The organizers of the events listed on this calendar have expressed willingness for members elsewhere in the world to join in. Please don’t give them a bigger crowd than they can handle, and do be careful about time zones. The displayed time zone is GMT! If you add them to your own calendar, the time zone should convert to your specified time zone.

To have your virtual event added to this calendar, contact Matt C., the CAM International Calendar contact.

There may be other virtual events, as well as in-person events, which may be of interest to CAM members, hosted by various local groups listed on the American Mensa Calendar of Events.

1/ Mon­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the December ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by checking out our guide to hosting events.

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

2/ Tues­day

  • Downtown Lunch: Virtual 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch is held every week, alternating between Tuesday and Thursday. We’d love to have you join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. The Zoom access info is included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information.
    Virtual Event!!

4/ Thurs­day

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  • Conversation with London Mensans 9 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BST. I [Carey] participated previously, along with a few other CAM members, and had a very nice chat with some of our “siblings” in the London area. RSVP to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!
    Time Change Due to Daylight Saving Time Differences!!

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Topic: Chaos & Money! Join us as we discuss the new reality. No, you probably can’t buy happiness, but money certainly may help! Visit Meetup for the full write-up and for links to videos and some articles on this topic. The Zoom access info can be found on Meetup or can be found as part of host Mike B.’s contact info.
    Virtual Event!!

7/ Sun­day

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    Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM. Remember to reset your clocks back and sleep a bit longer.

10/ Wednes­day

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  • New & “Sea­soned” Members 6:30 PM. We invite you to meet new members & socialize over conversation! Join us in another fun & open hour-long general discussion with other Mensans! Listen, learn, and share your insights as we welcome our newer members! All opinions are welcome. Join us on Zoom or call in using the info available as part of host Michael B.’s contact info. Join us!
    Cancelled!!

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. Is your backyard a boreal forest? Then you should have dinner with us. Join us at Jimmy’s Charhouse, in Libertyville for wood-roasted steaks, chops, ribs, and exceptional burgers and sandwiches. Lo­cated at 1413 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville. Please RSVP (Meetup preferred) to Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

11/ Thurs­day

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    Veteran’s Day

12/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner Noon. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the Thunder Bay Grille lo­cated at 7652 Potawatomi Trail in Rockford (NE corner of State St. and Bell School Rd., in front of the Holiday Inn, across the road from Ruby Tuesday’s). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. RSVP required in case of cancellation or restaurant change. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.
    Time Change!!
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion Rescheduled. Our poetry group is using Zoom — now with closed captions — for meetings. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can contact Joe D. , and he will e-mail the poems to be discussed. Contact Roy L. for the Zoom link or any help you might need. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Event Rescheduled for Next Friday!!

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: 7:30 PM. November's mixology will include absinthe and who knows what else? Mister Tootsie will walk us through three different cocktails and then we’ll all hang out and socialize for as long as we want to. Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment as well as the Zoom info by e-mail prior to the event. Make this your month to join in! This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $10 for up to 2 people per Zoom login. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. One person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. If space permits, the event is now open to non-CAM members (unsubsidized @$20/login). To RSVPs and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Windycon 47: Urban Fantastic 3 PM through Sunday. Windycon is Chicagoland’s oldest science fiction convention. It will be held in Lombard. For all the details, visit their website.
    Public Event!!

14/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies TBA. We will discuss Walking Shadow, by Clifford Royal Johns, which uses self-inflicted memory loss as a driving plot device. “Benny tries to ignore the payment-overdue messages he keeps getting from "Forget What?," a memory removal company. Benny’s a slacker, after all, and couldn’t pay them even if he wanted to. Then people start trying to kill him, and his life suddenly depends on finding out what memories he has forgotten. Benny relies on his wits, latent skills, and new friends as he investigates his own past; delving deeper and deeper into the underworld of criminals, bad cops, and shady news organizations, all with their own reasons for wanting him to remain ignorant or die. Walking Shadow is a future-noir science fiction mystery novel with action, humor, suspense, smart dialogue, and a driving first person narrative.” See Steve’s ar­ticle in our October ChiMe. The discussion will take place during Windycon. Exact time, day, and room location TBA. COVID version D may force rescheduling to Zoom. To RSVP , or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. The number of in-person attendees is limited, so you must RSVP. If held via Zoom, the link will be provided in response to the RSVP. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.
    Venue/Schedule Change!!
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

16/ Tues­day

17/ Wednes­day

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  • Dinner in in the North­west Suburbs: American in Schaumburg 6 PM. Join us at the Stonewood Ale House , lo­cated at 601 Mall Dr. in Schaumburg. Menu includes wood-grilled specialties such as burgers, BBQ ribs, steaks, chicken, seafood, pasta, salads, wings, and sandwiches as well as a variety of classic comfort meals including pot roast, fish & chips and meat loaf.

    This is a a GOBS-subsidized event where ½ the total cost (including tax plus a 20% tip, rounded up to the nearest dollar) of a CAM member’s, and up to one guest’s, dinner will be covered for up to $25/person. A refund­able deposit of $25/person is required to reserve your spot. For dinners exceeding $50, the additional amount must be given to Ken, the event host, immediately after the bill is presented. For meals costing less than $50, the deposit amount re­fund­ed will be $25 minus ½ the total cost rounded down to the nearest dollar. See more details on Meetup. RSVP (Meetuppreferred) at least 24 hours in advance and submit your PayPal payment using Ken L.’s e‑mail address. Everyone will be notified of either their confirmed seat (based on received deposit order) or their position on a waiting list. Deposits will be re­funded for cancellations prior to the dinner.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

18/ Thurs­day

  • Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) 10 AM through 6 PM every day except on Sunday ending at 5 PM. It will be vitual held on the People of Play (POP) platform. In addition to the ability to preview the many new toys and games exhibited, they feature a Young Inventor Challenge. For all the details, visit their website. You may be able to get a discount on tickets via Groupon or LivingSocial.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!
    Virtual Public Event!!

19/ Fri­day

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is using Zoom — now with closed captions — for meetings. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can contact Joe D. , and he will e-mail the poems to be discussed. Contact Roy L. for the Zoom link or any help you might need. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!
    Event Schedule Change!!

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    Eclipse of the Moon 3:02 AM.
    Observe an almost total eclipse of the moon between 1:18 AM and 4:47 AM.

20/ Satur­day

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  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approx­i­mate vicinity of 107th 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. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 1 PM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and civilized Un-PC conversation. No forbidden questions, no unchallengeable answers. This lunch happens on the third Saturday every month, but the location changes and can’t always be determined in time to make the ChiMe schedule. If you’re curious about the location and the COVID restrictions at this month’s meeting place, e-mail Jim Z. the event coör­di­na­tor. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

23/ Tues­day

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    Fibonacci Day honors Leonardo Bonacci.
    Today’s date represents first 4 numbers in the sequence (1 1 2 3 5 8…).

25/ Thurs­day

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    Thanksgiving Day

  • Virtual Downtown Lunch Cancelled. Happy Thanksgiving Day!
    Holiday Hiatus!!

28/ Sun­day

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    Hanukkah starts this evening.

30/ Tues­day

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  • Break­fast in Mount Pros­pect 10 AM. Breakfast or lunch and conversation at Jelly Café lo­cated at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mount Pros­pect (northwest corner of Golf Rd. and Busse Hwy.), featuring a large and diverse menu. Dining might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail by 10 AM Monday, November 29th. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!


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1 December/ Wednes­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the January 2022 ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by visiting our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the January 2022 ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

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