Chicago Area Mensa Events
Look at the May or June Activities Bulletin to see the many events hosted by Chicago Area Mensa members. Although we do not post private details of our events in the public section of this site, all the events are listed. Members, however, can access contact information by using their American Mensa e-mail address and password and are encouraged to see ChiMe for articles or Chicago Mensa Meetup.
If you’re interested in getting an event posted, you’ll find instructions here.
The June gathering will be held at
in the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business
near 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532
The locations of the MGs vary.
The most publicly accessible event is our Monthly Gathering. Usually we have a guest speaker. People mingle and/or play games before and after the presentation. Beverages are also provided. After the presentation snacks are available. Often there is a game of the month where someone teaches that game to anyone who is interested. The atmosphere is very informal and guests are welcome. There is a small fee that includes both the beverages and snacks. If you're interested in joining and just want to meet some Chicago Area Mensa members, come to one of the Monthly Gatherings. If you’ve decided to join, the Mensa test is usually administered before the gathering at 5 PM.
HalloweeM is the largest Chicago Area Mensa event. It is also the largest regional gathering (RG) in America with over 500 Mensa members and their families in attendance. This spectacular, annual event occurs at the end of October, usually during the last weekend—this year Oct. 26th–29th. The program offers something for everyone including children. Most people who participate become regular attendees because they have so much fun. If you want to be stimulated intellectually, if you have a costume you'd like to wear, if you like to play games, if you like to learn, or, if you just want to have some fun, you should not miss HalloweeM. And check out the prior years' photographs to get an idea of what to expect.
Love to play games? You're in luck. Many Chicago Mensa members share this passion so there are opportunities galore. There are always games at the Monthly Gathering. For online gamers, CAM volunteers have created a customized version of Discord where members talk and/or message one another while playing games on various platforms anytime, day or night. Find out more by visiting our Discord FAQ webpage.
Our special annual games event is AGoG (A Gathering of Gamers). It’s been so popular, there is talk of having it more often. Several regular monthly events hosted by members focus on playing games. At HalloweeM, there is a dedicated 24-hour game room with over 350 games; some of the programs also target gamers including Trivia tournaments, logic puzzles, poker, and other challenges.
Mensa has special interest group like: Online Boardgaming Ms, Chess M, American Werewolfs of Mensa SIG, and quite a few more. At the Mensa Mind Games® Mensa members have also been able to play games not yet released to the general public and/or to give them the official Mensa seal of approval. And for the Trivia buffs, there’s the annual CultureQuest®, usually held on the last Sunday in April or first Sunday in May.
So those who love to play have many opportunities to indulge and be challenged.
Sunday, June 25th @ 11 AM
Near Halsted & Montrose St., Chicago, IL 60640
Join us for the annual Chicago Pride Parade. The Rainbow SIG will be marching and riding on their float again this year. Although it started out as gays marching down Broadway to display their pride after decades of discrimination, it has evolved into a million people, gay, straight and everything in between supporting equal rights for everyone and celebrating the diversity that was once frowned upon. The interaction with the crowd is exhilarating. And spreading the idea that Mensans are everywhere and come in all shapes, sizes, sexual preferences, and gender identities sends an important message. There will also be a GOBS-subsidized late luncheon nearby after the parade.
A week or two prior to Sunday, June 25th, people who sign up for the parade and/or the luncheon will receive more details about the exact location of the CAM float and the venue and location of the luncheon as well as a list of menu items from which to chose.
Saturday, July 22nd @ 11 AM to 4 PM
Salt Creek Park
574 W. 2nd St., Elmhurst, IL 60126
Join us for another summer picnic for Chicago Area Mensa members and their family and friends. Some members are always looking for more activities. Others have told us that some activities are too costly. This venue, which is centrally located, has been chosen to accommodate as many local Mensans as possible.
Chicago Area Mensa will provide burgers hot dogs, bratwursts, veggie burgers, and many sides, condiments, snacks, drinks, and desserts, as well as plates, napkins, and utensils. The park district permit for the picnic does not allow us to provide alcohol.
The site has a pavilion that will accommodate up to 150 people, so the picnic will be held rain or shine (unless the weather is truly awful). There is a bathroom by the baseball diamond. Bring games and equipment for outdoor activities.
Please let the picnic team know you’re coming by registering today and that way they know how much food, etc. to get. Also prepay to get a discount.
There are a number of local Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Some have been active for decades. National also has over 100 SIGs. However, if none of these spark your interest, members are free to start new SIGs as desired or to organize Mensa events reflecting their own interests.
Members, if you are planning an event, in-person or virtual , and you want it included on the website’s monthly calendar, in Meetup, and in the CAM Events E-Mail, you’ll find all the information you need here on our website. If your event occurs in July or later, you can get your event listed in ChiMe by completing your submission before the deadline (you must submit it by tomorrow). If you’ve missed the deadline, submit the online event form or e-mail the Activities Bulletin Editor and we’ll add it to Meetup and to the website. If you create an event on 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 CAM members 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.
National SIGs: In addition to the Chicago Area Mensa events, there are national SIGs that also organize events, outings, and trips. These are listed on the American Mensa SIGs.
RGs: Many other Local Groups also have Regional Gatherings (RGs). A calendar of the upcoming RGs hosted by various Local Groups is shown on the American Mensa Events Calendar.
International Mensa also has SIGs and Annual Gatherings hosted by countries all over the world, all of which can be found on their website.
Chicago Area Mensa is a safe and inclusive in-person and on-line community for CAM members and guests regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, age or religion.
Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Unacceptable physical, written, or verbal behavior includes, but is not limited to: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct.
Please be aware that the other members are real people; gossip and negativity negatively impact the group as a whole. Controversial topics are part of Mensa; that is not license to be tiresome or exhibit a belief that everyone else is wrong. Assume good intentions. If your interactions frequently turn negative, please consider self-reflection.
CAM encourages members to report any illegal activity to the proper authorities. CAM’s response to unacceptable behavior is not dependent on the involvement of outside authorities.
Consequences can include being removed from an event, denial of access to future events and/or CAM on-line communities, and referral to a regional or national hearing.
If you encounter inappropriate behavior, please immediately report it to the event host, a CAM Board member, or the CAM Ombudsperson.
If you'd like more information about our events or our organization, contact the Membership Chair. If you've decided to join, many of the standardized tests used for entrance exams correlate to IQ and therefore qualify. If you need to get tested, please refer to the test page for dates, locations, and contact information.
Connect With Us!
Chicago Area Mensa is on Meetup.com! Meetup.com is a networking site that allows groups to share photos, plan and promote events, share information, and a whole lot more! It’s easy to join the group by going to our Meetup page where you’ll be asked to provide your membership information and, once verified, you’ll be approved shortly.
And of course we’re on Facebook, also as a closed group.