The organizers of the events listed on this calendar have expressed willingness for members elsewhere in the world to join in. Please don’t give them a bigger crowd than they can handle, and do be careful about time zones. The displayed time zone is GMT! If you add them to your own calendar, the time zone should convert to your specified time zone.

To have your virtual event added to this calendar, contact Matt C., the CAM International Calendar contact.

There may be other virtual events, as well as in-person events, which may be of interest to CAM members, hosted by various local groups listed on the American Mensa Calendar of Events.

1/ Mon­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the September ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by checking out our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the September ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

3/ Wednes­day

  • Dinner at Tuscany on Taylor 7 PM. Tuscany on Taylor, 1014 W. Taylor St. in Chicago (Little Italy). To RSVP contact Hilarie C. by Saturday, July 30th.

4/ Thurs­day

5/ Fri­day

  • VML Charmed starts today. The event is being held through Sunday, August 7th in Sharonville, Ohio, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 6300 E. Kemper Rd. in Sharonville, OH . Visit the AML Event for all the details.

7/ Sun­day

9/ Tues­day

11/ Thurs­day

  • Mensa Testing 6 PM. Location just west of State & Ontario St. in Chicago, in the River North neighborhood. You must prereg­ister and prepay — very limited seating. Wearing a mask is mandatory. Parking is very expensive; public transit strongly recommended! Latecomers and anyone without a reserved spot will not be admitted. If you are or someone you know is interested in joining Mensa, see our Testing Information for contact details and additional dates/lo­ca­tions.
    Mask Required!!
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • Super Moon Viewing tonight.

  • Best Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing will reach its maximum rate of activity tonight, although this year, the bright supermoon will make it difficult to see them all. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night during the week before and after. For more information, see the website or see the viewing tips at EarthSky. There are also some amazing photos posted on Flickr.
    Public Event!!

12/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom lo­cated at 6280 E. State St. in Rockford (east of Mulford in Logli’s lot). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. RSVP required in case of cancellation or restaurant change. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion Rescheduled. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Event Rescheduled for Next Friday!!

16/ Tues­day

RSVP for Dinner in Libertyville held on Wednesday, August 17th no later than Tuesday, August 16th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

RSVP for Lunch at the Green Door Tavern held on Saturday, August 20th no later than Tuesday, August 16th. You may RSVP via Meetup.


HalloweeM 46: Reunited and It Feels So Good

October 27 – 30, 2022

Only 72 more days! Join us for a fun long weekend at the Westin in Wheeling including lots of programs and games as well as most meals. Register for a discount by October 14th. Book your room by October 7th. Time and space are running out — sign up for the Excursion now!

17/ Wednes­day

  • Happy Hour in Libertyville 4 PM. Happy Hour in the bar area at Jimmy’s Charhouse located at 1413 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville. Discounted drinks and appetizers are in the bar area only. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 PM. Jimmy’s does not take reservations for the bar area. When you RSVP, please indicate the approximate time you intend to arrive and Ken will try to hold a seat for you. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail.

  • Dinner in Libertyville 6 PM. Jimmy’s Charhouse. lo­cated at 1413 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville Please be on time or early. Jimmy’s will not allow anyone to be seated until the entire party is present. If someone is late, the entire party will have to wait. Please RSVP early. The number of early RSVPs may determine the limit of attendees. If a significant number of people are on the waiting list, Ken will try to increase the reservation. Reservations mandatory by Tuesday, August 16th. RSVP (and get more details) on Meetup, but if not on Meetup, via e‑mail to Ken L..

18/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BDT. I [Carey] participated previously, along with a few other CAM members, and had a very nice chat with some of our “siblings” in the London area. RSVP to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information (via Meetup preferred). The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Downtown Lunch: Virtual 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch is held every week, alternating between Tuesday and Thursday. Join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. The Zoom id is 838 9384 8564 and the passcode is 312084; it is also included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information if you prefer a link. Questions? Contact Jon via e-mail or call/text him. You may also RSVP via Meetup. We’d love to have you join us!
    Virtual Event!!

19/ Fri­day

RSVP for Mini Golf held on Saturday, August 20th no later than Friday, August 19th. Payment required to hold your spot.

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is using Zoom — with closed captions — for meetings. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can contact Joe D. , and he will e-mail the poems to be discussed. Contact Roy L. for the Zoom link or any help you might need. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Schedule Change!!
    Virtual Event!!

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: Summer Spritzers 7:30 PM. August is a perfect month for a cold spritzer on the back deck (or porch, or patio, or your kitchen…). Join us this month when Mister Tootsie walks us through creating 3 refreshing summer cocktails. Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment (which you probably have in your house already), as well as the Zoom info prior to the event. Make this your month to join in! This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $12.50 for up to 2 people per Zoom login. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. One person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. If space permits, the event is now open to non-CAM members (unsubsidized @$25/login). To RSVPs and get payment information, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot. New mixologists welcome!
    Virtual Event!!

20/ Satur­day

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 11:30 AM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and civilized Un-PC conversation. No forbidden questions, no unchallengeable answers. This lunch happens on the third Saturday every month, but the location changes and can’t always be determined in time to make the ChiMe schedule. If you’re curious about the location and the COVID restrictions at this month’s meeting place, e-mail Jim Z. the event coör­di­na­tor. You may also RSVP via Meetup. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.

  • Lunch at The Green Door Tavern 11:45 AM. The Green Door Tavern, 678 N. Orleans St. in Chicago (River North). To RSVPs contact Hilarie C. by Tuesday, August 16th.

  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approx­i­mate vicinity of 107th St. & Western Ave. Please contact Rick E. the Beverly Area Coördinator, for this month’s lo­ca­tion and the exact time as well as more information; if e‑mailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

  • Family-Friendly Miniature Golf 2 PM. Join us for a round of Miniature Golf at Lost Mountain Adventure Golf located at 1535 75th St. in Woodridge. Golfers of all ages are welcome and as much as possible, we’ll group teens with teens and tweens with tweens. This is a great outing for our Mensa youth and Mensa parents to get together. It’s a GOBS-subsidized event. The cost is $6 (subsidized) each for one CAM member and one guest for the first 30 people. After golf, we can all visit the snack area (subsidized amount includes $3 towards a snack.) Additional guests are $6 each for golf (snack not included). Children under 3 golf free (no snack). To RSVPs and get payment information, e-mail Beth W. by Friday, August 19th. $6 payment/person is required to hold your spot(s). Lost Mountain has asked for a count by Saturday morning, so even if you don’t pre-pay, please let me know you’re coming!
    Venue Change!!

  • Saturday Movie & Dinner TBA PM. Send an e-mail to Bill S. to find out the when and where. Dinner after the movie. Bill & Lisa S. are your hosts.

  • Dancing in the Streets: Reliving the Music of Motown 7 PM. Virtual event hosted by Southeast Michigan Mensa via Zoom . Henry Feinberg will take us through the story of Motown from its humble beginnings to its emergence as the sound of young America, and beyond! As an irresistible source of social and cultural change, Motown Records made its mark not just on the music industry, but on American society, as well. Starting with an $800 loan from his family in 1959, Berry Gordy’s brainchild of Motown Records, with its legendary “Motown Sound”, grew to become one of the most significant and stunning music industry success stories of the 20th century. In the process, Motown became one of the best loved and most influential styles in American popular music. You’ll hear how artists such as the Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and many others became international stars. Preregister and the Zoom URL will be sent to you. The Zoom room opens at 6:30 PM for mingling.
    Virtual Non-CAM Event!!

21/ Sun­day

RSVP for Dinner Out West held on Tuesday, August 23rd no later than Sunday, August 21st. You may RSVP via Meetup.

23/ Tues­day

  • Dinner Out West 6:30 PM. Lao Sze Chuan, 4309 E. New York St. in Aurora. The very first Lao Sze Chuan opened in 1998 in Chicago’s Chinatown and has since become one of the most beloved Chinese restaurants nationwide. Join us at the Aurora location!. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. GOBS will cover ½ of your meal cost, including tax and tip, up to a maximum of $10, for each CAM member and their guest. Reservations are required so Beth knows how big of a table to reserve. RSVP directly to Beth W. or via Meetup no later than Sunday, August 21st.

24/ Wednes­day

  • GOBS Request Deadline Noon. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at this Saturday’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Saturday, August 27th and through Saturday, September 24th or later; to be eligible, events involving CAM members must be published in the issue of ChiMe corresponding to the month in which they occur. For CAM events, it’s recommended you submit the GOBS request and get it approved before submitting your event information for publication in ChiMe — so no later than today for events planned for October or later. October events need to be submitted by the 1st of September to the activities editor to be included in the October ChiMe. An article must be featured in the October ChiMe for GOBS-subsidized November events with an RSVP deadline in October (same 1st of September deadline but article e-mailed to the editor; see editorial deadline).

25/ Thurs­day

27/ Satur­day

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our August Month­ly Gath­ering is the Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
    3705 Pheasant Dr. in Rolling Meadows.


    CAM August Monthly Gathering @Rolling Meadows Community Center

    Games and hos­pi­tal­ity are in the spacious auditorium, with overflow space in the lobby. The speaker event is in the Card Room. A Parents-Kids Play Room is available after the Mensa Test. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. This gathering is open to the general public. So if you’re interested in learning more about Chicago Mensa, come join us. There is an admissions fee to help cover costs (major credit cards accepted).

    5 PM
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM.
    Game room opens:
    6 PM.
    7:30 PM.
    8:30 PM - Midnight.

    The CAM Board of Directors has allocated GOBS funds to be used for the reimbursement of either or Uber ridesharing services from/to the Arlington Park METRA station. Details are on our Monthly Gathering page.
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    Get involved! Hone your leadership, organizational, or web skills. We’re looking for vol­un­teers to fill some of the open po­sitions listed both in the back of ChiMe or on the List of Officers. Try your hand as the Testing Coördinator, Communications Officer, website programmer, or as a MG Hospitality Volunteer. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in. Or consider supervising the children at the MG for some extra cash.
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    Express Yourself
    Try your hand at writing an ar­ticle for ChiMe, submitting a photo, or creating a puzzle; see our Submission Guidelines for contact information and deadlines. Host your own event or your own virtual event using Discord!


    Program Topic: Always Assume It’s Hot

    Tricia’s name should sound familiar. She is our former ChiMe editor! Metalworking has become a passion for her. She enjoys the engineering and planning required, and notes that even the simplest project can present challenges. Tricia creates everything from abstract art to functional pieces.
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    In her program, she will discuss the basics of metalworking/forging, and will bring examples for us to see and touch. We will hear what she loves about working with metal and how she was introduced to it. Tricia tends to work exclusively with an oxy-acetylene torch. Although she admits using a torch can also present additional challenges depending on the materials and is much slower than electric welding options, she likes the control and connection with the piece that the torch provides.

    Tricia will describe the many kinds of projects she and her friends do. She enjoys doing both projects of her own conception and work commissioned by others.

    She will bring information on the facility she uses, which some of you are familiar with, and will look into other facilities around Chicago for those interested in learning more. If there is sufficient interest, perhaps another CAM private class could be coordinated.

    Tricia is a PsyD student at Adler University and part-time metalsmith. She started learning welding and metalworking after she retired and became serious about it 6 years ago. She now uses it as a weekly self-care activity when she is not reading or writing for school or ChiMe. “Metalworking can let other parts of my brain play, where I can use tools, get dirty, and there are no real right or wrong answers.”

    Some days in the shop are for planning projects and socializing with colleagues, while other times are for serious production. Either option is a recharge and a break from the usual daily activities. Tricia says, ”I like how it is out of the norm as a hobby, especially for women, and that all my friends and family are constantly finding me random bits of scrap metal which challenges me to come up with something interesting. Ultimately, it is an excuse to play with fire!”

    Show less
    Masks are required!!
    If there is a spike in Covid cases, the in-person MG may become virtual & testing would be cancelled!!

30/ Tues­day

  • Break­fast in Mount Pros­pect 10 AM. Breakfast or lunch and conversation at Jelly Café lo­cated at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mount Pros­pect (northwest corner of Golf Rd. and Busse Hwy.), featuring a large and diverse menu. Dining might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.

31/ Wednes­day

  • Worldcon Mensa Dinner 8 PM. American Craft Kitchen & Bar, Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Dr. in Chicago. To RSVPs or for more information, contact Andrew D.. Other events are possible during the Worldcon including another dinner on Monday, September 5th. Let Andrew know if you wish to be notified.

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1 September/ Thurs­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the October ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? There’s bound to be an activity or a restaurant you want to try, but you just want some other people to experience it with you. So invite your fellow Mensans. Find out how by visiting our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the October ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

  • Chicon 8: The 80th World Science Fiction Convention held today through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago located at 151 E. Waker Dr. in Chicago. For all the details, visit their website.
    Public Event!!

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RSVPs - Always contact the CAM event host as specified in the event details — e-mail , phone , or Meetup .


Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the August calendar.

Facebook - The following CAM area- and youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):


Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the August calendar.

Facebook - The following CAM area- and youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):

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