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The March Monthly Gathering will be held at the
Benedictine University,
5700 College Rd., Lisle, IL 60532

Future MGs are at different locations.

Monthly Gathering


The Chicago Area Monthly Gathering is open to the public. So anyone interested in finding out more about Mensa is welcome to attend. The March Monthly Gathering will be held at the Benedictine University at 5700 College Rd. in Lisle. The location may change for future gathering so please continue to check this site. Members can also check the latest issue of ChiMe, Chicago Mensa Meetup, and/or can sign up for the Event email list to get emails about upcoming events, including any last minute changes. (Note: You should be getting the emails about upcoming events already, provided your profile on American Mensa includes your email address. If you want to opt out, you can do so via the same link: Event email list.)

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Typical Monthly Gathering

4:00 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 p.m.
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 is available on the March events page. Members can view the full article about this month’s topic in the current issue of ChiMe.
8:30 p.m.
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 "Games and Conversation" event, or 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 available in a separate room for children, from 3 through 8 years of age, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM at a cost of $10.00 per child. The Gifted Youth Coördinator has enrichment activities planned for the children during that time, with a quiet period at the end to allow them to head for home in a calm manner.


Admission
Fees
Ages
18-∞ 8-17 0-7
Members $7.00 $3.00 Free*
Guests $10.00 $5.00 Free*

*For children under the supervision of an adult at the gathering; see above regarding babysitting that is available at an additional cost.

Directions to

Location of Benedictine University
Lisle Campus

Lisle
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The March Monthly Gathering will be held at the Benedictine University’s Campus - Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business (Building 7 on the Campus Map) - located at 5700 College Rd. in Lisle. The building is near the southern end of the campus. Note that campus is only accessible from College Rd.

The business meeting, games, and hospitality will be in room 411. Babysitting and testing will be in room 317. 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.

Parking: The closest parking to Goodwin Hall is the parking garage (Building 20 on the Campus Map) and the parking lot NW of the garage, both of which are accessible via the campus road which runs parallel to College. So after turning west onto one of the campus entrances* on the west side of College, 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 map). 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.
Warning*: Although the map seems to show an entrance from College south of the main entrance (16 on the Campus Map) at the very southern edge of the campus that feeds into that road, some people have said it isn't always accessible.

To Get There: Benedictine University is located at the southwest corner of Maple Ave. and College Rd. The campus is only accessible from College Rd. The Monthly Gathering is held in Goodwin Hall; it is Building 7 on the map.

If coming from the north from I-88:
  • 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.
If coming from the south on I-55:
  • 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.
After exiting I-355 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.
  • The campus is on the SW corner of Maple and College so turn west (right) onto the campus.
    Warning: There is no entrance onto the campus south of the main entrance (16 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 20 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 7 on the map).

Location of North Park University’s
Magnuson Campus Center

Chicago
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The May Monthly Gathering will be held at the North Park University’s Magnuson Campus Center (Building 16 - just behind (west) the building (Burgh Hall) on Spaulding) located at 5000 N. Spaulding Avenue in Chicago (south of Foster, between Kimball and Kedzie). The building is located on the southeast side of the Chicago River, North Branch, which flows through the campus, thus there is no car access from any of the side streets near the campus that are north or west of the river.

Parking: Free parking in the student lots. Campus security will not ticket any of us who are parked in student parking (SE corner of Carmen and Spaulding (closest lot), north of Carmen and west of Kedzie (next closest lot) and the east side of Kedzie between Foster and Carmen where the southernmost lot is just a two block walk to the Magnuson Campus Center). There is also street parking in the neighborhood so check for spots along Carmen, Spaulding and Argyle but read the signs; there is permit-only parking in the area as well as metered parking where you pay at the box using cash or credit/debit cards or via the ParkChicago app which enables you to pay and add time remotely with your smart phone. Chicago parking tickets are expensive so make sure you park legally.

Public Transit: The CTA Brown Kimball station is less than a ½ mile southwest from Magnuson Campus Center at Lawrence and Kimball. There are several bus lines that service the area. The CTA Bus Tracker makes it easy to find out when the buses arrive and depart on your smart phone.

General directions to the campus can be found on the NPU website. The Magnuson Campus Center is located on the southeast bank of the river and is not actually on Spaudling; it is Building 16 on the map, just behind (southwest) the building (Burgh Hall) located on Spaulding. The river prevents automobile access from any of the side streets that run through the campus north of or west of the river (see the campus map); but if you park on any of those streets, there are foot paths that cross the river enabling you to walk to the Magnuson Campus Center.

If coming from the northwest on I-90E:
  • Take the Lawrence Ave. exit.
  • Head north on Cicero Ave. to Foster.
  • Head east on Foster for 2 miles to Kedzie Ave.
  • Head south (right from Foster) on Kedzie Ave.
    • Continue to Carmen Ave. (four-way stop—the first street on your right) and turn west (right) for the closest parking (see below).
    • Or park in the southernmost student parking on the east (left) side of Kedzie between Foster and Carmen). These lots are the farthest from the Magnuson Campus Center. Walk south along Kedzie, cross Kedzie at Carmen, walk west along Carmen to path along the east bank of the Chicago river and turn south (left) on path. Stay right as the path goes between the buildings. Magnuson Campus Center is on your right next to the river.
If coming from the north on I-94E:
  • Take the Cicero Ave. exit to Foster.
  • Head east on Foster for 2 miles to Kedzie Ave.
  • Head south (right from Foster) on Kedzie Ave.
    • Continue to Carmen Ave. (four-way stop—the first street on your right) and turn west (right) for the closest parking (see below).
    • Or park in the southernmost student parking on the east (left) side of Kedzie between Foster and Carmen). These lots are the farthest from the Magnuson Campus Center. Walk south along Kedzie, cross Kedzie at Carmen, walk west along Carmen to path along the east bank of the Chicago river and turn south (left) on path. Stay right as the path goes between the buildings. Magnuson Campus Center is on your right next to the river.
If coming from the south on I-90W/I-94W:
  • Take the Kedzie Ave. exit.
  • Head north ~2½ miles to Carmen (stop sign).
    • Turn west (left) onto Carmen Ave. (four-way stop) for the closest parking (see below).
    • Or go straight and park in the first of the student lots on the east side of Kedzie Ave. between Carmen and Foster. Walk south to Carmen, cross Kedzie, walk west along Carmen to path along the east bank of the Chicago river and turn south (left) on path. Stay right as the path goes between the buildings. The Magnuson Campus Center is on your right next to the river.
For the closest parking:
  • Continue west on Carmen Ave.
    • On your right (north) will be an entrance to the 2nd closest student lot.
    • Or continue west on Spaulding and enter the student lot on the southeast corner of Spaulding and Carmen (on your left).
    • Or park along Carmen Ave. or follow the curve south which takes you to Spaulding and park along Spaulding.
  • Walk west to the path that runs along the east bank of the Chicago River and follow the path as it goes between the buildings. The Magnuson Campus Center is the building closest to the river (west of Burgh Hall and north of Anderson Hall (round building)).

Location of the Rolling Meadows
Community Center

Rolling Meadows
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The April 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. Find directions on the Rolling Meadows Park District’s website or use the map on the right.

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 child-care room available. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight — plan accordingly.

Parking is plentiful and free.

Location of the Westin-Chicago North Shore

Wheeling

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HalloweeM is the largest Regional Gathering (RG) in the country. It's a wonderful, fun and informative event that runs Thursday through Sunday. Expect games, dances, programs, costume contest and excursions. Find out more about WeeM. This year our great RG will be held at the Westin-Chicago North Shore Hotel at 601 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. The hotel is located on the east side of Milwaukee and the main entrance is at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Wolf Road (just south of Lake-Cook and north of Dundee Road).

The rooms facing east enjoy a great view of the Forest Preserves. The hotel is located just west of the Des Plaines River and is steps away from the Des Plaines River Trail leading into the Potawatomi Woods Forest Preserve.

The hotel offers a shuttle service from the nearby METRA stations. Please call them well in advance to arrange a pickup.

Monthly Gathering Schedule

2017
January 28th February 11th
AGOG†
March 25th
Benedictine University
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
April 29th
Rolling Meadows Community Center
3705 Pheasant Dr.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
May 20th
Tentative

North Park University
5000 N. Spaulding Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
June 24th
Rolling Meadows Community Center
3705 Pheasant Dr.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
July 22nd
Benedictine University
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
August 26th
Rolling Meadows Community Center
3705 Pheasant Dr.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
September 30th
Tentative
North Park University
5000 N. Spaulding Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
October 26th– 29th
HalloweeM
Westin North Shore Hotel
601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
November
(No Gathering)
December 2nd
Rolling Meadows Community Center
3705 Pheasant Dr.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Future Monthly Gathering dates are tentative. Both the location and dates may change. Please check this site, ChiMe, or Meetup about a month before the gathering for any changes.
A Gathering of Gamers (January 12th – 14th)

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