(Special Interest Groups)
There is no “membership” in the local Special Interest Groups (SIGs). All SIG activities are open to any Mensan interested in that subject or activity. The acronym “SIG” may be applied at the discretion of the host to any regularly scheduled, Mensan-organized event or activity. If an activity is open to the general public, it will be stated in the announcement.
Mensans, their spouses, and accompanied guests may attend activities. Please observe requests for reservations. You are encouraged to contact the host before an event to assist in planning and to promote carpooling. Most events are non-smoking. Please observe smoking restrictions.
Note: Standing policy of both American Mensa and Chicago Area Mensa stipulates that, at parties held in private homes, the choice of who may attend is at the discretion of the host.
We currently offer these long-standing local SIGs as well as others:
And then there are some newer ones like:
In addition to the local SIGs, American Mensa also has numerous SIGs — interests include astronomy/astrophysics, beer, Shakespeare, aviation, Jimmy Buffett, poker, chess, motorcycles, Esperanto, renewable energy, and many more (see the American Mensa SIG Handbook for information on creating a national SIG). So you're bound to find a group that shares your interests.
If you find these activities intriguing but have not yet joined Mensa, please contact our Membership Chair.
Communicating via Mensa Connect or E‑Mail Lists
Mensa Connect is the newest communications tool for Mensa members. To send and receive e-mails via Mensa Connect, you must first join a community (aka group). You will be automatically enrolled in certain communitities like the one for the Chicago Area Mensa. If, in the past, you signed up for an E-Mail List, you would have been transferred over to the community replacing that e-mail list. So join a community that reflects your interests. Once you join, you can see any prior communication and can initiate your own. You can opt out of any community you joined so there’s no harm in checking one out.
The long-supported, active e‑mail lists will eventually be transferred to Mensa Connect. But as long as they exist, they serve to facilitate communication amongst SIG/list members. Members sign up to be included on the list and receive e‑mails from others that have joined the list Then they can use the list to send out e‑mails to other members of that SIG/list. There is even an e‑mail list not based upon any particular interest or subject but one that enables members to voice their opinions or to enlighten other members, but most people have chosen to do so by join the various closed Mensa Facebook groups. Check out the lists and sign up for any that interest you. You can opt out any time you wish.
As a Mensan, you can organize events whenever you like and limit them to members of an e‑mail list or you
can organize an event that includes all Mensans. If you'd like to include all Chicago Area Mensans,
the best way is via ChiMe. That way you will reach not only those who have access to e‑mail,
but all the members of Chicago Area Mensa.
If you’d like to plan an event in April or later, and you'd like
to get your event listed in ChiMe, on the calendar, in Meetup, and included in the
CAM Weekly E-Mail,
please contact the
Activities Bulletin Editor
Refer to the ChiMe Submissions
for details, and, if your event is scheduled in April,
please check the submission deadline for publication in the
(you still have 8 days to submit it).
Any event in ChiMe will appear on
Chicago Mensa Meetup.
Missed the ChiMe deadline for your event? It's not too late to advertise an upcoming event for
February or March.
You can promote your event using
Chicago Mensa Meetup by contacting the Activities Bulletin Editor
If you use
Facebook, please notify the Activities Bulletin Editor
so that all members know.
So whether it’s an impromptu event, something that’s just come to your
attention you think Mensans would enjoy,
or you’re just a procrastinator,
you can still get the word out to try to get a group of
your fellow Mensans together for a last minute event.
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sigs.php last updated February 11, 2020.