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/ Fri­day

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

  • Anime Midwest today through Sunday, July 3rd at the Donald E. Stephens (DES) Convention Center at 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont (accessible via CTA Blue Line). Visit their website for more information. (Check online for discounted tickets on sites like Groupon or LivingSocial.)
    Public Event!!

4/ Mon­day

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    Inde­pend­ence Day

5/ Tues­day

  • Virtual Miami Mensa Presentation 6 PM (7 PM ET). Guest Speaker Cardiologist Carl Orringer on the topic of heart disease prevention: what’s hot and what’s not. Dr. Carl Orringer is a nationally known expert in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and is the director of the UHealth Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine Program & Lipid Clinic at the University of Miami Medical School. The Zoom access info is on our Contacts webpage.
    Virtual Event!!

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  • Mensa Foundation Colloquium 2022 “Giftedness Across the Lifespan: A More Complete Picture” in Sparks, Nevada. See the Mensa Foundation 2022 Colloquium website for details about this event held the day before the AG starts both in Sparks, Nevada and virtually.
    You can attend from anywhere!!

6/ Wednes­day

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  • Annual Gathering (AG) “Sparks of Genius” in Sparks, Nevada. See the AML 2022 AG website for details about the AG held Wednesday, July 6th through Sunday, July 10th.

7/ Thurs­day

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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 BDT. 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!!

  • Downtown Lunch: Virtual 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch is held every week, alternating between Tuesday (in-person) and Thursday (virtual). 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. If you can’t be with us online, on Tuesdays we’ll be meeting in-person. We’d love to have you join us!
    Virtual Event!!

8/ Fri­day

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is using Zoom — with closed captions — for meetings. 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. Contact Roy L. for the Zoom link or any help you might need. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

9/ Satur­day

  • Rockford-Area Mensa Pool Party 2 PM. Bring your own drinks and munchies to pass around to Ted K.’s. We’ll order out for pizza or something. Guests and family (children and grandchildren) welcome! To RSVP and for Ted’s address, for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. Rain date is Sunday, July 10th at 2 PM.
    Schedule Change!!

10/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2:15 PM. F&F will discuss the novel Oppenheimer Alternative by Robert Sawyer. A persistent science fiction (SF) question is “what would have happened if…?” The Oppenheimer Alternative illustrates the possibilities if Oppenheimer, Teller, Einstein, and other greats of nuclear physics discovered something even more terrifying than nuclear weapons. The novel [opens] somewhat before the end of WWII. “ While J. Robert Oppenheimer and his Manhattan Project team struggle to develop the A-bomb, Edward Teller wants something even more devastating: a bomb based on nuclear fusion—the mechanism that powers the sun. Teller’s research leads to a terrifying discovery: by the year 2030, the sun will eject its outermost layer, destroying the entire inner solar system—including Earth. As the war ends with the use of fission bombs against Japan, Oppenheimer’s team, plus Albert Einstein and Wernher von Braun, stay together—the greatest scientific geniuses from the last century racing against time to save our future. Meticulously researched and replete with real-life characters and events, The Oppenheimer Alternative is a breathtaking adventure through both real and alternate history.” Robert Sawyer is one of the best SF writers of our day (try his Illegal Alien), is a Hugo and Nebula Award Winner. See the full write-up in the June ChiMe. Provided that indoor masking is no longer required, the discussion will take place in Conference Room G on the 3rd floor of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street in Oak Park. Water, soda and light snacks are acceptable. Parking is available under the building. To RSVP , or for more information about this event and/or SIG, contact Steve M., the SIG coördinator. The number of in-person attendees is limited, so you must RSVP. If held via Zoom, the link will be provided in response to the RSVP. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.

12/ Tues­day

13/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner Cancelled. Join us for dinner at a venue TBD in Lake County. Please RSVP (Meetup preferred) to the returning host Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table.
    Event on Hiatus This Month!!

14/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6 PM. As always, we will also talk about compelling current topics. If you had to choose, would it be better to be “Rich & Famous” or “comfortable & anonymous?” Would you rather be surrounded by bodyguards, Paparazzi, and people who want something, or just plain folks? What’s with the obsession with actors/actresses, sports figures, and the powerful? Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for links to some articles on this topic. The Zoom access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup (preferred) or e-mail Mike B.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

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    Bastille Day

15/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: Rum Punch 7:30 PM. July is the perfect month for relaxing on the patio with a glass (or a pitcher) of rum punch. But which recipe? In July, we’ll be trying out several. 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. If space permits, the event is now open to non-CAM members (unsubsidized @$25/login). To RSVPs and get payment information, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

  • CanadianAG2022

    Canadian AG: Come the Blazes Home is on Zoom today through Sunday, July 17th. The Atlantic chapter is hosting, so the schedule is running in Atlantic time zone (2 hours ahead of Central). Learn how to braid Maritime rugs, belly dance, or reverse-engineer your family history, or chat while doing group jigsaw puzzles. There will be an every-Mensan-for-themselves trivia tournament on Friday night. See their flyer and visit their website for more information and to register (it’s free although some programs may require a fee).
    Virtual Event!!

16/ 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. 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 3:45 PM. We’ll see Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris at the AMC Randhurst 12 Theaters (rated 90% at Rotten Tomatoes ), located at 200 Randhurst Village Dr. in Mount Prospect. After the movie we’ll hike across the street to the Blackfinn Randhurst Grill located at 157 Randhurst Village Dr., for dinner and debriefing. To RSVP (optional) or to be added to the Saturday Movie & Dinner e-mail list, e-mail Bill S.. Bill & Lisa S. are your hosts.

17/ Sun­day

  • Rainbow SIG 6 PM. Dinner at a place TBD. On the agenda will be the schedule for the coming year, the possible adoption of three service projects, creating a new and improved website and choosing a coördinator. For more information, contact the Rainbow SIG coördinator.

  • Fear-Free Drawing with Pencils 7 PM. Let’s draw! Sophia will be teaching us again, and we welcome newcomers. She is so encouraging—and many of us who thought we couldn’t draw at all have discovered that we can. The class is suitable for about age 8 and up—the kids who have 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 per person for one CAM member and one guest. The cost is $25/login if no registrant is a CAM member. To RSVPs and get payment information, e-mail Beth W.. Payment required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

19/ Tues­day

  • 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. Wearing a mask is mandatory. 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.
    Mask Required!!
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

20/ Wednes­day

  • GOBS Request Deadline Noon. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at this Saturday’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Saturday, July 23rd and through Saturday, August 27th or later; to be eligible, events involving CAM members must be published in the issue of ChiMe corresponding to the month in which they occur. For CAM events, it’s recommended you submit the GOBS request and get it approved before submitting your event information for publication in ChiMe — so no later than today for events planned for September or later. September events need to be submitted by the 1st of August to the activities editor to be included in the September ChiMe. An article must be featured in the September ChiMe for GOBS-subsidized October events with an RSVP deadline in September (same 1st of August deadline but article e-mailed to the editor; see editorial deadline).

21/ Thurs­day

23/ Satur­day

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our July 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 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.
    Program:
    7:30 PM.
    Refreshments:
    8:30 PM - Midnight.

    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 Testing 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!

    Program Topic: The Quantum Calendar and the End of Calendar Reform

    There is no official process for the world to improve or revise its civil calendar. Can we ever address the complexities of the Gregorian calendar without creating something strange or introducing the chaos of a global calendar cutover?

    This talk challenges both what you thought was wrong with the calendar and what reformers thought would fix it. We will hear evidence, examples, and the experiments of history.

    Show all…

    Calendar-judging criteria are a century out-of-date. Perennial calendars—beginning each year on the same weekday—“work” but are culturally infeasible. Surprisingly, a calendar that checks all the boxes has never been published or presented until now.

    The Quantum Calendar is simpler than Gregorian, highly usable, and has powerful reckoning capabilities across the spectrum of global use cases. Quantum is also designed for emergent properties, producing an “abstract calendar,” “quasi-perennialism,” and a very unexpected consensus/adoption/migration model.

    Note: This version of the presentation has been revised since being presented at HalloweeM 45 and the World Gathering 2021 in Houston.

    Robert is familiar to HalloweeM attendees, having been the quick-witted Costume Contest MC for many years. He has been a Chicago Mensan since 1984, has served as LocSec and RG Chair, and has given over a dozen Mensa presentations.

    Having been a project manager, programmer, actuary, and amateur astronomer, Robert has unique experience and insights into the role of calendar reckoning in business, statistics, science, finance, software, religious practice, and scheduling. He is comfortable presenting outside-the-box work on a politically-charged and religiously-sensitive topic that is a magnet for dangerous questions. An experienced presenter who delights in Mensa audiences, Robert brings a breadth of original thought, intellectual honesty, unexpected results, and the occasional stab of dark humor known to his audiences.

    He has an MS in Software Engineering (DePaul) and a BS in Mathematics (Bradley). Other credentials include Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute), Professional Software Engineering Master (IEEE Computer Society), and Software Architecture Professional Certificate (Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie-Mellon). Robert is past president of the Chicago Astronomical Society.

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

24/ Sun­day

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  • It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 🔆 2:30 PM. What kind of neighborhood do you live in? Sirens every night? Trash blowing down the street? Neighbors who don’t give you the time of day? How would you like to live in the idyllic neighborhood Mr. Rogers portrayed, with tree-lined streets, neighbors who check in on you, sidewalks that the kids can walk to school on? Dina Newman, Director of the Center for Neighborhoods at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, will tell you about her efforts to empower neighborhoods throughout Kansas City. Learn what you can do to make your neighborhood a kinder, more livable place. Hosted by Mid-America Mensa. Register on the American Mensa website.
    Virtual Event!!

26/ Tues­day

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  • 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. Dining might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail. RSVPs by e-mail are not confirmed until you receive a reply e-mail confirming your reservation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.

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  • Dinner Out West 6:30 PM. Join us at La Hacienda De Roselle at 35 W. Irving Park Rd. in Roselle. 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 directly to Beth W. no later than Sunday, July 24th.

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29/ Fri­day

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  • Seeing Inside a Mayan Pyramid 7:30 PM. Imagine having the ability to explore inside the pyramids of Chichén Itzá. Fermilab/QuarkNet’s Mark Adams was part of a team that assembled a plan and a detector to make that happen using cosmic ray muons. Register for free and get more details on the Fermilab website.
    Virtual Public Event!!

30/ Satur­day

RSVP for Dinner at Tuscany on Taylor held on Saturday, August 20th no later than Saturday, July 30th.


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1 August/ Mon­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the September 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 September 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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HalloweeM 46: Reunited and It Feels So Good

October 27 – 30, 2022

Only 77 more days! Join us for a fun long weekend at the Westin in Wheeling including lots of programs and games as well as most meals. Register for a discount by October 14th. Book your room by October 7th. Time and space are running out — sign up for the Excursion now!

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