My true fandom lies with anime. I've been a fan since the late 90's when I was in high school (yes, I'm that old) and my love for anime grew stronger and stronger over the years while other people grew out of it. I can say that my life would truly be empty without the presence of anime. Each season, I'm usually watching about 8-11 different series. Unless it's a bad season with terrible offerings, which is always heartbreaking. Cosplay? Yep. Attend Cons? Yep. In anime group that meets up? Yep! The love is real, ya'll.
Since I've been at this for a while, I have a tried and true set of genres I generally levitate towards. That consists of: supernatural; slice of life; adventure; reverse harem; comedy; drama; fantasy; josei; sci-fi. If you need suggestions finding anime related to any of these topics, I'd be able to steer you in the right direction. But beware, I only watch subbed anime and don't keep track of whether or not something is dubbed in English. I also tend to stick to non-mainstream series, basically meaning stuff you aren't going to ever see on Cartoon Network or maybe not even Crunchyroll. So, no "Bleach", "Samurai Champloo", or "Death Note" over here.
I've been fortunate enough to finally find a mature group of people to surround myself with in regards to anime. I'm in an anime Meetup group that's pretty active. We just went to see "Princess Kaguya" last friday (12/5/2014) w/ drinks aftwerward at a nearby bar. There's also other fun stuff we get together to do on a regular basis. So, if you're in Chicago and a fan of anime, you should check the group out. One big activity I do is anime cons. Granted, I haven't been in a few years, but I do plan to go next year. Still trying to decide who'll I cosplay as. Again, if interested, check out the link to the right. You don't have to live in Chicago for this one. People travel here in hoards every year to attend this con. You'd have a local to attend with and show you how great this city is.