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AGOG and the January Monthly Gathering will be held on
January 25th 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!


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 . 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 the American Mensa Colloquium: "Privacy in the 21st Century: Mystery or Myth?" was the most recent one held this last July. Past topics included "The Evolution and Revolution of Manufacturing", "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 43 days until AGOG. Join your fellow Mensans on January 24th – 26th for fun and games.

The rates go up after Sunday 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 almost an entire year until WeeM 2020. Instead, we're saying you can do it again this January!!! Every winter, Chicago puts on AGOG — A Gathering of Gamers (this year, January 24th – 26th). 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.

Friday, January 10th is the last day to book a roomNew Tab for the amazing rate of $108.



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Mensa Fame:
Chicago won the American Mensa Diamond Jewel Award in 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2014, the Ruby in 2016 and 2014, the Sapphire in 2019 and 2017, and the Emerald 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!) some years ago. See the show on CBS's YouTube channel:

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