The organizers of the events listed on this calendar have expressed willingness for members elsewhere in the world to join in. Please don’t give them a bigger crowd than they can handle, and do be careful about time zones. The displayed time zone is GMT! If you add them to your own calendar, the time zone should convert to your specified time zone.

To have your virtual event added to this calendar, contact Matt C., the CAM International Calendar contact.

There may be other virtual events, as well as in-person events, which may be of interest to CAM members, hosted by various local groups listed on the American Mensa Calendar of Events.

1/ Wednes­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the January 2022 ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by checking out our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Deadline. Last day for editorial submissions to the January 2022 ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

2/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BST. I [Carey] participated previously, along with a few other CAM members, and had a very nice chat with some of our “siblings” in the London area. RSVP to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

3/ Fri­day

  • The Cincinatti Mensa RG — 4D held today through Sunday, December 5th. Join the Cincinatti Mensans for their 2½ day RG. For more information, see their Flyer or visit their website, which will have their most up-to-date information.

4/ Satur­day

The February Monthly Gathering scheduled for February 19th will be a video conference event held via Discord. AGoG will be held Feb. 4th – 6th.

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our December Month­ly Gath­ering was the Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
    3705 Pheasant Dr. in Rolling Meadows.

    Games and hos­pi­tal­ity are in the spacious auditorium, with overflow space in the lobby. The speaker event is in the Card Room. A Parents-Kids Play Room is available. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. Our featured Game of the MonthSalem — is open to experienced players as well as anyone who wants to learn a new game and have people to play it with! Salem description: Journey back to Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. In this social deduction game, the objective is to figure out who the witches are before they kill off the villagers. Playable with 4-12 players, this social deduction game will have the accusations of “He's a witch” flying! This gathering is open to the general public. So if you’re interested in learning more about Chicago Mensa, come join us. There is an admissions fee to help cover costs.

    5 PM
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM.
    Game room opens:
    6 PM.
    Nomi­nations for Local Officers:
    7:30 PM.
    ~7:35 PM.
    8:30 PM - Midnight.

    The Nomi­nating Committee is looking for qualified candidates to run for the elected po­sitions on the Chicago Area Mensa Board of Directors. If you’re interested or just curious, see Deb J.’s ar­ticle in the February ChiMe for details. You can also view the job descriptions and the required qualifications.
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    Get involved! Chicago Mensa needs you. We’re looking for vol­un­teers to fill some of the open po­sitions listed both in the back of ChiMe or on the List of Officers. Try your hand as the ChiMe editor, Communications Officer, or as a MG Hospitality Volunteer. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in. Or consider supervising the children at the MG for some extra cash.
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    Express Yourself
    Try your hand at writing an ar­ticle for ChiMe, submitting a photo, or creating a puzzle; see our Submission Guidelines for contact information and deadlines. Host your own event or your own virtual event using Discord!

    Program Topic: One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the RMS Titanic

    You may think you have heard everything there is to know about Titanic, but you probably haven’t. William Hazelgrove will share fascinating information about “amazing heroism and astounding incompetence against the backdrop of the most advanced ship in history sinking by inches with luminaries from all over the world. The race to save the largest ship in the world from certain death would reveal both heroes and villains.” Show more…

    John Landecker recently interviewed William on WGN Radio about “One Hundred and Sixty Minutes” and enthusiastically commented, “It was just great!”

    As William describes the story, “One hundred and sixty minutes. That is all the time rescuers would have before the largest ship in the world slipped beneath the icy Atlantic. It is a story of a network of wireless operators on land and sea who desperately sent messages back and forth across the dark frozen North Atlantic to mount a rescue mission. More than twenty-eight ships would be involved in the rescue of Titanic survivors along with four different countries.”

    The Titanic sinking is certainly a great tragedy, but a third of the people were saved. As William points out, “At the heart of the rescue are two young Marconi operators, Jack Phillips, 25, and Harold Briden 22, tapping furiously and sending electromagnetic waves into the black night as the room they sat in slanted toward the icy depths and not stopping until the bone numbing water was around their ankles. Then they plunged into the water after coordinating the largest rescue operation the maritime world had ever seen and thereby saving 710 people by their efforts.”

    As well as the heroic efforts of the radio operators and the ships that came to the rescue, William also discloses the dereliction of duty by other ships that could have helped and did not.

    William Hazelgrove is the national bestselling author of ten novels and seven nonfiction titles. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly Kirkus, Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editor’s Choice Awards Junior Library Guild Selections, Literary Guild Selections, and History Book Club Selections. Several of his books have been optioned for screen and television rights.

    He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today, The Smithsonian Magazine, and other publications, and has been featured on NPR All Things Considered. The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, CSPAN, and USA Today have all covered his books with features.”

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    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

7/ Tues­day

  • Dinner in in the North­west Suburbs: Italian in Mount Prospect 6 PM. Join us at the Fellini Restaurant & Pizzeria,, lo­cated at 1729 Golf Rd. in Mount Prospect (on the southwest corner of Golf and Busse Roads). This family owned and operated restaurant features classic Italian dishes as well pizza.

    This is a a GOBS-subsidized event where ½ the total cost (including tax plus a 20% tip, rounded up to the nearest dollar) of a CAM member’s, and up to one guest’s, dinner will be covered for up to $25/person. A refund­able deposit of $25/person is required to reserve your spot. For dinners exceeding $50, the additional amount must be given to Ken, the event host, immediately after the bill is presented. For meals costing less than $50, the deposit amount re­fund­ed will be $25 minus ½ the total cost rounded down to the nearest dollar. See more details on Meetup. RSVP (Meetuppreferred; otherwise via e-mail) at least 24 hours in advance and submit your PayPal payment using Ken L.’s e‑mail address. Everyone will be notified of either their confirmed seat (based on received deposit order) or their position on a waiting list. Deposits will be re­funded for cancellations prior to the dinner.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

8/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner Cancelled. Northern Exposure is taking a break this month. Happy Holidays!
    Event on Hiatus This Month!!

9/ Thurs­day

  • Downtown Lunch: Virtual 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch is held every week, alternating between Tuesday and Thursday. We’d love to have you join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. The Zoom access info is included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information.
    Virtual Event!!

  • HotTopics 6:30 PM. Topic: What happened to trust? Americans’ trust in its institutions continues to slide according to respected pollsters from Gallup, Pew, and others. For example, a Reuters Institute report finds the US ranks last (29%) among 46 countries in trust in media. We enjoy hearing opinions on all sides and have fun sharing perspectives in a safe environment. Visit Meetup for the full write-up and for links to some articles. The Zoom access info can be found on or can be found as part of host Mike B.’s contact info.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

10/ Fri­day

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is now using Zoom for meetings. Please send a poem or two to Joe D. by Wednesday, December 1st. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can contact Joe D. , and he will e-mail the poems to be discussed and the Zoom information to them. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: 7:30 PM. It’s holiday time so let’s have holiday cocktails! Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment (which you probably have in your house already), as well as the Zoom info prior to the event. Make this your month to join in! This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $10 for up to 2 people per Zoom login. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. One person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. If space permits, the event is now open to non-CAM members (unsubsidized @$20/login). To RSVPs and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) through Sunday, December 12th. This event promotes the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games, and is being held in the South Building of McCormick Place in Chicago. For more information, see the C2E2 website.
    Public Event!!

12/ Sun­day

  • Fear-Free Drawing with Pencils 7 PM. Join the Art Studio NY for a fear-free drawing class using drawing pencils. No art experience necessary and you’ll be amazed at what you can produce! Our instructor is excellent at bringing people in at their current level, so whether this is your first, second, or zillionth drawing class, you're welcome to join in! This class is suitable for about age 8 and up—the kids who’ve joined us have had a great time. Supplies needed: B and 4B drawing pencils (or buy a set of 12 for about $6), a kneaded eraser (or regular eraser), a paper drawing pad (or just regular paper), and optionally, blending stumps. Participants will get the Zoom information prior to the event. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. The subsidized cost is $12.50/person for one CAM member and one guest. The cost is $25/login if no registrant is a CAM member. RSVPs are required and to get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

14/ Tues­day

16/ Thurs­day

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    Pythagorean Theorem Day
    a2 + b2 = c2

18/ Satur­day

  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approx­i­mate vicinity of 107th St. & Western Ave. Please contact Rick E. the Beverly Area Coördinator, for this month’s lo­ca­tion and the exact time as well as more information; if e‑mailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 1 PM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and civilized Un-PC conversation. No forbidden questions, no unchallengeable answers. This lunch happens on the third Saturday every month, but the location changes and can’t always be determined in time to make the ChiMe schedule. If you’re curious about the location and the COVID restrictions at this month’s meeting place, e-mail Jim Z. the event coör­di­na­tor. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • Rainbow SIG Potluck 5 PM. Potluck at the home of Dale W. and Jim C. in the Edgewater Glen neighborhood of Chicago. This will be a true potluck. We will not try to coördinate dishes. Sodas, tea and coffee will be available. If you would like something else to drink, including adult beverages, please feel free to bring them. RSVP by Thursday, December 16th by e-mailing or calling Jim C. & Dale W.. Their home address is shown as part of their contact info.

  • SE Michigan Mensa Presentation: Why Is There a German U-Boat at the Bottom of Lake Michigan? 7 PM. This U-Boat, the one located in the depths of Lake Michigan, approximately 20 to 30 miles offshore of Highland Park, Illinois, is World War I’s UC-97. Forgotten since it disappeared beneath the waves for the last time 100 years ago, UC-97 was not only the first submarine to reach the Great Lakes, it is also the only vessel ever sunk by naval gunfire in Lake Michigan. This presentation will be held via Zoom and you must preregister to view it. Get all the details by viewing this pdf document.
    Virtual SEMM Event Not in ChiMe!!

21/ Tues­day

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    Winter Solstice

23/ Thurs­day

  • Festivus Day

24/ Fri­day

  • xmas-tree

    Christmas Eve
    (Federal Holiday for Christmas Day)

25/ Satur­day

  • toys

    Christmas Day
    Have a merry holiday.
    (Federal Holiday is Friday, December 24th)

26/ Sun­day

  • Boxing Day

28/ Tues­day

  • Break­fast in Mount Pros­pect 10 AM. Breakfast or lunch and conversation at Jelly Café lo­cated at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mount Pros­pect (northwest corner of Golf Rd. and Busse Hwy.), featuring a large and diverse menu. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail by 10 AM Monday, December 27th. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

30/ Thurs­day

31/ Fri­day

  • newyear

    Happy New Year’s Eve
    (Federal Holiday for New Year’s)

  • 2nd Annual Around the World Zoom New Year’s Eve Party from the wee hours (3:30 AM) of our morning & well into our New Year (5:30 AM) but show up anytime. Our 2020-2021 New Year’s Eve Party was a terrific hit — with attendees from all over the world helping us celebrate each time zone’s New Year’s as we rolled around the planet. We’re all looking forward to another great bash at the end of this year. As an added bonus, I[Priscilla S.]’ve found that this awesome bash has put various Mensans in contact with each other around the world, and has established several new friendships, some looking to be lifelong. So, yay! Kicking things off, then running with the event through the entire day was a taxing effort — but well worth it. And boy, did I need a sleep and a half afterwards! Learn more & RSVP on the American Mensa website.
    Virtual International Event Not in ChiMe!!

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1 January/ Satur­day

Happy New Year
(Federal Holiday is Friday, December 31st)
  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the February 2022 ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by visiting our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the February 2022 ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert!
Register for the AG held Wednesday, July 6th through Sunday, July 10th in Sparks, Nevada by Monday, February 28th before the next rate increase.

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