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/ Sun­day

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

3/ Tues­day

  • 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.. We’d love to see you there!

4/ Wednes­day

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5/ 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!!

  • HotTopics 7 PM. Good times, bad time, we know we’ve had our share. Perhaps we should make the very best of the present and remember the words of Voltaire: “God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh.” 2020 and 2021 were not exactly “The Best of Times,” and 2022 isn’t likely to win any beauty contests either as major health, economic, educational, military, and crime challenges confront our deeply divided country. Hopefully we still can savor the joys the moment! Let’s discuss how to make the best of these times and what the future may hold — good and less good… Remember that many of the passengers on the Titanic actually survived! Things may very well turn out ok, so let’s share our thoughts, hopes, and strategies! The Zoom access info can be found on Meetup (preferred for RSVPs) or e-mail Mike B. contact info.
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

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    Cinco de Mayo

8/ Sun­day

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    Mother’s Day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2:15 PM. Indexing by Seanan McGuire will be discussed. 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.

10/ Tues­day

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  • South & Southeast Side Mensa Social (SEMinalS) 6 PM. Carol & Steve M. would like to personally extend an invitation to you to join them for dinner and conversation at Evergreen Restaurant featuring no-frills, old-school Chinese cuisine and lo­cated in Chinatown at 2411 S. Wentworth Ave. in Chicago. 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 $20/person). Unless you make other arrangements with Carol to hold your spot, a $20 per person, fully-refundable deposit sent to Carol via either PayPal or Zelle is required. Should your total be less than $40/person, you will be be refunded $20 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 Meetup (preferred) or contact Carol M. This event will recur on the second Tuesday of the month; start time depends on the venue.

11/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. Polar bears paddling around your pool? Then you should have dinner with us. Join us at Jimmy’s Charhouse, in Libertyville for wood-roasted steaks, chops, ribs, and exceptional burgers and sandwiches. Lo­cated at 1413 Peterson Rd. in Libertyville. Please RSVP (Meetup preferred) to Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table.

12/ 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!!

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  • Dinner Out West 6:30 PM. Hawthorne's Backyard Bar & Grill at 1200 W. Hawthorne Ln. in West Chicago. 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 Wednesday, May 11th.

13/ Fri­day

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  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the India House, lo­cated at 6430 E. Riverside Blvd. in Rockford (on the SW corner of the Cherryvale Mall grounds). 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 Rescheduled. Contact Joe D. to find out if May’s discussion has been postponed to next Friday or cancelled. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Event Rescheduled for Next Friday!!

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: 7:30 PM. Friday the 13th is either good luck or bad luck—but it’s a great day for some spooky 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. 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!!

15/ Sun­day

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    Eclipse of the Moon 11:11 PM.
    Observe a total eclipse of the moon between 8:32 PM and 1:50 AM.

17/ Tues­day

  • Downtown Lunch : In-Person 1 PM. See Tuesday, May 3rd. We’d love to see you there!

18/ 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, May 21st and through Saturday, June 25th 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.

19/ Thurs­day

20/ 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.
    Schedule Change!!
    Virtual Event!!

21/ 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.

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our May 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). The CAM board is inviting representatives and members of all Special Interest Groups (SIGs) operating in the Chicago area, both national and local, to the May MG. If you are interested in learning about special interest groups or would like to either form one of your own SIGs or activate a national SIG at the local level, you are encouraged to attend. The MG May speaker, Dr. Michael Atella is an expert on organizational performance. Following his talk, each SIG will be given one or two minutes to say what they do and invite prospective members to join their group.

    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: Connect, Close and Keep: How to Grow Your SIG

    Corporations have sophisticated marketing and sales teams that know how to promote their services and products. How can a volunteer-based organization hope to be as successful? Marty will point out how the many SIGs of Mensa have distinct advantages over such corporations.
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    In his talk, Marty, of Master Happiness, LLC, will focus on methods to connect with the right audience, create compelling messages and build and retain strong membership.

    Marty is an Award-Winning Speaker and International Business and Life Coach with over 20 years of Sales and Marketing Management experience. His personal goal is to help as many people as possible master their own happiness.

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

22/ Sun­day

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  • Propaganda & the People: The Rise of the Nazi Party 2:30 PM. Perhaps the biggest misconception about Nazi Germany is that the Nazi party came to power in a landslide victory with an overwhelming wave of public support. This talk by Dr. Shelly Cline, Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, will look at the conditions of Germany in the 1920s and 1930s that made Nazism possible. It will explore the propaganda used by the Nazis to gain and sustain the support of the people for their new vision of Germany. Hosted by Mid-America Mensa. Register on the American Mensa website.
    Virtual Event!!

24/ 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.

26/ Thurs­day

30/ Mon­day

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    Memo­rial Day

31/ Tues­day

  • Downtown Lunch : In-Person 1 PM. See Tuesday, May 3rd. We’d love to see you there!


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1 June/ 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? 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 July 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 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.

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