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Look at the June or July Activities Bulletin to see the many events hosted by Chicago Area Mensa members. Although we do not post private details of our events in the public section of this site, all the events are listed. Members, however, can access contact information and are encouraged to see ChiMe or Chicago Mensa Meetup for further information. Occasionally an event coördinator misses the deadline for submitting the details to ChiMe, someone will organize an event after the deadline, or changes occur after publication. This website will be updated to reflect the most current information available whenever possible. Then members will be able to get the details via a link that will be provided. Members are also encouraged to sign up for the Event E‑mail List (chi-events) to get e‑mails about upcoming events, including any that did not make it into ChiMe, and to get notified of any special events or last minute changes. All Chicago Mensa events are also posted on Chicago Mensa Meetup. And because it is so easy to organize an impromptu event in Chicago Mensa Meetup, members may decide to post something fun to do and then, in addition to the regularly scheduled events, any member who has joined Meetup will also get notified of the upcoming event.

Our next Monthly Gathering is on July 27th.
The July Monthly Gathering will be held at the
North Park University,
5000 N. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

The locations of the MGs vary.

The most publicly accessible event is our Monthly Gathering. Usually we have a guest lecturer and then people mingle and/or play games while munching on some snacks. Beverages are also provided. The atmosphere is very informal and guests are welcome. If you're interested in joining and just want to meet some Chicago area Mensans, come to one of the Monthly Gathering. If you’ve decided to join, the Mensa test is usually administered before the gathering. For more information about this event, click/tap here.

Only 128 days until HalloweeM 44: May the Fours Be With You!

Mensans, you can now register for HalloweeM 44: May the Fours Be With You! You don't want to miss the terrific program and this incredibly fun experience that runs from Thursday, October 31st through Sunday, November 3rd. The rates increase after July 14th.

The hotel is offering a special $117 WeeM rate through October 10th, subject to availability.

It's Halloween and you want to dress up and go to a party, of course. The stars have aligned this year and this is a fun opportunity to join the largest Halloween party by attending our RG Friday, November 1st. See great costumes, participate in the contest (best & worst pun, traditional, etc), enjoy a delicious meal, imbibe if you like, meet Mensans from all over the country (even some from across the oceans), and dance the night away. It's the perfect party!

HalloweeM is the largest Chicago Area Mensa event. It is also the largest regional gathering (RG) in America with over 500 Mensans and family members in attendance. This spectacular, annual event occurs at the end of October, usually during the last weekend— this year Oct. 31st–Nov. 3rd. Click/Tap on this HalloweeM link to get more information about our fun annual gathering. Our website reflects the lastest information available. The program offers something for everyone including children. Most people who attend become regular attendees because they have so much fun. If you want to be stimulated intellectually, if you like to dance, if you have a costume you'd like to wear, if you like to play games, if you like to learn, or, if you just want to have some fun, you should not miss HalloweeM. Even if you're more of an introvert or don’t feel comfortable meeting new people in a crowd, volunteering will enable you to meet some of the nicest people. And check out the prior years' photographs to get an idea of what to expect.

Love to play games? You're in luck. Many Chicago Mensans share this passion so there are opportunities galore. There are always games at the Monthly Gathering.

Our special annual games event is AGOG (A Gathering of Gamers). It’s been so popular, there is talk of having it more often. Several regular monthly events hosted by members focus on playing games. At HalloweeM, there is a dedicated 24-hour game room with over 250 games; some of the programs also target gamers including Trivia tournaments, logic puzzles, poker, and other challenges.

At the Mensa Mind Games® Mensans have also been able to play games not yet released to the general public and/or to give them the official Mensa seal of approval. And for the Trivia buffs, there’s the annual Mensa CultureQuest®, usually held on the last Sunday in April.

So those who love to play and/or learn have many opportunities to indulge and be challenged.

Sunday, July 14th
11:30 AM to 6 PM

After last year’s success, we have decided to have another summer picnic for Chicago Area Mensa members and their family and friends. This year it’s later in July so people going to the AG in Phoenix can attend. Some members are always looking for more activities. Others have told us that some activities are too costly. This venue, which is centrally located, has been chosen to accommodate as many local Mensans as possible.

Chicago Area Mensa will provide burgers hot dogs, bratwursts, veggie burgers, and many sides, condiments, snacks, drinks, and desserts, as well as plates, napkins, and utensils. The park district permit for the picnic does not allow us to provide alcohol.

The site has a pavilion that will accommodate up to 150 people, so the picnic will be held rain or shine (unless the weather is truly awful). There is a bathroom by the baseball diamond. Bring games and equipment for outdoor activities.

The cost is $7 per adult and $3 per child with the same pricing for members and non-members alike. We would like as many members as possible to register in order to have enough food on hand. We are also discounting the price to $5/adult and $2/child when registering and prepaying via PayPal no later than Sunday, July 7th.

To ensure there’ll be enough food, register no later than Sunday, July 7th using the form on the Picnic registration page. Save money by paying in advance.

There are a number of local Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Some have been active for decades. National also has over 100 SIGs. However, if none of these spark your interest, members are free to start new SIGs as desired or to organize Mensa events reflecting their own interests.

Members, if you are planning an event in August or later, and you'd like to get your event listed in ChiMe, on the calendar, in Meetup, and included in the Event E‑Mail List, please contact the Activities Bulletin Editor. Refer to the ChiMe Submissions for details, and, if your event is scheduled in August, please check the submission deadline for publication in the August ChiMe (you must submit it by this Monday). Any event in ChiMe will appear on Chicago Mensa Meetup. Missed the ChiMe deadline for your event? It's not too late to advertise an upcoming event for June or July. You can send out an e‑mail to everyone on the Event E‑Mail List. And you can promote your event using Chicago Mensa Meetup. If you use Facebook, please notify the Activities Bulletin Editor so that all members know. So whether it’s an impromptu event, something that’s just come to your attention you think Mensans would enjoy, or you’re just a procrastinator, you can still get the word out to try to get a group of your fellow Mensans together for a last minute event.

  • National SIGs: In addition to the Chicago Area Mensa events, there are national SIGs that also organize events, outings, and trips. These are listed on the American Mensa SIGs.
  • RGs: Many other Local Groups also have Regional Gatherings (RGs). A calendar of the upcoming RGs hosted by various Local Groups is shown on the American Mensa Events Calendar after they’ve submitted their information.
  • International Mensa also has SIGs and Annual Gatherings hosted by countries all over the world, all of which can be found on their website.

More Information?

If you'd like more information about our events or our organization, contact the Membership Chair. If you've decided to join and need to get tested, please refer to the test page for dates, locations and contacts.

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