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Our Mission

Chicago Area Mensa is a welcoming organization that provides a framework for intelligent individuals to discover like-minded people and pursue common interests in order to build a social community.

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Chicago Area Mensa is a safe and inclusive in-person and on-line community for CAM members and guests regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, age or religion.

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Unacceptable physical, written or verbal behavior includes, but is not limited to: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct.

Please be aware that the other members are real people; gossip and negativity negatively impact the group as a whole. Controversial topics are part of Mensa; that is not license to be tiresome or exhibit a belief that everyone else is wrong. Assume good intentions. If your interactions frequently turn negative, please consider self-reflection.

CAM encourages members to report any illegal activity to the proper authorities. CAM’s response to unacceptable behavior is not dependent on the involvement of outside authorities.

Consequences can include being removed from an event, denial of access to future events and/or CAM on-line communities, and referral to a regional or national hearing.

If you encounter inappropriate behavior, please immediately report it to the event host, a CAM Board member, or the CAM Ombudsman.


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One out of every fifty people qualifies for Mensa…
Are you the one?

Mensans come from all walks of life. They range from just under three to over one hundred years old. They represent all gender identities, 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. 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. Travel to Regional Gatherings (RGs) hosted by other groups throughout the year, including October, when Chicago Area Mensa hosts HalloweeM, one of the grandest of all the RGs.

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

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Our Local Group is Exceptional!

Mensa Fame

Chicago Area Mensa is one of the best local groups in the entire country. Chicago won the American Mensa Diamond Jewel Award in 2020, 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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