Abstract: We show that chimera patterns can be induced by noise in nonlocally coupled neural networks in the excitable regime. In contrast to classical chimeras, occurring in noise-free oscillatory networks, they have features of two phenomena: coherence resonance and chimera states. Therefore, we call them coherence-resonance chimeras. These patterns demonstrate the constructive role of noise and appear for intermediate values of noise intensity, which is a characteristic feature of coherence resonance. In the coherence-resonance chimera state a neural network of identical elements splits into two coexisting domains with different behavior: spatially coherent and spatially incoherent, a typical property of chimera states. Moreover, these noise-induced chimera states are characterized by alternating behavior: coherent and incoherent domains switch periodically their location. We show that this alternating switching can be explained by analyzing the coupling functions.