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Our next Monthly Gathering is on June 27th.
The June Monthly Gathering will be held at
Bene­dictine Univer­sity
5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532

The locations of the MGs vary.

Monthly Gathering

Our Chicago Area Monthly Gatherings are open to the public. So anyone interested in finding out more about Mensa is welcome to attend. The June Monthly Gathering will be held at the Bene­dictine Univer­sity at 5700 College Rd. in Lisle. The gatherings are held each month, with the exception of No­vem­ber, at one of four lo­ca­tions. So check this site to ensure you’re heading to the correct venue. Members can also check the latest issue of ChiMe or Chicago Mensa Meetup.

Typical Monthly Gathering

4:00 PM
Mensa Admissions Test (for anyone who wishes to become a member) — Pre­reg­ister to reserve a space for this session or for a different test lo­ca­tion/date. To see if any of your past tests qualify for membership, see what you need to qualify.
5:00 PM
Business Meeting — Our five board members and any other interested members discuss various topics and issues. Members are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, but only the Board of Directors can vote.
6:00 PM
Games Room opens for any early-arrivers and game enthusiasts. At recent gatherings members have played their favorite games such as Chess, Scrabble, Set, and Boggle, as well as current hit games. Our game collection is pretty extensive, so if you have a favorite, there's a fair chance we'll have it on hand. Here’s the list of our entire collection (minus a couple of oldies for which the Geek has no entry) over on Board Game Geek, although not all games are conveyed to every Monthly Gathering (there are just too many). Contact our Game Warden to ensure a specific one is available.
7:30 PM
Speaker Presentation — The gathering usually begins with announcements from our Local Secretary (LocSec), followed by a guest who speaks on an interesting topic for about an hour. A short description of the topic may be available on the June events page. Members can view the full ar­ticle about this month’s topic in the June ChiMe. And regarding last month’s program about the national debt, tap/click here to download the power point slides.
8:30 PM until midnight
Refreshments, Socializing, and Games — After the speaker presentation, our hospitality volunteers provide an assortment of party food and beverages, and people browse and mingle. Conversation and games continue into the night.

The majority of the people start arriving around 7:00 PM. Usually about 60-100 people attend the Monthly Gathering. If you prefer a smaller group, try a one of our many restaurant gatherings hosted at various lo­ca­tions throughout the metropolitan area. Check out the latest monthly calendar of events for dates, or, for more information, call the Membership Chair.

Babysitting is no longer available unless we get some volunteers willing to do so or to arrange it. If interested, contact our LocSec . In the meantime, we encourage parents and kids to hang out together in a sepa­rate room where the children can play together under their parents’ supervision. Also please contact our Gifted Youth Coördinators , who may be restarting the Gifted Youth MG activity held in conjunction with the regular MG.


Admission
Fees *
Ages
18-∞ 8-17
Members $7.00 $3.00
Guests $10.00 $5.00

* Children under the age of 8 are free provided they under the supervision of an adult attending the gathering.

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The June Monthly Gathering will be held on the Benedictine University’s Campus in the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business (Building 8 on the Campus Map) lo­cated at 5700 College Rd. in Lisle. The building is near the southern end of the campus. Note that the campus is only accessible from College Rd. which runs along the eastern edge of the campus.

The business meeting, games, and hospitality will be on the fourth floor in room 411 - aka Sorenson Hall of Leaders. Testing and the parent-child play will be in room 212. The speaker will be in room 321. Note: The rooms tend to be a bit chilly, so you may want to consider bringing a sweater/sweatshirt. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight — plan accordingly.

Benedictine University is lo­cated at the south­west corner of Chicago/Maple Ave. and College Rd. The campus is only accessible from College Rd. The interactive Campus Map shows the northern edge (Chicago/Maple Ave.) of campus at a diagonal along the bottom and College Road along the top. Click/tap on the world circle icon in the upper left of the map to change the orientation of the map so north is on top.

The closest parking to Goodwin Hall (Building 8 on the campus map) is the parking garage (Building 7) and the parking lot NW of the garage, both of which are accessible via the campus road which runs parallel to College Rd. So after turning west onto one of the campus entrances* on the west side of College Rd., turn south (left) and follow that road as it curves west along the southern edge of the campus and eventually curves to slightly north (see maps). There are also three large parking lots along College Rd. (the southernmost parking lot is the closest of the three to Goodwin Hall). Parking is free.

If coming east or west via I-88 (north of the campus):

  • Exit onto onto Interstate 355 Tollway S toward Joliet.
  • Continue on I-355 S for ~3.3 miles to the Maple Ave. exit.
  • Turn west (right) onto Maple Ave.
  • Head west on Maple Ave. for ~2.4 miles to College Rd.
    (Note: At the stop light, it's College to the south and Yackley to the north).
  • Turn south (left) onto College Rd.

If coming east or west via I-55 (south of the campus):

  • Take the Interstate 355 Tollway N/Interstate 355 Tollway S toward Northwest Suburbs/South­west Suburbs exit.
  • Stay right to merge onto I-355 N.
  • Head north on I-355 N to the Maple Ave. exit.
  • Turn west (left) onto Maple Ave.
  • Head west on Maple Ave. for ~2.4 miles to College Rd.
    (Note: At the stop light, it's College to the south and Yackley to the north).
  • Turn south (left) onto College Rd.

From College Rd. (no entrance from Maple Ave.):

  • The campus is on the SW corner of Maple and College so turn west (right) onto the campus from Maple.
    Warning: There is no entrance onto the campus south of the main entrance (1 on the Campus Map) even though it looks like there is one on the map.
  • Turn south (left) onto the campus road that runs parallel to College and continue along as it curves to the west along the southernmost edge of the campus and then slightly north.
  • Enter either the parking garage (Building 7 on the Campus Map) or the nearby narrow parking lot just past the garage, both of which are on the right and are closest to Goodwin Hall (the first building north of the parking garage and east of the parking lot). Otherwise you may park in the NW region of the southernmost parking lot near College Ave. and it is still a short walk NW to Goodwin Hall.
  • Walk to Goodwin Hall (Building 8 on the map).

Warning*: Although the map seems to show an entrance from College Rd. south of the main entrance (1 on the Campus Map) at the very southern edge of the campus that feeds into the road to the parking lot, some people have said it isn't always accessible.

Monthly Gathering Schedule

2020

Bene­dictine Univer­sity
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

Rolling Mead­ows Com­munity Center
3705 Pheasant Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Tentative
North Park University?
5000 N. Spaulding Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

September 26th

Bene­dictine Univer­sity
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532
October 29th–November 1st
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Westin North Shore Hotel
601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
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November

No Gathering
December 5th

Rolling Mead­ows Com­munity Center
3705 Pheasant Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

If a Monthly Gathering is tentative, both the lo­ca­tion and dates may change. Please check this site, ChiMe or Meetup about a month before the gathering for any changes.

Mensa Testing

The test is administered at 4 PM at every Monthly Gathering. Get more information about taking a proctored test to join Mensa including different dates and lo­ca­tions. You must pre­reg­ister to take advantage of any special offers from American Mensa. Or check out if any of the tests you’ve taken in the past can be used as prior evidence to join.



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