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/ Wednes­day

  • ChiMe Activity Bulletin and Ad­ver­tising Deadlines. Last day for these submissions to the October 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 October ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

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  • New & “Sea­soned” Members 7 PM. We invite you to meet new members & socialize over conversation! Join us in another fun & open hour-long general discussion with other Mensans! Listen, learn, and share your insights as we welcome our newer members! All opinions are welcome. Join us on Zoom or call in using the info available as part of host Michael B.’s contact info. Join us!
    Virtual Event!!

2/ Thurs­day

  • Downtown Lunch : In-Person 1 PM. Perhaps Mensa’s longest running 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. Since this is the first event this month, we’ll meet in person at the Exchequer Restaurant and Pub at 226 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago. Please RSVP by contacting Jon G. . We’d love to see you there!
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

6/ Mon­day

  • labor

    Happy Holiday

  • rosh

    Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown.

7/ Tues­day

8/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 7 PM. Snowblower already in use? Then you should have dinner with us. Join us at Tsukasa of Tokyo, in Vernon Hills for an entertaining evening of Teppanyaki-style Japanese dining. Admit it: you’ve missed the hibachi onion choo-choo. Lo­cated at 561 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Vernon Hills. Please RSVP (Meetup preferred) to Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

9/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Join us as we discuss how you and others try and determine what is real. What is important, relevant, and at least somewhat accurate in our modern day world. All viewpoints are most welcome! Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for more information. The Zoom access info was provided to those who RSVP on Meetup or can be found as part of host Mike B.’s contact info.
    Virtual Event!!

10/ Fri­day

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  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Sam’s Ristorante & Pizzeria lo­cated at 6075 Riverside Blvd. in Rockford (on the SE corner of Riverside and Mulford; entrance south off Riverside). 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 or restaurant change. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion Cancelled. Our poetry group is using Zoom — now with closed captions — 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. Contact Roy L. for the Zoom link or any help you might need. Contact Joe D. , the SIG coördinator for general information about this SIG. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Event Cancelled This Month!!

11/ Satur­day

  • 911

12/ Sun­day

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  • Odd Adventures: Cosley Zoo Animal Encounter 10:30 AM. Come meet the animals at an Animal Encounter Program at the Cosley Zoo, located at 1356 N. Gary Ave. in Wheaton. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. The subsidized cost is $3 per child under 17 and $6 for 17 and over. This includes time to “hang out” at the zoo. Bring a picnic lunch and we’ll eat together after the program before checking out the zoo! For payment information to pay by PayPal or Zelle, contact Beth W. by Friday, September 3rd. Your spot isn’t held until payment is received. Note: The program room is accessible only by stairs.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • Futures & Fantasies 2:15 PM. F&F will discuss the novel Domesticating Dragons, by Dan Koboldt. The author has the chops to make Domesticating Dragons work. As a 15-year professional human genetricist and genomicist , he is a principal investigator for the Institute of Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In his book, the Reptilian Corporation leadership sees draconic pets as the Next Big Thing. With a newly minted Ph.d. in genetic engineering, Noah Parker considers this project a dream job come true. He is to pull various aspects of different animals together to create a dragon that will be a house pet. But he lives in an eerily dystopic future, has plans of his own for a modified dragon, and will discover a sinister money hungry underbelly to Reptilian’s enterprises. What starts as a playful adventure turns into something much more serious. See Steve’s ar­ticle in our August ChiMe. If COVID is still an issue (and I [Steve] suspect it may not), we will meet via Zoom. If it is no longer a problem, we hope to meet 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. If not in-person, see Steve M.’s contact info for Zoom access info. F&F usually meets on the second Sunday of most odd-numbered months.
    Virtual Event!!

15/ Wednes­day

  • Dinner in in the North­west Suburbs: Serbian in Mount Prospect 6 PM. We will be dining at the Balkan Taste for a casual Serbian dinner. It is lo­cated at 2354 S. Elmhurst Rd. in Mount Prospect (in a strip mall on the northwest corner of Elmhurst Rd. (IL Route 83) & Oakton Ave.). Weather permitting, we may be dining outdoors. Serbian everyday cuisine bursts with flavor due to healthy ingredients, herbs, and spices. Balkan Taste was rated 4.5 stars on Yelp.

    This is a a GOBS-subsidized event where ½ the total cost (including tax plus a 20% tip, rounded up to the nearest dollar) of a CAM member’s, and one guest’s, dinner will be covered for up to $25/person. A refund­able deposit of $25/person is required to reserve your spot. For meals costing less than $50, the deposit amount re­fund­ed after dinner will be $25 minus ½ the total cost rounded down to the nearest dollar. For dinners exceeding $50, the additional amount must be given to Ken, the event host, immediately after the bill is presented. RSVP and submit your PayPal payment usingKen L.’s e‑mail address. Everyone will be notified of either their confirmed seat or their position on a waiting list. Deposits will be re­funded for cancellations prior to the dinner.See more details on Meetup. e‑mail to Ken L. at least 24 hours in advance. If you RSVP by e-mail, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a return e-mail with a confirmation. Otherwise you will be on a waiting list.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

16/ Thurs­day

17/ Fri­day

  • Virtual Mixology with Mister Tootsie: 7:30 PM. September and Whiskey go together! Mister Tootsie will walk us through 3 different whiskey cocktails and then we’ll all hang out and socialize for as long as we want to. Participants will get a list of needed ingredients and equipment as well as the Zoom info by e-mail prior to the event. Make this your month to join in! This is a GOBS-subsidized activity. The subsidized cost is $10 for up to 2 people per Zoom login. Participation maxes out at 15 Zoom logins. One person at each Zoom login has to be a CAM member. If space permits, the event is now open to non-CAM members (unsubsidized @$20/login). To RSVPs and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment is required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

18/ Satur­day

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  • 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.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • Conserv­atives Lunch 1 PM. 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.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • octfest

    Octoberfest begins

19/ Sun­day

  • Fear-Free Drawing with Pencils 7 PM. Join the Art Studio NY for a fear-free drawing class using drawing pencils. No art experience necessary—our fantastic teacher will meet each person at whatever level they are, so if this is your first, second, or many-th drawing class, you’ll fit right in! This is also a great activity for about ages 8 and up. Supplies needed: HB and 4B drawing pencils (or more if you have a set), a kneaded eraser, a paper drawing pad, and optionally, blending stumps. Participants will get the Zoom information prior to the event. This is a GOBS-subsidized event. The subsidized cost is $12.50/person for one CAM member and one guest. The cost is $25/login if no registrant is a CAM member. RSVPs are required by Friday, September 17th; to RSVP and get payment info, e-mail Beth W.. Payment required to hold your spot.
    Virtual Event!!

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    International
    Talk Like a Pirate Day

21/ Tues­day

  • equinox

    Northward — Vernal in our hemisphere — Equinox

23/ Thurs­day

  • HotTopics 6 PM. Join us as we discuss how you and others try and determine what is real. What is important, relevant, and at least somewhat accurate in our modern day world. All viewpoints are most welcome! Visit Chicago Mensa Meetup for more information. This event takes place outside of Be Market24 located at 24 E. Scranton Ave. in Lake Bluff (see Meetup for location if it rains). RSVP (Meetup preferred) by e-mailing our North Suburban Coördinator, Mike B..
    Meetup In-Person Event Not in ChiMe!!

24/ Fri­day

  • GOBS Request Deadline. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at tomorrow’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Saturday, September 25th and through Sunday, October 31st or later.

25/ Satur­day

Our next Monthly Gathering is on December 4th.
The December 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
    (Held via Discord )
    The September Monthly Gathering takes place via video teleconference using Discord. Join the group as we all experiment with a different way of interacting. BYOB and snacks . In this age of social distancing, aren’t you ready to have some fun and to try something different?

    Test:
    Cancelled Until Further Notice.
    Business Meeting:
    5 PM in the Business Meeting channel.
    Socializing :
    7 PM in the Hospitality channels.
    Program :
    7:30 PM in the MG Speaker channel.
    Socializing & Games:
    8:30 PM in the Hospitality or Games channels.

    Volunteer
    Get involved! Chicago Mensa needs you. 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 ChiMe editor or as Testing Coödinator. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in.
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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: Taking Life…Seriously?
    Chances are, in your life up to this very moment, you have not allowed yourself to fully express who you are. There is a plethora of research that argues what causes these fear-based barriers. We are not going to talk “to” you about this. Rather, we are going to experience “together” what it feels like to face and release some of the fear so that you may begin the life-long process of “letting-it-go”. Join us for an experiential session, co-lead by two lively coaches, Jason Feldman and Paula Alencar, where they will create a safe space for participants to “let-it-go” and taste a little more freedom to be themselves and take life less seriously. In addition, Jason and Paula will each share a personal journey and will be open to discuss what they did to get through it, and what struggles they may still have in living more freely.
    Members, see the full write-up in our September ChiMe.

    Discord Event!!

27/ Mon­day

RSVP for Breakfast in Mount Prospect held on Tuesday, September 28th no later than 6 PM on Monday, September 27th.

28/ Tues­day

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  • Break­fast in Mount Pros­pect 10 AM. Breakfast or lunch and conversation at Jelly Café lo­cated at 1784 W. Golf Rd. in Mount Pros­pect (northwest corner of Golf Rd. and Busse Hwy.), featuring a large and diverse menu. Dining might be indoors or outdoors, depending on conditions. Sepa­rate checks are available. Attendance is limited. RSVP  required in case of possible cancellation or changes in venue. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via e‑mail by 6 PM Monday, September 27th. Ken will let you know if you are confirmed or not.
    IL Indoor Mask Mandate Applies!!

  • Dinner Out West Cancelled. Join us for a Greek Dinner Out West at the Apollo Grill at 348 E. North Ave. in Lombard. 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. RSVP directly to Beth W. no later than Sunday, September 26th.
    Event Cancelled This Month!!

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HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier

October 28 – 31, 2021

Only 30 more days! Join us for a fun long weekend at the Westin in Wheeling including lots of programs and games as well as most meals. Register for a discount by October 15th. Book your room by October 7th. Time and space are running out — sign up for the Excursion now!

30/ Thurs­day

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  • Conversation with London Mensans 8 AM. Join a video chat with our kin from across the big pond in London at 2 PM BDT. 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 (via Meetup preferred). The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Downtown Lunch: Virtual 1 PM. Perhaps Mensa’s longest running 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 access info is included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information. You may also RSVP via Meetup.
    Virtual Event!!


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1 October/ Fri­day

  • ChiMe Activ­ity Bulletin and Ad­vertising Dead­lines. Last day for these submissions to the November ChiMe. Interested in organizing and hosting a virtual or in-person event? Find out how by visiting our guide to hosting events.

  • ChiMe Editorial Dead­line. Last day for editorial submissions to the November ChiMe. Please submit original ar­ticles, insights, puzzles, brain teasers, photographs, or short poems. Your fellow Chicago Area Mensans would love to hear from you.

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Chicago Mensa Meetup - All our events are listed; see who signed up, get notifications, and add the event(s) to your personal calendar. Check out the September calendar.

Facebook - The following CAM area- and youth-related groups have their own closed Facebook groups which may have events not listed here nor on Meetup (contact them to join):

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