Video Teleconference Event
The August Monthly Gathering scheduled for August 29th will be a video conference event.
Our Chicago Area Monthly Gatherings are open to the public. So anyone interested in finding out more about Mensa is welcome to attend. The August Monthly Gathering will be held via Zoom featuring breakout rooms; it will not be open to the public. The gatherings are held each month, except for November, at one of four locations. So check this site to ensure you’re heading to the correct venue. Members can also check the latest issue of ChiMe or Chicago Mensa Meetup.
Mensans, if you don’t have Zoom already, here are the Zoom setup instructions. We recommend you sign up at least 30 minutes before the event; it’s free. Also, check out the CAM Zoom FAQ. If you’d like to play games with your fellow Mensans, follow the setup instructions for Board Game Arena a few days before the MG. The CAM Board has purchased some Board Game Arena premium accounts so we can play games with one another online while using audio chat . The initial setup of Board Game Arena is an easy process that just requires a bit of lead time; try to sign up and add the CAM Game Hosts no later than the day before the MG. After completing the setup, try to find time to practice. Or people can play via Zoom in one of the breakout rooms designated for the gamers.
Typical Monthly Gathering
The majority of the people start arriving around 7 PM. Usually, about 60-100 people attend the Monthly Gathering. If you prefer a smaller group, try one of our many restaurant gatherings hosted at various locations throughout the metropolitan area. Check out the latest monthly calendar of events for dates, or, for more information, call the Membership Chair.
Babysitting is no longer available unless we get some volunteers willing to do so or to arrange it. If interested, contact our LocSec . In the meantime, we encourage parents and kids to hang out together in a separate room where the children can play together under their parents’ supervision. Also please contact our Gifted Youth Coördinators , who may be restarting the Gifted Youth MG activity held in conjunction with the regular MG.
There are no fees for Zoom Events.
The December Monthly Gathering will be held at the Rolling Meadows Community Center at 3705 Pheasant Drive in Rolling Meadows. The Community Center is located just east of IL-53, just north of the Algonquin exit and south of the Euclid exit. Use the map on the right for directions.
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 be a Parents-Kids Play Room available. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight — plan accordingly.
Parking is plentiful and free.
Attention, city-dwelling Chicago Area Ms! Until further notice, there will be a taxi service
for our suburban Monthly Gatherings, between the closest Metra station and the meeting
site. For the Rolling Meadows site, we will have a taxi pick you up at the
Arlington Park station
at 6:30 PM
(Union Pacific–Northwest line
— it leaves
Ogilvie Station at 5:40 PM).
A taxi will then leave the Park District building by 10 PM to return you to the Arlington
Park station for the 10:29 PM train, which is the
of the evening. Use of this service must be requested in advance by e‑mailing
Greg three days prior to the MG.
The August Monthly Gathering is being held via videoconference!
Mensans, here are the setup instructions for Zoom and for Board Game Arena . The Zoom id will be provided on the evening of Thursday, August 27th via our website, via a Mensa Connect e-mail in your inbox, and on CAM Facebook. Don't share the id to avoid Zoom bombing by malicious individuals/groups, which will ruin the event. If you don't have Zoom already, we recommend you download Zoom and sign up (we recommend you do not use Facebook) at least 30 minutes before the event; it’s free. If you’re interested in playing online games using Board Game Arena , the initial setup is a simple process that just requires a bit of lead time; please sign up and add the CAM game hosts a day or two before the Monthly Gathering. After the setup, allow time to practice to familiarize yourself with Board Game Arena . For more information about how to participate in our virtual Monthly Gathering, tap/click here.
At 7 PM you can use Zoom to videoconference into the event and try socializing until 7:30 PM, when the speaker presentation will begin. There will be breakout rooms on various topics and people can switch from room to room whenever they like. After the speaker presentation, in addition to socializing in the breakout rooms, the games begin. The Steering Committee has purchased some premium accounts for Board Game Arena so people can play games online with the game event hosts (the ones you added in the setup) while using audio chat . People can also play games via Zoom in the breakout rooms if they like and the game lends itself to this platform. It’ll be an interesting experiment and aren’t you ready to try something fun and new? BYOB and snacks . Drop in any time to see how you like it and provide feedback.
There is no Monthly Gathering in October nor in November. Instead, CAM hosts HalloweeM, the largest Regional Gathering (RG) in the country. It's a wonderful, fun, and informative event that runs Thursday, October 29th through Sunday, November 1st. Expect games, dances, programs, costume parades, and excursions. Our great RG will be held at the Westin-Chicago North Shore Hotel at 601 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. The hotel is located on the east side of Milwaukee and the main entrance is at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Wolf Road (just south of Lake-Cook and north of Dundee Road).
The rooms facing east enjoy a great view of the Forest Preserves. The hotel is located just west of the Des Plaines River and is steps away from the Des Plaines River Trail leading into the Potawatomi Woods Forest Preserve.
There’s plenty of free parking both on the north and the south side of the hotel. The south lot is closer to the meeting rooms.
The hotel offers a shuttle service from the nearby METRA stations . Please call them well in advance to arrange a pickup.
Monthly Gathering Schedule
Video Teleconference Event
Video Teleconference Event
October 29th–November 1st
Westin North Shore Hotel
601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
Rolling Meadows Community Center
3705 Pheasant Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
The test is administered at 4 PM at every Monthly Gathering. Get more information about taking a proctored test to join Mensa including different dates and locations. You must preregister to take advantage of any special offers from American Mensa. Or check out if any of the tests you’ve taken in the past can be used as prior evidence to join.Cancelled for August!!
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