Indie City Games

Indie City Games is a loose collection of Midwest-based video game nerds.

We founded this group for one reason: to bring together people in Chicagoland with an interest in creating their own games.

Everyone is welcome! Whether you’re an artist, programmer, writer, or just someone who has always wanted to make a game but doesn’t know where to start.


The Junior Development Experience (JDE) is a student-run studio at DePaul University, dedicated to making student made games. Composed of individuals from all across the university, the JDE provides an environment for people of various disciplines to work together on projects as they would in a real development environment. If you are interested in making games we can find a role for you!


AlphaLab is a club devoted to the furthering of the Columbia College Chicago game-making community. Our goals are as follows:

  • Enlarging our working portfolios

  • Teaching students something new every week, preferably something outside their concentration

  • Practicing working together in a friendly environment

  • Giving newer students a chance to do/learn more about game creation without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed

  • Providing a social atmosphere for all Columbia students interested in the game-making process.

I Play Games!

I Play Games! was founded in 2009 by experienced video game promoter, and tournament organizer Kevin Fair. Playing video games at home with friends and family was a favorite hobby for Kevin, so bringing the joy of video game entertainment to build a greater community was a natural fit.

Since 2009, I Play Games! has branched out into to several different areas growing their brand and presence in the video gaming community, with charitable events, group trips across the country, and supporting media blogs and gaming discussion shows. Be sure to check out our featured services and look to have I Play Games! at your next gaming event.

Extra Life

Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised over $50 million USD for sick and injured kids. Sign up today and dedicate a day of play for kids in your community!

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raise funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.

Chicago Loot Drop

Chicago Loot Drop was founded for two simple reasons:

  1. To unite the Chicago gaming and nerd communities, bringing our virtual connections into the real world

  2. To harness the Chicago gaming and nerd communities to do good, in and around the Chicagoland area

Primarily, Chicago Loot Drop brings together Chicagoland nerds for nerdy events around the city that raise funds to buy toys and games for patients at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, in partnership with Child's Play Charity .

Chicago Loot Drop’s mission is also to bring together Chicagoland nerds. They make a point to work with other organizations in the area, and actively engage with other burgeoning nerd organizations in the area.

Sugar Gamers

Sugar Gamers specializes in tech advocacy and inclusivity in gaming, geek and tech spaces.

Founded as a community for female gamers, Sugar Gamers has evolved into a diverse group of trendsetters and aficionados within the worlds of technology, gaming, and the arts. Sugar Gamers was founded in 2009 when Keisha Howard went on a quest to find other women with geeky interests and ideas similar to her own. After developing a community for gals like her, Keisha found that Sugar Gamers appealed to underrepresented geeks and gamers from all walks of life. Though our community isn’t one of hardcore pro-gamers, Sugar Gamers been recognized by prestigious companies such as Twin Galaxies, HTC, and more, and have received awards for our innovations and positive contributions to the gaming and technology communities. The approach that Sugar Gamers takes to this industry sets us worlds apart from our peers. More importantly, we value real-life interactions just as much as our online community. We create content and experiences that make the fun and fast-paced world of geek culture come alive through our group of remarkable and unique individuals.


Chicago's Gender Minorities in Game Development

Their goal is to foster gender diversity in the video games industry. They’re creating positive change through a variety of events, workshops, and advocacy programs.