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For our January tests the fee will be only $39.99, a 33% discount. Don't delay!


AGOG and the January Monthly Gathering will be held on
January 26th at the
Westin North Shore Hotel,
601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090

The locations of the MGs vary.

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?
Join us!

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Mensa fame:
Chicago won the Diamond Jewel Award in 2018, 2016 and 2014, the Sapphire in 2017, and the Emerald Jewel Award in 2015. Chicago is also the only nine-time GOTYA (now replaced by the Jewel Award) winner in 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:

Part 1

Part 2

Scene from a recent event

Nothing if not hospitable ...

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.

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 Evolution and Revolution of Manufacturing" was the most recent one held this last July. Past topics included "The Nature of Genetics," "Between Science Fiction and Science," "Crime Scene Intelligence," "Social and Video Games", "Electronic Gaming and Its Impact on Society," and "Weather."

In a Twitter world, it's good to find some PBS minds. Come, see what we can do for you.

Participate & Socialize!

"A Gathering of Gamers"

Games, games, and more games!

Only 7 days until AGOG. Join your fellow Mensans on January 25th – 27th for fun and games.

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 until October for WeeM. Instead, we're saying you can do it again this month!!! Every winter, Chicago puts on AGOG — A Gathering of Gamers (this year, January 25th – 27th). 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.


There will also be a Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) held in conjunction with AGOG, on Friday, January 25th starting at 8:30  AM. We’ve scheduled an amazing keynote speaker who will talk about leadership followed by a talk on dealing with problem members. The other topics will be selected based on the interests of those who are attending. If there is a topic you’d like to hear about, or if you’d like to give a talk, please reach out to Heather B., our Business Manager. A tentative schedule can be found here. There is no onsite registration.

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