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/ Fri­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the November 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 November ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

3/ Sun­day

  • 50th Chicago Annual Pride Parade Cancelled. The parade has been cancelled this year as people continue social distancing.
    Cancelled Again!!

5/ Tues­day

  • Downtown Lunch : In-Person 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. Since this is the first event this month, we’ll meet in person at the Exchequer Restaurant and Pub at 226 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago. Please RSVP by contacting Jon G. . We’d love to see you there!
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

6/ Wednes­day

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  • Dinner in in the North­west Suburbs: Middle Eastern in Niles 6 PM. Join us at the Al Bawadi Grill , lo­cated at 8501 W. Dempster St. in Niles (south side of Dempster, just east of Greenwood). The menu offers grilled entrees (kabobs, platters, etc.), meat casseroles, shawerma platters, seafood, vegetarian dishes, appetizers, wraps, salads, etc. Al Bawadi was rated 4 stars on Yelp.

    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 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 meals costing less than $50, the deposit amount re­fund­ed after dinner will be $25 minus ½ the total cost rounded down to the nearest dollar. For dinners exceeding $50, the additional amount must be given to Ken, the event host, immediately after the bill is presented. RSVP (Meetup preferred) and submit your deposit using PayPal using Ken L.’s e‑mail address at least 24 hours before the event starts. Everyone will be notified of either their confirmed seat or their position on a waiting list. Deposits will be re­funded for cancellations prior to the dinner. See more details on Meetup. RSVP on Meetup, but if not on Meetup, via e‑mail to Ken L. at least 24 hours in advance. If you RSVP by e-mail, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a return e-mail with a confirmation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

7/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Instinct! Sometimes you just know, or at least have a strong feeling about how things may turn out. Often our emotions may run our lives & thoughts, although we may later tell ourselves that our behavior is based on rational and sound decision making… Have you experienced Deja Vu? Do you pay attention to your gut feelings, or do you do better if you ignore them? Are people rational in their behavior, or do they simply react to the actions of the people around them? Share your experiences and thoughts, and listen to what others have to say. It’s great fun to hear what others think! Join us! Visit Meetup for more information, links to articles, or to RSVP. The Zoom access info can be found on Meetup or as part of host Mike B.’s contact info (Note: Zoom info in the October ChiMe is incorrect).
    Virtual Event!!

8/ Fri­day

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  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Giordano’s lo­cated at 333 N. Mulford in Rockford (one block north of State St. on Mulford). 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.
    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!!

9/ Satur­day

  • RechaRGe Regional Gathering. Mensa of Northeastern New York is hosting a virtual RG today through Sunday. Details available on their website.
    Virtual Event!!

11/ Mon­day

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

13/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. ZIP code fall within the Arctic Circle? Then you should have dinner with us. Join us at The Silo, in Lake Bluff for scrumptious sandwiches, salads, pizza, you-name-it. Lo­cated at 625 Rockland Rd. in Lake Bluff. Please RSVP (Meetup preferred) to Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

14/ Thurs­day

15/ 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!!

16/ 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!!

17/ Sun­day

  • Fear-Free Drawing with Pencils 7 PM. Join the Art Studio NY for a fear-free drawing class using drawing pencils. No art experience necessary—our fantastic teacher will meet each person at whatever level they are, so if this is your first, second, or many-th drawing class, you’ll fit right in! This is also a great activity for about ages 8 and up. Supplies needed: HB and 4B drawing pencils (or more if you have a set), a kneaded eraser, a paper drawing pad, and optionally, blending stumps. Participants will get the Zoom information prior to the event. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. The subsidized cost is $12.50/person for one CAM member and one guest. The cost is $25/login if no registrant is a CAM member. RSVPs are required by Friday, October 15th; to RSVP and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment required to hold your spot — everyone who registered for the canceled Sunday, September 19th class should contact Beth to let her know if this date works for you; if not, your money will be refunded.
    Virtual Event!!

19/ Tues­day

20/ Wednes­day

  • Best Orionid Meteor Shower Viewing will reach its maximum rate of activity tonight, although this year, the almost full moon will make it difficult to see them all. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night during the week before and after. For more information, see the space.com website, or see the viewing tips at EarthSky.

21/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Instinct! Sometimes you just know, or at least have a strong feeling about how things may turn out. Often our emotions may run our lives & thoughts, although we may later tell ourselves that our behavior is based on rational and sound decision making… Have you experienced Deja Vu? Do you pay attention to your gut feelings, or do you do better if you ignore them? Are people rational in their behavior, or do they simply react to the actions of the people around them? Share your experiences and thoughts, and listen to what others have to say. It’s great fun to hear what others think! Join us! Visit Meetup for more information, links to articles, or to RSVP. This event takes place outside of Be Market24 located at 24 E. Scranton Ave. in Lake Bluff (see Meetup for location if it rains). RSVP (Meetup preferred) by e-mailing our North Suburban Coördinator, Mike B..
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

22/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: 7:30 PM. Let’s have Halloween drinks with Mister Tootsie to get us ready for WeeM! 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!!

23/ Satur­day

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    Mole Day
    Avogadro’s Number (6.02 × 1023)

25/ Mon­day

RSVP for Breakfast in Mount Prospect held on Tuesday, October 26th no later than 6 PM on Monday, October 25th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

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HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier

October 28 – 31, 2021

Join us for a fun long weekend at the Westin in Wheeling including lots of programs and games as well as most meals.

Volunteer now!

26/ 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. 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 6 PM Monday, October 25th. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

28/ Thurs­day

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  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BDT. 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 (via Meetup preferred). The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

  • 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. You may also RSVP via Meetup.
    Virtual Event!!

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  • WeeM 45 Excursion: Visit to the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum & Walking Tour 1 PM.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

    HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier 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; simply show up or, better yet, let us know you’re coming). You can still register at the door if you didn’t preregister. The Games room opens earlier than registration, usually ~4 PM, based upon availability. Enjoy dinner, our program, tournaments, and more. Check out the PAAG for the starting times of today’s events. 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 music lovers and space explorers want to be is at WeeM!
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

29/ Fri­day

  • HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier 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, and meet Mensans from all over the world It’s the perfect party, so come to WeeM — see all the details on our website. Volunteer now!
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • GOBS Request Deadline. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at Sunday’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Sunday, October 31st and through Saturday, December 4th or later. For CAM events, it’s recommended you submit the GOBS request and get it approved before submitting your event information for publication in ChiMe — so no later than today for events planned for December or later. December events need to be submitted by the 1st of November to the activities editor to be included in the December ChiMe. An article must be featured in the December ChiMe for GOBS-subsidized January events with an RSVP deadline in December (same 1st of November deadline but article e-mailed to the editor; see editorial deadline).

30/ Satur­day

  • HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier Continues! all day. The program offers something for everyone and there are always games and tournaments. Check out the PAAG for the starting times of today’s events. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to be stimulated by everything WeeM has to offer. Evening events include Pretentious Drinking, the Epicurean Experience, 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.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

31/ Sun­day

  • HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier Continues until 3 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. Attend the CAM Business Meeting, find out which of the volunteers won monetary awards (it could be you!), 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.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • CAM Board Meeting 10 AM at the Westin North Shore lo­cated at 601 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

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  • Mensa Testing 2 PM at the Westin North Shore lo­cated at 601 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. 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, provided you pre­reg­ister. Don't delay! Latecomers will not be admitted. Culture Fair exams can be scheduled for future dates, but you must contact the Testing Coördinator to make arrangements.


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1 November/ 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 visiting 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, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert!
Register for the AG held Wednesday, July 6th through Sunday, July 10th in Sparks, Nevada by Monday, January 3rd for the best rate.

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Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the October calendar.

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