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Activities Bulletin
June 2019

If you’ve joined Chicago Mensa Meetup, also check out the June Calendar, which may have additional events posted that are not in the June ChiMe. (And if you haven’t, please consider signing up for this great tool — an active Mensa number will be requested to verify your Mensa membership before you can be added to our CAM Meetup group.) Meetup will have the same RSVP contact information that is on our website and in ChiMe. On Meetup, even though events may have an RSVP option, a few CAM event coördinators are not members of Meetup. You may RSVP there to let other CAM Meetup members know you are attending, to easily add the event info to your calendar, and to set up notifications for the events, but you should always contact the CAM event coördinator as specified.

In addition to the events listed below (which includes all those listed in ChiMe and usually all those listed on Meetup), some area groups and the youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook group where they may publish events which are not included on our website. Contact South Suburban Coördinator Jeudi or Southwest Area Group (SwAG) Coördinators Kevin and Steve for information on how to join their respective Facebook group. Contact Gifted Youth Coördinators Stacey/Stephen or the Teen Coördinator to join their Facebook groups.


  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Advertising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the July ChiMe.

  • 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 Mensans would love to hear from you.


  • Buffalo Grove Pride Parade — First Ever 8 AM. Contingent sponsored by the Rainbow SIG. A seventh grader is organizing the First Annual Buffalo Grove Pride Parade. The story is that she attended a gay uncle’s wedding, then went to Aurora’s first ever Pride Parade last year and was so moved by the two events that she felt her hometown of Buffalo Grove needed a Pride Parade and, with her mother’s and the city’s blessings, she is pulling it off. Line up starts between 8 and 9 AM. The parade starts at 10 AM. We will likely have an informal luncheon at one of the downtown restaurants following the event. We will contact you with more precise details as they become available. All Chicago Area Mensans and their guests are invited to attend. Contact the Rainbow SIG Parade coördinator. See article in the June ChiMe.



  • Southeast Side Mensa Social (SEMinalS) 7 PM. Mensa dinner at Cocula South Chicago located at 8847 S. Commercial Ave. in Chicago. We will probably be in the back room near the windows nearest Commercial Ave. I [Carol] will try to display a flag of some kind. For more information, contact Carol M. (her contact information can also be found in June ChiMe). This event will recur on the first Thursday of the month.


  • SwAG Session 4 PM. Join the Southwest Area Group for its monthly, laid-back time together with food and talk of any imaginable topic. We meet at Kevin’s home (aka SwAG HQ) on Windstone Dr. in Plainfield. If possible, please bring a small dish to share. No pets — and please do not ask if an exception can be made. End time is 11 PM promptly. RSVP by one week prior (Saturday, June 1st) is required. Kevin B.’s contact information is on our website. Please see the Southwest Area Group Facebook page for information for this and other SwAG events; contact the Southwest Area Coördinators to find out how to join. We’ve been meeting on the second Saturday of the month. Hope to see you there!


  • Aurora Pride Parade — Second Ever Cancelled. Contingent sponsored by the Rainbow SIG. Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois. Line up starts between 10 and 11 AM. The parade starts at noon. We will likely have an informal luncheon at one of the downtown restaurants following the event. We will contact you with more precise details as they become available. All Chicago Area Mensans and their guests are invited to attend. Contact the Rainbow SIG Parade coördinator.
    Cancelled Due to Low Signup!!

  • Ethnic Dining: Bulgarian 6 PM. Back to a seldom visited continent, and ethnicity. Join us for a family-style Bulgarian dinner at Balkanika Restaurant, 1414 E. Oakton St. in Des Plaines. Private parking lot and street parking. One non-Mensan guest may accompany each member at the GOBS-subsidized cost of $20, but additional guests will be charged the full price of $40. Cash only to be paid upon arrival. Reservations are requested no later than noon Friday, June 7th; attendance is limited. Contact Carey S. directly and include 1) your full name, 2) the names of any guests, and 3) the guest’s Mensa membership status. If you don’t receive a confirmation e‑mail, try again. If you need to cancel, let Carey know ASAP since your fellow Mensans may be waitlisted and would love your spot. Please try to avoid cancelling in the last 24 hours, but if you must, contact Carey by mobile phone, which you may also use if you are lost or will be late. If possible, text first, then call, as he may not hear it ring. See article in the June ChiMe. For Ethnic Dining notifications, updates, and all the details, sign up for the Ethnic Dining E‑Mails.


  • Northern Exposure Dinner 6:50 PM. Join us for dinner at Beelow’s Northshore, a very sleek, stylish casual eatery that can better accommodate our larger party! Located at 1850 2nd St. #110a in Highland Park. Great ambiance and a private covered porch so we may dine “al fresco!” (The phrase al fresco is borrowed from Italian for “in the cool [air],” although it is not in current use in that country. In Italian, the expression al fresco actually refers to spending time in jail.) Great burgers, steaks, salmon, chicken, dinner salads, and much more. Join other Mensans as well as friends and neighbors. Please RSVP (no later than 10 AM) to our North Suburban Coördinator Michael B., so he can reserve a big enough table; also let him know if you need to cancel, even if it’s last minute (by texting), so the restaurant can change the seating and doesn’t wait until everyone shows up to take orders.
    Venue Change!!



  • Rockford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-area Mensans for dinner at Der Rathskeller, 1132 Auburn St. in Rockford (located on the south side of Auburn St., a block east of Main St.). For more information or to get on our e‑mail list, contact Dave L. the Rockford Area Coördinator.

  • flags Flag Day


  • Conservatives Lunch 11:30 AM. Join other members of the Mensan cell of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy for lunch and “secret planning” at The Patio, 2780 S. Highland Ave. in Lombard. The Patio is on the NW corner of Butterfield and Highland, but you can enter only from Highland. Look for our reserved section in the northeast corner of the restaurant. RSVPs appreciated. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative friend. For more info, contact Jim Z. the event coördinator.

  • Beverly Area Saturday Salon (B.A.S.S.) ~Noon. Spontaneous conversation in far SSW Chicago, approximate vicinity of 103rd 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. Usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

  • Games and Conversation 3 PM. Games at the WeissWard Home for Wayward Mensans, on Broker Rd. in Bloomingdale. We have a wide variety of card and board games. Bring a snack to share and your beverage of choice. Around 6, we’ll order in pizza. Call if you need a ride from the Medinah train station. For more information or to RSVP, contact Beth.

  • Chinese on Saturdays 6 PM. We meet at Lao Sze Chuan House, 1331 Ogden Ave. in Downers Grove. Come for good food, good conversation, and occasionally some slightly warped humor. RSVP by 2 PM Saturday via e‑mail, Meetup, or phone. For those using the phone or whose Meetup messaging is blocked, provide a way you can be contacted about any last-minute changes to the event. For e‑mail or phone RSVPs, Walt L.’s contact information can be found on our website or in the June ChiMe.

  • South Bend Mensa Dinner 6 PM. Contact Gary L., the South Bend Area Coördinator of Fort Wayne, Indiana Mensa, for location information. His contact information is available here on our website or in the June ChiMe.

2019 ag
  • Annual Gathering (AG) Online Registration Deadline! Today was the last day to register online and to qualify for a discount. See the AML 2019 AG website for details about the “Mensa Rising” AG held Wednesday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 7th in Phoenix, Arizona. Hot place. Cool people. And register now for the Colloquium presented on Tuesday, July 2nd, where the topic is “Privacy in the 21st Century: Mystery or Myth?”


  • West Suburban Sundays Noon. Join us for Sunday lunch in the southwest suburbs at the Steven’s Family Restaurant at 2393 63rd St. in Woodridge. The restaurant has a large variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items, reasonably priced. Please contact us no later than 2 PM Saturday to let us know if you are coming. Call John or Betty N. or e-mail John N., the West Suburban Coördinators. Their contact information is also in the June ChiMe. This event recurs on the third Sunday of the month.
    Venue Change!!

  • Poetry Discussion 1:30 PM. Mark L. has arranged a meeting room for us in the Wilmette Library, and he and Mary G. have selected poems. Call Mark for a copy of the poems and directions to the library (1242 Wilmette Ave. in Wilmette, a little east of Green Bay Road). The library charges $20 for the room and having snacks there, so we need attendees to pay $2 to Mark and bring a snack to share. This is an experiment, a possible solution to the difficulty of finding enough hosts. Contact Joe D., the SIG coördinator, for general information. This event is usually held on the second Friday of the month.
    Schedule Change!!

  • fathers day


  • Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at Petro’s Restaurant located at Randolph and LaSalle (160 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago). To confirm the location and for reservations, contact event coördinator Gene E. before 11 AM.

  • Near West-Southwest (WSW) Mensans Dinner 6:30 PM. This month, we enjoy dining at McCook Bohemian Restaurant & Lounge, at 8300 Joliet Rd. in McCook. Spouses, dates, and significant others are also welcome. Reservations are not required, but please contact Jay V. so he can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. This event usually recurs on the third Tuesday of the month.


  • Summer Summer Solstice

Our next Monthly Gathering is on July 27th.
The July Monthly Gathering will be held at the
North Park University,
5000 N. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

The locations of the MGs vary.


  • Monthly Gathering
    Our June Monthly Gathering will be held Benedictine University
    5700 College Rd. in Lisle.
    The gathering will be held in Goodwin Hall (building 8 on the campus map) which is near the south-center end of the campus. The parking garage (building 7 on the campus map) is closest to Goodwin Hall. The business meeting, games, and hospitality will be in room 411. Parent-child play and testing will be in room 212. Our speaker will be in room 317. Note: The rooms tend to be a bit chilly, so you may want to bring a sweater or sweatshirt. The Monthly Gathering directions section has more detailed information about parking and driving instructions. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. There will be a parent-child play room available. 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.

    Test: 4 PM.
    Business Meeting: 5 PM.
    Game room opens: 6 PM.
    Program: 7:30 PM.
    Party: 8:30 PM - Midnight.

    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. Or consider watching the children at the MG for a fee. You can also view the job descriptions and the required qualifications. Or 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.

    Program Topic: This is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines
    Emilie Lucchesi, PhD, will be speaking about a nurse who was a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II. She will share with us the story of Dorothy Sill, a Navy Nurse POW in WWII. In December 1941, Dorothy was a 27-year old California native stationed in the Philippines. The following month she and 11 other Navy nurses were being held captive in a Manila hospital. They had been taken prisoner by the Japanese military. The Japanese military soon transferred the nurses to a civilian concentration camp in Manila, and then to a remote countryside camp. They valiantly provided medical care in the concentration camp for three years.
    See the full write-up in our June ChiMe.
    MG Earlier to Avoid 4th of July Week!!


  • Breakfast in Mt. Prospect 10 AM. We meet at at Jelly Café located at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mt. Prospect. Diverse breakfast menu includes eggs, benedicts, omelettes, scramblers, skillets, french toast, pancakes, crepes, breakfast sandwiches, waffles, oatmeal, etc. RSVP to Ken L. no later than 24 hours before the event. This event will recur on the last Tuesday of the month.

  • Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon Dinner 6 PM. The group will be dining at a venue TBA. To RSVP, for more information, or to get on our e‑mail list, please send a message to Dave L. the Rockford Area Coördinator. This event is usually scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month from May through September.

  • Mensa Testing 6 PM. Location just west of State & Ontario St. in Chicago. 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!!

  • Tasty Tuesday Table Treats 7 PM. This month we dine at Indian Harvest, 796 Royal St. George Dr. in Naperville (strip mall along Ogden Ave. (US 34), about a mile west of Washington St., between Benedetti and Royal Saint George Drives). Weather permitting we may dine outdoors. Order whatever you wish; the GOBS Trust subsidy will be ½ of your total (food, drink, tax, and tip) up to $30 (maximum subsidy is $15). You are responsible for the balance, payable in cash only. I [Ken] will collect a $15 cash deposit per person prior to dinner. After dinner, the totals will be calculated, and you will either receive a refund or pay any overage. This event is open to Chicago Area Mensa members and one non-member guest and is limited to 10 people. I have the official list of attendees and will notify you if your reservation is confirmed or whether you are on a waiting list. RSVP e-mail Ken L..

RSVP for Cheddar Curtain Area Dinner no later than 10 AM. You may RSVP via Meetup.


  • Cheddar Curtain Area Dinner 7 PM. Please join us for our monthly feast, bringing together Mensans from both sides of the Illinois/Wisconsin state line. This month, we’ll meet at Kenosha’s Tuscany Bistro, located at 7410 118th Ave. in Kenosha (just off Exit 344/US-50 on I-94, kitty-corner from Woodman’s grocery store). Please RSVP via e‑mail or via Meetup by 10 AM the morning of the dinner so I [Janice] can reserve us a big enough table. This event recurs on the fourth Wednesday of most months.

  • WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Rate Increase Alert! Join the fun at WeeM at the Chicago North Shore Westin in Wheeling starting Thursday, October 31st through Sunday, November 3rd. Sunday, July 14th (less than 3 weeks from today) is the last day you can preregister for WeeM and qualify for a great discount before the next rate increase. Preregistering means you won’t have to fill out any forms at registration, you’ll get a pre-printed badge, and you can pay via PayPal. And best of all, it’ll be much quicker to get your registration packet when you arrive.

  • WeeM 44: May the Fours Be With You Hotel Rate Deadline! Thursday, October 10th is the last day you can book a hotel room at the WeeM discount rate of $117 at the Chicago North Shore Westin in Wheeling. So book now while this great rate is still available.


RSVP for Downtown Lunch no later than 11 AM. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup since the event coördinator is not a member.

  • Downtown Lunch 1 PM. Join us for lunch at Petro’s Restaurant located at Randolph and LaSalle (160 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago). To confirm the location and for reservations, contact event coördinator Gene E. before 11 AM. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Gene is not a member.

  • Coffee Shop Conversation 6 PM. Join us for a conversation about the Top 1%, who seem to be capturing a larger and larger share of our nation’s wealth, resulting in less income growth for the mildly affluent, the shrinking middle class, and the poor. This event takes place at the Hansa Coffee Roasters located at 755 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville. Afterwards we walk a short distance south to Casa Bonita. RSVP to our North Suburban Coördinator Michael B..
    Or learn more & RSVP @ Chicago Mensa Meetup.
    Meetup Event Not in ChiMe!!

RSVP for Not-Going-to-the-AG Pity Party held on Friday, July 5th no later than Friday, June 28th. You may RSVP via Meetup.



  • Fiftieth Chicago Annual Pride Parade ~11 AM. Contingent 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 who sign up will be notified of the exact time and location (near Montrose and Broadway in Chicago) once that information is known, about a week before. Luncheon after the parade (see below). For details, see the article in the June ChiMe.

  • Pride Luncheon — Sponsored by the Rainbow SIG between 3:15 & 4:30 PM. Immediately following the Parade. A more precise time will be announced one week before the parade. Cost is $13 per person. All Chicago Area Mensans and their guests are welcome. Entrees include a Prime Rib sandwich, a Chicken avocado sandwich, a salad with chicken breast, and a vegetarian option. It will be held at Frances Deli and Brunchery, 2552 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Contact the parade coördinator to sign up or for more details.

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  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Advertising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the August ChiMe.

  • 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 Mensans would love to hear from you. The theme for the month of August is “Animals.”

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