New test location in Chicago!
We're holding test sessions on the north side of the city at North Park University;
see Testing Info for details and date.
Chicago Area Mensa Events
Chicago Area Mensa is also on
Meetup.com is a networking site that allows groups to share photos, plan and advertise events, share information, and a whole lot more!
It’s easy to join the group by going to our Meetup page where you’ll be asked to provide your
membership information and, once verified, you’ll be approved shortly.
And of course we’re on Facebook,
also as a closed group.
Look at the August or September Activities Bulletin to see the many events hosted by Chicago
Area Mensa members.
Although we do not post details of our events in the public section of this
site, all the events are listed. Members 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 email list to get emails 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.
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 here.
Only 86 days until WeeM 4D: Time Travel! Mensans, please register if you haven't already done so. You don't want to miss the terrific program and this incredibly fun experience. October 15th is the last day you can register online and qualify for a discount. Time and space are running out — sign up for one of the Excursions now!
The Big Event
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. Click on the HalloweeM! link to get more information about this annual gathering.
The website reflects the lastest information available. The
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'
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.
Several regular monthly events hosted by members are focused on playing games.
There is also
(A Gathering of Gamers) which is held annually. It
has been so popular, there is talk of having it more often.
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, Fiendish Armchair Treasure Hunt, poker, and other challenges.
Mensa Mind Games®— to be held on April 15-17, 2016 in Wheeling, Illinois (hosted by Chicago Area Mensa) — 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.
Wondering how gaming is affecting you or your children; the 2011 Mensa Colloquium
focused on Electronic Gaming and Its Impact on Society.
One of the two colloquia in 2012 was Social and Video Games: Explore the social
and societal aspects of gaming. And for the Trivia buffs, there’s the annual
Mensa CultureQuest®, this year held on April 26th.
So those who love to play and/or learn have many opportunities
to indulge and be challenged.
Special Interest or Your Own Event?
There are a number of local Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
Some have been active for decades.
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 October or later, and you'd like
to get your event listed in ChiMe, on the calendar, in Meetup, and included in the
Event email list,
please contact the Activities Bulletin Editor.
Refer to the ChiMe Submissions
for details, and, if your event is scheduled in October,
please check the submission deadline for publication in the
(you still have 25 days to submit it).
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
August or September.
You can send out an email to everyone on the
Event email list.
And you can promote your event using
Chicago Mensa Meetup or
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.
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 calendar.
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.
Thanks for being our 9,424th visitor to our Calendar of Events.
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