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/ Tues­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the December 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 December 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/ Thurs­day

  • Conversation with London Mensans 9 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BST. 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!!
    Time Change Due to Daylight Saving Time Differences!!

  • HotTopics 7 PM. Topic: Elections! Professional wrestlers, billionaires, movie stars, party lifers, what sort of leaders will we get this time? Visit Meetup for the full write-up and for links to videos and some articles on this topic. Join the fun as we discuss our way of “electing” rulers. The Zoom access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup (preferred for RSVPs) or e-mail Mike B..
    Meetup Virtual Event Not in ChiMe!!

5/ Satur­day

  • Breakfast at the Original Pancake House 9:30 AM. Original Pancake House, 22 E. Bellevue Pl. in Chicago (Gold Coast). This is a GOBS-subsidized event for which any CAM member and up to one guest qualifies. GOBS will cover ½ of your meal cost, including tax and tip, up to a maximum of $12 and up to 25 people. Additional guests will pay full price. To RSVP contact Hilarie C. by Thursday, November 3rd.

6/ Sun­day

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    Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM. Remember to reset your clocks back and sleep a bit longer.

  • Bowling in Hillside 2 PM. Let’s go bowling and give back while we’re at it! Join us a fun GOBS-subsidized bowling event at Hillside Bowl, 4545 Harrison St. in Hillside. Up to 25 people can join us for this family event. We will have bowling lanes for 2 hours and then anyone who is interested can go with us to the onsite restaurant for a bite. Cost will be $12/person paid in advance using PayPal to Karen G. GOBS will subsidize the remainder of the cost for bowling and shoes. Food and drink cost(s) will not be subsidized.
    Event Cancelled!!

8/ Tues­day

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    Eclipse of the Moon 3:02 AM.
    Observe an almost total eclipse of the moon between 1:18 AM and 4:47 AM.

9/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. Ice road truckers cruising past your door? Then you should have dinner with us. Meet us at The Shanty, in Wadsworth for great food in a rustic atmosphere. Featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Lo­cated at 38985 US Hwy 41 in Wadsworth. Please RSVP (Meetup preferred) to Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table.

10/ Thurs­day

  • Downtown Lunch: Virtual 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa event anywhere, Chicago’s Downtown Lunch is held every week, alternating between Tuesday and Thursday. 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. Questions? Contact Jon via e-mail or call/text him. We’d love to have you join us!
    Virtual Event!!

  • Dinner Out West: A Taste of Greece 6:30 PM. Yia Mas (means “To our health!”) at 133 W. Front St. in Wheaton. Wheaton has a new Greek restaurant—and we’re going to check it out! 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 Tuesday, November 8th.

11/ Fri­day

  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the Thunder Bay Grille lo­cated at 7652 Potawatomi Trail in Rockford (NE corner of State St. and Bell School Rd., in front of the Holiday Inn). 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, time, or restaurant change. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is now using Zoom 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 or you can view them by tapping/clicking here. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

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    Veteran’s Day

  • Windycon 48 3 PM through Sunday. Windycon is Chicagoland’s oldest science fiction convention. It will be held in Lombard. For all the details, visit their website.
    Public Event!!

12/ Satur­day

  • Northwest Suburbs Games Night 7 PM. Bring your favorite game and a snack to share to the Lake Zurich home of Lesley J. I will provide coffee, tea, and Italian sodas. If you prefer another beverage, please feel free to bring some with you. I have playing cards and a small selection of games, a pool table, and an electronic dart board. This event is limited to individuals who’ve been vaccinated or who have a valid medical reason they cannot be vaccinated. Please call me if you have questions or need directions (address included as part of Lesley J.’s contact info.
    New Recurring Event!!

15/ Tues­day

  • Mensa Testing 6 PM. Location just west of State & Ontario St. in Chicago, in the River North neighborhood. You must prereg­ister and prepay — very limited seating. Parking is very expensive; public transit strongly recommended! Latecomers and anyone without a reserved spot will not be admitted. If you are or someone you know is interested in joining Mensa, see our Testing Information for contact details and additional dates/lo­ca­tions. For February tests, the fee will be only $30 when you take our in-person test, a 50% discount. Don't delay!
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

17/ Thurs­day

  • Kamayan “Boodle Dining” 7 PM. Kubo Chicago, 1232 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago (Lakeview). This is a GOBS-subsidized prix fixe Filipino dinner for ~$53 (after the $25/person subsidy) for which any CAM member and up to one guest qualifies (maximum of 25 subsidized meals); ~$78/person for additional guests. Drinks are not included. To RSVP contact Hilarie C. by Sunday, November 13th.

18/ Fri­day

  • The Autism Research Revolution from the Inside-Out Lecture 7:30 PM. Part of the Fermilab lecture series, this one given by by TC Waisman. In recent years autism research has been transformed, due in part to the fact that autistic researchers are leading autism research across many scientific disciplines. In this discussion, Dr. TC Waisman shares her perspective as a late-diagnosed autistic individual who is part of the wave of autism researchers working to prioritize research that supports better outcomes for autistics, values intersectional autistic voices from across the lifespan, and inspires meaningful collaboration with the autistic community through all stages of research. The autism research revolution in research is upon us. Find out how many research communities can benefit. Registration required for a $4 fee. Also view previous event recordings.
    Public Virtual Event!!

19/ 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.

  • 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.

  • Saturday Movie & Dinner 4:15 PM. We’ll see the 4:20 PM showing of Ticket to Paradise, with George Clooney and Julia Roberts, at the AMC Randhurst 12 Theaters located at 200 Randhurst Village Dr. in Mount Prospect. Afterwards, we’ll dine at Blackfinn Randhurst Grill located at 157 Randhurst Village Dr. in Mount Prospect, a short walk/drive/flight from the theater. Both are located northeast of the intersection of Elmhurst and Rand Road. To RSVP (welcome, but optional), send an e-mail to Bill S.. If you show up and can’t find us, text Lisa S.. We hope to see you there!

20/ Sun­day

  • Futures & Fantasies 2 PM. We will discuss Sparrow Hill Road, by Seanan McGuire. “Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross … who had sold his soul to live forever and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea. It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running. They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by “Rose,” a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She’s the angel of the overpass, she’s the darling of the truck stops, and she’s going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it’s not like it can kill her. You can’t kill what’s already dead.” See Steve’s ar­ticle in our October ChiMe. 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. This will be a hybrid meeting, so if you need the Google Meet link (available as part of the contact info), please let us know when you RSVP. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.
    Masks Required!!
    Schedule Change!!

23/ Wednes­day

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    Fibonacci Day honors Leonardo Bonacci.
    Today’s date represents first 4 numbers in the sequence (1 1 2 3 5 8…).

24/ Thurs­day

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    Thanksgiving Day

  • Virtual Downtown Lunch Cancelled. Happy Thanksgiving Day!
    Holiday Hiatus!!

29/ Tues­day

30/ 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 Thursday, December 1st and through Saturday, January 28th 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.

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1 December/ Thurs­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the January 2023 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 January 2023 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.

3 December/ Satur­day

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our December 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).

    5 PM.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM.
    Game room opens:
    6 PM.
    ~7:35 PM.
    8:30 PM - Midnight.

    The Nomi­nating Committee is looking for qualified candidates to run for the elected po­sitions on the Chicago Area Mensa Board of Directors. If you’re interested or just curious, see Deb J.’s ar­ticle in the February ChiMe for details. You can also view the job descriptions and the required qualifications.
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    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 Gifted Youth 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: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s

    Sixty years ago, Ringo Starr joined the Beatles and the group released its recording, Love Me Do, in England. To commemorate these momentous events, Dr. John F. Lyons examines the impact of the Beatles on the Chicago metropolitan area.

    The Beatles were a phenomenon of the 1960s with their mop style haircuts and new sound. Even though their single, I Want to Hold Your Hand, was released on Capitol Records in December, 1963, the Beatles’ introduction on a national scale in the U.S. came with their appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964. America’s reception to the Beatles ranged from adoration by teenage girls to horror from the “older generation,” fearing negative effects on their children and society in general.

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    Through the use of music, video, and many unseen photographs from the 1960s, this highly entertaining presentation reveals untold stories of the Beatles’ visits to Chicago. John highlights the unique connections between the Fab 4 and the Windy City. He will also discuss the diverse cast of characters who were engulfed by the whirlwind of Beatlemania.

    John Lyons was born in London, England, but now lives in Chicago. He is a Professor of History at Joliet Junior College, where he teaches classes in British and US history.

    He has appeared on podcasts and radio programs discussing the Beatles. John is a noted public speaker who has spoken to audiences in the US and Europe. More information about the Beatles and Chicago can be found in Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s (2021), which is the fifth book John has written.

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    If there is a spike in Covid cases, the in-person MG may become virtual & testing would be cancelled!!

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