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/ Thurs­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the January 2023 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 2023 ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensa members would love to hear from you.

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  • 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 (via Meetup preferred). The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

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  • A Gathering of Gamers (AGoG) - Preregistration Rate Increase Alert! Join us for a relaxing weekend of games and hospitality on February 17th – 19th. Friday, January 6th is the last day you can pre­reg­ister for AGoG and qualify for the best AGoG discount. By pre­reg­istering, you may pay with PayPal , and, once you get to AGoG, you won’t have the hassle of filling out forms at registration plus you’ll get a pre-printed badge. So instead of wasting time at registration, you can start playing!

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert!
    Register for the AG held Wednesday, July 5th through Sunday, July 9th in Baltimore, Maryland by Wednesday, November 30th for the best rate.

2/ Fri­day

  • The Cincinnati Mensa RG: Off the Rails! held today through Sunday, December 4th at the Doubletree Suites Cincinnati - Blue Ash lo­cated at 6300 E. Kemper Rd. in Cincinnati, OH. Join the Cincinnati 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.

3/ Satur­day

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

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    CAM December Monthly Gathering @Rolling Meadows Community Center

    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 after the Mensa Test. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. 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 (major credit cards accepted).

    Test:
    5 PM
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM.
    Game room opens:
    6 PM.
    Nomi­nations for Local Officers:
    7:30 PM.
    Program:
    ~7:35 PM.
    Refreshments:
    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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    The CAM Board of Directors has allocated GOBS funds to be used for the reimbursement of either or Uber ridesharing services from/to the Arlington Park METRA station. Details are on our Monthly Gathering page.
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    Volunteer
    Get involved! Hone your leadership, organizational, or web skills. 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 Gifted Youth Coördinator, Communications Officer, website programmer, 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!

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    Program Topic: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s

    Sixty years ago, Ringo Starr joined the Beatles and the group released its recording, Love Me Do, in England. To commemorate these momentous events, Dr. John F. Lyons examines the impact of the Beatles on the Chicago metropolitan area.

    The Beatles were a phenomenon of the 1960s with their mop style haircuts and new sound. Even though their single, I Want to Hold Your Hand, was released on Capitol Records in December, 1963, the Beatles’ introduction on a national scale in the U.S. came with their appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964. America’s reception to the Beatles ranged from adoration by teenage girls to horror from the “older generation,” fearing negative effects on their children and society in general.

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    Through the use of music, video, and many unseen photographs from the 1960s, this highly entertaining presentation reveals untold stories of the Beatles’ visits to Chicago. John highlights the unique connections between the Fab 4 and the Windy City. He will also discuss the diverse cast of characters who were engulfed by the whirlwind of Beatlemania.

    John Lyons was born in London, England, but now lives in Chicago. He is a Professor of History at Joliet Junior College, where he teaches classes in British and US history.

    He has appeared on podcasts and radio programs discussing the Beatles. John is a noted public speaker who has spoken to audiences in the US and Europe. More information about the Beatles and Chicago can be found in Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s (2021), which is the fifth book John has written.

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    If there is a spike in Covid cases, the in-person MG may become virtual & testing would be cancelled!!

5/ Mon­day

RSVP for Dinner at Siena Tavern held on Wednesday, December 7th no later than Monday, December 5th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

6/ Tues­day

RSVP for Dinner Out West held on Thursday, December 8th no later than Tuesday, December 6th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

7/ Wednes­day

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  • Dinner at Siena Tavern 7 PM. Siena Tavern, 51 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago (River North). This is a GOBS-subsidized event for which any CAM member and up to one guest qualifies; GOBS will cover ½ of your tab, including tax and tip, up to a maximum of $25/person. Details available once GOBS request is approved at the beginning of December. To RSVP contact Hilarie C. or use Meetup by Monday, December 5th.

8/ 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. Join us for conversation, laughs, and attempts to define words you’ll never use again. The Zoom id is 838 9384 8564 and the passcode is 312084; it is also included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information if you prefer a link. Questions? Contact Jon via e-mail or call/text him. You may also RSVP via Meetup. We’d love to have you join us!
    Virtual Event!!

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  • Dinner Out West: Vietnamese 6:30 PM. Tasty House 1 at 1042 Fountain View Dr. in Carol Stream. Hieu says that Tasty House 1 is now his favorite Phở restaurant. Let’s check it out. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. GOBS will cover ½ of your meal cost, including tax and tip, up to a maximum of $10, for each CAM member and their guest. Reservations are required so Beth knows how big of a table to reserve. RSVP via Meetup (preferred) or directly to Beth W. no later than Tuesday, December 6th.

9/ 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 Thursday, 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. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: Holiday Drinks 7:30 PM. Holiday time—holiday wintery celebratory drinks! 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 $12.50 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. To RSVPs and get payment information, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

  • The Birth, Life and Death of the Universe: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going Lecture 7:30 PM. Part of the Fermilab lecture series, this one given by Don Lincoln. Perhaps the grandest questions of all — ones that have fascinated people for millennia — are the questions of how the universe came to be, how it has evolved, and how it will end. While modern science does not have all the answers, the scientific community has discovered many facts that has allows us to definitively tell much of this story. In this talk, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln will tell us what we know…and what we don’t…about these ageless questions. Free but Registration required. Also view previous event recordings.
    Public Virtual Event!!

10/ Satur­day

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  • Northwest Suburbs Games Night 7 PM. Bring your favorite game and a snack to share to the Lake Zurich home of Lesley J. I will provide coffee, tea, and Italian sodas. If you prefer another beverage, please feel free to bring some with you. I have playing cards and a small selection of games, a pool table, and an electronic dart board. This event is limited to individuals who’ve been vaccinated or who have a valid medical reason they cannot be vaccinated. Please call me if you have questions or need directions (address included as part of Lesley J.’s contact info).

13/ Tues­day

14/ Wednes­day

  • Mensa Testing 6 PM. Location just west of State & Ontario St. in Chicago, in the River North neighborhood. You must prereg­ister and prepay — very limited seating. Parking is very expensive; public transit strongly recommended! Latecomers and anyone without a reserved spot will not be admitted. If you are or someone you know is interested in joining Mensa, see our Testing Information for contact details and additional dates/lo­ca­tions.
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

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

15/ Thurs­day

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    Pythagorean Theorem Day
    a2 + b2 = c2

17/ Satur­day

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 11:30 AM. 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. You may also RSVP via Meetup. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend.

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  • 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.

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  • Saturday Movie & Dinner TBA PM. Send an e-mail to Bill S. to find out the when and where. Dinner after the movie. Bill & Lisa S. are your hosts.

18/ Sun­day

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    Hanukkah starts this evening.

21/ Wednes­day

  • winter

    Winter Solstice

22/ Thurs­day

  • Festivus Day

24/ Satur­day

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25/ Sun­day

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    Christmas Day
    Have a merry holiday.
    (Federal Holiday is Monday, December 26th)

26/ Mon­day

  • Boxing Day

27/ Tues­day

29/ Thurs­day

31/ Satur­day

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  • NYE at the WWHfWM 3 PM. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Weiss Ward Home for Wayward Mensans in Bloomingdale. Let’s usher in the incoming year with conversation, games, food, beverages, and laughter. Please bring snack/real food/beverages to share—we’ll be here all night, after all. We’ll plan a brief break at midnight for the traditional toast and then return to our games and fun! For more information or to RSVP , contact Beth; the address of the WWHfWM is included as part of her contact information. You may also RSVP via Meetup.


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1 January/ Sun­day

Happy New Year
(Federal Holiday is Monday, January 2nd)
  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the February 2023 ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? There’s bound to be an activity or a restaurant you want to try, but you just want some other people to experience it with you. So invite your fellow Mensans. Find out how by visiting our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the February 2023 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.

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  • A Gathering of Gamers (AGoG) - Preregistration Rate Increase Alert! Join us for a relaxing weekend of games and hospitality on February 17th – 19th. Friday, January 6th is the last day you can pre­reg­ister for AGoG and qualify for the best AGoG discount. By pre­reg­istering, you may pay with PayPal , and, once you get to AGoG, you won’t have the hassle of filling out forms at registration plus you’ll get a pre-printed badge. So instead of wasting time at registration, you can start playing!

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) Rate Increase Alert!
    Register for the AG held Wednesday, July 5th through Sunday, July 9th in Baltimore, Maryland by Wednesday, November 30th for the best rate.

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