Our next Monthly Gathering is on January 22nd.
The January gathering will be held at the
Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008


The locations of the MGs vary.

Monthly Gather­ing

Our next Monthly Gathering is on January 22nd.
The January gathering will be held at the
Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008


The locations of the MGs vary.

Our Chicago Area Monthly Gatherings are open to the public. So anyone interested in finding out more about Mensa is welcome to attend. The January Monthly Gathering will be held at the Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center at 3705 Pheasant Dr. in Rolling Meadows. The gatherings are held each month, except for No­vem­ber. 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. The website will supersede information in ChiMe should there be a discrepancy.

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Typical Monthly Gathering

5:00 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 (ACT, SAT, LSAT…) qualify for membership, see which tests 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

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.

2022 Chicago Mensa Election Nomi­nations
Nomi­nations for local officers will be taken from the floor just prior to the guest speaker at the Monthly Gathering. Nominees do not need to be present and will be contacted afterward to determine whether they wish to become candidates. Nomi­nation by petition is also valid; check our Bylaws, or contact Deb J. for the messy details. Candidates’ statements for publication in the April ChiMe are to be no longer than 500 words and cannot include any boldface, italic, or larger type; they should be sent directly to Hieu N. via e-mail by Monday, February 22nd.
Deb J. - Chairman, Election Procedures Committee

7:30 PM

Officer Nominations — Nominations will be taken from the floor prior to the speaker presentation.

~7:35 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.

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 PM. Usually, about 60-100 people attend the Monthly Gathering. If you prefer a smaller group, try 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.

Fees

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.

Venue Info for

The Saturday, January 22nd Monthly Gathering will be held at the Rolling Meadows Community Center at 3705 Pheasant Drive in Rolling Meadows. The Community Center is lo­cated just east of IL-53, just north of the Algonquin exit and south of the Euclid exit. Use the map on the right for di­rections.

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We will have games and hospitality in their spacious auditorium with overflow space in the lobby. The speaker event will be in the Card Room. There will be a Parents-Kids Play Room available. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight — plan accordingly.

Our featured Game of the MonthAzul — is open to experienced players as well as anyone who wants to learn a new game and have people to play it with! Azul description: Board game for up to 4 players consisting of tiles that one arranges to create a pattern. There are YouTube videos that describe the game if you want to get a head start.

Parking is plentiful and free.

  • Heading north on IL-53 north through the Northwest Suburbs, look for the Kirchoff Road exit.
  • Exit right (east) onto Kirchoff Road.
  • Continue east on Kirchoff Road for ~1 mile to Meadow Drive.
  • Turn south (right) onto Meadow Drive.
  • Continue south on Meadow Drive for two blocks to Martin Lane.
  • Turn west (right) onto Martin Lane.
  • Continue west on Martin Lane as it curves south into Pheasant Drive.
  • Continue south on Pheasant Drive to the Community Center which is on the west (right) side of Pheasant Drive.
  • Pull into the first (northern-most) driveway and head for the rear lot.
  • Park near Entrance K (see photo above; northwest inner corner slightly taller with an array of 4×3 windows just to the right).
  • Exit at the Euclid Ave East exit.
  • Continue east on Euclid Avenue a short distance to Rohlwing Road.
  • Turn south (right) onto Rohlwing Road and continue south for a ½ mile to Kirchoff Road.
  • Turn east (left) onto Kirchoff Road and continue east for 0.7 miles to Meadow Drive.
  • Turn south (right) onto Meadow Drive and continue south for a ½ mile to Grouse Lane.
  • Turn west (right) onto Grouse Lane and continue for 0.2 miles to Pheasant Drive.
  • Turn north (right) onto Pheasant Drive and continue northwest for 295 ft. to the Community Center which is on the west side (left) of Pheasant Drive.
  • Pull into the first (northern-most) driveway and head for the rear lot.
  • Park near Entrance K (see photo above; northwest inner corner slightly taller with an array of 4×3 windows just to the right).

Attention, city-dwelling Chicago Area Ms! Until further notice, there will be a taxi service for our suburban Monthly Gatherings, between the closest Metra station and the meeting site. For the Rolling Meadows site, we will have a taxi pick you up at the Arlington Park station at 6:30 PM (Union Pacific–Northwest line — it leaves Ogilvie Station at 5:40 PM). A taxi will then leave the Park District building by 10 PM to return you to the Arlington Park station for the 10:29 PM train, which is the final train of the evening. Use of this service must be requested in advance by e‑mailing Damian  by Wednesday, January 19th.
Note: CAM will cover the cost of the taxi, but you are responsible for your own train ticket.
Double check the Metra Train schedule which has changed due to the Coronavirus impact.

Monthly Gathering Schedule

2022

Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
3705 Pheasant Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
February
TBD?
Tentative
Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center?
3705 Pheasant Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
 
March
TBD?
Tentative
Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center?
3705 Pheasant Drive
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
 

If a Monthly Gathering is tentative, both the lo­ca­tion and date may change. Please check this site, ChiMe or Meetup about a month before the gathering for any changes, although the info on this site supersedes the information in ChiMe.

Mensa Testing

The test is administered at 5 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 (ACT, SAT, LSAT…) can be used as prior evidence to join .
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