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Activities Bulletin
December 2019


If you’ve joined Chicago Mensa Meetup, also check out the December Calendar, which may have additional events posted that are not in the December ChiMe. (And if you haven’t, please consider signing up for this great tool — an active Mensa number will be requested to verify your Mensa membership before you can be added to our CAM Meetup group.) Meetup will have the same RSVP contact information that is on our website and in ChiMe. On Meetup, even though events may have an RSVP option, a few CAM event coördinators are not members of Meetup. You may RSVP there to let other CAM Meetup members know you are attending, to easily add the event info to your calendar, and to set up notifications for the events, but you should always contact the CAM event coördinator as specified.

In addition to the events listed below (which includes all those listed in ChiMe and usually all those listed on Meetup), some area groups and the youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook group where they may publish events and details of events which are not included on our website. Contact South Suburban Coördinator Jeudi or Southwest Area Group (SwAG) Coördinators Kevin and Steve for information on how to join their respective Facebook group. Contact Gifted Youth Coördinators Stacey/Stephen or the Teen Coördinator to join their Facebook groups.

1 /Sunday

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Advertising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the January 2020 ChiMe.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the January 2020 ChiMe. Please submit original articles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

3 /Tuesday

  • Mensa Testing 6 PM. Location just west of State & Ontario St. in Chicago. You must preregister and prepay — very limited seating. 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. Mensa members, forward your AML Mensa September e‑mail with our local group Mensa Voucher Program (MVP) Code (“WindyCity19”) now to any interested non-members so they can preregister and take a future test, or submit qualifying prior evidence, for free. Recipients of the MVP code, you have until the end of this month to use the MVP code. Want to know more? Visit the American Mensa website.
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

5 /Thursday

  • Southeast Side Mensa Social (SEMinalS) 7 PM. Mensa dinner at Cocula South Chicago located at 8847 S. Commercial Ave. in Chicago. We will probably be in the back room near the windows nearest Commercial Ave. I [Carol] will try to display a flag of some kind. To RSVP or for more information, contact Carol (her contact information can also be found in the December ChiMe). RSVP recommended as event may be cancelled without notice. This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.

RSVP for SwAG Session held on Saturday, December 14th no later than Saturday, December 7th. Use Facebook to RSVP.

Our next Monthly Gathering is on January 25th.
AGOG and the January Monthly Gathering will be held at the
Westin North Shore Hotel,
601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090

The locations of the MGs vary.

7 /Saturday

  • American Mensa Board of Directors (AMC) Meeting 9 AM at the Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove, located at 121 NW Point Blvd. in Elk Grove Village. To encourage members to see our national leadership in action, the regular quarterly meeting of American Mensa’s Board of Directors (AMC) is being held in Elk Grove Village — not far from O’Hare airport. Members are encouraged to attend and observe the proceedings. For those wishing to briefly address the Board, opportunities for member comments will be made available at the beginning and end of the meeting. Expect to be on your own for meals. Since Elk Grove Village is a short drive away from the Monthly Gathering in Rolling Meadows, members can easily attend both events the same day.

    The December AMC meeting agenda will be available mid-November. See the article in our December ChiMe. RSVPs via e-mail to Jon G., are requested but not required. We hope to see you there!

  • Poetry Discussion 1 PM. Mark L. has arranged a meeting room for us in the Wilmette Library. He will select about half the poems, accept selections from the rest of us, and compile the selections. You can e-mail him your selections. Call him for a copy of the poems and directions to the library (1242 Wilmette Ave. in Wilmette, a little east of Green Bay Road). The library charges $20 for the room and having snacks there, so we need attendees to pay $2 to Mark and bring a snack to share. Contact Joe D., the SIG coördinator for general information about this SIG. This event is usually held on the second Friday of the month.
    Schedule Change!!

  • Monthly Gathering
    Our December Monthly Gathering will be held at the Rolling Meadows Community Center
    3705 Pheasant Drive in Rolling Meadows.
    We will have games and hospitality in their spacious auditorium, with overflow space in the lobby. The speaker event will be in the Card Room. There will also be a Parents-Kids Play Room available. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. There will be a parent-child play room available. 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. Members, RSVP via Meetup to let your friends know you’re going to be there.

    Test: 4 PM.
    Business Meeting: 5 PM.
    Game room opens: 6 PM.
    Nominations for local officers: 7:15 PM.
    Program: 7:30 PM.
    Party: 8:30 PM - Midnight.

    Forward your Mensa Voucher Program (MVP) code (“WindyCity19”), that AML e‑mailed you, to non-members, who may, at no cost, either submit prior evidence before the end of December, 2019, or preregister for a any of the supervised tests before the end of December, 2019.
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    Get involved! Chicago Mensa needs you. 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. Or consider watching the children at the MG for a fee. You can also view the job descriptions and the required qualifications. Or 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.

    Program Topic: Chicago Holiday Traditions — Old and New
    “Topics covered include the municipal Christmas tree, the Christmas Tree schooner, caroling at Cloud Gate, downtown ice skating past and present, the wreathing of the Art Institute lions, Chicago’s Holiday Train, State Street traditions, Marshall Field memories, and the Christkindlmarket.”
    For all the details, see the article in the December ChiMe.

8 /Sunday

  • Ethnic Dining: Japanese-Thai-Chinese 6 PM. Join us at Jin 28 located at 1255 N. Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Anybody not wanting to order the “unlimited served sushi plus” can get together for a family-style meal from the extensive Chinese-Japanese-Thai menu. Last time, even the non-sushi people got the “unlimited sushi” because of the other items included: salad, appetizers, and soups. Only the fish is raw whereas the crab, shrimp, eel, and octopus are cooked. Salmon sushi is a bit like eating lox, the fish roe sushi is similar to caviar, and there are a few vegetarian sushi choices. More details in the December ChiMe or on

    One non-Mensan guest may accompany each member at the GOBS-subsidized cost of $20, but additional guests will be charged the full price of $40. Reservations are required and attendance is limited. RSVP by noon Friday, December 6th. Contact Carey S. directly and include 1) your full name, 2) the names of any guests, and 3) the guest’s Mensa membership status. If you don’t receive a confirmation e‑mail, try again. If you need to cancel, let Carey know ASAP since your fellow Mensans may be waitlisted and would love your spot. Please try to avoid cancelling in the last 24 hours, but if you must, contact Carey by mobile phone, which you must also use if you are lost or will be late. If possible, text first, then call, as he may not hear it ring. For Ethnic Dining notifications, updates, and all the details, join the Mensa Connect Ethnic Dining Group.

11 /Wednesday

RSVP for Northern Exposure Dinner no later than 10 AM. You may RSVP via Meetup.

  • Northern Exposure Dinner 6:50 PM. Join us for dinner at The Tavern, a fabulous destination restaurant, located at 519 North Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville. Although decidedly high end, The Tavern has an affordable assortment of dining choices under $20 including chicken, pasta, salads, and stupendous sliders (a trio of small hamburgers). Please RSVP (no later than 10 AM) to our North Suburban Coördinator Mike B., so he can reserve a big enough table; also let him know if you need to cancel, even if it’s last minute (by texting), so the restaurant can change the seating and doesn’t wait until everyone shows up to take orders. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

  • A Gathering of Gamers (AGOG) - Preregistration Rate Increase Alert! Join us for a relaxing weekend of games and hospitality on January 24th – 26th. Sunday, December 15th (less than a week from today) is the last day you can preregister for AGOG and qualify for the best AGOG discount. By preregistering, you may pay with PayPal, and, once you get to AGOG, you won’t have the hassle of filling out forms at registration plus you’ll get a pre-printed badge. So instead of wasting time at registration, you can start playing! Also, if you’re paying by check, it must be received by the deadline, else the best discount will not be honored.

12 /Thursday

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinators are not members.

RSVP for Rainbow SIG Dinner held on Sunday, December 15th no later than Friday, December 13th.

13 /Friday

14 /Saturday

RSVP for West Suburban Sundays held on Sunday, December 15th no later than 2 PM on Saturday, December 14th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

  • Games and Conversation 3 PM. Games at the WeissWard Home for Wayward Mensans, on Broker Rd. in Bloomingdale. We have a wide variety of card and board games. There will be a new puzzle to do! Perhaps a game of euchre or Double Deck Cancellation Hearts will break out. Bring a snack to share and your beverage of choice. We'll have a taco bar for dinner about 6 or 7. Call if you need a ride from the Medinah train station. For more information or to RSVP, contact Beth. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

  • SwAG Session 4 PM. Join the Southwest Area Group for its monthly, laid-back time together with food and talk of any imaginable topic. We meet at Kevin’s home (aka SwAG HQ) on Windstone Dr. in Plainfield. RSVP by one week prior (Saturday, December 7th) is required. Please see the Southwest Area Group Facebook page to RSVP and for information about this and other SwAG events; contact the Southwest Area Coördinators to find out how to join (Kevin’s contact information is also on our website). We’ve been meeting on the second Saturday of most months. Hope to see you there!

  • RSVP for Chinese on Saturdays no later than 2 PM. You may RSVP via Meetup.

    Chinese on Saturdays 6 PM. We meet at Lao Sze Chuan House, 1331 Ogden Ave. in Downers Grove. Come for good food, good conversation, and occasionally some slightly warped humor. Please RSVP by 2 PM via e‑mail, Meetup, or phone. For those using the phone or whose Meetup messaging is blocked, provide a way you can be contacted about any last-minute changes to the event. For e-mail or phone RSVPs, Walt L.’s contact information can be found on our website or in the December ChiMe. This event recurs on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

  • Best Geminids Meteor Shower Viewing peaking on the night of the 14th through the morning of the 15th. For more information, see the NASA website or see the viewing tips at space.com.
    Public Event!!

15 /Sunday

  • West Suburban Sundays Noon. Join us for Sunday lunch in the southwest suburbs at the Steven’s Family Restaurant at 2393 63rd St. in Woodridge. The restaurant has a large variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items, reasonably priced. Please call John or Betty N. or e-mail John N., the West Suburban Coördinators, by 2 PM on Saturday, December 14th and let them know if you are coming. Their contact information is also in the December ChiMe. You may also RSVP via Meetup. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.

  • A Gathering of Gamers (AGOG) - Preregistration Rate Increase Alert! Join us for a relaxing weekend of games and hospitality on January 24th – 26th. Today is the last day you can preregister for AGOG and qualify for the best AGOG discount. You can, however, still preregister and qualify for a discount through Wednesday, January 15th. By preregistering, you may pay with PayPal, and, once you get to AGOG, you won’t have the hassle of filling out forms at registration plus you’ll get a pre-printed badge. So instead of wasting time at registration, you can start playing! Also, if you’re paying by check, it must be received today, else the best discount will not be honored.

17 /Tuesday

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinators are not members.

  • Near West-Southwest (WSW) Mensans Dinner 6:30 PM. For the last month of this event, we enjoy dining at Skadarliya, 9237 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield. Spouses, dates, and significant others are also welcome. Reservations are appreciated. Please contact Jay V., so he can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. You may also RSVP via Meetup.
    Last Occurrence of This Event!!

21 /Saturday

  • winter sky
    Winter Solstice
  • Conservatives Lunch 11:30 AM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and “secret planning” at The Patio, 2780 S. Highland Ave. in Lombard. The Patio is on the NW corner of Butterfield and Highland, but you can enter only from Highland. Look for a table with a red Meetup sign. RSVPs appreciated. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend. For more info, contact Jim Z. the event coördinator. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approximate vicinity of 103rd 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. Usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

  • South Bend Mensa Dinner 6 PM. Contact Gary L., the South Bend Area Coördinator of Fort Wayne, Indiana Mensa, for location information. His contact information is available here on our website or in the December ChiMe. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since Gary is not a member.

  • Best Ursids Meteor Shower Viewing tonight through Sunday morning, or see the viewing tips at timeanddate.com.
    Public Event!!

22 /Sunday

  • chanukkah candles
    Hanukkah starts this evening.

23 /Monday

  • Festivus Day

RSVP for Luncheon on Dec. 25th held on Wednesday, December 25th no later than 11:30 AM on Tuesday, December 24th. You must RSVP via Meetup.

24 /Tuesday

25 /Wednesday

  • toys
    Christmas Day
    Have a merry holiday.
  • Luncheon on December 25th 11:30 AM. As was done the last few years, we are meeting at the Bakers Square at 1319 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park for an informal get-together. In addition to the varied and tasty food, this low-key get-together should appeal to those Mensans either who are new to the Chicago area or who just want some stimulating conversation before going on to other activities. Cash only. RSVP by 11:30 AM on Tuesday, December 24th, but earlier is advised given the number of attendees is limited. You will get a response confirming whether you have a spot provided you have enabled Meetup messages; if you cannot receive Meetup messages, you will not be able to enjoy this luncheon.
    Learn more & RSVP @ Chicago Mensa Meetup.
    Meetup Event not in ChiMe!!

26 /Thursday

  • Boxing Day

RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinators are not members.

31 /Tuesday

  • Downtown Lunch Cancelled. Happy New Year!
    Cancelled Due to Holiday!!

  • party hats
    Happy New Year's Eve
  • Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon Dinner Cancelled. Happy New Year’s Eve! The group will be on hiatus until May. For more information or to get on our e‑mail list, please send a message to Dave L. our Rockford Area Coördinator. This event is usually scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month from May through October.
    Event on Hiatus!!

2020 ag
  • Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert! Today is the last day to register before the rates increase. See the AML 2020 AG website for details about the “Nerd Camp” AG held Wednesday, July 1st through Sunday, July 5th in Kansas City, Missouri. Online registration ends on Friday, June 12th. Missouri loves company, after all! And register now for the Colloquium presented on Tuesday, June 30th, where the topic is “Advances in Food Science.”


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1 January /Wednesday

Happy New Year
  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Advertising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the February 2020 ChiMe.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the February 2020 ChiMe. Please submit original articles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

  • New Year Day Luncheon 11:30 AM. January 1st is the day after the big celebrations, and this luncheon will probably be a quieter experience. Join us at the Bakers Square at 1319 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park for an informal get-together. In addition to the varied and tasty food, this low-key get-together should appeal to those Mensans either who are new to the Chicago area or who just want some stimulating conversation before going on to other activities. Cash only. RSVP by 11:30 AM on Tuesday, December 31st, but earlier is advised given the number of attendees is limited. You will get a response confirming whether you have a spot provided you have enabled Meetup messages; if you cannot receive Meetup messages, you will not be able to enjoy this luncheon.
    Learn more & RSVP @ Chicago Mensa Meetup.
    Meetup Event not in ChiMe!!

  • AGOG Hotel Rate Increase Alert! Friday, January 10th is the last day you can book a hotel room at the AGOG discount rate of $108.

  • A Gathering of Gamers (AGOG) - Preregistration Rate Increase Alert! Join us for a relaxing weekend of games and hospitality on January 24th – 26th. Sunday, December 15th (less than a week from today) is the last day you can preregister for AGOG and qualify for the best AGOG discount. By preregistering, you may pay with PayPal, and, once you get to AGOG, you won’t have the hassle of filling out forms at registration plus you’ll get a pre-printed badge. So instead of wasting time at registration, you can start playing! Also, if you’re paying by check, it must be received by the deadline, else the best discount will not be honored.


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