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Chicago Area Mensa Events
Connect With Us!
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
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 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
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.
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 67 days until HalloweeM 43: Ready for Prime Time!
Join over 500 Mensans here in Chicago for an amazing, family-friendly weekend.
There are lots programs to stimuate your mind, plenty of games and contests to challenge you,
and many opportunitys to have fun, dance, converse and just enjoy yourself.
Many of the pun-tastic costume parade entries will make you laugh (or groan).
Meals, snacks, and beverages are included with the exception of dinner on Saturday.
Click here for all the details.
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 12th is the last day you can register online and qualify for a discount.
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® 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.
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 E‑Mail 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 12 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 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
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 and International Events
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. Many other local groups also have Regional Gatherings (RGs), and American Mensa and other countries
have Annual Gatherings (AGs). A listing of upcoming events can be found on the
American Mensa Events 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 12,841st visitor to our Calendar of Events.
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