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 July 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 July 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

8/ Wednes­day

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

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Empty Store shelves! Some of you may remember how we Americans used to laugh at the Soviet Union’s empty store shelves, clumsy propaganda, and forever fearful, distracted, discouraged, distrustful population. No one is laughing any more, as we now experience a similar fate. Join us as we playfully discuss the many causes and possible solutions to our situation, and whether an honest dialogue will ever take place amongst our elected leaders and their political appointees. Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for more info including links to articles. The Zoom access info can be found on Meetup (preferred for RSVPs) and as part of host Mike B.’s contact info.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

10/ Fri­day

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  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the Capri Italian Restaurant lo­cated at 313 E. State St. in Rockford (in downtown Rockford, three blocks east of the river). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. RSVP required in case of cancellation or restaurant change. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.

  • 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!!

11/ Satur­day

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  • Saturday Movie & Dinner 2:15 PM. We will view the 2:15 PM showing of Downton Abbey: A New Era, at the Classic Cinemas at 1050 Elk Grove Town Center in Elk Grove. Afterwards, we’ll dine at Good Tequilas Mexican Grill located at 950 Elk Grove Town Center in Elk Grove, a short walk/drive/flight from the theater. Both are located near the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Biesterfield Road. To RSVP or to be added to the Saturday Movie & Dinner e-mail list, e-mail Bill S.. Bill & Lisa S. are your hosts.
    New Monthly Event!!

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  • Games Night at the WWHfWM 7 PM. Let’s play some games! The CAM members who went to Mind Games can bring what they brought home; Beth & Stan have a significant collection (as well as 100 decks of cards). Please a snack to share and your beverage of choice. The WeissWard Home for Wayward Mensans (WWHfWM) is on Broker Rd. in Bloomingdale.

14/ Tues­day

  • South & Southeast Side Mensa Social (SEMinalS) Cancelled. We’ll be meeting at Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen located at 1141 South Jefferson St. in Chicago. You may think $18 is high for a corned beef on rye, but if you have never seen a Manny’s sandwich you need to rethink this. My estimate is a whole pound of meat is between those slices of Jewish rye. You might want to share, and add more sides. My weakness is latkes (potato pancakes). Don’t forget the little cups of applesauce and/or sour cream. Manny’s serves cafeteria style. You can choose from the Tuesday dinner specials or go à la carte. There is a parking lot behind the building. Walk in, grab a tray and your utensils, try not to order everything at once. The GOBS subsidy will reduce the total cost (including tax and tip) of every CAM member’s and one guest’s meal by up to ½ (capped at $15/person). Unless you make other arrangements with Carol to hold your spot, a $15 per person, fully-refundable deposit sent to Carol via either PayPal or Zelle is required. Should your total be less than $30/person, you will be be refunded $15 less ½ the total. If there is a wait list, it will be served in order of payment date. Look for the little Mensa animal on the table. To RSVP or for more information, see (preferred) or contact Carol M. This event will recur on the second Tuesday of the month; start time depends on the venue.
    Event Cancelled Due to Current High Covid Status!!

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    Flag Day

16/ Thurs­day

17/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: 7:30 PM. We’re mixing classic cocktails with Mister Tootsie this month. We’re not sure which ones yet—we'll 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—and you won’t be drinking alone! 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!!

18/ 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.

19/ Sun­day

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20/ Mon­day

  • Federal Holiday

21/ 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.
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

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    Summer Solstice

22/ 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, June 25th and through Saturday, July 23rd 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.

  • Dinner Out West 6:30 PM. Hardware at 2000 W. Orchard Rd. in North Aurora. Hardware grows its own produce—including the hops for its beers. 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 Tuesday, June 21st.

23/ Thurs­day

25/ Satur­day

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our June 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: Panel on Identity, Sexuality and Gender

    Happy Pride Month! June isn't only the month that LGBTQ+ folk celebrate being able to be themselves, but it’s also a good chance to share stories and educate people who have questions about what it may mean to be LGBTQ+.

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    Even if someone has been “out” for years or if a person is newly discovering themselves, the coming out process can be challenging and have obstacles that are unfamiliar. There are as many different experiences of discovery as there are people, although the process may seem similar, it’s never the same.

    This month, we will have a panel discussing a variety of issues, potentially including:

    • What is the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity?
    • How do you see changes in acceptance of LGBTQ in society?
    • How can we build an atmosphere of inclusion, regardless of our personal or religious views?

    Every single one of us has an identity that is influenced and/or created by the paths taken in life. Join the panel as they share their journeys with you and answer any questions you may have.

    Members, see the full write-up in our June ChiMe.

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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!!

26/ Sun­day

  • 51st Chicago Annual Pride Parade ~11 AM. The CAM contingent is sponsored by the Rainbow SIG. The Rainbow SIG will be marching and riding on their float again this year in the Chicago Annual Pride parade. Although it started out as gays marching down Broadway to display their pride after decades of discrimination, it has evolved into a million people, gay, straight and everything in between supporting equal rights for everyone and celebrating the diversity that was once frowned upon. The interaction with the crowd is exhilarating. And spreading the idea that Mensans are everywhere and come in all shapes, sizes, sexual preferences, and gender identities sends an important message. Participants will line up on the east side of N. Broadway Ave. (near W. Sunnyside and N. Broadway in Chicago near the Target). After the 2.4 mile route, it’s a short walk west to enjoy an optional, private, late luncheon (see below). For all details, visit the Parade Info webpage or see the ar­ticle in the May ChiMe. To join in, e‑mail the parade coördinator.

  • Rainbow SIG Late Luncheon ~3 or maybe 3:30 PM (immediately following the Parade). All Chicago Area Mensans (and one guest each) are welcome. It will be held at Frances’ Deli and Brunchery, 2552 N. Clark St. in Chicago. GOBS will subsidize ½ the tab (including tax and tip) of each person up to a maximum of $12.50. Contact the parade coördinator to sign up or for more details.

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  • Social Security — What You Need to Know 2:30 PM. This presentation by John Powell, Regional Communications Director at the Social Security Administration Public Affairs Office, will cover key aspects of Social Security retirement and survivor benefits, including eligibility factors, payment calculations, and filing considerations. Medicare eligibility and enrollment rules for those 65 and older will also be discussed. Hosted by Mid-America Mensa. Register on the American Mensa website.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Chicago Area Mensa Summer Picnic. The picnic will be held at 11 AM on Sunday, August 7th in Elmhurst. Get most of the details here and continue to visit our website for updates. We’ll let you know when registration opens. In the meantime, save the date!

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HalloweeM 46: Reunited and It Feels So Good

October 27 – 30, 2022

Only 123 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 Now! (Rates increase after July 17th.) Book your room by October 7th.

28/ 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. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, 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.

  • Downtown Lunch : In-Person 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. We’ll meet at the Exchequer Restaurant and Pub at 226 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago. If you can’t be with us in person, on Thursdays we’ll be meeting virtually on Zoom. Please RSVP by contacting Jon G.. You may also RSVP via Meetup. We’d love to see you there!

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


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1 July/ 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? 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 August 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.

  • Chicago Area Mensa Summer Picnic. The picnic will be held at 11 AM on Sunday, August 7th in Elmhurst. Get most of the details here and continue to visit our website for updates. We’ll let you know when registration opens. In the meantime, save the date!

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