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MENSA admission testing returns to downtown Chicago!
We are pleased to announce a new "in-city" testing location; see our session listings for details of our new River North site.

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weem gif will be held at the
Westin North Shore Hotel,
601 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 60090

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

Listen to the WTMX podcast featuring two of our local members and broadcast during August of 2013.


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 2014

WeeM 2014: WeeMter Wonderland

Mensans, please come and register at the event if you haven't already done so. You don't want to miss today's terrific program and this incredibly fun experience. Don't miss tonight's Costume Parade followed by dancing.

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), visit the Haunted House, 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 112 days until AGOG. Join your fellow Mensans on February 20th – 22nd for fun and games. The rates go up after November 7th 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 an entire year until WeeM 2015. 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 20th – 22nd). 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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