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
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.
*For children under the supervision of an adult at the gathering; see above regarding babysitting that is available at an additional cost.
Location of Benedictine University
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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.
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:
Location of North Park University’s
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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:
Location of the 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
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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).
Monthly Gathering Schedule‡
‡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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