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Activities Bulletin
July 2019


If you’ve joined Chicago Mensa Meetup, also check out the Calendar, which may have additional events posted that are not in the July 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 /Monday

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

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

2 /Tuesday

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  • Mensa Foundation Colloquium 2019 “Privacy in the 21st Century: Mystery or Myth?” in Phoenix, Arizona. See the AML 2019 AG website for details about this event held the day before the AG starts.

3 /Wednesday

  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Mensa Rising” in Phoenix, Arizona. See the AML 2019 AG website for details about the AG held Wednesday, July 3rdthrough Sunday, July 7th.

4 /Thursday

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    Independence Day
  • 4th of July Luncheon 11:30 AM. This luncheon is for Mensans who are not interested in the traditional outdoor events of summer holidays or who wish to supplement them with some good conversation along with varied and tasty food. Join us at the Bakers Square at 1319 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park for an informal get together. RSVP via Meetup no later than 11:30 AM on Wednesday, July 3rd but earlier is advised given the number of attendees is limited. For those whose Meetup messaging is blocked, provide a way you can be contacted to get a confirmation.
    Learn more & RSVP @ Chicago Mensa Meetup.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • Southeast Side Mensa Social (SEMinalS) Cancelled. 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 will try to display a flag of some kind. For more information, contact Carol (her contact information can also be found in the July ChiMe). This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.
    Event Cancelled Due to Holiday!!

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Mensa Rising” in Phoenix, Arizona. See the AML 2019 AG website for details about the AG held today through Sunday, July 7th.

5 /Friday

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Mensa Rising” in Phoenix, Arizona. See the AML 2019 AG website for details about the AG held today through Sunday, July 7th.

6 /Saturday

  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Mensa Rising” in Phoenix, Arizona. See the AML 2019 AG website for details about the AG held today through Sunday, July 7th.

7 /Sunday

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Mensa Rising” in Phoenix, Arizona. See the AML 2019 AG website for details about the AG held through today.

10 /Wednesday

  • Northern Exposure Dinner 6:50 PM. Join us at Maggiano’s Restaurant located 305 Hawthorn Center in Vernon Hills. 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.

11 /Thursday

  • Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at a location TBA (Petro’s Restaurant is temporarily closed due to a fire). For location information and reservations, contact event coördinators Gene or Sue E. before 11 AM.

12 /Friday

  • Rockford Mensa Dinner
    See Saturday, July 27th!!

  • Poetry Discussion 7:30 PM. Contact Joe D., the SIG coördinator, for the contact information of the person selecting and providing copies of the poems and of the host, or for general information. This event is usually held on the second Friday of the month.

13 /Saturday

  • Rainbow SIG Potluck 3 PM. Cat S. is hosting a Potluck in her home in Stickney. While noshing on delicious foods you contribute to the feast, Cat will share some of the current research findings on intentionality, the Stages of Change, and heartening ideas from Planned Behavior Change. We will find we’re not alone in the cycles of trying and failing to change. Let’s share what we’re trying to change and the strategies we’ve tried; perhaps one might work for you! But at the very least, we will all learn we’re not alone! Please bring a heavy appetizer to share (platter of sushi, meatballs, mini sandwiches, cheese and sausage, guacamole and chips, etc.). Have a favorite beverage? Please bring enough for your own enjoyment. Cat will provide salads and chips, soft drinks and water. Shy feline on premises. Details in the July ChiMe. Please contact Cat S. to RSVP. Plentiful parking right across the street or in school yard. To find out more about this SIG, contact Jim, the SIG coördinator.

  • 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, July 6th) is required. Kevin’s contact information is on our website. Please see the Southwest Area Group Facebook page for information about this and other SwAG events; contact the Southwest Area Coördinators to find out how to join. We’ve been meeting on the second Saturday of the month. Hope to see you there!

14 /Sunday

  • Futures & Fantasies 2:15 PM. F&F will discuss Akata Witch, by rising star Nnedi Okorafor. The discussion will take place in Conference Room G on the 3rd floor of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street in Oak Park. Water, soda and light snacks acceptable. To RSVP or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd–numbered months.

  • Bastille Day
    Bastille Day
  • WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Rate Increase Alert! Join the fun at WeeM at the Chicago North Shore Westin in Wheeling starting Thursday, October 31st through Sunday, November 3rd. Today was the last day you could preregister for WeeM and qualify for a great discount before the next rate increase. You can still preregister and qualify for a discount provided you register by Friday, October 18th. Preregistering means you won’t have to fill out any forms at registration, you’ll get a pre-printed badge, and you can pay via PayPal. And best of all, it’ll be much quicker to get your registration packet when you arrive. Also, if you’re paying by check, it must have been received no later than today or you will need to remit a check for the increased rate. The Excursion sign-up deadline is Friday, October 25th. You must be preregistered to sign up for an excursion.

16 /Tuesday

  • Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at the Exchequer Pub at 226 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago. To verify the location, or reservations, or more information, contact event coördinators Gene or Sue E. before 11 AM.

  • Near West-Southwest (WSW) Mensans Dinner 6:30 PM. This month, we enjoy dining at D. Thai, 7221 Ogden Ave. in Lyons (just west of Harlem). Spouses, dates, and significant others are also welcome. Reservations are appreciated. Please contact Jay V. so he can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. This event usually recurs on the third Tuesday of the month.

20 /Saturday

  • 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 our reserved section in the northeast corner of the restaurant. RSVPs appreciated. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend. For more info, contact Jim Z. the event coördinator.

  • 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.

  • 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 July ChiMe.
    Schedule Change to 2nd Saturday of Month Starting in August!!

  • 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 July ChiMe.

21 /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 contact us no later than 2 PM Saturday to let us know if you are coming. Call John or Betty N. or e-mail John N., the West Suburban Coördinators. Their contact information is also in the July ChiMe. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.

  • Ethnic Dining: Mexican/Oaxacan 6 PM. Join us for dinner at La Donita, located at 598 Potter Rd. in Des Plaines featuring sizzling pots, one of the best chocolate moles, and multiple salsas. One non-Mensan guest may accompany each member at the GOBS-subsidized price of $20, but additional guests will be charged the full cost of $40. Cash only payable upon arrival. Reservations are requested no later than noon Friday, July 19th; attendance is limited. 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 may also use if you are lost or will be late. If possible, text first, then call, as he may not hear it ring. See article in the July ChiMe. For Ethnic Dining notifications, updates, and all the details, sign up for the Ethnic Dining E‑Mails.

24 /Wednesday

  • 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.
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

  • Cheddar Curtain Area Dinner 7 PM. Please join us for our monthly feast, bringing together Mensans from both sides of the Illinois/Wisconsin state line. This month, we’ll meet at Kenosha’s Tuscany Bistro, located at 7410 118th Ave. in Kenosha (just off Exit 344/US-50 on I-94, kitty-corner from Woodman’s grocery store). Please RSVP via e‑mail by 10 AM the morning of the dinner so I [Janice] can reserve us a big enough table. This event recurs on the fourth Wednesday.

25 /Thursday

  • Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at the Exchequer Pub at 226 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago. To verify the location, or reservations, or more information, contact event coördinators Gene or Sue E. before 11 AM.

  • Coffee Shop Conversation 6 PM. Join us for a conversation about Religion/Human Nature/Altruism. This event takes place at the Hansa Coffee Roasters located at 755 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville. Typically about 20 attend from various organizations including Mensa and the “Libertyville Intelligent Conversation” Meetup group. RSVP to our North Suburban Coördinator Michael B. or on .

26 /Friday

  • Happy Hour in Mundelein 4 PM. Come celebrate Happy Hour from 4 to 6 PM in the Karma Pub in the Doubletree Hotel, 510 E. IL Route 83 in Mundelein (near the northwest corner of the intersection of IL 83 and US 45, most easily accessible from 83 northwest of that intersection). Happy Hour Specials: draft beer $3, certain house wines $4, Martini $5, burgers $1 (most condiments extra), Chicago style hot dogs $2, street tacos $1.50, and nachos $4. These prices are accurate as of 5/31/19, but might change. RSVP to Ken L..

Our next Monthly Gathering is on September 21st.
The September Monthly Gathering will be held at the
Benedictine University,
5700 College Rd., Lisle, IL 60532

The locations of the MGs vary.

27 /Saturday

  • Rockford Mensa Pool Party 3 PM. Bring your own drinks and appetizer/dessert/dish to pass around to Ted K.’s. We’ll order out for pizza or something. Guests and family (children and grandchildren) welcome! For directions, more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave the Rockford Area Coördinator. Rain date is Sunday, July 28th at 3 PM.
    Schedule Change!!

  • Monthly Gathering
    Our July Monthly Gathering will be held at on a date TBD at North Park University
    5000 N. Spaulding Avenue in Chicago.
    The gathering will be held in the Magnuson Campus Center (Building 16) which is behind (west of) the building (Burgh Hall) on Spaulding. Our Main room will be Magnuson 3 & 4, Hospitality is in Magnuson 5, and the test and presentation are both on the third floor in Magnuson 310. Campus security will not ticket any of us who are parked in student parking. The Monthly Gathering directions section has more detailed information about parking and transit as well as a link to the map of the campus. 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.

    Test: 4 PM.
    Business Meeting: 5 PM.
    Game room opens: 6 PM.
    Program: 7:30 PM.
    Party: 8:30 PM - Midnight.

    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.

    MG Date/Location is Tenative!!

    Program Topic: The True Story of the Unsinkable Molly Brown: the Heroine of the Titanic
    “Hear the story of the life and times of the adventurous and daring ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown.’ The ‘unsinkable’ part is true, for after the sinking of the Titanic in April of 1912, Margaret Brown (her real name) was interviewed and asked how she survived the sinking on the ship. She responded, ‘Typical Brown luck. We’re unsinkable.’ Discover her fighting spirit in helping other survivors who lost everything when the Titanic sank. Historical photographs and newspapers will be shared. ”
    See the full write-up in our July ChiMe.

28 /Sunday

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  • Odd Adventures: Chicago River Cruise 12:15 PM. Odd Adventures are new regular outings planned for the odd numbered months, starting this month. Our first one is a Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, which departs promptly at 1 PM from the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr. in Chicago. Arrive no later than 12:15 PM (look for the blue awning); boarding starts at 12:45 PM and once Beth W. has boarded, you will not be able to get your ticket. The group cost for the cruise is $40 per person (as long as we have at least 20 people). We have a GOBS subsidy for $20 (CAM members and up to one non-member guest), for up to 30 people. RSVPs will be via e-mail to Beth W. prior to 1 PM Friday, July 12th. Cost of $20 must be paid by the RSVP deadline directly to Beth via PayPal or similar method. Exact details of where we’re meeting will be sent to attendees prior to the river cruise. For more information, contact Beth. I hope you can come adventuring with us!

30 /Tuesday

  • Breakfast in Mt. Prospect 10 AM. Breakfast and conversation at Jelly Café located at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mt. Prospect. Diverse breakfast menu includes eggs, benedicts, omelettes, scramblers, skillets, french toast, pancakes, crepes, breakfast sandwiches, waffles, oatmeal, etc. Conversation includes … who knows? Weather permitting, we may be eating outdoors. Attendance is limited. RSVP no later than 24 hours before the event. RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. This event will usually recur on the last Tuesday of the month.

  • Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon Dinner 6 PM. The group will meet for dinner at group will meet for dinner at a venue TBA. To RSVP, 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.

  • Tasty Tuesday Table Treats 7 PM. This month we dine at Tony Spavone’s Ristorante. The restaurant is in a free-standing building at 266 West Lake St. in Bloomingdale (south side of Lake St., east of Springfield Dr., about 1.2 miles west of the Bloomingdale and Roselle Rd. intersection). Order whatever you wish; the GOBS Trust subsidy will be ½ of your total (food, drink, tax, and tip) up to $30 (maximum subsidy is $15). You are responsible for the balance, payable in cash. I [Ken] will collect a $15 cash deposit per person prior to dinner. After dinner, the totals will be calculated, and you will either receive a refund or pay any overage. This event is open to Chicago Area Mensa members and one non-member guest and is limited to 10 people. I have the official list of attendees and will notify you if your reservation is confirmed or whether you are on a waiting list. RSVP to Ken L..


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1 August /Thursday

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

  • 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 Mensans would love to hear from you.

  • 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 will try to display a flag of some kind. For more information, contact Carol (her contact information can also be found in the July ChiMe). This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.


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