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HalloweeM 45: The Vinyl Frontier

October 29 – November 1, 2020

Check this site in August for information about our 45th WeeM!

  • Join us for four days of RG fun where the cool smart people party — including everything you expect from WeeM ... and even more!
  • Multiple tracks of programs to keep you intellectually stimulated
  • An RG on the grandest scale, with over 500 attendees
  • A wonderful and lavish cantina experience with lots of room to socialize!
  • 24-hour gaming with one of the largest game collections in the Midwest! (Though you may want to let the Wookiee win)
  • Thursday Excursions designed to let you get off the hotel world and enjoy some the area’s best activities and try new things
  • Lots of scheduled tournaments, including our annual poker tournament and nightly Werewolf. Never tell me the odds!
  • Pun-tastic costumes in our Friday night costume contest. Come see your fellow scruffy nerf-herders!
  • Extend your pinkies during Saturday night’s Pretentious Drinking & Epicurean Experience. See if the Force is strong with this one!
  • Dance (usually Friday and Saturday night)
  • Padawan Learner/Kids’ Track AND Babysitting!
  • And … an excellent hotel!

Join us at WeeM! There’s no RG like this! Stimulate both your mind and senses.

Come to WeeM to have fun with over 500 fellow Mensans and their guests. Play games, attend seminars, dance, talk, eat, drink, volunteer, and laugh. Check out the photos to see what happened in past years. Once you come to WeeM, you'll be under its magical spell, returning every year. WeeM is so special, you'll want to make the trip — some cross the ocean just to be here!

Enjoy rousing debates and thought-proving points of view at the 45th HalloweeM!

The links at the left, and throughout this page, will take you to general information about HalloweeM and specific information (as it becomes available) about this year's gathering – WeeM registration, hotel reservations, programs, and much more. Return often to see what's new or click on "WeeM E-Mail" button to the right to find out how to get e-mails about this event — you must join the Mensa Connect WeeM Notify Community in order to receive the “M-Letter” but it will be posted here on the website in late October.


Excursions are planned for Thursday afternoon (no one wants to miss the fun at the hotel on Friday when they used to occur). In years past, we’ve toured several distilleries and sampled fine whiskey, taken a candy tour, visited the Devon’s Desi corridor and the Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory, toured the Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Plant and the Sketchbook Brewery Company, enjoyed a wine and olive oil tasting, taken a walking history tour of the 1800s town of Long Grove, created stained glass works-of-art, shot guns, blown glass, enjoyed ethnic cooking classes, and visited architectural gems. Our coördinator can also provide you with information for a self-guided walking tour if you wish to venture into the city. Our Excursions page includes places you can explore on your own and some dining recommendations as well.

Our Hotel

We continue to be excited about the venue. The Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling has a lot to offer. It hosts other events we know of with comparable size and similar people, and we have worked with some of their senior staff as well as the people behind the scenes who do an amazing job helping us volunteers to keep things running smoothly.

Too Much TV is Bad for Young Padawans So …

Bring your young Padawans! Chicago has been working with several dedicated volunteers to create a special track just for them at our functions. We are pleased to offer you and your kids a wide variety of activities throughout the WeeM weekend. Babysitting. will be offered during most of the weekend, and WeeM speakers will deliver a number of programs tailored for a younger audience.

Fun, Educational, Intriguing

A plethora of programs is being offered, as in in years past. This year you can expect to see some repeats of popular programs and new ones as well. As usual, you will not be disappointed, other than trying to decide which program you'd prefer to see and which ones you'll have to miss because there are too many great ones going on at the same time.

The Force is Strong with Our Volunteers … How About You?

You may not see them, but you see what they do. Volunteers are the caretakers of our amazing, four-day event! They earn collectible WeeM pins and entries into the Volunteers' Raffle — double entries for wee hours. They are adored by WeeM ghosts and goblins, and are protected from evil spells, bad casting directors, etc. So why not plan to volunteer for a few hours and then contact us this fall!

Get Some Bling & Help The Economy!

Check out our annual book sale to benefit the Breakthrough organization, especially their youth program. Bring your own books that are just taking up room and collecting dust, and allow us to sell them for this charitable cause.

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