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Activities Bulletin
October 2019 (Tentative)


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

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

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

3 /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 October ChiMe). RSVP recommended as event may be cancelled without notice. This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.

8 /Tuesday

9 /Wednesday

  • Northern Exposure Dinner 6:50 PM. Join us at Mambo Italiano located at 748 S. Butterfield Road in Mundelein. There are “Italian Restaurants” and then there’s Italian Fine Dining! Lots of chandeliers, lots of red, & white leather chairs, more chandeliers, petite fancy food presentation carts, and more pasta in one place than I’ve seen in my life! 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 /Friday

  • Rockford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-area Mensans for dinner at Giordano’s located at 333 Executive Pkwy. in Rockford (333 N. Mulford; one block north of State St.). To RSVP, for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford Area Coördinator.

  • Poetry Discussion 7:30 PM. Mary G., whose career included many years of medical research, consistently compiles poems that are related in theme, subject, etc.; pleasing to the ear; and stocked with food for thought. Call her for a copy of the poems. The meeting will be comfortably hosted by Frederick Henry, who is filling in for Louise H., on the north side of Chicago. Call or text him for directions or if you have trouble being admitted to the building. Coffee and tea is being provided; please bring a snack to share. There is free parking in the building. Contact Joe D., the SIG coördinator for general information about this SIG. This event is usually held on the second Friday of the month.
    Host Change!!

12 /Saturday

  • 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, October 5th) 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!

  • 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 October ChiMe. This event recurs on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

13 /Sunday

  • Ethnic Dining: Lithuanian 6 PM. The ethnic dining group will visit Grand Dukes for Lithuanian food. The restaurant is located at 980 75th St. in Downers Grove. The GOBS-subsidized cost per person will be $15 for a buffet or family-style dinner with many items to sample; soft drinks and coffee/tea are included in the price. If not subsidized, it will be around $25/person. One guest may accompany each CAM member at the subsidized cost, but additional guests will be charged the full cost per person. Cash is collected from the attendees before the start of the meal. Reservations are required for this event. Please reserve early, as I [Stacey] may have to put people on a waiting list. Reservations will not be accepted after Thursday, October 10th. Please advise if you have dietary restrictions so we can make an effort to accommodate you. Please e-mail Stacey K.. See the article in the ChiMe.

14 /Monday

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    Columbus Day (observed).
    The actual day that Columbus reached land in North America was the 12th.

15 /Tuesday

  • Near West-Southwest (WSW) Mensans Dinner 6:30 PM. This month, we enjoy dining at the McCook Bohemian Restaurant & Lounge, 8300 Joliet Rd. in McCook 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 is usually recurs on the third Tuesday of the month.

17 /Thursday

  • WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Hotel Rate Deadline! Today was the last day you could book a hotel room at the WeeM discount rate of $117 at the Chicago North Shore Westin in Wheeling.

18 /Friday

  • WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Preregistration Deadline Alert! Join the fun at WeeM at the Chicago North Shore Westin in Wheeling starting Thursday, October 29th through Sunday, November 1st. Today was the last day you could preregister for WeeM and qualify for a discount. Also, if you’re paying by check, it must have been received no later than today or any discount for which you qualified at the time of registration will not be honored. Come to WeeM and register at the door if you haven’t preregistered.

  • WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Excursion Registration Deadline Alert! Today was the last day you can register for any of the WeeM excursions: Tour of the Chicago Executive Airport and/or the History Tour at the Grove. Notify the Excursion leader ASAP should you need to cancel so someone on the waitlist can enjoy the tour.

19 /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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Bring a snack to share and your beverage of choice. Beth is making pulled pork for dinner. Call if you need a ride from the Medinah train station. For more information or to RSVP, contact Beth.

  • 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 October ChiMe.

20 /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, October 19th and let them know if you are coming. Their contact information is also in the October ChiMe. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.

22 /Tuesday

23 /Wednesday

  • Cheddar Curtain Area Dinner Cancelled. Please join us for our monthly feast, bringing together Mensans from both sides of the IL/WI 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). This event recurs on the fourth Wednesday of most months.
    Event on Hiatus!!

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    Mole Day
    Avogadro’s Number (6.02 × 1023).

27 /Sunday

29 /Tuesday

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  • 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. For October tests, the fee will be only $30, a 50% discount. Don't delay! 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!!

  • Tasty Tuesday Table Treats 7 PM. We will be dining at Good Tequilas Mexican Grill. The restaurant is located at 1100 S. Elmhurst Rd. in Mount Prospect (strip mall on the west side of Elmhurst Rd., just south of Golf Rd.). 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 only. 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..

30 /Wednesday

  • Happy Hour in Libertyville 4 PM. Join us for Happy Hour at Jimmy’s Charhouse located at 1413 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville. All alcoholic drinks are 50% off. Bar appetizers are $6 (with purchase of any alcoholic beverage), $2 cocktail shrimp. Prices and options are accurate as of the end of August. RSVP e‑mail Ken L..

31 /Thursday

  • WeeM 45 Excursion: Tour of Chicago Executive Airport 10 AM.

    WeeM 45 Excursion: History Tour at The Grove1 PM.

    HalloweeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Starts! WeeM officially starts at 5 PM when you can pick up your registration information (but please come earlier if you want to help out with the setup). You can still register at the door if you didn’t preregister. The Games room opens earlier than registration, usually ~4 PM. Enjoy dinner, our program, tournaments, and more. Donate books and media to the book sale at WeeM. Also, please consider donating an hour or two of your time — it’s the volunteers that make this RG so great. For those arriving early and interested in visiting some local sites — check out Things to Do Nearby. This year, the place where all the Jedi warriors want to be is at WeeM!


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1 November /Friday

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

  • 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 Mensans would love to hear from you. The theme for the month of December is “Personal Mantra.”

  • HalloweeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Continues! all day. It’s Halloween weekend and you want to dress up and go to a party tonight, or you just want to pretend to be someone else for the night. This is a fun opportunity to attend the largest Halloween party by coming to the RG today. See great costumes, participate in the contest (best & worst pun, traditional, best group, best theme-related, etc.), enjoy a delicious meal, imbibe if you like, meet Mensans from all over the world, and dance the night away. It’s the perfect party, so

2 November /Saturday

  • HalloweeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Continues! all day. The program offers something for everyone and there are always games and tournaments. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to be stimulated by everything WeeM has to offer. Evening events include Pretentious Drinking, the Epicurean Experience, dancing and more. Take advantage of the photobooth and the fun props provided. And please consider donating an hour or two of your time especially in hospitality — it’s the volunteers that make this RG so great. Can’t decide where to go for dinner — there are a lot of dining options near the hotel.

3 November /Sunday

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    Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM. Remember to reset your clocks back.
  • HalloweeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Continues! until 4 PM. Join us for the program, games, awards and more. By participating in the fun, sometimes silly, tournament “Amazing Race: WeeM Style” scheduled in the morning, perhaps you can be the star of the show. Attend the CAM Business Meeting, find out which of the volunteers won monetary awards, and check out the program and tournaments. And please consider donating an hour or two of your time to help pack up — it’s the volunteers that make this RG so great. For those interested in visiting some local sites — check out Things to Do Nearby.

  • CAM Board Meeting 10 AM at the Westin North Shore located at 601 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling.

  • Mensa Testing 2 PM at the Westin North Shore located at 601 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. You should preregister. Latecomers 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. For October tests, the fee will be only $30, a 50% discount. Don't delay! Culture Fair exams are available but you must preregister.


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