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/ Satur­day

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

6/ 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. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Zoom Lunch 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa event anywhere, Chicago’s Zoom Lunch (formerly known as the 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 836 1178 6315 and the passcode is 190710; it is also included as part of your host Jon G.’s contact information if you prefer a link. Questions? Contact Jon via email or call/text him. We’d love to have you join us!
    Virtual Event!!

9/ Sun­day

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  • SFRM: The Mind & The Sense of Smell 4:30 PM. In a world filled with constant visual and auditory stimulation we are always on and ready to engage. Our memory banks are full, recall can be difficult when overwhelmed, and the mind skips and loses connections little by little.

    The senses are a conduit through which we engage with others and ourselves. Seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling are vital signs of life directly associated with memory and meaning. Memories fade, senses dull, and for many their ability to interact lessens until the social and cognitive ties no longer serve.

    For more details, visit the SFRM Zoom RSVPs FB Group. To register, visit San Francisco Regional Mensa (SFRM)’s registration signup for this event.
    Virtual Event!!

11/ Tues­day

12/ Wednes­day

  • Northern Ex­po­sure Dinner 6:45 PM. Twenty-four hours of daylight? Then you should have dinner with us. Join us at Jameson’s Charhouse, in Vernon Hills for burgers, steaks, chops, fish, ribs, salads, and more. Lo­cated at 151 E. Townline Rd. in Vernon Hills. Please RSVP on Meetup or via Janice’s email, jesser@chicago.us.mensa.org  , so she can reserve a big enough table.
    Schedule Change!!

  • Mensa Testing 6 PM. The location is in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago. You must prereg­ister and prepay — very limited seating. Parking is very expensive; public transit is strongly recommended! Latecomers (you must arrive before 6 PM to be admitted) 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.
    Event Not in ChiMe!!

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  • New Members Zoom Gathering 7 PM. You are invited to attend a New Member CAM Zoom Gathering. Join us if you are a new member, if you haven’t yet gotten active, or just want to welcome our newest members and share your Mensa experience. Come learn more about CAM and Mensa and how to get the most out of membership. And it’s virtual — you can dip your toe in the water and hopefully this will make joining an in-person event that much more comfortable. Join us on Zoom or call in using the info available as part of Robin J.’s contact info. The Zoom info is also accessible in the June 2023 ChiMe.
    Virtual Zoom Event!!

13/ Thurs­day

  • Dinner Out West: Family Style Filipino-American 6:30 PM. Join us at Maypole at 121 W. Front St. in Wheaton. for a family style meal. The restaurant style is shared plates, so Beth will be placing the orders and we’ll all share. If you have dietary restrictions, please let Beth know in advance so she can make sure there are things you can eat. No one is likely to want to eat everything but we’ll be sure to have a good enough selection for everyone to enjoy their dinner! This is a GOBS-subsidized event. GOBS will cover ½ of your meal cost, including tax and tip (rounded up to the nearest dollar), up to a maximum subsidy of $20, for each CAM member and their guest. Cash, Zelle, or PayPal for your portion. Dinner items will be shared and split evenly; drinks are paid for by whoever ordered them. Limit 20 people. Reservations are required so Beth knows how big of a table to reserve. RSVP via Meetup (preferred) or directly to Beth W. no later than Sunday, June 9th.

14/ Fri­day

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  • Rock­ford-Area Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at Lino’s, lo­cated at 5611 E. State St. in Rockford (across from the entrance to St. Anthony Hospital; entrance to restaurant off Arnold St.). To RSVP , for more information, or to get on our email list, contact Dave L., our Rockford-Area Coördinator. RSVP required in case of cancellation, time, or venue change. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion Cancelled. Our poetry group is using Zoom — with closed captions — for meetings. Interested persons who are not currently members of the poetry group can Contact Joe D. , the SIG coördinator for general information about this SIG. This event is usually held on the evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Event Cancelled This Month!!

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15/ Satur­day

  • Chicago Area Mensa Annual Picnic 11 AM. Get most of the details here and continue to visit our website for updates. We’ll let you know when registration opens. In the meantime, save the date! Join us for a fun time outdoors. Save the date!

  • 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. The venue will be The Patio, 2780 S. Highland Ave. in Lombard (NW corner of Butterfield and Highland, but you can enter only from Highland). RSVP by emailing Jim Z. the event coör­di­na­tor. Open to non-Mensans; bring a curious friend.

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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 emailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

16/ Sun­day

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17/ Mon­day

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  • Irish Mensa Lecture and Discussion: A History of Dragons 1 PM. Irish Mensa meets virtually on the third Monday of each month at 7 PM Irish Time; a discussion then follows the lecture.

    Why have people believed in dragons, and what were they actually? Is there a difference between Western and Eastern dragons, in a global perspective, and if so, why? Has the Western attitude to dragons changed in the modern era? Did Christianity give rise to a different idea of what a dragon should be? These are the questions that this lecture sets out to answer.

    Professor Ronald Hutton is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. He took degrees at Cambridge and then Oxford Universities, and was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. He is now a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries and the Learned Society of Wales, and has won awards for teaching and research. He is currently working on the second volume of his biography of Oliver Cromwell.

    For the full write-up and to join, visit the American Mensa event. One does not have to register for the event — simply click on the Zoom link at the appropriate date and time.
    Virtual Event!!

  • 53rd Chicago Annual Pride Parade Registration Reminder. The Parade will be held Sunday, June 30th, the last Sunday of the month. The CAM contingent is sponsored by the Rainbow SIG. The Rainbow SIG will be marching and riding on their float again this year in the Chicago Annual Pride parade. There will also be a GOBS-subsidized meal nearby after the parade. Today is the last day you can register!

19/ 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 Saturday, June 22nd and through Saturday, July 27th 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. For CAM events, it’s recommended you submit the GOBS request and get it approved before submitting your event information for publication in ChiMe — so no later than today for events planned for August. August events need to be submitted by the 1st of July to the activities editor to be included in the August ChiMe. An article must be featured in the August ChiMe for GOBS-subsidized September events with an RSVP deadline in August (same 1st of July deadline but article emailed to the editor; see editorial deadline).

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20/ Thurs­day

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22/ Satur­day

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  • Youth Game Day 1 PM. Join us for table top games at our residence in Oak Park! This gathering is an opportunity for Mensa Youth to share their strategies and imaginations, solialize, and connect with their peers. Please RSVP to Kendra K. by Monday, June 17th; address included as part of contact info. Parents must accompany minors. Snacks and beverages provided. Consider bringing your favorite snack and favorite table top game. Pet-free home. Shoe free home; feel free to bring your own house shoes or slippers. More details are in the June ChiMe

Our next Monthly Gathering occurs on July 27th.
at the
Rolling Mead­ows Com­mu­ni­ty Center
3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

  • Virtual Monthly ExComm Business Meeting 5 PM. Our ExComm and any other interested members discuss various topics and issues as well as GOBS requests. Members are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, but only the five members of the Executive Committee can vote. The Zoom login info was available on our Contacts webpage.
    Virtual Event!!

23/ Sun­day

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  • Theodore Talk: Revitalization of a Cocksure Era Spirit 2:30 PM. From its earliest days as a settlement of French trappers and traders, Kansas City’s West Bottoms grew more than a century ago into a bustling railroad hub and agricultural and livestock center. Ingrained in that rich history is the distillation, distribution, and consumption of liquor. Prior to Prohibition, dozens of West Bottoms saloons served locally produced spirits to a thirsty clientele of workers from nearby stockyards and packinghouses. When master distiller Alex Lindsey founded the West Bottoms Whiskey Co. in 2021, he embraced the Bottoms’ legacy of industrialization and entrepreneurism by bringing a whiskey spirit and culture back that ignites a passion for innovating whiskeys thru the appreciation and embodiment of a truly optimistic era in the United States. This presentation will highlight the unique spirit and history of the area and encourage participants to explore the people and places in Kansas City that are doing the same.

    The West Bottom Whiskey Company, located near the AG site, won a Double Gold Medal at the 2021 Denver International Spirits Competition and was named the Top Ranked American Blended Whiskey at the 2022 Las Vegas Global Spirit Awards.

    See the full write-up and find contact info on the American Mensa Events website. Even if you can’t attend the live Talk, as long as you register you will receive a link to a recording of the event. Closed captioning enabled.
    Virtual Event!!

  • Dayton Area Mensa Mini RG Noon (1 PM EDT). The RG is being held until 9 PM at Young’s Jersey Dairy located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd. in Yellow Springs, OH. Visit the AML website for details.

25/ 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. Use Meetup, but if not on Meetup, RSVP to Ken L. via email. If you RSVP by email, your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email.

27/ Thurs­day

30/ Sun­day

  • 53rd Chicago Annual Pride Parade ~10 AM. The CAM contingent is sponsored by the Rainbow SIG. The Rainbow SIG will be marching and riding on their float again this year in the Chicago Annual Pride parade. 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. Participants who sign up will be notified of the exact time and lo­ca­tion (along Broadway, north of the intersection of N. Broadway and W. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago 60613) once that information is known, about a week before. After completing the 1.9 mile route, it’s a short walk west to enjoy an optional, private, late luncheon (see below). Register by Monday, June 17th.

  • Rainbow SIG Late Luncheon no earlier than 2:30 PM (immediately following the Parade). It will be held at Basil Leaf Cafe located at 2465 N. Clark St., Chicago. Visit the Parade Info webpage for more details.


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1 July/ Mon­day

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

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Only 106 more days! Join us for a fun, long weekend with hundreds of Mensans, their families, and friends at the Westin in Wheeling including lots of programs and games as well as most meals. Register Now! (Rates increase after Wednesday, July 17th.) Book your room by October 17th.

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