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HalloweeM 39: WeeMter Wonderland

October 30 – November 2, 2014


As usual there will be many different programs available — so many you’ll find it difficult to choose.

A sampling of the topics covered at last year’s WeeM included:

  • Scotch Tasting
  • Orbital Nano
  • Movie Flubs
  • Great White Shark: Defanging the Myths
  • Hit Movie: Star Trek: Into Darkness
  • Unusual Animations
  • Lego Improv
  • Hit Movie: Iron Man 3
  • The Essence of Reality
  • Hells M’s
  • Thrill the World Rehearsal & Performance
  • Baseball Statistics Throughout the Eras
  • Watson answers: How a computer won Jeopardy!
  • Brilliance in Beantown: The 2014 Annual Gathering
  • Really Odd and Special, Part 2
  • Amazing Race: WeeM Style tournament
  • The Scientific Traveler
  • Sing-Along
  • Witchcraft 101
  • Welded Steel Art
  • The Illusion of "Truth"
  • The Music of Edvard Grieg, a Lecture-Recital
  • The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in an Hour
  • Board Meeting
  • Nondenominational Worship
  • Zombie Casserole (two midnight showings) - cast members include two of our fellow Mensans

Also don’t forget, there will be Tournaments in addition to the programs.

We will also offer the following traditional


  • The Annual Pig Roast

    Gather in the hospitality area and catch up with your friends while enjoying this tender, moist delicacy accompanied with tasty sides. Although technically a meal, this dinner has become an event that draws many people into attending on Thursday.


  • Costume Parade

    The Friday night costume party is one of the things that set Chicago Area Mensa’s RG apart from all the others. Mensan grown-ups take dressing up to a new level. Costumes range from fanciful to funny to elaborate and elegant, but the thing for which Mensans are best known are the pun and word-play costumes. In all of them, Mensa-style creativity is obvious. Bring your costume, sense of humor, and your wits, because our puns will keep you guessing and giggling all night long. Make sure to consider this year's theme, ripe for pun-filled humor! View our pictures to see costumes from ’WeeMs past.

    The kids costume parade will precede the adult costumes as in past years to encourage more adults to attend and support our youth.


  • A photo id will be required for any adult picking up Pretentious Drinking coupons. You will not be able to get them for other adults in your party.
    The ID will also be required at the Pretentious Drinking event.

    Pretentious Drinking

    Liqueurs. The fancy stuff. Polished, cosmopolitan, perhaps even a bit snooty. The stuff you graduate to from beer and wine. You’d like to know more but, gosh, look at that price. What if that pricey potion isn’t quite the palate pleaser you expected? Rejoice! As in years past, you can sample some truly amazing liqueurs, and your money’s no good here! We will supply a wide range of weird and wonderful concoctions from around the world. You can determine which you’d like to own, which should be left on the shelf, and which you should give to your arch-nemesis as a thoughtful gift. Obviously, you must be of legal drinking age to join us. Snobbish accents and extended pinkies optional.

  • Werewolf Tournament

    For those under 21 but still awake at that late hour, in addition to the daily version, we will offer a special Werewolf tournament just for teens and tweens during the same timeslot as Pretentious Drinking.

    Prohibition Drinking

    For those who are not of age or those who are of age but who prefer not to indulge in alcohol, we will have a room set aside for an improved version of last year’s socializing without alcoholic lubrication event.

    Epicurean Experience

    Come test your skills at ad hoc haute cuisine. The competitors in the fourth annual Iron Chef Hospitality will have one hour to create a three-course meal from whatever food they can find in hospitality supplies, including leftovers from previous meals. Some small additional ingredients may be brought in from the outside, but all preparation must take place at the event. *Allez cuisine!* It may start earlier this year.


  • Amazing Race: WeeM Style Tournament

    Join us for a repeat of the Amazing Race for Mensans! Based upon the popular TV reality show, teams of 2-4 competitors complete a variety of tasks, some cerebral, some lighthearted, on their way to the final “Pit Stop” and victors’ bragging rights. Our version is designed for all ages and activity levels, and is sure to be one of the most memorable things you’ll do this weekend!

Past Programs

Also, you can access our archives to download the full program booklet for previous years: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. (All are in PDF format.)


  • Registration - Discounts for advanced registration are available through October 15th. (Note: Full payment is required by the appropriate deadline to qualify for any discount).
  • Excursions - Register for any of the excursions offered before WeeM by October 20th.
  • Lodging - The hotel is offering a WeeM rate of $123 through October 15th, subject to availability. If the hotel block is full, please contact our WeeM Chairs who will try to expand the block.

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