Welcome to Chicago Area Mensa
Chicago Area Mensa is a welcoming organization that provides a framework for intelligent individuals to interact and pursue common interests in order to build a social community.
One out of every fifty people qualifies for Mensa...
Mensa was featured on CBS Sunday Morning (including notable Chicago Area Mensans!) a few years ago. See the show on CBS's YouTube channel:
Mensans come from all walks of life. They range from three to one hundred years old. They represent both sexes, all races, various professions, and many beliefs. In fact, there's only one thing all Mensans have in common: high intelligence. To qualify for Mensa, you must have scored in the top 2% of the general population on a standardized intelligence test. There are many tests we accept. Once you've decided to join us, a world of social and intellectual opportunities is open to you.
Chicago Area Mensa has something for everyone. There are many activities are scheduled each week. The range of activities is wide. In a recent month, there were six games nights, a Sunday brunch, seven dinners, five lunches, a competition at a trivia contest, a movie night, and discussions about poetry, Christianity, movies, and science fiction. All this in addition to our regularly scheduled Monthly Gatherings, which boast a spectacular variety of speakers. In the past few years alone we've enjoyed presentations on Russian culture, family heirloom recipes, global warming, board game renaissance, institutional corruption, 3D printing, money, highly sensitive people, Liberty Hyde Bailey, antiques, trivia, nuclear sciences, and more.
If our local events don't keep you busy enough, there are many other opportunities to meet other Mensans from all over the globe. Each October, Chicago Area Mensa hosts HalloweeM, one of the grandest of all the Regional Gatherings. In the summer, Mensans from around the country get together at the Annual Gathering, which is a feast of presentations and activities for our omnivorous minds. There are also Mensa colloquia: the next one coming up in 2017 is "Medicine and Technology." "The Nature of Genetics" was the topic of the most recent one held last June. Past topics included "Between Science Fiction and Science", "Crime Scene Intelligence", "Social and Video Games," "Electronic Gaming and Its Impact on Society" and "Weather."
In an MTV world, it's good to find some PBS minds. Come, see what we can do for you.
WeeM 41: Wizard of Oz
'WeeM starts this Thursday!
Mensans, please come and register at the event if you haven't already done so. You don't want to miss the terrific program and this incredibly fun experience.
The hotel is offering a special $125 WeeM rate through October 27th, subject to availability.
If you’ve signed up for the Thursday’s Vanilla Excursion and cannot attend, contact the Excursion Coördinator ASAP so someone else can enjoy the tour. There’s also a Friday Excursion to Sketchbook Brewery.
It's Halloween and you want to dress up and go to a party, of course. Well, it is rare that Halloween and the WeeM costume party both converge. The stars have aligned this year and this is a fun opportunity to join the largest Halloween party by attending the RG Friday, October 31st. See great costumes, participate in the contest (best & worst pun, traditional, etc), enjoy a delicious meal, imbibe if you like, meet Mensans from all over the country (even some from across the oceans), and dance the night away. It's the perfect party!
"A Gathering of Gamers"
Games, games, and more games!
Only 108 days until AGOG. Join your fellow Mensans on February 10th – 12th for fun and games.
The rates go up after Friday, November 25th so register today to qualify for the best rate.
Do you like games? Do you spend the entire WeeM weekend in the games room? Would you like to do again? No, we're not asking you to wait another year until WeeM 2017. Instead, we're saying you can do it again in February!!! Every winter, Chicago puts on AGOG — or, A Gathering of Gamers (this year, the 10th – 12th). It's a weekend-long gathering of just games. All the games we have at WeeM and more, because folks like you can bring your own to share. We provide food, non-alcoholic beverages and all the games you want for a reasonable price.
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