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/ Thurs­day

  • 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.

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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 (via Meetup preferred) to local host Carey S. to receive the Zoom sign-in information. The London host is Ian David Moseley.
    Virtual Event!!

  • 52nd Chicago Annual Pride Parade held Sunday, June 25th, 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. For all details, visit the Parade Info webpage or see the ar­ticles in the April ChiMe, May ChiMe, or June ChiMe. Register by Thursday, June 15th.

  • Chicago Area Mensa Summer Picnic. The picnic will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 22nd in Elmhurst. Find out the details and/or register in advance so there’s an accurate count ensuring there’ll be enough food for everyone. There’s a discount if you pay in advance. Register by Wednesday, July 19th. Join us for a fun time outdoors.

4/ Sun­day

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  • Games & Conversation at the WWHfWM 2 PM. Join us at the Weiss Ward Home for Wayward Mensans (WWHfWM) for an afternoon filled with games and conversation. Youth Mensans and youth family members are especially welcome! We have a lot of games, or feel free to bring your favorites and teach us. Please bring a snack to share and your beverage of choice. RSVPs are nice but not required. For more information or to RSVP , contact Beth; the address of the WWHfWM is included as part of her contact information. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

7/ Wednes­day

  • GOBS Request Deadline Noon. Today is the last day to submit a request for GOBS funds to be approved at this Tuesday’s Business Meeting for any planned, eligible event, activity, or class taking place after Tuesday, June 13th and through Thursday, July 13th 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 or later. 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 e-mailed to the editor; see editorial deadline).

8/ Thurs­day

  • Downtown Lunch: Virtual 1 PM. Perhaps the longest running Mensa 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 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 e-mail or call/text him. You may also RSVP via Meetup. We’d love to have you join us!
    Virtual Event!!

9/ Fri­day

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  • Rock­ford Mensa Dinner 6:30 PM. Join Dave and other Rockford-Area Mensans for dinner at the Thunder Bay Grille lo­cated at 7652 Potawatomi Trail in Rockford (NE corner of State St. and Bell School Rd., in front of the Holiday Inn). 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, time, or venue change. Do not RSVP via Meetup since Dave is not a member. This event is usually recurs on the second Friday of the month.

  • Poetry Dis­cus­sion 7:30 PM. Our poetry group is now using Zoom for meetings. Please send a poem or two to Joe D. by Monday, June 5th. 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 Bill K. for the Zoom links or any help you might need. Do NOT RSVP via Meetup. This event is usually held on evening of the second Friday of the month.
    Virtual Event!!

10/ Satur­day

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  • Saturday Movie & Dinner TBA PM. Send an e-mail to Bill S. to find out the what, when, and where and to be added to the e-mail list. Dinner after the movie. Bill & Lisa S. are your hosts.

12/ Mon­day

RSVP for Dinner Out West held on Wednesday, June 14th no later than Monday, June 12th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

13/ Tues­day

RSVP for City Dinner at Lula Cafe held on Wednesday, June 21st no later than Tuesday, June 13th. You may RSVP via Meetup.

  • Virtual Monthly Business Meeting 7 PM. Our five board members and any other interested members discuss various topics and issues. Members are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, but only the Board of Directors can vote. The Zoom login info can be found on our Contacts webpage.

14/ Wednes­day

  • Dinner Out West: Filipino 6:30 PM. Hong Ning Filipino Restaurant & Grill at 598 E. North Ave. in Carol Stream. 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. 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 Monday, June 12th.

RSVP for Northern Exposure no later than 10 AM. RSVP via Meetup preferred.

  • 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 (Meetup preferred) to Janice E., so she can reserve a big enough table.

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    Flag Day

15/ Thurs­day

  • 52nd Chicago Annual Pride Parade held Sunday, June 25th, 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. For all details, visit the Parade Info webpage or see the ar­ticles in the April ChiMe, May ChiMe, or June ChiMe. Today is the last day you can register!

17/ Satur­day

  • 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. If you’re curious about the location at this month’s meeting place, e-mail Jim Z. the event coör­di­na­tor. You may also RSVP via Meetup. Open to non-Mensans; bring a conservative 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 e‑mailing, put “BASS” in the subject line. This event usually recurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month, about midday.

18/ Sun­day

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19/ Mon­day

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  • GOBS NSEW Dinner in Chicago 6 PM. Our subsidized dinner will be at the Polish Bistro, an Argentine restaurant with European and Latin influences, lo­cated in the far west neighborhood of Irving Woods at 8303 W. Irving Park Rd. in Chicago (SW corner of Irving Park Rd. and Plainfield Ave.; just east of Cumberland). The restaurant entrance is on the corner. The bar entrance (named Second Time Around) is on Irving west of the corner. Either entrance may be used. Street parking is available. Dining might be indoors or outdoors on the patio. 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 up to one guest’s, dinner will be covered for a maximum of fifteen people — for a maximum of $25/person for a dinner totaling $50 or more; cash (no coins) only for your portion. RSVP (and get more details) on Meetup, but if not on Meetup, e‑mail Ken L. at least 2 days in advance.

21/ Wednes­day

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  • City Dinner at Lula Cafe 7 PM. Lula Cafe, 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd. in Chicago (Logan Square). This is a GOBS-subsidized event for which any CAM member and up to one guest qualifies; GOBS will cover ½ of your tab, including tax and tip (above the 20% service fee Lula charges), up to a maximum of $25/person. Any additional guest(s) and anyone RSVPing after the GOBS cap of 15 people is reached pays full price. To RSVP contact Hilarie C. or use Meetup by Tuesday, June 13th.

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    Summer Solstice

22/ Thurs­day

  • 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 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!!

24/ Satur­day


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CAM June Monthly Gathering @Benedictine University

  • Monthly Gath­ering
    The location of our June Month­ly Gath­ering is in the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business on Bene­dictine Univer­sity’s campus, where the building is near 5700 College Rd. in Lisle (no address on building).

    Goodwin Hall is building 8 on the campus map. The parking garage (building 7 on the campus map) is closest to Goodwin Hall. The business meeting, games, and hos­pi­tal­ity are on the fourth floor in room 411 (aka Sorenson Hall of Leaders). Testing is in room 212, which serves as the Parent-Child Play Room afterwards. Our speaker is in room 321. Note: The rooms tend to be a bit chilly, so you may wish to bring a sweater or sweatshirt. The Monthly Gathering venue section has more detailed information about parking and driving instructions. Please note that we have this venue only until midnight, so plan accordingly. This gathering is open to the general public. So if you’re interested in learning more about Chicago Mensa, come join us. There is an admissions fee to help cover costs (major credit cards accepted). Members, RSVP via Meetup to let your friends know you’re going to be there.

    Test:
    5 PM.
    Business Meeting:
    The BM will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at 7 PM via Zoom.
    Game room opens:
    6 PM.
    Program:
    7:30 PM.
    Refreshments:
    8:30 PM - Midnight.

    Review and vote for the new proposed Bylaws. If not voting electronically or by mail, you may give the envelope containing your ballot (in-person or via a trusted messenger) to a member of the Election Procedures Committee at the MG.
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    The CAM Board of Directors has allocated GOBS funds to be used for the reimbursement of either or Uber ridesharing services from/to the . Details are on our Monthly Gathering page.
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    Volunteer
    Get involved! Hone your leadership, organizational, or web skills. 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 Gifted Youth Coördinator, Communications Officer, website programmer, or as a MG Hospitality Volunteer. You can view the job descriptions and the required qualifications for all the open positions and ones you may be interested in. Or consider supervising the children at the MG for some extra cash.
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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: Transgender/Non-Binary Panel

    Happy Pride Month! June isn't only the month that LGBTQ+ folk celebrate being able to be themselves, but it’s also a good chance to educate people and share their stories.

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    A Pew Research Center survey from 2022 finds that 1.6% of U.S. adults are transgender or non-binary — that is, their gender is different from the sex they were assigned at birth. While relatively few U.S. adults are transgender, a growing share say they know someone who is (44% today vs. 37% in 2017). Transphobia is much talked about these days, with anti-trans legislation being proposed across the country. Fear comes from uncertainty, and a lot of people don’t know how it is to be trans or non-binary. Even if people see someone trans or non-binary, most find it hard to understand what they are going through. The panel will share their trans and non-binary experiences and insights.

    Come join the panel as they share their journeys with you and also answer questions you may have.

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    If there is a spike in Covid cases, the in-person MG may become virtual & testing would be cancelled!!

25/ Sun­day

  • 52nd Chicago Annual Pride Parade ~11 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 (near Montrose and Broadway in Chicago) once that information is known, about a week before. After the 2.4 mile route, it’s a short walk west to enjoy an optional, private, late luncheon (see below). For all details, visit the Parade Info webpage or see the ar­ticles in the April ChiMe, May ChiMe, or June ChiMe. Register by Thursday, June 15th.

  • Rainbow SIG Late Luncheon no earlier than 3:30 PM (immediately following the Parade)—a more precise time will be announced one week before the parade. It will be held at Frances Brunchery located at 2552 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Visit the Parade webpage to sign up or for more details.

  • The SS Aufseherin and the Gendered Perpetration of the Holocaust 2:30 PM. Throughout WWII some 3500 women served as guards in the Nazi concentration camp system. Though their work and responsibilities were the same as their male colleagues, their experience was not. As a female minority these women were often discriminated against, and they were expected to adhere to a male, military code of behavior exhibited by their colleagues. These factors ultimately greatly impacted the lives of prisoners. See the full write-up and find contact info on the American Mensa Events website.
    Virtual Event!!

27/ Tues­day

  • Break­fast in the NW Suburbs Cancelled.
    Event on Hiatus This Month!!

29/ Thurs­day


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1 July/ Satur­day

  • 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.

  • Chicago Area Mensa Summer Picnic. The picnic will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 22nd in Elmhurst. Find out the details and/or register in advance so there’s an accurate count ensuring there’ll be enough food for everyone. There’s a discount if you pay in advance. Register by Wednesday, July 19th. Join us for a fun time outdoors.

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