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HALF PRICE on testing!
Our test sessions in Wheeling on Sunday, November 1 and in downtown Chicago on Wednesday, October 21 will be only $20...that's half price!
Preregister to guarantee your seat before these sessions fill.


The December Monthly Gathering will be held at the
Rolling Meadows Community Center,
3705 Pheasant Dr., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Future MGs may be at different locations.

Welcome to Chicago Area Mensa

Our Mission

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...
Are you the one?

Loc Sec with the GOTYA

Former Loc Sec Matt with GOTYA

Mensa fame: Chicago is the only nine-time GOTYA winner in Mensa.

Note: Mensa was featured on CBS Sunday Morning (including notable Chicago Area Mensans!) a few years ago. See the show on CBS's YouTube channel:

Part 1

Part 2

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, a potluck, 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 year alone we've enjoyed presentations on Mithraism and cosmology, Mongolia, Rembrandt, the intelligence of squirrels, patent law, Islam, an "animal intuitive," writing horror stories, correlation of diet and brain size, and magic.

Scene from a recent event

Nothing if not hospitable ...

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 2014 is "Crime Scene Intelligence." "Between Science Fiction and Science" was the topic of the most recent one held last July. Past topics included "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 2015

WeeM 4D: Time Travel

Only 23 days until WeeM 4D: Time Travel!

Mensans, please register if you haven't already done so. You don't want to miss the terrific program and this incredibly fun experience. October 15th is the last day you can register online and qualify for a discount.

The hotel is offering a special $125 WeeM rate through October 7th, subject to availability.

Time and space are running out — sign up for one of the Excursions now!

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!

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"A Gathering of Gamers"

Games, games, and more games!

Only 101 days until AGOG. Join your fellow Mensans on January 15th – 17th for fun and games.

The rates go up after November 21st 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 2016 or even until Mind Games® in April. Instead, we're saying you can do it again in January!!! Every winter, Chicago puts on AGOG — or, A Gathering of Gamers (this year, the 15th – 17th). 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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Chicago Area Mensa will be hosting Mind Games® in 2016, from Friday, April 15th through Sunday, April 17th. This competition provides an opportunity for game manufacturers to compete in one of the most respected and recognizable national games competitions, while having their games reviewed by some of the nation’s most avid game-players — members of American Mensa. Each year, 300 Mensan participants, or “judges,” play and critique games released in the past year and award the coveted Mensa Select® seal to the top five vote-getters. AM MindGames Registration The event will be held at the Westin-Chicago North Shore Hotel at 601 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling which is where both WeeM and AGOG have been and will be held. Book your room now for the best rate of only $99 through March 26th, 2016. The hotel is located on the east side of Milwaukee and the main entrance is at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Wolf Road (just south of Lake-Cook and north of Dundee Road). Come, play and critique the newest games not yet on the market.

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