for a smooth and smart transition to their lives in Japan and on the JET Program.  Please visit our Outgoing JET page to learn more about all upcoming programs.


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